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Find a Mentor to Turbo Charge your Career

Starting out on a new career or business venture can be daunting, particularly if you are new to an industry, or a career switcher at the beginning of the steep climb towards your career goals. Having a mentor throughout your journey to guide and support you can make a significant difference to your success. Learning from those who have already trodden the hard fought path with success, can save you time and wasted energy – if you adhere to their relevant ‘golden nuggets of wisdom’, and take the necessary action that follows this. The Benefits of Good Mentor A good mentor can provide a range of benefits, that can’t be learnt from a textbook. They have a combination of detailed industry knowledge and can give you personal introductions to their contacts, which have often taken them many years to establish… More

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Take Control of your Personal Brand to Get Ahead

In the age of digital technology and social media there is nowhere to hide. Whether you like it or not your personal brand is out there.  Need convincing? Google yourself, what does your online presence say about you?   Those of you who are unseasoned with the finer points of personal branding may be surprised with the plethora of information that appears when you read your Google search results. From social media chats to Twitter rants and the range of images you have uploaded; all congeal to form a canvas of your personal and professional life. If you were to ask a total stranger to form an opinion about you and what you represent based on this information, don’t assume you’d know their response. You may be surprised with the disconnect between who you think you are and what you… More

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Leicester City’s victory holds valuable lessons for leaders, teams and individuals in business

Leicester City FC’s victory in the Premier League is a ‘rags to riches’ tale that has lessons for everyone seeking inspiration, success and a challenge to the status quo. The Club’s historic feat has bucked the trend that favours only the richest clubs succeeding in a multitude of ways – breathing new life into David and Goliath possibilities. Whether a Leicester City fan or not, this rallying cry, speaks of the inspiration and hope the Club’s manager and team have afforded to anyone who has been touched by this staggering reversal of fortune – the stuff of fairy tales. With a squad that cost a total of £54.4 million, (the same amount of money rivals Manchester City spent on a SINGLE player), Manager Claudio Ranieri has led the team in its first major league win in its 132-year history. The style of… More

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Create a Memorable First Impression with a 30-Second Elevator Pitch

You’ve heard the old adage “you never get a second chance at a first impression”.  But the truth is, so many people fail to create a good impression when introducing themselves at a business meeting, networking event, or even a chance encounter. People often struggle to convey who they are and what they do in their introductions. How often have you been introduced to someone and told their name and job title, but end the exchange no closer to understanding who the person is or what the person actually does? How often have you introduced yourself that way? Take these two illustrations; “I am a Principal IT consultant at Computer Systems”, instead of, “I help blue chip companies find simple and cost effective ways of connecting with their customers through IT.” Which introduction was more informative? Often overlooked, but it’s… More

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Discover the Keys to Peak Performance at Work

Two months in, and well ensconced into the New Year, how many of your best intentions to turn over a new leaf and perform better at work have you honoured?  Is there a disconnect between your ambition and your performance? One of the most common obstacles to peak performance is lack of clarity about your role, putting your energy into low-value activities because you are unclear of where your work can have a real impact.  If you are interested in working smarter and not harder at achieving peak performance, read on and discover four action points that will make a significant difference if you apply them. Clarify your role; what do you need to deliver? “The things that matter most, must never be at the mercy of the things that matter least.” Goethe Most of us who have a job… More

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Awaken the Leader Within You

When you think of a successful leader, what images do you conjure up? Richard Branson, charismatic and exciting or Alan Sugar, straight-talking and bad-tempered? How about Hilary Clinton, ambitious and driven? What about closer to home, your current boss, your former teacher or even your parents or grandparents – what kind of leader were they? What impact did they have on you? Our view of leadership is normally shaped by our experience of either good or poor leaders – and this is not normally questioned, particularly if the majority of our experience has been with one type of leader. Unfortunately people in positions of leadership do not always set a good example, nor are they always equipped for the role. The common mistake most people make is equating leadership with seniority and big business, but this is an outdated and… More

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