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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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Career Tips: What steps should women take to accelerate their promotional prospects?

Women can get bogged down with ticking the boxes of the relevant qualifications and experience they ‘should’ have. But often overlook the benefit of their personal power and ability to get along with people. Being aware of their strengths, particularly their interpersonal strengths and learning how to exploit them can fast track their promotional prospects.   Women should never underestimate the power of networking, not just in the traditional sense but building relationships wherever they go. I wholeheartedly buy-into the theory of six degrees of separation – you never know where your next opportunity could come from. And even if you don’t ascribe to this, it’s useful to remember, people prefer to work with people they like. Beyond the obvious, I recommend six steps: Positive attitude (see possibilities in situations, not just obstacles) Set goals: you need to know where… More

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Be the Round Peg in the Round Hole, Find Clarity and Purpose in your Career

We spend a third of our waking hours at work, so it makes sense that we are doing something that makes us happy and fulfilled as well as being financially rewarding. But how many of us can say our jobs fit us like the finest couture dress or bespoke suit? Unfortunately many people go through their careers being sure of what they don’t want but unsure of what they do want. And those who dare to dream about their ideal job or career can find themselves stuck on the “someday I’ll…” treadmill unable to fit the missing pieces into the jigsaw of their lives, that will create the balance and fulfilment they crave. Have you dedicated years to study and qualify to fulfil an early career goal, only to find when you get there that you are the square peg… More

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