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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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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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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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