Red Shoes, the Good Wife and a Pink Purse

My mum was born in an era when women always dressed up when leaving the house and that wasn’t for a night on the tiles but for everyday occasions like a trip to the local grocery store. I always remember her looking elegant and she had a penchant for clothes and accessories. A few yearsContinue reading “Red Shoes, the Good Wife and a Pink Purse”

Creating a Fulfilling Career

Can we really create a career that’s fulfilling, motivating, inspiring that makes us want to jump out of bed in the morning and keeps us sustained throughout the day, week, and month? Well actually yes, and I can say that because that’s exactly what I’ve done for myself and I know quite a few peopleContinue reading “Creating a Fulfilling Career”

Hiring the Best Person for the Job

In a Harvard Business Review article Kevin Ryan founder and CEO of Gilt Groupe suggests  going beyond the referees supplied by a candidate and utilising your network to find mutual contacts who can provide candid feedback  and asking the following questions: ▪ Would you hire this person again? If so, why and in what capacity?Continue reading “Hiring the Best Person for the Job”

What Business Schools can learn from the Medical Profession and the Importance of Work Based Learning

Today’s post was inspired by an article I read in Harvard Business Review in which the author spoke about the advantage medical schools have over business schools because of most medical schools being affiliated with hospitals, allowing students exposure to real-world and real-time situations, in contrast to inserting business students into real-world managerial situations whichContinue reading “What Business Schools can learn from the Medical Profession and the Importance of Work Based Learning”

Your CV Should Tell your Story

Clients will often ask me if they should put interests/hobbies on their CV and without hesitation I respond ABSOLUTELY. I believe it’s so important when people are being interviewed that the interviewer/s take time to understand who they are as individuals, what’s unique and different about them over and above their skills, and experience inContinue reading “Your CV Should Tell your Story”

Managing your Career in Turbulent Times

There’s an old story about two shoe salesmen whose company sends them to a remote village in Africa Upon arrival, one sends home a message saying, “No one here wears shoes; will return shortly.” The other salesman sends this message: “No one here wears shoes; send inventory!” The point of the story, of course, isContinue reading “Managing your Career in Turbulent Times”

Change Management Survivors Syndrome

In this current economic climate many organisations are forced to go through restructuring processes resulting in considerable downsizing. This can seriously impact morale and bring it to an all-time low. People are struggling to keep their heads above water but they need to somehow come through this and make it work if their organisation (andContinue reading “Change Management Survivors Syndrome”

To Hire from Inside or Outside – That is the Question

The market during the downturn provided significant challenges for employers when hiring. Conservative decision-making became widespread, particularly in the form of narrow sector focus and an unwillingness to ‘risk’ transferable skills or experience, seeking the comfort of market expertise. Downsizing within organisations called for restructuring processes where employees had to compete with each other byContinue reading “To Hire from Inside or Outside – That is the Question”

Brainstorming Techniques for the Creative Mind

Role-Storming is a brainstorming technique to encourage group members to take on other people’s identities while brainstorming. This reduces the inhibitions that many people feel when sharing their ideas with a group, and it helps people come up with ideas that they may not have otherwise considered, because they’re considering them from someone else’s perspective.Continue reading “Brainstorming Techniques for the Creative Mind”