The topic of building a “personal brand” has been on my mind for a while now. Way too often, I see how this simple strategy gets underrated, neglected or even ignored. Most probably, the importance of building your personal brand has never even occurred to you so let me say it in plain English. If you are serious about your career or considering changing it, you need to jump on that brand building horse rather fast. Here are the main reasons why: Continue reading
One of my favourite clients once turned up at our session and addressed me as “Natalie, my oyster”. I didn’t understand her meaning but she was happy to explain. She said: “You made me believe that the world truly is my oyster. I have lost that trust but now it is back”. Clearly, this is the sort of feedback that every coach is longing for, but it made me wonder. What are you to do if you can’t afford a coach? What if you started believing that you have missed your moment and nothing good is ever going to happen to you? Continue reading
Jacob is probably my oldest client. Having just celebrated the birthday of his mid-fifties and having left some decades of working in one industry behind him, he decided it was time for a change. We started the coaching process together, using one of my favourite opening methods: dream big, as if anything was possible. Jacob went away and dreamt. Continue reading
There are many of you out there who are contemplating a career change at this very moment. Then there are those of you who have been there, done it and…it didn´t work out.
The process of career change is very complex and many different elements play a part in it. So, is there any wonder that often one, two or more elements don´t work out as you envisaged? Continue reading
So the New Year has arrived, and all of my clients, just like the rest of the world, are talking about goals. This year, apparently, will be different. They even have an app that will track their progress and alert them if they digress from the ‘chosen path’. Ah, the wonders of technology! Continue reading
Feel like your career has ground to a halt? Is your life measured out in spreadsheets and timely rants on Facebook? There's no better time like the present for a fresh start and to really assess what you want out of life.
Step 1: Know What You Want To Do
You might very clear about what you don’t want to do but in terms of knowing what is your dream job/business/occupation – that's where some of us can start to struggle...
This will be my last blog for 2013, thus I wanted to make it a bit more ‘message-y’.
At the end of each year, we all hope that the next one will be happier, more exciting, and perhaps, more successful.
However, if January comes and you return to your office feeling drained after half an hour, what has actually changed for you? If this is the case, and if you don’t initiate any substantial career change, a new leaf on the calendar means absolutely nothing. Continue reading
Oprah Winfrey is the world’s first African-American woman billionaire, yet she had none of life’s advantages. In many ways she is the true American “everywoman” and an embodiment of the American Dream. So what is the story behind Oprah?One way to think about Oprah Winfrey is to think of her life as a series of extremes. Born to Vernita Lee in 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi, she was an illegitimate child whose teenage mother had a string of relationships that never stabilised. Her father, she was told, was Vernon Winfrey, a soldier at the time of her birth, and afterwards a coalminer, barber and councilman in Nashville, Tennessee. Continue reading
I get incredibly frustrated when my clients, after weeks of very focused work with me and with one step separating them from their dream job, utter the words, “Oh, well, maybe my current job isn’t too bad after all…” When this happens, it is clearly the “pre-change”, “scared of the unknown” voice coming through, and frankly, this is the moment when they need me the most. Continue reading
With the world’s economy in the doldrums, businesses and the people who work in them are feeling the pinch and suffering more and more from stress. The Best You’s Wellbeing In The Workplace Survey finds out the attitudes of those at the sharp end. Continue reading