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Bored At Work? Sometimes You Just Can’t Hide It

The YouTube video of the pirouetting guardsman at Buckingham Palace is a perfect example of someone bored in their job. So what should happen?  While the most obvious answer would be to sack them there are other options: 1. Talk AND Listen To Them In my years in HR, it was never the case that people did something without some form of reason.  Finding out what is motivating people to b...
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Are you a Lifelong Learner?

I recently heard on the radio about a woman who used her commute as the basis for starting a Master's degree.  Separate recent studies by the TUC and recruitment firm Randstad show a significant rise in the time and distance people commute. How can you turn this to your advantage? First, consider why you want to learn?  A pure love of learning? Build skills or knowledge for a current role?  As a ...
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Do you have a ‘lucky’ mindset?

A few years ago when I was getting started in career coaching, I took a part-time job in an HR department in an NHS Trust on the edge of London.  I was really keen to be out there coaching and the part-time job seemed to be a barrier to this. Yes, I was grateful because it was giving much-needed money to feed and clothe myself, it was just that it wasn't coaching. My seat was right next to the fa...
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3 Questions You Must Answer For A Positive Career Change

Questions, questions questions.  I have three questions for you: What do you want in your career? Why do you want it? Today did you move closer or further away for your aim? Why? Because answering or at least considering these questions will help you pay conscious attention to your career and the actions you can take to move it in your desired direction. Bonus Tip: If you do not have answers to ...
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Are You Living To Work?

Now is a good time to take stock and evaluate some key factors.  The first of these lies at the heart of your motivation: Are you currently: Living to work? Or Working to live? Why? Understanding this will clarify your focus and direct your energies better.  If you currently live to work then you are more inclined to identify with your work and, therefore, be sensitive to when this is in lin...
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How To Improve Your Career Without Leaving Your Company

Some tips on this site have been aimed at restoring your energy and enthusiasm for your career and your job. It can feel like you're trapped in your current role with the only option being to quit - with or without a new job to go to.  But wait, you do have other options: Seek out an internal promotion - if you are happy with the company but need more of a stretch in your job, going for an inte...
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