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Suffering Fools Gladly - or not?

March 10, 2017

I don't suffer fools gladly!

I loathe that expression, don't you? It popped up recently and, rather than poke the protagonist in the eye with a blunt instrument, I took the time to ask for clarification.

You see, I was recently coaching a candidate on his interviewing skills and had asked how he might answer that hairy old chestnut 'what are your weaknesses?' A pause, followed by a triumphant 'I don't suffer fools gladly'. I asked him to define 'fool'. 'Someone who makes a stupid mistake,...

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The Tyranny of 'Always'

December 13, 2016

"Telling ourselves the story of “always + undesired outcome” wreaks havoc, not just on our ability to succeed, but on our lives. We begin to see failure and pain as a matter of fate. We stop believing a successful outcome is possible. That disbelief in possibility leads to inaction, which in turn seals the inevitability of our past becoming our future." So says Jonathan Fields and he's absolutely right. Have caught myself doing exactly that on more than one occasion and I bet you have too.

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Listen up Gals!

June 2, 2016

Listen up gals! A few too many of you have been lamenting the struggles of holding your own in the work environment of late. Cases in point - an Engineer fighting to establish credibility in her typically male-dominated industry, a banking professional consistently denied the opportunity to drive major projects due to her need for parentally driven flexible hours. Both exceptionally qualified, both exhausted, both hemorrhaging confidence.

Bet it's no surprise to you (and them) that some of...

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Attention span of a Goldfish?

April 27, 2016

Who eats lunch at the desk while cracking a bunch of emails? Who attempts to answer random colleague questions while in the middle of a strain brain project? Who responds to personal text messages during a teleconference? Who addresses work emails while lip syncing headphone fed Sam Smith on the home commute? Yep! Guilty as charged. And I bet you do too. It's called multi-tasking, and we all do it, but is it good or bad?

Multitasking - good or bad?

I asked the question of my work...

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Love to Chat With You

January 19, 2016

You’re now in the market for a new job…a good job, the best job right? Not just a job for the sake of a job but one that’s a good ‘fit’ for you. You’re picking over the papers, seeking on search engines and sending applications with fingers firmly crossed. Go for that advertised job certainly but remember, you’re just one of many vying for the role, your competitors likely boasting the same qualifications and experience as you.

We call this a ‘reactive’ approach to job search, a romp in the...

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