How to do your own SWOT analysis

A SWOT analysis is often used by businesses to give a structure with which to plan for the future by identifying their Strengths and Weaknesses from within and Opportunities and Threats from the outside world.  So why not use it to plan your own career strategy as we begin to think about coming out of this uncertain period? First… Continue reading How to do your own SWOT analysis

Using positive language to sell yourself

One of the most useful seminars I ever attended was about selling.  Selling anything – products, services, yourself.  The presenter talked about how the language you use can help the listener to feel either positive or negative. Think of listening to someone talk.  If they include a word like “unfortunately”, “but”, “however” or “although” in… Continue reading Using positive language to sell yourself

Find your Ikigai

The inhabitants of the Japanese islands of Okinawa are known for their longevity.  They also believe in the idea that everyone has an ikigai – a reason for living, the source of value in your life.  They believe that to live a long and happy life you need to work out what this is. If… Continue reading Find your Ikigai

Ten tips for managing upwards

A common theme with those of my clients who are unhappy in their current role is that they have difficulty working with their boss. It can make even the perfect job a miserable experience, stilt your opportunities for development and progression and sap your confidence if you feel that your efforts are not valued. So… Continue reading Ten tips for managing upwards