Posts Tagged ‘career advice’

22 year old self

Future talent is a pressing issue for Changeboard. Our May-July 2014 issue focused on what leading employers in the UK and across the globe are doing to address this leadership concern, and we recently hosted our first Future Talent conference, with business leaders, government representatives and philosophers weighing in on what we think is the most important leadership challenge of our time.

Creating a supportive workplace for the next generation is about practical life and career advice from experienced professionals. Here, six HR professionals and business leaders share the advice they would offer to their 22-year-old selves.

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Make conscious choices

01 Nov

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      head-and-question-mark200x233It’s two years since I left the comfort of my corporate role and moved into the unknown world of ‘self-employment’.

      And looking back, I realise how lucky I was that my ex-boss was there giving me outplacement support.

      When my first consulting assignment landed almost immediately – scuppering my plans to take out a few months to figure things out first – I was able to fall, panicking, into his care.

      Ask yourself why

      Malcolm offered me lots of practical tips – how to find the accountant, what the website needed to contain and how to develop a proposal. But the best piece of advice he gave me was this: Make conscious choices. Read the rest of this entry »

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      At Changeboard, we spend our days talking to senior HR professionals across the globe from all specialities and industry sectors. We learn about their successful initiatives, how they inspire their employees, and what they have done to earn their place at the boardroom table. Who better to offer advice than the very HR stars who have carved their own paths and climbed the ladder to the highest rung? Senior HR professionals from MWH Global, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Aviva, DHL Express, Sharjah Islamic Bank, Appleby, Royal Mail, Serco, and Pinsent Masons share their top tips for success. Plus, Josh Bayliss, CEO of Virgin Group offers his advice for HR professional who dream of being on the board. Read the rest of this entry »

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      Remember in the film Sliding Doors, when life changed within a fleeting moment? Job searches can be like that, especially in cases where you are looking to take a complete change of direction. So how do you branch out and land a job in a new field? Here are three important things to consider.

      1. Inventory time

      Assess the skills you have acquired in your current role and aspects of your current job that you enjoy. What is it about those skills/experiences that you like? How can you best use those skills going forward? This is the time to take a deep look inside and see what aspects of the professional world make you truly happy.

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      The global economic situation has had a phenomenal impact on employees. After seeing organisations fail or implode, and friends and relatives being ‘let go’ with no thought to the loyalty they have shown when times were good, many people are beginning to rethink the part that work plays in their lives.

      The result? A workforce that’s turning off, performance that’s dropping, and business leaders who are left scratching their heads looking for elusive solutions. And without money as the traditional, default motivator, many leaders are stuck as to exactly what they can do to get their people switched on, focused, and performing again. It’s certainly the challenge of our time, and perhaps the greatest challenge for generations.

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      Planning your career path…

      22 Jun

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          Much emphasis has been placed in the last few years on employers to try to engage their workforce to raise productivity and improve profitability, but a recent study has proved what I suppose seems like common sense – whether you actually engage with the business you work for is ultimately down to you. Don’t get me wrong, employers should do all they can to try to engage employees and have an obligation to do so, but at the end of the day only you can choose how you react or engage with your employer.

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          These days, we can all work as long as we want and have to. But if you’re in the midst of what you thought would be the final third of your career, the idea that you would be working until you were 70 probably hadn’t occurred to you.

          That is, until mortgages, pensions and other savings plans went horribly wrong. In the space of a decade we have progressed from early to delayed retirement. Read the rest of this entry »

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          When asked to dress in a ‘business-casual’ style, do you break into a cold sweat? After all, it’s a term that is very open to interpretation.

          Perhaps you’ve asked yourself these questions:

          “Can I get away with not wearing a tie?”

          “Jeans or no jeans today?”

          “Flip-flops, peep toes, bare legs or tights?”

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          Leading with your strengths

          08 Jun

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              Marshall Goldsmith, winner of the Thinkers50 Leadership Award 2011, believes too many leaders are stuck in their ways. His presentation: ‘What got you there won’t get you there’, and recent research conducted by people management consultancy, Capp, suggest that the failure to realise this results in ineffective management and burnout.

              At a time of increasing pressure to get more women into the boardroom, fellow Capp director Alex Linley and I offer examples of how female leaders can align their leadership strengths to situations and strategy. In this way, we ignite leadership performance and resist overplaying strengths.

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              As the late Steve Jobs once said: “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”

              So why is it we do not spend more time finding out what we love? Most people drift into jobs and careers. The majority of us spend more time planning a two-week holiday, which in 6-12 months will be a distant memory, than a career which lasts 40 years and takes up seven hours per day, five days a week.

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