Posts Tagged ‘career development’

coach200x233I am often asked what it takes to become an executive coach. My answer? “A business card that says ‘Executive Coach’.”

Business, performance, or executive coaching (it goes by many names) is an unregulated industry. While you know that your doctor or dentist must have the correct qualifications and adhere to specific guidelines, anyone can call themselves an executive coach.

The world recession has left many managers and professionals without a job, and many want to share their knowledge and experience by offering an executive coaching service.

Of course, simply having great knowledge and experience doesn’t necessarily make you a great coach, but you can’t blame people for moving into this field. The industry is worth an estimated $1.5 billion, and there are about 30,000 coaches worldwide. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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      Women on a global career stage

      21 Oct

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          WomenOnGlobalStage200x233Indra Nooyi, Marissa Mayer and Ursula Burns are examples of high profile women with very successful global careers. The chair and CEO of Pepsico, president and CEO of Yahoo, and chair and CEO of Xerox have reached the top of their game, but the route to get there can’t have been easy.

          If you’re a woman who aspires to a senior position, working internationally, what challenges will you face and how can you overcome these?

          Pressure on personal relationships

          Last year in Argentina, career transition expert Bruno Matarazzo ran 20% of the country’s expat programmes. This helped secure roles for the partners of women who had moved to Argentina to take up positions with international companies. Although it made financial sense for couples to relocate, Matarazzo reported that partners typically struggled with their feelings of self-esteem, which proved a challenge for women when embarking on their new role. Read the rest of this entry »

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          Last month I was fortunate enough to receive a career accomplishment award from Pay and Benefits magazine. The award was based on some very kind testimonials from a range of sources, the leadership shown during my career, and a range of other accomplishments. I work in a very ‘grounded’ environment and this award was greeted with both some kind comments but also a recognition of the amount of grey hair necessary to qualify for recognition of this kind!

          But setting aside my own circumstances, I wonder what accomplishments HR professionals would wish to be recognised and remembered for?

          As the profession has evolved and grown, witnessed by the celebration of the CIPD centenary no less, there has certainly been an increase in formal award/recognition schemes for HR professionals. These acknowledge the contribution by various types of HR practitioners, from directors, business partners, L&D and reward specialists, through to graduates, consultants and specific interventions like talent programmes, diversity initiatives, and recruitment campaigns. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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          Companies worldwide complain about a lack of candidates with the right skills. Increasingly, businesses are tackling the problem themselves by working with education providers to create the employees of tomorrow.

          Skills drought

          The recent economic turmoil has taken its toll on businesses in many parts of the world, but it’s skill shortages that pose a real threat to future growth.

          Whether it’s the shortage of skilled recruits at entry level, the growing need for specialist knowledge or global skills demand exceeding supply, few organisations are immune to this serious challenge to long-term economic growth and sustainability.
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