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The Importance of Managing Your Referees

Referees can play an important role in your career success, a fact that many job seekers fail to appreciate. What will your former employer say? There have been several times over the years, when I’ve telephoned a referee listed on a candidate’s resume, and when I have said, “We are considering so-and-so for a role,”…
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Bicycle Book

Want to get more productive? Ask Why?

Sometimes we hear a story that resonates with us and the Bicycle Book story resonated with me. Have you ever asked why certain things are done at your workplace? If you have, you may have been told, “I don’t know. It’s just what we do. We’ve always done it this way.” The Bicycle Book Story In 2012…
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Job Interviews: Tell Me About Yourself

Have you ever felt like a deer in headlights in a job interview? Your interviewer has just said, “So, tell me about yourself” and you freeze, not sure how to respond. During my long career in recruitment and management, I have interviewed thousands of people. I often used “tell me about yourself” as an opener as…
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My Grandad Lucas

My Grandad and World War II – Values and Virtues

If you could sit on this bench and speak with anyone – dead or alive – who would it be?  It’s an often-asked question. For me, the answer is simple. My Grandad, Stanley Lucas. My Grandad When I was a child, Grandad was just Grandad.  He and Nana visited us every Saturday bringing pocket money…
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Personal Brand: Lessons From the Scottish Highland Clans

Whilst “personal brand” may be modern terminology, managing one’s personal brand or reputation goes back hundreds, if not thousands of years. I recently completed a short course with the University of Glasgow – The History of the Scottish Highland Clans. I took the course because of my Scottish heritage, a general interest in history and…
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Networking: What’s in Your Useful Box?

When my children were little, I enjoyed watching ABC’s Play School with them, although sometimes I’d catch myself singing and doing the actions to “I’m a Little Teapot” or “Heads and Shoulders, Knees and Toes” and realise I was the only one left in the room. The kids had gone to play with their toys…
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Career Directions

Career Directions: Where are You Heading?

Whilst driving the other day Sean, in his lilting Irish tones said to me, “In two hundred metres, turn left”. Sean wasn’t my passenger but the electronic voice on my GPS. Anyway, it got me thinking about directions of another kind – career directions. Your map (AKA resume) I speak with a lot of people…
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Five Life Lessons from 40 Years at Work

This year marked 40 years since I entered the workforce. It’s scary seeing that number in print. I think back to my first job ..… I had graduated from business college and was offered a Girl Friday role with a manufacturing engineering company. There was a manual typewriter on my desk, a PABX switchboard, a shorthand…
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10 Reasons Why Curiosity is Crucial to Success

I love curious people. Curious people are interesting and, curious people are interested… in the lives of other people, in what is happening, in how things work, in where things come from and why things happen. I have met many people throughout my career. The most interesting and memorable ones are those with a great…
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The View from My Wheelchair

The View from My Wheelchair

I find myself in a wheelchair for the second time in less than five years after surgery on my left ankle. Last time it was surgery on my right ankle. Both times it was due to tendon ruptures. It feels like déjà vu.