This week I did something new. For what I think is the first time I made an active choice about my career.
In the past I have made active choices to leave jobs, organisations and managers. Also I have had choices made for me through redundancies.
Though, as I suspect is the case with all of us, these changes have just led to me choosing the least worst option from roles I see at that time. Continue reading
There is the road well travelled, a pair of comfy shoes, our spot on the sofa, a favourite jumper. Our comfort zones, so well named. What good happens in them?
Security. Peace of mind. Normality.
But what happens when we push ourselves out of our comfort zone?
When we take a chance and do something that challenges us? Continue reading
A lot of people have been talking about Personal Brand recently. I have seen more mention of this on social media, LinkedIn, and in traditional media. There have been a number of talks by colleagues on personal brand at work. But what is Personal Brand?
As with a number of these things it can mean different things to different people. For some people it means themselves and careers as one. To others it is their career, to yet more it is their persona that they bring to work. What does it mean to me? Continue reading
I’m starting this blog by doing the thing you aren’t supposed to do – going off topic. Slightly.
If you speak to people who know me professionally, they will tell you I am confident, opinionated, passionate, tenacious and fight my corner to achieve and be the best I can (I hope). That’s my work persona, Professional Pete. Continue reading
When I first started my working life, several years ago now, things were relatively simple. My first employer was a large Chemical company and I joined them on a Youth Training Scheme. This meant I had some training in the wold of work, setting expectations, and setting out what I could expect. Continue reading
When I think back over my career I can see that there have been people who have held a ‘management’ post in various organisation I have worked for who have truly managed. Be that people, process or projects.
When I sit back today and reflect on those of us, myself included, who are managers I wonder how much of our time we actually spend managing. Continue reading
Motivation, when you have it life is great, when you don’t life is so much harder. But what is it that actually motivates people?
The real answer is lots of things which are all different for each individual. So what have I learned about motivating people over my career? Firstly that it is far easier to demotivate and switch people off from a goal/task/outcome than it is to get them on board. Continue reading