At work, you may have noticed people in your peer group who are clearly trying to make their way to the top of the organisation. They don’t care whose toes they have to tread on – and that includes yours. Although you’re also obviously trying to make a good impression in the workplace, there’s no point getting into a “tit-for-tat” situation with competitive colleagues as this rarely ends well for you or for the organisation as a whole. You have to strike the balance between being able to understand and work with these people and not letting them get in the way of your own ambitions.
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Soft skills are often underestimated, yet their importance can’t be overestimated. They are what mark us out from the rest of the crowd as exceptional job candidates, employees and leaders. Many of us may struggle to define what a soft skill is or to name specific ones. With that in mind, here’s an explanation of 8 different soft skills that you should strive to develop or, if you’re already conscious of having them, aim to use more often.
Stuck in a rut, but petrified of taking the big leap? Trapped by a high salary, strong track record or the expectations of family and friends? You know you want out, but everyone around you says you’d be insane to give up what you have? Lucy Watson explores how to overcome the voices holding you back.
Being a manager is not nearly as easy as it sounds. If you take on that type of job, there are two main categories of problems that you will immediately become aware of. The first is the time pressures. The second is people issues. What are the most common issues that crop up within each of these categories and how do you deal with them?
In this recent Tedx Talk, Julian Treasure explores the power of conscious listening, one of the silent skills of communication, and explores ways to improve how we listen, and how in turn this can positively impact our lives and relationships.
The issues you have to consider when attempting to switch roles internally are very different to what you have to deal with when you’re trying to change employers. Here are some tips for succeeding in the face of the very specific challenges that an internal job change brings with it.
Sometimes the need for a career change pops up at very short notice and rather surprises us with its intensity. Sometimes our need for a career change lingers for a long time, almost festering in the back of our mind, rumbling away and causing us anxiety because we’re not doing anything about it. What are the reasons why we may need a career change? Let’s look at the range of possible issues.
There are now millions of people working independently, as freelancers. If this is something that you’re interested in pursuing here are some handy tips to help you make it.
The ability to listen well is often an undervalued skill and can bring a wide range of benefits to both your work and everyday life. What's more, you can become a much more effective listener in just a few simple steps. Take a look at our latest animation and see the difference it makes.
Although starting a new career from scratch when you’re already secure in your current one may seem like a thankless task, it is a direction that many of us want to go in. Here are some tips for getting started.