Dr. Ernesto Sirolli on TED Talks delivers a passionate and entertaining talk about listening and tuning into people and their potential. Nearly 700,000 people have viewed Dr. Sirolli’s talk. He gives a passionate portrayal about what he believes is important in relation to supporting people and what inspired me to write this blog: Listening, actively staying present in the moment, hearing and understanding what a person is sharing.
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Here's an encouraging tale of a graduate trainee working their way up to vice-chairman, via a number of roles varying in type and seniority. In this icould video, Rory Sutherland of Oglivy explains how he climbed the ranks of the group and how he came to be at the industry-leading creative agency in the first place.
At the outset of our working lives, we make an assumption that our employers will look after us. It’s sometimes not until many years have passed that we recognize our career as ours to manage. Doing so is a fundamental step forward for many people who were hitherto stuck in dependency mode with regards to that.
We need to understand just why it’s important to be in control and why we have a need to grow continuously throughout our working years. The subject of careers is huge in its dimension. Its impact on us helps us to understand the importance of it for our survival. Being a member of an online career community filled with like-minded professionals and with various tools and resources can make negotiating our career journey much easier. But how can you get as much as possible out of such a career club?
Early 2013 brings you the perfect opportunity to think about how you want this year to be and what you wish for your future. It could be a good time to explore a change in career direction, or it could be a chance for you to develop skills that move you to the next level in your career.
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Guest article by Yasmin Codron from leading Graduate Recruitment consultancy Graduate Recruitment Bureau
When it comes to the job hunt, writing a stand out CV can be a distressing task for anyone. Students, graduates, employees – we all have to do it. But what people forget is that the cover letter has just as much importance in influencing a job application.
What is a cover letter?
Happy New Year! People say the number 13 is unlucky for some, but the way your 2013 turns out will have little to do with luck, or lack thereof. Instead of waiting for things to happen, for you to ‘get lucky’, or waiting for things to go wrong, to confirm you’re an ‘unlucky’ person, think about how you’re going to take control of your life, including your career. By taking responsibility for our professional lives and becoming more career conscious, we can make things happen. However 2012 turned out for you and whatever stage your career is at, here are some tips for making 2013 YOUR year by creating your own ‘luck’. Depending on what works for you, you can adopt one or more of these pointers as New Year’s Resolutions or you can decide to incorporate them into your life in a more casual manner.
A number of years ago, I had an employee who became dissatisfied. I think he became frustrated with his compensation, but he also hadn’t accomplished what he needed to earn an additional bonus. Undoubtedly, he had other issues on his mind as well.
He finally decided that he needed to leave our firm, so he decided to interview with other companies. After securing a new position, he came to me to ask for a bonus one last time. He asked. I answered, no. He said, “In that case, I quit!” I felt burned, and lied to, and inadequate all at the same time.
Informing your boss that you will be leaving your
As the song goes, “So this is Christmas/And what have you done/Another year over” – and what a year it’s been! The Olympics and Paralympics, the U.S. Presidential Election, the breaking of several international sporting ducks and numerous media revelations and scandals have all had a big impact.
It’s not easy getting into an MBA program. You have to be really committed and pretty smart. It’s also going to cost you a lot in terms of your financial commitment to it. When you come into the program with the belief that you’ve done well in your career so far, you’re really looking forward to learning a lot and gaining an important qualification. It can become quickly apparent that no student, us included, knows everything. We all come with specific experience of different aspects of the program but none of us know everything. And that’s great because you know you’re going to get learning in areas you haven’t had a chance to explore before.
If you’ve attended any of our webinars, follow @posignition on Twitter or have read our review, you’ll know what big fans we are of The Start-up of You by Reid Hoffman. Here are 10 of our favourite practical tips from the book co-authored by the chairman of LinkedIn.
1. Make like an entrepreneur. The book is called The Start-Up of You because the concept of applying an entrepreneurial mindset to your career is a central tenet. Aim to be as innovative and energetic in your career as entrepreneurs are in the development, running and championing of their projects.