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  • Putting up with

What are you putting up with at work?

November 13th, 2019|0 Comments

To a great extent, I believe that that many of us are simply putting up with stuff at work. I talk partly from personal experience, but also from listening to many of those I come into contact with. Various sources point to approximately half of employees in the UK being unhappy in the workplace. Surely, this isn’t desirable or even acceptable!   Why are we putting up with this? I think this often happens quite innocently, before it builds unconsciously over time. Initially we accept something that conflicts with us temporarily, as a kind of compromise. These things can often be something quite small or seemingly insignificant. But our initial easiness can transform into a greater tolerance, and ultimately transform [...]

  • Love what you do

Love what you do – by doing more of what you love!

October 30th, 2019|0 Comments

What do you enjoy most within your work? Many of us probably have a mix of tasks, some that we love and other bits that we, well, don’t love quite as much. These will differ by person and by role, and may also evolve for the same person at different stages of their careers.  You could well have two people enjoying quite different aspects of a similar role.   The bits you don’t like The bits you don’t like may include administrative tasks, organisational politics or people management. You know the ones I’m referring to: they’re the ones that can drain you of energy just thinking about them. Or, they’re the ones that you tend to put off or delegate [...]

  • Lady experiencing overwhelm with her head in her hands

Overwhelm – six constructive steps

May 10th, 2019|0 Comments

Overwhelm is something that I feel periodically and I'm discovering that I'm not alone. It's hardly surprising given modern lives are so busy and multi-faceted. Overall, I [...]

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Taking the leap

March 27th, 2019|0 Comments

I’ve got some great news to share with you…I’m taking the leap! You probably already had a sense of this if you’ve been following me via Age [...]

  • Smarter

Working smarter, not harder!

March 7th, 2019|1 Comment

Fancy working smarter, rather than hard? This sounds like a great proposition to someone as busy as me. But what does it actually mean? And, more importantly, [...]

  • Different

Do Something Different

December 26th, 2018|5 Comments

This article follows on from my earlier blog post “Does the prospect of having to work until your late 60s fill you with fear and dread?”. To [...]

Thrive in your current line of work

November 13th, 2018|6 Comments

This article follows on from my earlier blog post “The prospect of having to work until your late 60s”. Essentially you have 3 main options: firstly, change nothing and [...]

  • Selfie of Melanie at a networking event

Learn to love networking!

August 28th, 2018|1 Comment

I reckon I probably do a lot more than most in the networking arena. When I mention my networking quests to friends and colleagues, I’m often met [...]

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Coaching for success in life

August 27th, 2018|3 Comments

I’ve mentioned coaching during a few of my other articles, so I thought it was probably time to tell you a bit more about what it is [...]

  • Man in despair with head in hands questioning whether this is really it

Is this really it?

August 25th, 2018|0 Comments

Is this really it? I’m surprised, saddened and excited by some of the conversations I’ve had lately. People often mention their future dreams in passing, and then [...]

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Growth mindset for success

August 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

Our mindset can be a key driver of our success and ultimately our happiness. In this article, we’ll start with some definitions and context around the mindset [...]

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