What is the value that you bring?

Most of us struggle to articulate the value we bring to our organisation. Our employment history usually points to our technical knowledge and skills. Maybe it was in systems development or cyber security, large scale projects, or perhaps data and analytics. But whilst your knowledge and skills are good starting points for defining your value, that is not sufficient for a leadership role. Your value as a leader needs to also include the transferable strength that has supported you throughout your career and more than likely, in your life in general. 

However, most of us cannot clearly convey our strength and therefore the value we bring.… Read more

What’s important to you?

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When Chris knocked back a lucrative job offer, his boss was staggered. He thought it would have ticked all the boxes; expanded accountability, opportunities for business growth, personal challenge, to name a few. But he had not understood that it would impinge on Chris’ commitment to integrate work with his young family.

Chris knew that he would have to be available around the clock to respond to emails, join global conference calls in diverse time zones, as well as work on weekends.… Read more

Are you learning and growing?

Sunshine – Amelia Wall

A few months into a new job and Kevin was already asking himself how he would know when it was time to leave. It was a question that had come up often in his earlier career. He had moved jobs every year or two, so that he did not get stuck in one job for too long. But he also knew that he had to deliver game-changing results if he aspired to more senior leadership roles. On reflection, he realised that he would only leave his job when he stopped learning and growing. 

Learning and growing is a critical piece of the employee engagement puzzle for Kevin and many others.… Read more

Will it be a year by design or will you work on other people’s agendas?

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Last year was a pretty good year for Christine. She handled some pretty difficult challenges. Her boss gave her good feedback. She is the go-to person who he could count on to get things done. But it had been a stressful year for her and had affected her family life. She had allowed other people’s agendas to determine how she spent her time and she was frustrated that she had not made the impact that she knew she could make. 

Christine was excited to create her personal vision for this year, which included developing and implementing a strategy for her part of the business.She wants to feel fulfilled at the end of the year knowing that she has forwarded her own agenda.… Read more

Are you getting the reward of giving?

Boy at the Ruben Centre – photo via 500 Supporters’ Group

I once asked a senior executive who was involved on numerous boards and charities, how he found the time to do it all. His answer was simple, “I get back twice as much as I put in,” he said. To him, giving was its own reward.
It is a view supported by a survey of 200,000 adults in 136 countries, who answered questions about their charitable donations and happiness. After household income and other demographic factors were taken into account, they received a boost in their well-being from having given in the past month; as high as it would be if they doubled their household income. Read more