Personal Development

Monday morning conflict

I joined a new gym a few weeks ago. It has only just opened and contains some strange looking cardio equipment that I have not seen before. A rumour floating around the gym is that the ARC cross fit trainer is used by NFL players as it is a killer workout. I usually stick to the treadmill, but this rumour pulled me towards this machine like a moth to a light. After 15 minutes of interval training on the ARC, I was dripping with sweat and my legs were burning like hell. This machine lives up to the hype and we will be meeting each week for the same. (more…)

By Nicholas Foster, ago
Leadership

Why you should have a junior mentor

My previous blog post Why you should be a mentor outlines the benefits of mentoring, but have you heard of reverse mentoring? Reverse mentoring is a term used when a junior member of a company mentors a senior leader. Former General Electric CEO Jack Welch is widely credited as the first champion of reverse mentoring. He rolled out a program in the late 90s that leveraged younger employee’s knowledge of the Internet to coach GE's top management. But what can these youngsters teach us experienced leaders? Well, quite a bit actually. (more…)

By Nicholas Foster, ago
Leadership

Why you should be a mentor

I have had some great mentors throughout my career, both on a technical and non technical level. My career would not be where it is today without the help of these experienced, clever and giving individuals. Especially the Russian one. I have also mentored and coached hundreds of people during my career, helping them be the best they can be. But why should you mentor? (more…)

By Nicholas Foster, ago
Personal Development

Do you dream of achieving more, but are stuck?

You constantly dream of achieving more in your career and life, but are stuck moving forward. You are always studying, working harder and harder, getting more stressed, but are still not getting anywhere. You feel guilty for spending less hours with your loved ones. You are stuck in a rut and worried that this is it. You feel anxious because you are in a never ending cycle of wanting to do something else, but won't as you do not know what to do next. (more…)

By Nicholas Foster, ago
Personal Development

I drive my career, do you?

It is that time of year when you and your manager sit down and set your objectives. At a company I previously worked at, we had an initiative called iDrive. The employee drives their career using a forward looking career plan and their objectives. I thought this was great, but the amount of employees I know that created a career plan for their objectives was extremely low. Do you let your manager drive your career or are you going to take the driving seat? Great, let’s find out how together. (more…)

By Nicholas Foster, ago
Personal Development

How to respond to feedback in your performance review

As part of your annual performance review, you will get a lot of feedback.

How you react to this feedback and what you do with it, is all under your control.

Reacting the right way and taking positive action will ensure you grow and are more successful in your future career.

I know this can be difficult, so I am going to show you how to respond to feedback and get the outcome you want.

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By Nicholas Foster, ago
Personal Development

How to prepare for your performance review

As the leafs fall from the trees to prepare for next years growth, it is a good time for you to start reflecting on this year as well as preparing for the year to come.

Yep, it is time to prepare for that annual performance review.

This post will show you practical actions you can use to help you prepare for this important review as well as tips for the meeting itself. (more…)

By Nicholas Foster, ago
Personal Development

How to become a software developer without a degree

You can have a great career as a software developer without a degree.

I don’t have a degree and I have had an amazing career in software development. Today, I am going to show you how I slipped in the back door of companies whose first filtering technique is looking for a degree. Would it of been easier with a degree?  At the start yes, but I would not have changed my career journey.
Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well. - Theodore Roosevelt
Without further ado, here is my story.
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By Nicholas Foster, ago
Personal Development

Are you struggling to deal with change?

The one thing apparent in today’s competitive business world is that change is constant and your ability to deal positively with change is important for you, your career and the company you work for. Whenever I am informed of a change, the following thoughts go through my head, why change it, I liked it that way, it will never be as good again. Does this sound familiar? Getting past this mindset can be difficult and if you are struggling to deal with change then the following steps can help you move forward. (more…)

By Nicholas Foster, ago