Are you constantly learning by reading books, listening to blogs and watching videos? I was until I realised that I was not applying 90% of what I learnt. Filling my brain with information that I was not using or retaining, wasted precious time that I could never get back. [pullquote align="normal" cite="Benjamin Franklin"]Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.[/pullquote] This post will show some of the techniques I use to get started, learn, apply and keep going. (more…)
It’s hard to keep motivation going with your goals in January and in some cases, even get started. The Christmas festivities are a distant memory, the weather sucks, it is ages before summer and your boss is telling you about the stack of work he wants you to complete this year. (more…)
Do you have a dream of a new career, your own business, a house in the country, more time with the family, financial freedom or something else? You do, excellent :-) Let’s start moving you towards that dream today. (more…)
Not sure whether you should go to the Christmas party? If so, I am going to share what I have learned about Christmas parties and maybe change your mind. I am also going to share some memorable stories from Christmas parties past. So even if you always go to the Christmas party you should also read on… (more…)
Throughout my corporate career, I attended courses that told me that I needed to set goals to be successful and achieve my dreams. I even did practical goal setting exercises. (more…)
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.
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…)
Are you at breaking point, but cannot say no to your manager or colleagues?
Are you are taking on work that is moving you away from the career you want?
If so, then I am going to show you how to say no so that both you and your manager walk away happy.
Do you have an internal tug of war? One side pulling you to spend more time at work and the other pulling you to spend more time at home.
Does your family tell you they miss you and want to spend more time with you?
If so, I can show you how to get the work life balance you need.
Do you find yourself at the end of the day wondering where all the time went or find it hard to get everything done that you need too?
If so, then you should try the pomodoro technique. I have used it for 4 weeks now and found it extremely effective.
Let me tell you some more… (more…)
You can have a great career as a software developer without a degree.
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 RooseveltWithout further ado, here is my story.
Work is a competitive environment and being visible is a must if you want to succeed in your career. Are you having trouble getting noticed at work? Are you stuck in the same company position whilst your peers progress? If so, then I am going to show you some practical actions that will raise your head above your peers and get you the recognition you deserve. (more…)
If you are the person everyone turns to when there is an issue, then you are the team's hero and firefighter. I have been there, it is a great feeling, but are you doing more harm than good to you and your career? In this post I am going to show you the pros and cons of being a firefighter and how to retire from the role. (more…)
This is one of the toughest decisions every software developer (me included) has to make during their career. It is also a decision you may revisit again later in your career when your aspirations change. This post will provide you with some helpful and practical decision making advice that I have used whilst mentoring many developers through this difficult decision process. (more…)
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…)
Whether you are leading a team, project or any other initiative, it is critical that you give off a positive can do attitude, even if your work or personal life is not going well.
The previous organisation I worked for had an extremely effective and tough promotion process with independent employee evaluators and senior promotion boards. The candidates that I and my management team put forward in the last three years were all promoted apart from one.
I am really pleased that you have arrived here as you have shown proactivity in wanting to understand how you can improve your performance assessment rating, unlike others I have seen who meet their objectives and complain that their rating does not match their expectations.