Let’s say I asked you to put together a bucket list – a list of things that you want to do before you die.
Before reading on just take a minute to think about what those things would be.
Done it? Okay I will continue…
Without even knowing you I bet it included something of the following:
Continue reading “Why bucket lists are bad and why you should shun them”
My mum always said you knew you were getting older when you started to see policemen that were younger than you; so I don’t know what Tracey thought when I walked in and said:
“Hi, I’m James, your new manager.”
Continue reading “Managing someone with more experience: The Baby Manager”
Following on from my post about fearing the gym, I thought I would share this story of when I did experience the thoughts of sheep.
I had recently finished a graduate placement – because of the recession the market for jobs in the sector I was looking for had dried up.
I had put on weight as I focused all my time making the best impact in my graduate placement, hoping that they would decide to keep me. As that never happened I was penniless, out-of-shape and feeling low. Continue reading “Gym Bitches”
One of the key elements of my ‘Money’ system is to move up the career ladder
Recently I have had the opportunity to fill in for a senior member of staff who has been on long term sick. As I was covering a large part of their duties, I viewed this as an opportunity to prove myself and felt that by the time they returned I would have been ready for promotion.
I have carried out a number of more responsible tasks, liaised with the top execs in my organisation and gained knowledge in new areas. Continue reading “Money vs Happiness”
As I try to make my way up the career ladder I have found the support of others is essential. I really do miss having a good mentor to coach me and call me out on any bullshit though.
I have a number of experiences of ‘mentors’ – one was good, one was bad. Continue reading “Good Mentor/Bad Mentor”
I was reading a book on leadership, when someone remarked “Aspiring to be a manager are we…”
There still seems to be a wide confusion between being a leader and being in charge.
So to put it clearer – you may call yourself a manager or the boss – but that doesn’t mean you are a leader. Continue reading “Everyone could potentially be a leader”
There are a lot of sayings out there. A lot of them bullshit, but:
“Actions Speak Louder than Words”
Is the real deal.
Continue reading “Actions Speak Louder than Words”
When I first started the Manifesto of Perfection. It functioned as a tool to meet my writing goals and more importantly as a way of keeping me accountable to the objectives I set.
Around November last year I looked back at what I had originally set out to do and was sad, as I felt that I had made little progress on certain things.
After recently having a clear out, I found various notes going back to when I was 18, that I did not complete. One detailed how I intended to be a professional karate instructor. Continue reading “How failing goals can be good”