I have recently taken the time to update and add my ‘Where to Start’ page to the sites menu. This is a place for new and established readers alike to have a look at some of my favourite posts since I started the site in February 2014.
I have broke these down into the following areas:
- Creativity – Posts about writing, blogging and general creativity
- Health – Posts about nutrition and fitness
- Money – Posts about work and finances
- Self-Improvement – Posts about goals, mindset, habits and generally living a better life
I will probably update this page again soon. But please see a copy of the links on this page below to see if there are any posts that take an interest.
Finally thank you for continuing to read, liking and commenting on my site. I appreciate all feedback! Continue reading “The Manifesto of Perfection – Where to Start?”
Hello dear reader,
Upon the positive feedback on my post writing good comments on a blog, I thought I would extend my advice to another area that irritates me in the world of blogging and blog writing.
The irritant is when a site or an author takes the piss out of their loyal readers.
Firstly I will give a definition of my colloquialism:
take the piss (out of someone or something)
phrase of piss
- [British] vulgar slang
Mock someone or something
Right now that’s cleared up onto the issue… Continue reading “Perfect Blogging: Don’t take the piss”
I really love my job, it is probably the best one I have ever had.
It is strange because when I got the new job it was a step up from the old one. I have more responsibility and more money. But unlike my other job I am back at the bottom – basically I am the office junior and have to do all the tedious work that comes with that. Continue reading “Competition in the work place”
I used to volunteer as a manager at Oxfam.
One day a customer was arguing the toss on getting a discount on the set price.
This was normal practice in the shop as everyone who tried to haggle had the same argument
“But you got it for free – so what does it matter what you charge?” Continue reading “The Customer is always right”
Following in the footsteps of someone who is exceptionally talented can be a daunting and intimidating prospect.
Whether it is with work where you take on the job of someone who is described as “invaluable” “a massive loss when they left” or “did so much for us” to having family or friends who are massive successes in your own right.
This can all put a bit of pressure on you where you will just feel inadequate and maybe even think “it’s not even worth trying – I will never be as good at them!”
The temptation is to quit or just be average at best and not care what other people say. But mediocrity is not the best approach to life. There are other ways of making your own mark – even against someone who sounds like the second coming of Jesus Christ himself! Continue reading “How to make an impact when you follow in a successful person’s footsteps”
Want to know how to make a job application or covering letter more appealing to your potential new employer?
For many years when I completed job applications I always thought from the perspective of myself – the skills, knowledge and experience that I could offer – which in theory sounds right because I am showing why I was the most qualified person to do that position.
But the problem is I was competing against a pool of applicants who were also just as qualified to do the job. Therefore I didn’t stand out to be offered interviews.
Continue reading “One simple way to improve your job application”
In the corporate world there seems to be a big hard-on to aspire towards top level leadership.
Answering e-mails on your holiday or at your son’s football game doesn’t really sell it to me.
As a by-product of this thinking many organisations almost shove this level of career development down it’s workers throats.
But what if someone doesn’t want to?
Continue reading “Cogs”
As a “professional” I am signed up to LinkedIn.
At the moment the only function I can really see is to increase my connections, of people I once networked with in a professional setting. Essentially has become some sort of organisation Pokedex where I have to catch them all – or rather got to network with them all. This usually results in a mundane loop from the newsfeed where I get to see what my network “liked”.
Continue reading “LinkedIn isn’t working…”
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”
A common question asked at interviews is
“What is your strength and what is your weakness?”
I have heard a number of methods for answering this question and thought I would focus onthe second part of this question as usually people are quite good about talking about a particular area that they excel in.
The whole purpose on an interview is to sell yourself and show that you are the right candidate for the job. But this is what makes this question interesting because it is deliberately asking the candidate to say something negative about themselves. Here I talk through some potential answers to this question. Continue reading “How to answer the interview question – What is your weakness?”