The interview: Tell me about yourself

One of my favourite interview questions is: "So... Tell me about yourself?" I like this question, not because it's particular good or useful but because it's so vague that without prior thought and preparation it's sure to go wrong. It's certainly the best question to hear funny anecdotes of bad responses. "Yes... well... my names … Continue reading The interview: Tell me about yourself

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How am I going to make someone’s life better today?

6am, the alarm on my phone plays its upbeat jingle, it's called Over the Horizon yet I don't feel like that.  Motivation to pull myself out of bed will do for the moment. Work has become very beaurcratic and process based recently.  Not surprisingly the desire to jump out of bed and go has been … Continue reading How am I going to make someone’s life better today?

How to answer the interview question – What is your weakness?

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 … Continue reading How to answer the interview question – What is your weakness?

How did we all become such miserable bastards?

In the western world we live in a very privileged society.  We have safety, comfort and the freedom of leisure in ways that our ancestors never experienced. So, what I am wondering is... How did we all become such miserable bastards? I walk along the street and spot people with glum faces.  You give a … Continue reading How did we all become such miserable bastards?

Dealing with the negative

I bumped into someone from my old team the other day.  With her was my replacement who had begun the role a month ago.  I am not rude and didn't want to blank her, so I began talking to her so that she wasn't just sat back observing our conversation.  I introduced myself and asked … Continue reading Dealing with the negative

Better Things

If you have read this blog for a while you will know that I am a big fan of the punk band - The Bouncing Souls. One of my favourite songs by them is called Better Things.  With catchy, feel good lyrics, this makes it a classic Souls anthem.  But when I first ventured into the … Continue reading Better Things

Good Mentor/Bad Mentor

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. Good Mentor … Continue reading Good Mentor/Bad Mentor

Fighting the Forces of Negativity

This week has been my most testing time in my new job. I have been optimistic and upbeat since starting, but this is the first week where I seem to have been fighting the forces of negativity from all sides. With people leaving, going on holiday or being off sick, things look light on the ground. … Continue reading Fighting the Forces of Negativity

My Hell – 1 year on

It was almost a year ago when I was heading up for a crash and my life took a turn for the worse and I thought there was no escape. I even wrote a post about it called My Hell. I was truly in a sorry state - I was in no fit condition to … Continue reading My Hell – 1 year on

Sharing Dreams and Goals

Apart from writing a blog that discusses some of my dreams and goals, in the real world I have kept many of my goals secret. But why would I do such a thing? Is it because I am embarrassed by what I set?  Or is it because assume that people are quiet negative and take pleasure … Continue reading Sharing Dreams and Goals