The sense of it all

My dad joked when my daughter was born "Facebook has replaced the newspaper for announcements" It was a statement I couldn't help think and laugh about (perhaps inappropriately) when I read about the premature death of a former work colleague. The Internet is supposed to bring us closer together, I can read hundreds of unsolicited … Continue reading The sense of it all

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The Manifesto of Perfection – Where to Start?

Hi all, 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 … Continue reading The Manifesto of Perfection – Where to Start?

Competition in the work place

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 … Continue reading Competition in the work place

The Customer is always right

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 … Continue reading The Customer is always right

Habits you should adopt

This post was originally posted on April 2014 Additional note: It's interesting to go back through my old posts to see how my writing has changed, reading it can be a bit embarrassing but I guess it shows I have changed and evolved... Life is short, some people choose to waste their free time doing much … Continue reading Habits you should adopt

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?

One simple way to improve your job application

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 … Continue reading One simple way to improve your job application

With great power comes great responsibility

Working my way around the shops the other day I heard a young teenage girl hysterically cry "Oh!  This would happen to meee!!!" Apart from the obvious victim status negative thinking - this highlighted a large number of people's inability to take responsibility for their own mistakes. Upon listening further it had turned out she had stupidly … Continue reading With great power comes great responsibility

How not to be a pushover

This post on assertiveness was originally posted on March 2015. I set this development goal on something originally set called 'Stop looking after my friends so much'. The last few months has been a key few months.  I have started my new job, but realise (and have been told) that I lack the confidence to … Continue reading How not to be a pushover

Cogs

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 … Continue reading Cogs