Managing yourself

8 questions to ask yourself before you contribute to the firm’s grapevine

In our blog series on 12 ways to successfully navigate your firm’s politics  (part 1, part 2, part 3), we talked about avoiding gossiping or supplying information to the firm’s grapevine. Here are 8 questions to ask yourself BEFORE you share some information: Why am I sharing this? Does it create or solve a problem? Do people …

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What are political mistakes? And, can they really wreck my career?

In our last three blog posts (part 1, part 2, part 3) we have been looking at ways to navigate and survive the firm’s politics. In this blog post we will look at what we mean by political mistakes. Firstly, let us remind ourselves about what we mean by being politically savvy: (definition is taken …

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27 reasons why you may have lost your career mojo

In yesterday’s post we looked at ways to identify if you are lacking in career ambition. In today’s post we look at the many reasons why you may have lost your career ambition: 1. Bored 2. Don’t trust your firm 3. Don’t trust your partner 4. Don’t trust your mentor 5. Don’t trust your counseling/line/staff/appraising …

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Are you self-medicating to keep up with your peers?

I’d had 3 hours sleep. An energy-sapping day networking at a conference loomed large in my consciousness. I was fairly confident that I would be fine and get through the day. How did I know that? The benefits of having two young children have taught me that adrenaline will get me through these tough situations …

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Barriers to firm growth: keeping it all up in your head

For the 1st time ever I was heckled during a keynote speech. I know, it had to happen at some point… but despite my polite acknowledgement, it was a battle I couldn’t win at that point in time. So, what produced the emotion from my delegate? It was the suggestion that if firms are to increase …

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Stop saying ‘fine’ if you want to develop a profitable relationship

I was reading a great blog post by Dinah Liversidge on ‘is being ‘fine’ costing you business’, which prompted me to think in more detail about how being ‘fine’ is hindering your from developing your personal brand and relationships further. Dinah, in her article, examines really well the reasons why we say it. In this …

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How to ACE your presentation regardless of who is in the audience

I thought my presentation was going OK, then 1 person killed it at the end. How you can learn from my experience Do some people put you off? Have you ever had to give a presentation and been afraid, or thought that it wasn’t quite hitting the mark? I have found out that it isn’t …

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