The Difference Between Waiting and Expecting

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  Many little children around the world go to bed on the 24th December in the expectation that Father Christmas will bring them presents while they are sleeping. Since they can remember, these gifts magically appear on Christmas morning, and they fall asleep with a smile on their face in the knowledge that “he” will…

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A Black Book Should Be Nurtured, not Neglected

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  In the days before LinkedIn and social media, the key to networking was attentive listening and thoughtful consultation. Recruiters have always needed to be active at the heart of their respective industries, but when social media arrived, they felt that it was enough to share the odd industry insight on the various platforms. They…

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Learn to Embrace the Ebbs and Flows

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Anyone caught in a rip-tide should know that you can’t fight the current. You can swim across it until the current weakens, allowing you to swim back to shore, but the best advice is to relax, float and calmly signal to be rescued. At the time it feels like you should struggle and that you…

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How Writing Helps Me Sort My Head Out

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  Writing a blog every two weeks or so gives you a mental goal. You have to be able to come up with something that you are happy to share with your audience of friends, colleagues, clients and total strangers. Every word that you write will be judged, and you will be making an (albeit…

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Would You Go Back to an Old Employer / Girlfriend?

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  I should start this blog by saying that I am happily married with kids, but there is certainly an interesting comparison to make here, so I will “imagine” that I am single. Speaking as a male, there are lots of women in the world. Many of them are married and in relationships, but there…

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Why Do We Focus on Targets Rather Than Behaviours?

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When we have a target, we tend to adjust our behaviour to move towards it. Humans are a compliant bunch in general, but I often wonder that we are missing out on a whole load of potential if we merely adapt our behaviour in accordance with a pre-defined target rather than behaving in the very…

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Are You Allergic to Making Decisions?

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  You let out a thunderous sneeze, and your nose starts to stream. You have known this feeling many times before and you know that there is little that you can do. An allergic reaction has kicked in, and you have to get away from the stimulus making you sneeze. A decision is looming on…

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Does Being a Parent Make a Difference at Work?

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I recently went on a lad’s weekend away. There was a large group of us, made up of a variety of different friendship groups, everyone knew someone but no one knew everyone. The group was split between people in their 30’s to 40’s, with the vast majority having young or teenage families. Whilst it’s not…

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Did You Forget That 10-Second Kiss?

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Very few things in life are for ever, nor are they guaranteed. Time passes by, and like a flower turning towards the sun or a tree bent double by a hurricane, you play whatever hand fate deals you at any given moment. You never quite know what is around the next corner, but experience tells…

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Why Are We Sad In The Sweet Shop?

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  A child walks wide-eyed into a sweet shop filled with sugary delights. There is a breathtakingly wide choice of treats, and initially, it is hard to focus attention on anything for more than a few seconds. Then, out of the blue, two realities hit them: firstly it would take a year and a good…

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The Career Lesson From Sunburn

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It is hot in the UK again this week. Us Brits aren’t so used to the sun, so you can always guarantee your fair share of pink faces on the train or in the office on the Monday morning after a particularly hot weekend. We are of course all well aware of the dangers of…

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The Answer to Life The Universe & Everything

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For fans of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, this would be the end of the blog, enough said. However, for the rest of us seeking meaning outside the realms of a fictional world (no matter how compelling), I think that we would all have slightly different answers. I suspect that many of the answers…

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