Blogs to Inspire

Moving from self doubt to confidence

Moving from self doubt to confidence is a challenge for men and women.  After all self doubt a natural human condition.  Every person with a pulse will have times when they have are or  experiencing doubt.  And it impacts all ages, genders, career levels and industries,  No one is exempt from that gnaw in the…

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Navigating a career leap across private and public sectors

Are you are a professional or executive in the private sector and keen to move across to the public sector?  Or perhaps you have been in the public sector for some time and keen to experience a new career in the private sector?   In this blog I look at navigating a career leap across both…

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Why leaders must step up with gravitas on LinkedIn

Today more than ever, leaders are under the spotlight and being examined for personal integrity, organisational diligence, DEI (diversity, equity & inclusion) and ESG (environmental, social & governance) policies and values.  This is why leaders must step up with gravitas on LinkedIn as this article discusses. The heat is turned onto high with a constant…

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What has been lost or forgotten in your life & career

Finding what has been lost or forgotten in your life or career is such an amazing feeling. It’s pure joy to rummage around in a cupboard or storage area and rediscover an item that brings back memories and  happiness.   And often it’s a trigger to remember a little part of ourselves that we had lost…

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The power of compliments

The power of compliments can never be underestimated.  Mark Twain famously said “I can live for two months on a good compliment”.   World Compliments Day (yes its a day) falls on the 1st March each year.  And its a terrific day to reflect  on the value of  compliments for the other 364 days of the…

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Are you emotionally ready for the job search theme park?

The job search ecosystem is a lot like Disneyland and Luna Park.   Once you enter through the amusement park gates, you better be prepared to hold on tight and expect the unexpected.  Are you emotionally ready for the job search theme park?   The roller coasters, dodgem cars, water wild thrills, gravitron’s and plethora of…

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Why career executives must stop lurking on LinkedIn

This blog discusses  why  career executives must stop lurking on LinkedIn.  I look at why engaging is important, what stops many contributing and how to comment and engage with gravitas..  But first up – are you  one of the millions lurking, browsing content regularly, keeping quiet &/or hesitant to engage on LinkedIn? Well you would…

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Bowl over career ageism in 2024

Many professionals and executives over 45 are contemplating a new role, career change or continuing their job search.  The question for a a lot of  men and women will be how to bowl over career ageism in 2024. Some will have lost their mojo and confidence from 2023 &/or struggling on the job search application…

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Being too trusting or too sceptical can harm your business or career

Success is a combination of many elements. And risk prevention is one of them as being too trusting or too sceptical can harm your business or career.   It’s a bit like the Goldilocks conundrum – too much, too little and just right is the middle ground we seek. Now I’m not referring to cybercrime and…

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Do you feel like a hiring puppet on a string?

Way back in 1967 Sandie Shaw recorded the hit song Puppet on a String.  Whilst the lyrics were written for a love interest, by gee they hold court in the hiring ecosystem.   Do you feel like a hiring puppet on a string when interviewing for jobs? Before I dive into the issue at hand, let’s…

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What does being overqualified really mean? Cracking the hiring code

What does being overqualified really mean?  Is it about ageism? Is it just a lazy trite hiring excuse?  How can you  get to the truth?  How can you navigate and minimise the job search risk? These questions keep millions of executives and professionals awake whilst scratching their heads.  And there is no one size fits…

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How AI is creating a trust and ethics gap on LinkedIn

In 2023 we are witnessing a whole new AI world.   I have deep concerns how AI is creating a trust and ethics gap on LinkedIn.   The celebration of the platform’s 20th anniversary this year coincided with the explosion of ChatGPT and OpenAI, of which LinkedIn’s owner Microsoft has invested $10 Billion.   LinkedIn as the worlds…

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Bring back the art of human charm

There are several dates every year where cash registers explode and people ramp up their charm and expressions of love for others.  We need to bring back the art of human charm all year. It shouldn’t be held for  Valentines Day, Xmas Day, Mothers Day, Fathers Day etc.  Charm is than for the hallmark card…

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Why we must stop using trauma-induced marketing language

We are living in a world where each day brings relentless social media posts and news cycles of trauma, crime, wars, death and horrors in Australia and globally. And its not abating any time soon.  This blog discusses why we must stop using trauma-induced marketing language The words and language we read and speak matter.…

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Avoid making career decisions for the wrong reasons

Making executive career and professional job decisions comes with varying degrees of contemplation, reward and risk.  But it’s not just the choice that matters, but equally, if not more so, why it was made.  This blog will helps to avoid making career decisions for the wrong reasons. There are many elements and incentives that sway…

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How to get career & job search clarity?

How to get career & job search clarity?   Start reflecting on your  WHAT not your WHY.    After many years in a career or company, there can be a sense of confusion on what roles to focus on. Or you may be considering becoming self employed. Contemplating a new job or career change needs to…

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Don’t think you are unique? Well think again!

No one does exactly what you do in the same way you do it.   This is a reality statement, not a value judgement.  So if you don’t think you are unique, well think again!  Just like fingerprints, there are no two the same. Every fingerprint is unique and impossible to replicate as is every persons…

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RUOK with being ageist?

RUOK day in Australia falls around the 2nd week of September.   This year I am posing a question – RUOK with being ageist?   Hard question for many.  That’s good as ageism impacts peoples mental health across all ages and needs personal reflection. The RUOK message is very important as it focusses on wellbeing,  mental health…

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How to ask for a pay rise

If you have been in a role for a long time and are over 45, chances are you may not be getting paid what you are worth or offered other benefits.   Knowing your worth is the first part of navigating how to ask for a pay rise. Earlier this year I was interviewed on Nova’s…

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Are you rejecting yourself and sabotaging success?

Humans are a complex lot. Whilst expressing a desire for change and success, there can be mixed messages.  Are you rejecting yourself and sabotaging success? I see so many exceptionally talented men and women executives and professionals sabotage their career and business success. Their desire to go to the next level or change careers and…

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The role of butterflies for important & thought leadership content

I was told many ago that if you don’t have a few butterflies in your stomach when publishing a piece of important &/or thought leadership content you haven’t gone far enough on the topic.   Oh how this tenet is 100% true, as is having your choice of beverage next to your keyboard to soothe…

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Does your LinkedIn profile sniff of desperation? Are you damaging your personal brand?

People can generally get the vibe and smell of desperation a mile off.  It may be overt or covert, but the feeling is clear.  Does your LinkedIn profile sniff of desperation?  Are you damaging your personal brand on LinkedIn? There is a long line between clever, bold and creative on LinkedIn versus being dodgy and…

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Building healthy habits in men’s careers & lives – Men’s Health Week

Healthy Habits is the theme for this years Men’s International Health Week. It’s a topic that resounds greatly during the week of 12 -18th June 2023 and well beyond.  What are the issues and opportunities for building healthy habits in men’s careers & lives?  I take a look at a few of those in this article.…

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Beyond appearances – a lesson from a song in a New York subway

The cliché “don’t judge a book by its cover” is well known and is on the money.   Looking  beyond appearances in life is a constant issue for most of us.  And this lesson from a song in a New York subway will help to redress  assumptions powerfully. But all too often we forget the message…

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Interview danger flags to run from

Knowing the interview danger flags to run from will save a lot of angst and time.  The more things change the more they stay the same with humans and the hiring eco-system for executives and experienced professionals.  The last few years has been rather strange and unique (read Lost in Space strange hence the image…

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Insights from the 2023 Edelman Trust Barometer Report

This article unpacks insights from the 2023 Edelman Trust Barometer Report.  Released in February, it’s a bumper report rich with data and insights. Many results are broken down by country and many are global. I have dived into the full 72 page report to share what are valuable takeaways. A deep array of research topics…

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What career animal archetype are you?

The year of 2023 will be a very different year for many career professionals and executives.  How people approach their careers will impact  success outcomes when seeking a new job, promotion or career transition.  So what career animal archetype are you? It’s  important to unpack your job search and career management archetype for the short…

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Looking for a new job or relationship? Be different to attract more opportunities

Are you a experienced senior professional or  executive looking for a new job or relationship?  Be different to attract more opportunities is the topic of this blog. .  So grab a cup of your beverage of choice and lets dive in. Why combine job hunting  & relationships? The reason I combined searching for a new…

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Strategies to navigate career ageism

Ageism is a state of mind, assumption and bias that polarises everyone.   But there are many strategies to navigate career ageism as I share in this article. You may have lost confidence  and/or struggling on the job search application mouse wheel. It can seem like a huge wastage of time? But you know the old…

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Strategies to land professional and executive jobs

The volume of new senior and executive roles available in market is robust alongside solid competition at the top end.  In this blog I outline strategies to land professional and executive jobs.   So lets dive into them. In this article I share the reasons for interviews, taking a new mindset approach with strategies that will…

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The mysterious LinkedIn algorithms

Sometimes working out LinkedIn feels a bit like a cross between a meeting of Harry Potter and the IQ organisation  Mensa.  Nothing creates more confusion than trying to figure out how to get traction on LinkedIn.  So let’s unpack the hyperbole of the mysterious LinkedIn algorithms.   CHANGES & PATHWAYS  Constant changes, updates and new…

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Career clichés that make you look like a duck

There are a many career clichés that make you look like a duck   What are they, why do people use them and how to stand out uniquely?  These and more questions (and ducks) follow in this article. Now, unless you are a food group you are not ‘seasoned’.  And unless comatose you will mostly likely…

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Building trust by stopping bulldust excuses

Trust and integrity are core values and  assets in business and life.   And central is building trust by stopping bulldust excuses.  Trust and integrity are essential assets in our professional and personal lives. But a reputation as a bit of a Pinocchio won’t help your goals, business and self esteem. And not being able to discern who…

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Why email lead magnets are losing impact

In the age of email overwhelm and content saturation  email lead magnets are losing impact. Known also as ethical bribes is there a better way to educate and influence prospects? People are growing tired of being bombarded and treated as forgetful numskulls that need constant sales messages and service reminders in their inboxes. WHAT IS…

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Why it’s important to make sure a job title matches the actual job

Battered spuds, swimwear and job titles have much in common believe it or not. In this article I explore why it’s important to make sure a job title matches the actual job title.   Understanding why and how to not assume anything will save time and headaches.   We all know that to assume is to ‘make an…

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Don’t let your LinkedIn content be spoiled by a poor user experience

Great content on LinkedIn can lose traction if not presented well.  In the famous words of Molly Meldrum, ‘do yourself a favour’ and check your UX.  So you want to ensure you don’t let your LinkedIn content be spoiled by a poor user experience. It’s not just the quality and value of good LinkedIn content…

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How engaging on LinkedIn opens up career & job opportunities

If you are an executive or professional seeking a new role, unemployed or changing careers this this  blog is for you.  Many people ask how engaging on LinkedIn opens up career and job opportunities. This article will dive into one of the most effective strategies to do so. . CAREER MARKETING MINDSET  Firstly, career and…

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The power of media & how to reach unknown markets

Regular and targeted  media exposure is highly valuable.   Visibility, credibility and awareness are key outcomes of both the individual and topics at hand.   Small to large businesses and self employed consultants should never underestimate the  power of solid media exposure. Raising market visibility and trust by virtue of exposure in top media (niche, B2B or…

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Under the covers of branding & thought leadership

Not everyone is, can be or wants to be a thought leader, major influencer or a big brand personality.  And that’s perfectly ok.  Not everyone should and could anyhow.   But everyone can be relevant, real and the best version of themselves.  In this article I get  under the covers of branding, personal profiles  and thought…

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How to give and ask for recommendations

Recommendations (testimonials) are highly valuable in building personal and business brand trust. But asking and giving them can be difficult.  In this article I will show how to give and ask for recommendations.. And I will shine a light on the pitfalls to avoid and look out for as discerning genuine testimonials from false  ones…

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