Posts tagged Career
Lumina Psychometric Tool

During the summer of 2016, I trained to become a Practitioner of the Lumina Psychometric tool. A CEO has recently used the tool as part of a recruitment process and has been suitably impressed at how it helped him to make a better-informed appointment. Based on the ‘Big 5’ and the best of ‘Jung’, the Lumina tool is unique because it avoids stereotyping whilst communicating personal preferences using memorable colours. It is excellent for gaining an insight into how one might work effectively with others. Think Myers Briggs plus!

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Talent and genius

I have been reading about talent and genius over the last month. Both the New Scientist and National Geographic magazines have focused on these themes recently. One of the most interesting aspects is that many of those we refer to as having huge talent or being a genius (e.g. Einstein, Edison, Newton) have many similarities. Men of European origin. The stereotypes endure. A study published by Science found that girls as young as age six, are less likely than boys to say that members of their gender are ‘really, really smart’. Even worse, the study found that girls act on that belief and begin to avoid activities said to be for children who are ‘really, really smart’.

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Helen RobinsonCareer
The Paradox of Success

Did you know:

  • James Dyson built 5127 prototypes before succeeding with what we now know as the cyclone vacuum. On average, just 100 prototypes were built by other manufacturers
  • David Beckham could do 50 ‘keepy-uppies’ at age 6; by age 9 he could do 2003
  • Michael Jordan famously told how he missed more than 900 shots in his career
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The ‘gig’ economy

Taking care of your career these days is an ongoing relentless requirement. Your organisation will keep reshaping itself to fit our rapidly changing world. It is the only way to survive in this fiercely competitive environment. Of course, in so many cases, we compete with and against the world, not just the UK. Your organisation may merge, restructure, downsize or form new alliances and partnerships. There is a high chance you may not like some or all of this. In many ways, what you think is irrelevant. Resistance to change is almost always a dead-end street. Success comes when you align with the direction of travel.

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Helen RobinsonCareer
Overcoming setbacks and building resilience

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Setbacks. We all have them. I remember being turned down for five HR director jobs before one finally landed. In one case I was even flown to an interview in Missouri, US, only to discover the day after I got back that I hadn’t been successful. The thing about setbacks, failures and being turned down is that they only represent a brief moment in time. Thinking back, I see now that at least one or two of the jobs I applied for wouldn’t have been right for me.

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Fear at work

There is an increasing body of evidence indicating that a number of us are fearful at work. For clarity, I am not referring to egrophobia which relates to the fear of work. Let me explain. Over the last few years, workplaces have experienced significant levels of turbulence. Much of this was brought on by the recession and led to organisations having to move into ‘survival’ mode.

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The future of work

I read a great article in the Financial Times, the day after this year’s budget. One of the aspects covered was how the world of work is changing. The article predicted the future of work in 2025 and gave a prediction of roles that will still exist, will have declined or will be increasingly popular. By the way I was interviewed for a finance magazine feature recently. If you haven’t already seen it, please click here to do so (I’m on the front cover and on page 23).

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Happy New Year!

I hope you have had a good break over the Christmas and New Year period. I did. I saw a great online article over the Christmas period. Perhaps you saw it too. It reminded me that at this time of year, many press the reset button on objectives, dreams and ambitions. We can make the mistake of giving up too early.

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Helen RobinsonCareer
Getting what you want

Much of my time is spent negotiating – mostly on behalf of others. For many of today’s organisations there are flatter structures and a continual drive for efficiency. Part of the impact of this is the requirement to negotiate with colleagues in order to get things done. We negotiate a great deal. More than we realise. Sometimes it goes smoothly, sometimes it seems difficult. We all have different styles.

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Getting out of survival mode

I cannot claim any credit for today’s missive. A few weeks ago I read an article in the Observer which had a positive impact on me and which, I share with you today. The article is entitled  ‘8 Things every person should do before 8am’,  written by Benjamin Hardy. The context is that life is busy. It can feel impossible to move towards your dreams. If you have a full time job and children it becomes even harder.  

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Another year

Happy new year! It is hard to believe that we are at the start of another year already. Conflict can be horrid stuff. Its effects can be extremely harmful to one’s health.  In our line of work, we are grateful that throughout 2014 we have been able to assist many people to extract themselves out of conflict and difficulties in workplace.

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Helen RobinsonCareer
Breakfast Seminar

Last month, we held a Breakfast Seminar in Central London for senior HR leaders. The speaker was Peter Cheese, Chief Executive of the CIPD. It was excellent and we are grateful to HR colleagues at the Royal College of Art for hosting us.

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Helen RobinsonCareer
Take 5 minutes

At funerals, we tend to hear about how great people were. It is unfortunate that many of us neglect to take a few minutes to stop and tell someone how they are appreciated or write a thank you card after a particular event while they are alive. I received a hand written thank you card the other day after giving a short talk at a community event.

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Today’s workforce

Last month I touched on the topic of careers and the changing world of work. It struck a chord with many readers so this month I have written a brief follow up. In particular, towards the end are some statistics about the workforce and Millennials.

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Helen RobinsonCareer
Christmas clear out

As of Monday 7th November, there will be just 30 working days left until many people break for Christmas on 16th December.  A tradition for many executives is to have an office clear out at the end of the year, “stuff” builds up and there are not many better ways to begin the New Year than with a clear desk and filing system.

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Helen RobinsonCareer
Change – it’s everywhere

Over the last month I have had many, many conversations with people who are going through change at work. There is much uncertainty. Lots of people are affected personally by this change i.e. their own jobs may be at risk.

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Helen RobinsonCareer
What about you (again)?

Remember this topic?

Late last year, you might recall that my weekly missives focussed on the theme of personal development for a while. I mentioned that HR professionals often spend huge amounts of time and energy concentrating on the development of others but they regularly forget about themselves. I think that Cobbler’s Children was the term I used. I know that not everyone who receives this weekly text is a HR professional.

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