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What problems are you solving?…………

Posted by on May 24, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

An extract from this month’s post on careerresilience, my thoughts on how we might stumble across the problems we are best suited to solve or the situations where we are most likely to shine.

So here is the extract:

Today’s post has been inspired by a game called the Cortex Challenge, a Brain party game, given to us as a Christmas gift last year. A game that requires each player to compete in several different problem-solving tasks so that ultimately the winner is the first person to accumulate the four pieces needed to complete a brain.

But what intrigued me most about this card based game was the range and variety of problems and tasks that were a part of it. With each of the eight categories, listed below requiring the player to process and manipulate information in a different way. Either through touch, logical reasoning, pattern recognition or through the use of your short-term memory.

  • Finding the correct pathway between two items via a maze.
  • Being the first to identify a word written in its own colour.
  • Completing a physical coordination task
  • Identifying and then being the first to name the one item that is duplicated
  • Recognising which item is repeated most frequently from a jumble of items
  • Using logical reasoning to select the one shape that fits the ‘gap’
  • Using touch to identify an object
  • Memorising and then recalling all the objects shown on a card

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Until next time

Janice Taylor

Setting your own pace……

Posted by on May 8, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s all about travelling and working at your own pace in this post. I have noticed that people are often overwhelmed when forced to work at someone else’s pace. So, my advice this month is, be you and work at your pace.

You are the only one who knows the speed at which you really need to travel.

Engaged and loving your job?….

Posted by on Apr 2, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Do you find yourself leaping out of bed on a Monday morning or is it a real struggle to drag yourself out? This month’s post from careerresilience is based on what I learnt from our family trips to the zoo.

Employee engagement and why it might be lacking in some workplaces has been of interest to me for some time and I have been asking myself; why is work so poor for some? Why are some people seemingly so disengaged, unhappy and unfulfilled in their roles?

Strangely enough, this topic puts me in mind of family trips to the Isle of Wight Zoo which happens to be one of my favourite places to visit on the Island as I always want to see the big cats.

We haven’t been for a few years now, but what I still remember from our past visits and was always strongly impressed by; were the deep levels of love, trust and conviction shown by all members of staff for the welfare of the animals. There was a sense of purpose, conviction and pride that emanated from all the staff, including those in the canteen, those in the shop as well as the keepers.

Working at the Isle of Wight Zoo for these people seemed to be far more than a job – they were clearly on a mission and it showed in their interactions with us as visitors as well as with their interactions with the animals in their charge.

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Until next time

Janice Taylor

Self-Esteem this month….

Posted by on Mar 2, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Another design via Canva, about the importance of finding the people that celebrate you rather than those who merely tolerate you. Hope you enjoy.

Be with the people who celebrate you

Stretch, Grow, Thrive….Part One

Posted by on Jan 19, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s all about personal energy this month at the start of 2018. I am relaunching my Stretch, Grow and Thrive series, with a new look and design, courtesy of my recently acquired Designnrr software. I am determined to find new and different ways of sharing my blog posts and creating a bigger audience.

So part one from the Stretch, Grow and Thrive series is now available as a PDF, via the link: Stretch,Grow, Thrive Part One Jan 2018

It’s all about Self-Belief this month…….

Posted by on Dec 26, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I originally designed and posted this on Instagram, where it seemed to resonate with people. So thought I would share some brief thoughts on self-belief, here:

self-belief

Self-beliefFor all of us there are times when our self- confidence and self-belief dips. When this happens we may well need to look deep inside ourselves, for the reminders that we are okay, that ‘we have this.’

If this is you as we approach the end of 2017, then please do get in contact. Let’s make sure you achieve your dreams for 2018.

Vulnerability and Leadership

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

This month’s post from careerresilience:

Recently, I have been reflecting on the relationship between vulnerability and leadership, for two reasons, really:

One, after years of quoting Brene Brown’s

“You can have courage, or you can have comfort, but you can’t have both”

I finally read, her book Daring Greatly. How the courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we Live, Love, Parent and Lead.

It certainly helped me to see that increasingly those of us that are called to lead and instigate change cannot expect to be comfortable. Discomfort is most likely to become a familiar companion.

This article explores the relationship between vulnerability and leadership.

Two, observing Theresa May’s speech at the recent Tory party conference and our reaction to it.

It is not my intention or wish to become embroiled in a discussion around politics, but I am curious to understand what this means about how we see leadership and what we expect from our leaders.

Do we expect too much or indeed too little from our leaders?

Do we only want to see vulnerability and human frailty in our leaders, when it suits us, when it feels safe? Is it perhaps our own discomfort with vulnerability that stops us from accepting it in our leaders or others?

 

To read the article in full, please click here

Until next time

Janice Taylor

New beginnings…………

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Very excited to be  starting a new course of study for the next couple of years, ‘Autobiography and Life Writing course’. Feels like I’m making a new beginning, based on one of my favourite quotes:

 

Enrolling on the life writing course is for me, choosing courage over comfort for the next couple of years. I start tomorrow and have no idea quite where this will lead, but if I don’t make the decision to do this now I somehow feel it will never happen.

Wish me luck

Janice

 

What career advice did you get when you were growing up? ….

Posted by on Aug 24, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I sometimes think that telling someone you are a career coach, is a little bit like telling someone you are a doctor. Once you have explained what it is, 😉 people will invariably share their career horror stories with you, or will reminisce about the ‘terrible’ career advice they received while growing up.

So, it seems only fair to share some of the ‘career advice’ I received when growing up, most of which still makes me smile today, even after all these years:

“Oh, you don’t want to be bothering with all that Janice, all you are going to do is end up dealing with sh** and stuff.”

This was my A’ Level chemistry partner’s forthright response to my admission that I was considering a career as a forensic scientist.  That genuinely was enough to put me off, so I guess it probably wasn’t meant to be, still he did introduce me to Joan Armatrading so it wasn’t all bad.

“You have flat feet”  

The response I received when I shared my interest in joining the RAF, and becoming a fighter pilot. Largely, after reading a series of Biggles and his exploits as a fighter pilot. It was suggested to me that the RAF were unlikely to take on someone with flat feet. I’m guessing a lot more was said around this, but I can only remember the ‘flat feet’.

Still it was enough to put me off.

“Don’t ever give up Janice”

From my first ever work placement as an undergraduate on my engineering degree, I had just handed in my ‘report’ on possible improvements to the manufacturing process and this was his gracious and kind response.

It’s strange as I am sure there was more, but these are the ones that have stayed with me over the years.

So, there have it, what pieces of advice or conversations have stayed with you and perhaps shaped your career choices?

Janice Taylor

www.blueskycareerconsulting.co.uk

Originally published on LinkedIn.

 

It’s never just about the notes or the words….

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

This month’s post from careerresilience….

Have been learning to play the piano for about seven years now, the first three of which I had an amazing piano teacher, Emily.

Unfortunately, for a number of reasons it has not been possible for me to continue with weekly lessons. Luckily for me,  I realised very quickly that even though Emily isn’t with me physically, she has in fact left me with an ‘internal’ piano teacher and I still hear her ‘teaching’ at points when I am practising.

She has left me with enough knowledge, experience and motivation to continue practising and learning new pieces on my own for the past three years. My plan is to go back to lessons when circumstances permit, but for the moment I have enough to be ‘going on’ with.

So, this for me is what coaching is all about, helping people to develop their inner resources and their ‘internal’ coach.

When I started as a career coach, seventeen years ago and this still holds true today my intention was to help people to create a long-term vision for their career and develop the habits and approaches that would get them there.

People would get what they needed to ‘fly and soar‘ with their careers, it was rarely just about the immediate job, but more about helping people to build for their futures.

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