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Why You Really Are The Best Person To Create Your CV

I was doing a career consultation with a senior finance professional recently.  As well as other documents the individual sent over their CV to get my thoughts on it. Ultimately the CV has one primary objective.  To get you through the screening process and get on to the job interview. These days that screening process may be […]

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How To Ensure You Effectively Prepare For Your Next Accounting Job Interview

Job interviews are strange in some respects.  From your perspective as a candidate you are making a decision on where you are going to spend a significant part of your awaken hours.  From an employers’ perspective it’s a major investment decision.   It’s not just your salary cost.  There are other costs that could include:National insurance contributionsPension contributionsBonusesCar […]

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3 Top Tips for Setting Your 2019 Goals

The start of a new year is often a time when people think about goals for the year. Of course thinking about goals and actually achieving them is very different. So often people start off with great intentions.  They might actually get started.  All good. So what are my 3 top tips to increase the […]

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What I Learned About Leading From Being A Finance Director In The NHS

When we start out in our career, most of us want to go as far they can in their career. For me it was always about challenging myself to see if I could perform at the next level. Over the years I climbed the career ladder from Payments Clerk to Finance Director. So what did […]

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What Type Of Leader Do You Want To Be?

As a leader there are plenty of demands on you.  It just goes with the territory.  You will always have targets to meet, stakeholders to satisfy and the likes.  At times this will test and stretch you to the limit. While leaders need to deliver, there is also the question of what type of leader […]

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It’s Just The Start

Many professional people want to get on in their career.  They see success in terms of how far they climb the career ladder.  Many aspire to get to senior level leadership and management roles. They may work really hard to build a range of skills and attributes to become effective leaders. Then when they reach […]

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7 Barriers To Having High Performing Employees

Employees can really make the difference to the results that are achieved.  At the same time leaders and managers often do things that get in the way of having high performing employees.  Here are the top 7 barriers I notice. Lack of Clear Expectations Vague expectations of what is required of people leads to sub-optimal […]

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People Who Have Helped My Business In 2011

Every  year you have in business makes you realise just how important it is to have people around you for support, encouragement and to inspire you.  I am a great believer of the impact of teams on the results you get. In this post I wanted to acknowledge some of the people in my team […]

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Team Success: Lessons From The World Cup

As a keen football fan I have been following a number of matches in the World Cup in South Africa. What I have noticed is that there are some really useful learning points about team success for managers and leaders in business. There Has To Be Commitment It’s interesting to notice the difference between the […]

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Leadership Lessons From The Upcoming UK Election

In seven days time, Britain will go to the polls and vote on who should lead the country over the next 5 years. Without doubt whoever wins faces a challenging agenda. The run up to the election has provided some interesting lessons in leadership more generally.  So what are some the key lessons. The Demands […]

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