Well it only took two days into the new year before the #resolutionfail hashtag began trending in social media. While hundreds of millions of people around the world have made new year’s resolutions, 30% of people who made them have already given up on them! [StatisticBrain.com]
Many will stick to theirs for a while longer. Two-thirds won’t make it past the first month. Less than half will still be going at it after six months. But only 9% of people who set new year’s resolutions will actually be successful.
On the school holidays I love having the chance to be playful with the kids. We decided one morning to have an outing to Strike to play bowling. I was having flash backs of my own teenage years going to the local bowling alley with my friends and smiled at the memories of Rock n’ Roll bowling.
My little girl struggles to pick up the ball, which feels about the same weight as her, and then the ball rolls at a snails pace down the lane and topples the pins over. My strong teenage son power shoots the ball down like a bullet from a shot gun. My youngest son, who loves any sport, smiles at the chance to have a ball in his hand and spend his days playing.
And then there was me. For seven frames in succession I knocked down nine pins and left one remaining.
How do you feel about your end of year report card?
It’s that time of the year when you might be wrapping up your projects, clearing out those small tasks left on the to-do-list, trying to squeeze in some Christmas shopping and hopefully planning for a holiday. So it is a great opportunity to also take the time to recognise what you’re proud of and possibly not so happy about for 2016.
Last week our children brought home their report cards from school. As we were reading through them, at times they were cringing and then they would be smiling and laughing. On the whole it was a great way to gain insight on the year that was.
During a recent group coaching conversation some of the Leaders on the call were sharing with me that their people were being negative and resistant to change.
What they had identified was that certain situations were triggering them to think in a way that was stopping them from transitioning to the new way of operating.
I shared with the group my Red Thoughts Worksheetso that they could use this tool to help their people gain awareness of the thoughts that they are experiencing which are causing them to behave in a way that is resistant to change.
If you would like gain awareness of the thoughts that are holding you back or coach someone in your team to do this, then download my Red Thoughts Worksheet.
I recently had the privilege of speaking at and attending two interactive and insightful days at the Women in Risk Management Summit in Sydney. The theme for this year’s event was ‘Defining Moments’. Risk, audit and compliance industry leaders gathered to discuss some key leadership advice.
The summit was rich in collaboration, practicality and influence, inspirational stories of unexpected turning points that became career and leadership ‘Defining Moments’.
The summit was packed with thought leadership content, from innovation techniques, to mental toughness to authentic leadership. Sharing personal career journeys and individual lessons for navigating the paths to senior roles. The ‘defining moments’ highly resonated with myself and the delegates. Vulnerable moments and valuable failures are hard to grasp when you’re trying to learn from some book or formula, it was refreshing to hear real life stories of success and hardship from like minded women in the industry.
I was working with a client recently and she shared with me that she had been applying for multiple roles and just not getting interviews.
When we reviewed her CV, I realised that she had talked a lot about her achievements, her skills and experience, but had failed to highlight the value or benefit to the organisation of these skills and benefits.
I shared with her my FAB Statements worksheet. This provided here a framework to turn her features into real benefits for the organisation.
From this my client was able to update her CV, talk about these benefits in interviews and was successful in securing her dream job.
If you would like to be able to succinctly and confidently market your talents, then download my FAB Statements worksheet today.
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I was working with a client recently and she shared with me that she found networking and self-promotion really unnatural
She was in the market for a new role and had decided that networking would be a critical part of her search process.
I shared with her my 15 Second Commercial worksheet. A simple planner she could work through to develop a short statement that would help communicate her ambitions to others.
By completing this planner my client was able to feel confident going into networking situations. Her 15-second advertisement clearly outlines what her ambitions were, what she had been achieving in her previous roles and what she wanted to do next.
To appear confident when networking and talking to others about yourself you need to be succinct. To do just that, I suggest to my clients to prepare a 15-second advertisement. You may have heard this talked about as an elevator pitch. I refer to it as an advertisement, because you are marketing yourself to others. This ad needs to be something that you can say in 15-seconds or less so that you can be succinct in conversations, which means it only needs to be 3 to 4 sentences at most.
I used this approach when I first left my corporate job. I recall using it to talk to people about what I wanted to do going forward. The more I shared my 15-second advertisement with people, the more confident I felt with self-promotion.
In this Quick Career Boost Video, I will show you how to write your own 15-Second Advertisement, and some tips on how to use it to communicate your talents and ambitions.