Need help with your career?
New Year around the corner, so a great time to review your career. Are you where you want to be? Do you jump out of bed eager to get to work? Do you go home each day knowing you’ve done a good job? If not, then here’s your chance to get some help.
Every career has its ups and downs. After 40 + years in the workplace, I know that more than most. I’ve had a great run, followed my dreams, succeeded in the way that I’ve wanted to and managed some very tough times along the way. I can safely say that everything has taught me something and it all contributed to where I am today – offering myself as your new ‘agony aunt’ for your career.
In 1973, I was full of zeal, determined to make a difference and totally out of my depth, slogging my way around Borehamwood on a grotty black upright bike, organising help for the elderly. First incarnation - Judith, the social worker, which led me directly to my ‘coming home’ experience – Gestalt psychotherapy. This gave me help when I needed it, a way of working and a set of values for life.
Since then, I’ve set up businesses – some adequate, some really successful; made wrong turns and been sacked (if this happens to you, I hope your manager will care enough to explain why!); switched careers in mid stream and loved it; published books when I didn’t know I could write…
I’ve learned that that I can do most of the things I put my mind to and that I’ll only put my mind to what matters most. That work should be a love affair and if the shine has gone off, then it may be signaling the need for change. That even when I love what I do, it will be hard work; and that success is specific to me, so comparing with others is a waste of energy.
And now I’m on a mission. I want you to have a terrific love affair with your work, because then you’ll do a brilliant job and your business or workplace will thrive. So I’m all yours – ready to answer questions:
- Are you struggling to manage your manager or to be taken seriously?
- As the only woman in a meeting, do you still end up taking the notes?
- Are you backing off an honest conversation with the underperformer in your team?
- Do you feel able to share your good ideas with the right people, so the business can use your creativity?
- And are you actively tending your career and getting to where you want to be?
If these sorts of questions are keeping you awake at night, get in touch and let’s look at your options. I’ve worked with more managers, leaders and high performers than you can shake a stick at and in businesses right across the sectors, so I’m ready to share all that learning and knowledge with you.
So talk to me. Let’s explore what’s bothering you at work.
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