Do our smart devices dumb us down?

Smart Devices - It’s not just our cognitive skills that fallen off; our basic skills at being human have also taken a dive. Empathy and integrity; valuing just being; self-reflection; connection to others and the real world around us are all waning as the allure of virtual worlds grows more intense.

For as long as we have had the internet; then, globally-connected mobile phones rapidly transforming into all-knowing devices, we’ve also had congruent scientific studies looking at whether or not this is actually good for us.  Our phones can accurately tell us when we need to get to bed.  Google Maps can get us round a […]

The Perils of Paying Lip Service to Work-Life Balance

Work-life Balance who is responsible.

It’s true that the responsibility for maintaining a decent work-life balance largely lies with the individual who is making the choices about how to spend their time?  That said, there are many instances when the politics, culture or workings of an organisation can relentlessly derail the best work-life balance intentions of their most responsible leaders […]

How does coaching improve new manager transitions?

Coaching - does it improve new manager transitions?

During the course of completing my thesis, ‘Developing a Coaching programme to facilitate transition into a managerial role: A Black African Perspective’ a work-based research project I undertook to earn my Master’s in Coaching from Middlesex University, I reviewed many studies which highlight the benefits of being coached during the transition into a new role. My previous article in […]

5 ways to get past the demand for work experience

If you are returning to the work-force after a long absence, wanting to switch careers or are a first-time job seeker, chances are you will come up against the ‘work experience required’ barrier. It can be incredibly disheartening and frustrating to see the job of your dreams advertised, in which you just know you would do well, and feel that your life circumstances have disqualified you from applying or competing for the position.
However, you are not helpless. Of course, employers are trying to get the most qualified and experienced person they can for a position, and they advertise as such. However, they also know well that those two criteria are not the only qualifiers in searching for the best person.
Here are five strategies to help give you a fair chance of getting the job you want, even if you lack the experience required:

Managing and Motivating a Multigenerational Workforce

Multigenerational Workforce and how to manage tham

Over the last five years, the composition of the workforce has undergone a significant change. For the first time in history – four generations (Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X and Generation Y/Millennial) are present in today’s workforce, each generation with its own perspective, expectations, needs and values. This presents a challenge in that a “one size fits all” approach to managing such a workforce won’t produce a productive and collaborative team. What might work for a Baby Boomer may frustrate a Millennial and vice versa. It is thus important that leaders learn to understand the different generations and what drives them in order to ensure motivated, committed and productive employees.

Thinking twice about the counter-offer

Counter-offer? What should you do

By the time you decide to accept the offer of a new job, you have already put a significant and clear distance between yourself and your current employer. You believe that all that’s left is for you to resign, pack up and say goodbye before entering the new chapter of your career that you have decided would be good for you. When it’s time to resign, you will have probably visualised how you want this last stage to go, thought about what you will say and imagined how you will feel.