From the category archives:

Motivated Skills

Tweet Most people that I know with a portfolio career have unpaid work as part of that portfolio. I certainly do. I have offered free mentoring to people for many years. I have chaired my local community association for 8 years and for the past 3 years I have been a trustee for Disability Sport […]

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Tweet One of the joys of a portfolio career for me has always been that from time to time aspects of your past life or indeed a constituent of your previous portfolio career re-emerges. I was approached by  Unionlearn (www.unionlearn.org.uk ) recently. They host a great programme for 30,000 Union Learning Reps, all volunteers with […]

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Tweet This book by the co-founder and Chairman of Linkedin and his colleague Ben Casnocha has been languishing on my shelves for far too long but I finally took my first proper holiday in over 3 years and took this with me to read. It is inspirational and so relevant to the mindset of portfolio […]

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Tweet I was giving a talk recently and as usual was emphasizing the importance of identifying your motivated skills or strengths when an academic in the audience alerted me to the research studies of Tom Rath and Jim Harter in their book Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements. In this they state that, “Career wellbeing might […]

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Tweet Definitely, according to an excellent new book by Steve Preston,‘Winning Through Redundancy: Six Steps to Navigate Your Way to a Brighter Future‘. The book of course is much broader than that and outlines the many options to be explored but only after a great deal of personal work and analysis and creative thinking. The […]

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Tweet Whenever I answer the question ‘And what do you do?’, I always include at least one of the roles that I have that consists of unpaid work. I think that it gives a rounder picture of who you are and what is important to you. My 2 roles are around chairing my local residents […]

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Tweet Oh yes, its here. My talk on portfolio careers recently in High Wycombe. If you couldn’t make it there, click here …..

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Tweet Study success. Study what works. Play people to their strengths. Build teams with similarity of spirit and diversity of strengths. The words of Mike Pegg at the first Strengths Festival. There is a great write up here of how iSpy,  an innovative and very successful digital marketing agency embraced the strengths approach with amazing results.

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Tweet There are times when our good friend Hugh MacLeod just manages to sum up a 15 minute spiel. This is one of them. We discuss the importance of doing the work that you love which is usually the work that you do best. This cartoon says it so succinctly.

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