I believe that ethics is something rooted in the future; about values that ought to be important, based on the best available current knowledge. This is why it has shifted and changed over time, and it will continue to evolve.
I don’t know anyone (they may exist, but I don’t know them) who endured the last 3 years, without some significant pain alongside it. That said, we can’t always live in the pain, and as I advocate to my clients, gratitude goes a long way to healing and pulling the threads together again. Those of you who know me, know that I juggle many things in my business life, at varying levels of success. 2022 has been a year that stretched me, and I intend for 2023 to be the year that I bring myself back together, consolidate, and grow the way I want to impact our planet. For the last few weeks, I’ve been running a gratitude campaign on LinkedIn and on Facebook, and this is the opportunity for you my listeners to join the party. Here’s a summary of my 12 days of gratitude for 2022.
It’s official. I’ve had the best recruitment experience of my life in a place I wasn’t expecting. I regret I cannot share the name of this company, as I want to promote them for their DEI commitment, the quality of their engagement, and the genuine way they connected with me and the work that I do, and the way I was able to contribute to their path forward with recommendations that they immediately took into consideration.
How do you pick a company? If you’re in your 30s or 40s this should be a lot clearer in theory right? You have the experience, and experience brings answers to questions like what values draw you in, and what attracts you to the particular role. Yet how do you know the company you are prospecting can really deliver on what you want? Answer? Your network.
How early in the process should you start negotiating? I’m beginning to learn that the answer is as late in the process as possible. There are many things to negotiate in today’s job market, and the time to start doing that depends almost wholly on the relationship you build with your future line manager. Don’t negotiate with HR. The HR process is designed to find red flags and eliminate them, whereas the relationship with your line manager will always be more nuanced. Let’s discuss HR Screening calls, and I’ll share my worst performance in an interview process with you.
Social, credible and responsible. What have I got to offer the world, and how do I tie in my offer with all that I want to advocate for and to be, not just to do? Before the pandemic, and the massive mobilisation of finance around ESG topics, and George Floyd and the global focus on DEI that came from that, these 3 words, being social, credible and responsible, were not necessarily thought about in the same breath for small businesses, and for individuals. Career advice would centre around building a personal and or professional brand that stands out, based on what your recruiters are interested in. Today, Gen Z, and some of us in our 40s if I’m being honest are tearing up the rule book on tailoring our lives and CVs to be what companies want, and focusing more on what we want, then choosing the company that supports our interests most closely. Tune into this episode as we get into the personal and professional brand conversation, and how I’ve been experiencing this part of my career journey in the last few months.
et out of your own way. There has been considerable research done on this idea of the ego; that sense of self esteem and self importance that our individualistic education has given us. I’ve found entrepreneurship to be the greatest challenge to an inflated ego I’ve ever encountered in my life; it has by force humbled me. I was only as good as my greatest weakness; until I started outsourcing my weaknesses.
Once an entrepreneur, always an entrepreneur. It’s a bit like giving birth, or falling in love for the first time. You absolutely cannot forget it, and the experience changes you, imprints on you, and you can never fully turn your back on it ever again. In this episode I discuss the pros and cons of returning to employment after 4 years as an entrepreneur.
Why is the idea of getting back into employment so taboo for entrepreneurs? And why do friends and family have so much riding on binary outcomes of failure and success? If you want to see into the window of the souls of the people around you, become an entrepreneur. Let’s dig into this a bit, as I believe it affects everyone, and prevents people from not starting great ideas, and also not knowing when to stop an idea not worth developing further.
What do you do when things aren’t quite going to plan, and you’ve run down your buffers to the point that something needs to give? You make a change. And that change has to be one that works for you. Tune into this episode where I share about the big secret that I’ve been keeping, and how it’s going to impact my work. Before we dive in, I want you to know this, change is good. Even when it’s hard. Motivation to take the first action is usually all it takes before you can start to see clarity in new perspectives.