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After a career specialising in 20th century British art at Sotheby’s, it’s little wonder that Poppy Mardall set out to introduce a creative dimension to her next career step. Armed with the belief that everyone has the right to an affordable funeral and that taking a meaningful approach can change lives for the better, she quit her high-flying career as a Deputy Director at the famous auction house to launch Poppy’s Funerals in 2012.
Even though my mother was a successful entrepreneur, it never occurred to me that I could be. So when all my university friends started drifting into corporate jobs, I thought I should too. I craved constant change and bounced from one ill-suited position to another, never really fitting in anywhere, but feeling like I had to struggle on regardless. With hindsight, I lacked the self-awareness to understand my own skills and what sort of role or industry I belonged in.
“Working with your direct reports on a 1-2-1 basis is probably one of the most effective meetings you can have. 89% of employees want 1-2-1 meetings to set goals and review, get performance-related feedback, find solutions to problems and solicit support.”
Studies show that employees with higher EQ are more likely to be promoted than those with high IQ alone. In fact, American psychologist Daniel Goleman claims that emotional intelligence accounts for 67% of the abilities deemed necessary for superior performance in business, mattering twice as much as technical skills.
“Without [EQ],” he said, “a person can have the best training in the world, an incisive, analytical mind, and an endless supply of smart ideas, but still won’t make a great leader.”
The UK’s leading female entrepreneurs gave their views on the forthcoming EU Referendum in a poll conducted last night at the launch of the 2016 NatWest everywoman Awards. Hosted by Chrissie Rucker MBE, founder of The White Company, and Maxine Benson MBE and Karen Gill MBE, co-founders of everywoman, guests included over 100 of the UK’s most inspiring female business owners.
“We’ve gone from computers that filled entire rooms… to smart watches and other wearables. Progress has come in the form of a steep uphill track. The end result is that technology inarguably permeates every area of life.”
Technology investor, John Rampton, writing in Forbes
A trained lawyer, Tamara Arbib’s passion for healthy snacks which use simple ingredients direct from nature grew from her work with a sustainable food charity.
Frustrated at the slow-moving progress in the non-profit sector, she launched Rebel Kitchen with her husband in January 2014.
Some facets of motivation are easy to spot – when an otherwise reliable employee starts showing up late, calling in sick, or missing deadlines, the alert manager will know something’s up.
In our workbook this month on ‘Making the most of your 1-2-1s’ we are focussing on how to get the most out of that crucial relationship. Take the following test for each of your direct reports to get a benchmark of where they currently sit on the scale – and the ways you can get them firing on all cylinders once more.
This month we are focussing on the all-important ‘1-2-1’ meeting: tackling how to improve your approach to this meeting and how to reap the benefits from establishing a strong relationship with your boss/line report.
Have you hit upon a brilliant idea that needs others’ buy-in to become a reality?
How you communicate your vision will be key to its ultimate success, so follow our tips for ensuring you sidestep these common mistakes.
MISTAKE #1: Your vision lacks clarity
Ever since the Virgin boss penned an open letter to the younger Richard Branson as part of LinkedIn’s ‘If I were 22’ campaign, countless more influencers have been sharing the advice they’d give their former selves.
We round up some of the best hindsight shared by business leaders from around the world as part of this on-going trend.
The prospect of creating a vision can strike fear – or boredom – into the heart of any busy manager. After all, isn’t it just corporate gobbledegook – one more thing to stop you getting on with your job?
“Hillary Clinton plays to her strengths” rang the headlines, the morning after a televised debate between US presidential candidates. While the race for the White House continues full steam ahead, we look at the lessons in talent management you can learn from the sixth female in history to run for the position of US Commander-in-Chief.
Our networking 101 series will cover every element of growing your database of business connections, from finding the right people to connect with, to working the room and building meaningful relationships. In the first edition, we look at how you can lay the groundwork for a strong, professional network by first looking at your own mindset.
In this edition of everywoman Incognito, a recruitment specialist reveals how one innocent joke posted on social media lead her to lose the job she loved – and how she learned to forgive herself for her mistake.
Leading figures from business gathered in London to celebrate the successful women working in the UK transport and logistics industry, as the 2016 FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards winners were announced…
Buzzwords, industry jargon and bullet point lists of skills and responsibilities reminiscent of a job description. No prizes for deducing that littering your LinkedIn profile with these common characteristics are unlikely to make you stand out among the 400 million professionals active on the network.
Taking the time to craft the perfect summary not only makes you up to seven times more discoverable; it also gives you the opportunity to showcase your uniqueness to anyone stumbling across your profile afresh.
Think of the businessperson you most admire and the three words that sum them up will most likely come easily. That’s because they’ve invested time defining and promoting their personal brands.
If you’re just getting started in marketing your unique skills far and wide, these tips from worldwide talent management experts will take you to the next level.