My top 12 blog posts 2018 are a combination of the most shared ones and personal favourites. They were published either on my website or as guest blogs on other platforms. This year, I will be writing less but still publishing quality guest posts, so keep them coming. I hope you enjoy reading these posts as much as I enjoyed writing them!

1  How To Break Free From A Fixed Mindset

Fixed MindsetAs I walk past a local primary school, I see a banner attached to the railings. It proudly promotes the school’s commitment to embedding a growth mindset in its children. Carol Dweck’s concepts of a fixed mindset and a growth mindset are alive and mainstream. Whether they are in use as she intends is another matter. However, it reinforces my view that mindset is as important (if not more) than knowledge or skills for success. As the saying goes, if you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. Here’s an approach I use with clients that helps you break free from a fixed mindset. Use it to help overcome self-limiting beliefs, create more clarity, and give you momentum for your job and career direction.

2  Does Emotional Reasoning Get In The Way Of Your Career?

New GraduateWe all face that conundrum on occasions whether to listen to our head or to our heart when making decisions. Some of us lead with our heart and forget or ignore our head. Others start with their head and then pull on the heartstrings. Yet, both are troublesome. So, what should you watch out for when making job and career decisions?

3  New Dawn For Career Opportunities In The Automotive Industry

automotiveWhat are your perceptions of working in the automotive industry? You might think it’s filled with middle-aged men in suits working at your local car dealership. Maybe, you know someone’s son who works as an apprentice mechanic. Perhaps, Top Gear is your reference point. Whatever your preconceptions, how vehicles are manufactured, bought and sold is changing radically as the automotive industry goes through a period of significant disruption. What does that mean for the current workforce? What new career opportunities are opening up for young people considering a career in the industry?

4  Lack Experience? How To Show Your Potential To Employer

career stageYou decide to go for a job you really, really want. Thankfully, you get through the initial hurdle of CV or online application. Now you worry that you lack experience at the level for which you are applying. That old friend, imposter syndrome, pays a visit chipping away at your self-confidence. Other people will have more experience. They will find me out in the interview. I’ll look a fool. Sound familiar? Here are three ways to get off the back foot and give it your best shot by showing your potential to employers.

5  How To Be Employable And Entrepreneurial For Career Bliss

career directionHow do you find your way in the minefield of today’s world of work? The truth is that what worked before in a career is not going to work in the future. Different forms of making a living are combining like never before, often a mix of being employable and entrepreneurial. Here are some ideas if you’re struggling to make progress.

6  Why Everyone Should Have A Mentor

mentorshipThe handful of significant mentors in my working life appeared at distinct life stages and professional transition points. In each case, they were pivotal to my development and career direction. It’s why I believe everyone should have a mentor. What is the personal impact of mentoring and why is it critical for businesses today?

7  Management Style: Why You Need To Pull More

management styleManagers are the butt of so much dissatisfaction in the workplace today. Often, they are piggies-in-the-middle between frontline employees, the wider organisation, and senior leaders. As the pressure to meet targets and deliver results pushes down, harassed managers face the tricky balancing act of trying to satisfy everyone. Depending on the culture, some succeed more while for others it’s only ever winners and losers. I know from coaching people globally that many under pressure managers default to a push style of managing. They become one trick ponies. So, what happens if that management style isn’t working?

8  New Manager: How To Avoid These 7 Pitfalls

first management roleBeing a new manager can be both exciting and daunting at the same time. You want to get off to a good start but you don’t know what you don’t know. Naturally, you bring pre-conceptions with you. Yet, the reality can be a whole different ballgame. What do you need to look out for as a new manager so you don’t get off on the wrong foot and lose confidence?

9  How To Hold A Brilliant One-to-One With Your Manager

one-to-oneConversations about your performance are a given if you are an employee. You are hired to do a job and your employer wants assurance they made the right decision. They want you to succeed and grow in return for your valuable contribution. However, the quality, frequency, and format of performance conversations vary widely in the workplace. At the core is the relationship with your line manager. So it pays to give proper attention to your one-to-one. Here are some tips.

10 Goals: How To Reach For The Stars (And Go Again)

goalsWhen the captain of Manchester City, Vincent Kompany, held aloft the Premier League Champion’s trophy in 2018, his euphoria and joy were a sight to behold. What’s your equivalent? Have you experienced an exhilarating and emotional peak moment in your life? This post looks at the pros and cons of goals – what goals mean for you, why we set or avoid them, and tips on reaching them.

11  Own The Process: How To Achieve Success Like Gareth

processOften, business likes to identify learning from the world of sport. The emotional peaks and troughs are rich pickings. Sometimes people dismiss sport as too different from business and the world of work. The analogies don’t work, they say. It seems to me that the England football manager, Gareth Southgate, is reversing the trend and embracing many features of modern workplace learning. We can all take something from this because the common denominator of all experience is people. Who isn’t inspired by the tales of how others overcome the odds to succeed in every walk of life? Let’s look at his process.

12  How To Develop A Motivating Company Culture

cultureCompany culture is a slippery concept with tangible manifestations and serious impact. Join the dots up and a picture often emerges but getting everyone to see the same thing is a major challenge. Company culture is the summation of a continuous narrative where people across the company are the narrators. Why is culture important? How can you influence and shape it? This post is for SMEs looking to coalesce people around shared values and expectations for driving business success.

Which of my top 12 blog posts 2018 resonate the most with you? 

Happy leaping in 2019!