Do you need to do a little coddiwompling?

Do you need to do a little coddiwompling?

Career development
This week I came across a wonderful gift - a new word. Coddiwomple: to travel purposefully toward an as-yet-unknown destination. It struck me that this is such a beautiful word for the start of a new year. A new year brings so many things, not least the feeling of a fresh start, of energy from the festive break, and a desire to move forward, to progress. But sometimes that in itself can be daunting - what on earth do you do if you don't know your end goal and the destination you are meant to be moving towards? Are you doomed to just mark time until things become clearer? This is at the heart of so many career dilemmas and frustrations. For those of us that do not have a…
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Essential skills and behaviours for public affairs consultants

All entries, Career development
  This self-assessment tool is designed to help you focus on your development; to identify your strengths and where you may be weaker. It's based on seven key areas and the behaviours and skills a consultant, working in an agency environment, would ideally be able to demonstrate. Click on the picture to find out more.  [caption id="attachment_440" align="alignright" width="879"] Assess your strengths and areas for development[/caption]  
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Graduate to Director in 10 years

All entries, Career development
On Thursday 29th October I had the pleasure of speaking at a Women in Public Affairs breakfast seminar kindly hosted by Ellwood & Atfield, on the subject of career success and accelerated development.  Need some help working out the next steps in your development? If you'd like to spend some time reflecting on how to develop as a public affairs practitioner you may find the Structuring Your Professional Development  exercise helpful. Or if you'd like to gain clarity on your overall career and life goals a great place to start is the 'Be, Do, Have' coaching activity. Here are my top tips: Make sure you have a clear goal in mind to guide you and your choices Keep on visualising the goal and the benefits of achieving it Use your time wisely, know how much time…
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What kind of consultant are you?

What kind of consultant are you?

Career development, Client relationships, Strategic thinking
Public affairs consultants, much like their counterparts in the medical world, are in the business of handling problems. We must identify the symptoms in any situation, diagnose the issue, decide how it might be dealt with, and start the treatment.  We also need to know how to offer valuable, coherent and concise advice in a way that allows it to be heard, considered and acted upon. Yet, that’s not a simple ability to acquire. At one end there are issues such as nervousness or lack of experience; these can inhibit us from speaking up when we should or undermine delivery. At the other end, there are more significant issues, such as taking a too technocratic approach or appearing critical rather than constructive. The point is made eloquently and at length…
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What Cameron can learn from FTSE 100 CEOs

Career development, Effective working, Westminster
The prime minister can't be complacent and has to trust and engage his MPs - much like big business bosses. David Cameron’s second term as prime minister will bring new challenges, many of which are familiar to FTSE 100 chief executives. First, past performance is not an indication of future results. When the FTSE 100 celebrated its 30th birthday last year only 30 companies remained from the original index. Only 19 had never dropped out. David Cameron needs to learn that lesson. The two-party political system is dead: Labour and the Conservatives scraped just 67% of the vote, the Liberal Democrats were all but destroyed, UKIP secured the third-largest vote share, the SNP are the third-largest party and Labour have been thrown into a period of navel-gazing. Cameron cannot assume…
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