The Results Are In – Our Top 10 Blogs in 2023

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The results are in – here are our top 10 blogs of 2023! Whether you want to boost your self-confidence or explore an alternative route to developing your career, read our most popular articles that inspired you in the past 12 months.

1. What Ted Lasso Can Teach Us About Leadership and Career Development

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If you don’t know him, Ted Lasso is the beloved fictional character from a television show that I didn’t expect to like but ended up loving and binge watching like many others around the world in 2023. More than a football coach, Ted is a font of wisdom. His unique and often hilarious perspective offers insights that apply not just to football, but to the game of life, and yes, your career development. In this blog post, I share some of the best Ted Lasso quotes that will inspire you to take ownership of your career with a smile on your face.

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2. Career Development Quotes | 38 Ways to Feel Inspired

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Career development. Not the most poetic of subjects, but most definitely an inspiring one. And one that gave rise to me curating this article, built around great and thought-provoking career development quotes. While it’s important to learn from personal experience, it’s also valuable to learn from other people’s experiences – especially reflective and intelligent people who have interesting and inspiring things to say. Here are some of the best inspirational quotes about career development I’ve found and that I think you will enjoy…

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3. 7 Characteristics of Highly Effective Mentors

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One of the key things new mentors want to know is: “What makes a mentor a good mentor?” There are lots of theoretically correct answers to that question. But we prefer to keep things pragmatic. Mentoring is deeply personal. What makes someone a good mentor for one individual is not going to be the same for their colleague. We always ask our new mentors to reflect on their experience of being mentored. And whilst everyone’s experience is different, we identified seven key characteristics using data collected during one of our workshops.

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4. Why Deeper Self-Awareness is Critical for Career Growth and Success

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My experience is that self-awareness is the most important factor for career success, but what does it actually mean, particularly in a business context? In this blog post, we share some of the key self-awareness questions you need to be able to answer for career success, the many benefits of having a greater self-awareness, and how to increase your self-awareness and knowledge of skills for career growth.

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5. Your Career Development Journey. Consider These Six Different Routes You Can Take

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The world of work has changed; if ladders still exist, they are harder to climb. When we think of career development as a journey, we can see that there are many ways to get to the same destination. You can take the direct route, the indirect route, the fast way or the slow way. That means the options available may include a change in role upwards or sideways, or even developing in your current role. Discover six alternative ways to take your career development journey.

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6. Practical Techniques for Boosting Confidence: A Guide to Unleashing Your Potential

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Confidence is a cornerstone of success, not only in your career but also in life. But, let’s be honest, it’s not always easy to maintain a high level of confidence, especially when challenges rear their ugly heads. So, what can you do to boost your confidence? How can you rise to the occasion when your self-assurance is waning? In this blog post, we share five practical techniques for boosting your confidence.

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7. 13 Characteristics of Highly Effective Career Conversations

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The reason I ask people in my Career Conversations workshops to think about a career conversation that was of significant positive value to them is so we can draw out the characteristics that make them so effective. And there are 13 that come up time and time again. Read more to learn what your employees need for positive career conversations that will help them take ownership of their career development. 

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8. Entrepreneurial Leadership Part 1: Why is it important?


In 2023 I received an invitation from the President of the Mentoring Institute at the University of New Mexico to deliver a keynote speech.  The title was How to Develop Innovative, Entrepreneurial Leaders Through Mentoring and Empowerment. The session was well-received and I got lots of positive comments and feedback so I thought I’d share my thoughts in a series of blog posts. In this post, the first in the series, I start by looking at what Entrepreneurial Leadership means and exactly why we need it.

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9. Leadership Development Quotes. 13 Ways to Inspire The Leaders of Tomorrow

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Quotes are also a great way of summing up learning and experience in a way that inspires others. By themselves, they’re nothing. But add their context, and they’re reminders for what you can’t remember. Inspiring others is a key part of developing the next generation of leaders. So, in this post, I’ve put together some of my favourite leadership development quotes that inspire me and I hope will inspire you and others…

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10. Role of a Mentor: How to Give Advice

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A Huffington Post article said it well:  “While mentors can offer valuable advice, they should not provide absolute answers. It is the job of the mentor to use a more Socratic method to stimulate critical thought.” So how do you provide insight without direction? I recommend three guiding principles when it comes to stimulating thought and generating ideas…

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Thank you to everyone who read any of our top 10 blogs in 2023, we hope you found them helpful. Please do keep in touch for more great content in the coming year!

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