Category Archives: Career transitions

Confirmation bias clouds our judgement

Margaret Beaton

Confirmation bias is the well-known tendency to selectively attend to information that will reinforce pre-existing beliefs or ideas while ignoring good evidence to the contrary. As Warren Buffet says ‘What the human being is best at doing is interpreting all new information so that their prior conclusions remain intact’. A synonym for confirmation bias is … [Read More]

 

Sequel to never good enough

Margaret Beaton

A year ago, my ‘Never good enough’ post struck a nerve with readers of this blog and my LinkedIn page. Many readers identified strongly with the dilemma of perfectionism: On the one hand striving for excellence, and on the other, falling prey to the perils of expecting yourself to be flawless all the time. Recently … [Read More]

 

Use unconventional strategies to reinvent yourself

Margaret Beaton

The title of this post Use unconventional strategies to reinvent yourself, refers to the fact that more and more people are seeking major changes in their lives and careers, i.e. to reinvent themselves. Whether it’s at the stage of the so-called mid-life crisis or later, when the conventional age of ‘retirement’ arrives, the prospect of … [Read More]

 

Indispensable

Margaret Beaton

Are you an expendable or an indispensable member of your organisation? Do you know how to become indispensable? Do you realise you can? There’s no need to ask if you know the difference between being indispensable and expendable! Of course, you understand the consequences of being expendable. In This Side of Paradise, Scott Fitzgerald’s romantic … [Read More]

 

Transitions 

Margaret Beaton

At this time of year we need to remember William Bridges’ rule #2: “Every transition begins with an ending”. We have to let go of the old – the pain, baggage and disappointments of 2015 – before we can truly benefit from and enjoy the promise and plenty of the New Year. In the enduring … [Read More]

 

Run ‘You & Co’ as a business

Margaret Beaton

Whatever type of job you hold, in today’s times you have to run ‘You & Co’ as a business. Whether you feel secure as a senior executive (this not always an oxymoron), a middle manager climbing the shaky rungs of a corporate ladder, a SMB owner-manager, a partner in a professional services firm, or a … [Read More]

 

Simplify where you are going

Margaret Beaton

Most of us will remember the story of the hedgehog and the fox as a metaphor for how to succeed in business. This post shares my experience in applying the secret of the hedgehog’s success to your career. It explains why you should simplify where you are going in your career. While the origins of … [Read More]

 

Being resilient and adaptable by the creator of Mad Max

Margaret Beaton

On 5 May the ABC 7.30 Report screened an inspiring interview that spoke volumes about being resilient and adaptable. Leigh Sales’ interview with George Miller – the Australian creator of Max Max* – is worth watching to reflect on the merits of being resilient and adaptable in life and career. As an aide-memoire, I have picked out some of George Miller’s … [Read More]

 

The social contract is dead

Margaret Beaton

Not so long ago white and blue collar workers alike enjoyed a contract with their employers that was rarely written. It was a tacit ‘social contract’ that offered both parties security and comfort. The social contract is dead – well and truly buried. Here’s what its demise means to you. The nature of the (old) … [Read More]

 

You are no longer a person; you are a brand

Margaret Beaton

When I first heard ‘You are no longer a person; you are a brand.’ I was struck by the pith and pathos of the expression, which Tom Peters attributes in his very useful book the brand you50 to Martha Stewart. Rhetorically saying to someone ‘You are no longer a person; you are a brand’ certainly … [Read More]