Motivation

Author: 
Frank Hutton

I read an article last month which incensed me. It was entitled “15 things you can do today to get up earlier tomorrow”. Initially, it was  because I thought that it promoted the “hit the day early and you’ll be more successful” approach. However, on reading it, it was more practical than that, ostensibly encouraging us to break bad habits e.g. arriving late for work. Perhaps it should have been entitled “15 things you can do today so you will get up tomorrow”.

Photo by Cris Saur on Unsplash

Photo by Cris Saur on Unsplash

Author: 
Frank Hutton

.. not just yet, anyway.

In this world of highly competitive interview and selection procedures, you need to be savvy to gain an upper hand.

CVs are usually not the best way of showing your passion, determination and personality and often it’s apparent work experience, previous employers and qualifications that swing the day in the first round.

So if you're a little lacking in those areas but know you could do a great job, how could you skew things in your favour?

Author: 
Frank Hutton

It can be all too easy to forget that your body, while amazing, is not infinitely resourceful. We all need food, sleep and space for our brains to process things. So when you're working, trying to find a new job and looking after family, passions, interests and chores, how do you find time for you...?

Author: 
Frank Hutton

OK. So you know you want a better working life; and you are prepared and fired up to do something about it. However, you don't want to miss out on the investment you've already made in your current employer and are wondering if/how you might make things better where you are. Here’s some simple steps you can take to transform your existing situation:

Author: 
Frank Hutton

I seem to remember a (long!) time ago that one of the DIY retail chains used the slogan 'Don't move, improve!' in an effort to get the DIY-inept like myself to purchase wood, plaster and tools to create a mess that would require a real professional to sort out. However, my plea in this instance is likely to result in a better outcome,  as you will be better placed and equipped to undertake the suggested task.

Author: 
Frank Hutton

I, like you, get regular nudges from LinkedIn to 'congratulate' someone on their 'work anniversary' or to 'see who else is celebrating'. Does anyone celebrate their work?

Author: 
Frank Hutton

Most say Benjamin Franklin* gave us the somewhat depressing feeling that life had little certain to offer except an ending and an obligation to give away your hard earned cash. Whilst I can't disagree about the inevitability of those two elements, I am also convinced they are not the only things certain affect to every human on planet earth.

Author: 
Frank Hutton

For some dedicated Bicycle commuters in Boston, MA, the recent incredible snowfall was the ultimate test, not just of their enjoyment of their daily employment but also of their team-working ability and commitment.

Author: 
Frank Hutton

NB: I wrote this article some time ago now so LinkedIn has slightly changed it's format. However, the tab you're seeking still exists (top centre on browser version and bottom right on mobile device) so the rest of the article is valid. Happy hunting - Frank

One of the least used parts of LinkedIn could be the most useful to you. I'm constantly finding users for whom it's a major surprise. I wonder if you can guess what it is?

Author: 
Frank Hutton

The business of changing your working life really is quite straightforward even though on the face of it, it appears incredibly complex and daunting. And the three simple steps I will share with you in this piece are born out of my experiences working with people over many years to change their lives for the better.

Author: 
Frank Hutton

My wife took up photography a few years ago. Our children had left home and were much less dependent on her, and she was looking for an outlet for her creative energies. She’s produced some great shots over the years and many of them adorn our walls at home. However the true value is one we did not anticipate.

Author: 
Jayne Saul-Paterson

In her first blog for Hutton&co, Jayne Saul-Paterson shares something of her past and reveals something of her passions in the process. Feel free to leave a comment via the box at the end if you relate to her piece or have your own wisdom to share.

Author: 
Frank Hutton

One of the key reasons why people want to change their job is because it’s 'not how it used to be'. Some key reasons for not doing anything about it are that it’s just too complicated, too exhausting or there are just no alternatives that work.

These things are valid and real for many of us. I have a great deal of sympathy if you’re feeling that right now. I’ve felt the same way at times in the past.

These things are also a wake-up call to all of us who are feeling happy, secure and fulfilled in our work.

Author: 
Frank Hutton

I receive a lot of invitations via LinkedIn to connect up with people. It’s mostly people I’ve never met. Some pundits will advise you to ignore them, but I’ve seen some good things come out of taking a quick look at a person and responding to them to enquire whether there is something with which I can help them.

Author: 
Frank Hutton

I am ending 2013 on a congratulatory note and on this occasion it’s to two women. There’s already plenty out there on what the guys are doing.

Interested in a marketing career?

It’s a much improved recruitment market as we enter 2014, but it still seems good jobs are hard to come by. In this session Frank will be exploring the breadth of opportunity that the marketing world can offer you and offers practical advice to ensure your career stays on the boil, not on the back burner.

It will be a high energy session with plenty of time for interaction and live, practical questions to ensure everyone comes away with something of value to help them, whatever your level or the stage of your career.

Author: 
Frank Hutton

Or perhaps you've always hankered after running your own show but can't fund a gap in income while you get things moving? I spotted this list of 25 ideas today which might help you bridge the gap (whatever your current role!).

Author: 
Frank Hutton

According to this article which appeared in the FT last week, coaching has been given a new kudos and status as more and more companies and individuals are discovering the benefits and results it brings.

Author: 
Frank Hutton

... and still be as passionate, if not even more so, at the end as you were at the beginning. I urge you to be inspired by the story of Jiro. It's all about achieving mastery in your chosen field.

Author: 
Frank Hutton

It's a common complaint and one that leads to more and more frustration as the prospect of being able to change your life seems to become ever more distant.

 

 

Author: 
Frank Hutton

I wonder if you've even had time to think about that? You'll know whether you're happy in your work, but when did you last seriously sit down and wonder, how you were doing; or if you want more from your working life or whether there were any adjustments you could make to improve it?

Author: 
Frank Hutton

Or do you just keep driving around? Or maybe turn the map or Sat Nav upside down just in case it might seem clearer?

 

Author: 
Andrew Fawkes

A short piece by Andrew Fawkes on his own battles with procrastination and some inspiration to move on from them...

Author: 
Frank Hutton

If you get a little lump in your throat at some point when watching this exceptionally well-crafted video, you'll be in good company. Perhaps it will inspire you about where you are now and where you could be. Thank you Ernst and Young.

Author: 
Mark Williams

There has been a lot written about how to handle an interview, but I always find that doing the simple things is always the best advice. You have clearly already impressed the company with your initial approach and CV so now is the time to really prepare yourself to make the most of your opportunity.

Author: 
Frank Hutton

There’s possibly only one thing worse than hearing nothing back after having sent out a barrow load of CVs. That’s being rejected for the role that you had interviewed for and thought you’d got.

Author: 
Frank Hutton

Want more connections, support and encouragement in all aspects related to your working life and your career?

Author: 
Frank Hutton

You may not believe this interview process, but it really did happen! See if you can work out which one will get the job and why.

Author: 
Frank Hutton

Do you believe in Luck and Fate? I’ve got to say I don’t, but hear me out…

Author: 
Frank Hutton

I have just come across an excellent piece written by Greg McKeown on how even the very best of us can get de-railed careerwise.

Author: 
Frank Hutton

So, should you pack away your CV and job hunting shoes until January and a New Year dawns?

Author: 
Frank Hutton

I believe social media has done us all a big favour. Thank you Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter!

Author: 
Frank Hutton

When was the last time you really checked an email before hitting send?

When did you last review the CV you've been using for the past 6 months?

When you updated your LinkedIn profile last month, did you check it for spelling?

Author: 
Frank Hutton

I spent much of yesterday fighting a front guard action to keep the flood waters out of my Somerset home (again).

Author: 
Frank Hutton

It's probably not a surprise that any impactful experience is likely to result in some further change in a person's life as they adjust to the new 'normal'.

Author: 
Frank Hutton

Actually, you probably need a few of them, if you are to have any success moving your career change, business idea or challenging job search ahead.

Author: 
Frank Hutton

While I'm writing this post, it is actually Friday.