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Creating Options

4 March 2012

Sign at BBC Television Centre. Which direction are you going?

Here is a extract from Bouncing Back, which is due to be published in the Summer:

Often people come up with an idea and then work hard to make it fit their world even when it becomes obvious the idea isn’t fully thought through and is going to get them into trouble. When it is their only idea they have to make it work, because if it doesn’t they don’t have anything else to fall back on. Clearly, this is a hazardous way to live our lives, so it makes sense to create more options, in order to reduce the risk.

Creating options is often easiest when working with a supporter, coach, mentor, partner, friend – anyone who will listen to us and give us the space to develop our ideas and who will prod us by asking:

  • What else could we do?
  • What are all the options available to us, however silly they might sound at first?
  • What do other people already do?
  • What is our secret wish, dream or ambition?
  • If we stared with a blank piece of paper what else might we come up with?

We don’t have to be seated in an office to created options – often the most creative meetings I’ve been involved with have taken place standing up next to a flipchart, walking round a park, or sitting in a café watching the world go by.

  • Where do you like to do your creating thinking?
  • What can you do to make thinking a fun experience?

Creativity flows from the environment we place ourselves into and the questions we use to prod our thinking.

What can you do this week to help yourself create more options for your own personal development?


Bouncing Back follows on from Job Hunting 3.0 and How To Keep Your Job – both of which are available now on Amazon in book and Kindle formats.




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Riding the Rocket

How to manage your Modern Career

Published 2013 Marshall Cavendish



Bouncing Back

How to get going again after a career setback

Published 2012 Marshall Cavendish



How to Keep Your Job

Brilliant ways to increase performance, stay employed and keep the money rolling in

Published 2011 Marshall Cavendish



Job Hunting 3.0

Secrets and skills to sell yourself effectively in the Modern Age

Published 2010 Marshall Cavendish



Leave the Bastards Behind

An insider's guide to working for yourself

Published 2007 Cyan Books and Marshall Cavendish



My Boss is a Bastard

Surviving turmoil at work

Published 2006 Cyan Books and Marshall Cavendish


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