Richard Maun – 2012

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Welcome To Last Year

3 January 2012

Gaze inside the island of your mind ...learning points are waiting there!

The world is alive with the smell of a freshly minted year and the cackle of a million people sharing resolutions and promising to do all the things they failed at last year! But what is gong to be so different for us this year? What are we really going  change?

Instead of looking forwards it can pay handsomely to look back and reflect on what got in the way of our success last year, or what we did to make things happen for us. Change is based on learning from the past and the application of good decisions …and so we can all pause the headlong rush into 2012 and ask ourselves:

  •  What 3 things did I really learn from last year?

Once we have some new learning to inform our thinking, then, and only then, can we plan for the current year and decide what to drop, what to change and what to start. And if all we do is tweak a bit here and nudge a bit there, then nothing is really going to change, is it?

So, welcome to last year! What did you learn? How can you apply it for a better 2012?

For me, I learned that to get a radio show I needed to swallow my competitiveness and invite a co-host in the space. And boy, was that ever a smart move …Julie Bishop is just the best person to work with and I’m so glad we found each other.

I learned that I can commit to a regular fixed diary slot each week and can still run my business around it. It’s amazing how time and opportunity can be curved to fit the space you create for it.

And I also learned that if you want to be really happy you have to think the unthinkable, get your backside into gear and start to make it happen. I have a book and a case study to write. And a radio show to sort each week, and a new edition of Job Hunting 3.0 to market. And some fab new clients to get into my stride with. And I’m going to continue being lovely to people and sharing my gifts and telling them what I feel and asking for what I need.

It’s going to be an amazing, crazy magical year full of work and love and big smiles.

Avoid the cackle of the masses. Take some quiet time to reflect and then let your brain know what your heart desires …and make it happen.

2012 is your year. And it’s going to be wonderful!

And thank you for reading my Modern Careers blog during 2011 …it’s a labour of love and I appreciate all the feedback and comments and ReTweets. Cheers All..!

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Welcome to 2012

2 January 2011

Avoid the Catch-22 with us!

Avoid the Catch-22 with us!

Well hello again and I hope that Crow did a good job of keeping my seat warm. He grumbles about getting a sore beak whenever I ask him to write the blog, but he likes it really and makes me wrestle the keyboard off him in the end. Birds eh!? They’re like children, except without the hopeful possibility that one day they will be fully house trained…

…But don’t tell him I said that, or he will get embarrassed.

So onwards!

The title up there isn’t a mis-print and here’s why:

Instead of looking forwards to 2011, we’re going to zoom ahead a whole 12 months and look back at our success and enjoy that feeling of having won through. It was easier than we thought too. Here we go…

Sit back and imagine it’s now January 2012 and that 2011 was a really successful year for us. Perhaps we found a great job, won lots of new customers, wooed the love of our life, or passed a tricky exam? We faced up to a challenge and we succeeded.

Now what was your challenge for 2011 and what was one thing that you did really well to make that success happen?

What did you have to do differently, or let go of, or bring into your world to make a big difference and act as a catalyst for success?

My challenge for 2011 was to find four new customers for the Outplacement side of Primary People. What I had to change was keeping this separate from my ILM Coaching Qualification so that people who were looking for work were able get a formal qualification at the same time. (This is a great way to build a strong CV and build confidence at interviews). And what I did was told people that they could have this as a package.

And then what I did was to find a finance mechanism which meant that people could get the skills they needed now, without having to spend their redundancy money, or savings, in one big gulp. This meant they could get round the Catch-22 of needing support to get a job and of not being able to afford it until they had a job. Been there! Got that t-shirt!

So that’s three things I did differently and I secured four new customers and laid the foundations for a great year.

I liked 2011, it went well.

What did you do to make it a success for you?

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