Managing your Career

Thanks, Mars – an endless source for a professional blogger
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Peter Smith writes: I started blogging for fun a couple of years ago, in support of my procurement consulting business.  18 months ago it became the core of my main business interest, to my own surprise.

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McKinsey on you and your boss
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Articles from the McKinsey Quarterly on the most important relationship in business: you and your boss

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Jeff Bezos' speech to Princeton graduates
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"Will you choose a life of ease, or a life of service or adventure?  In the end, we are our choices" Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, in his speech to Princeton graduates in May

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Tony Bainbridge on Our Networked Age
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Tony Bainbridge writes about the benefits of social networking sites in recruitment and in building a career

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Keith Chisholm on Opportunities for Retirees to work on Mars projects
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Keith Chisholm from the External Innovation Team and Joan Schnieber, Knowledge Manager in Mars Chocolate North America, have been working with former Mars associates on projects to capture knowledge and improve innovation.

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Dan Pink on The Science of Motivation
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Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think.

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Carmine Gallo on Steve Jobs' presentation techniques
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Steve Jobs' speech introducing the iPhone is almost as popular on YouTube as his speech to Stanford university students.  Here, Carmine Gallo of Business Week talks us through the techniques of outstanding presentations as demonstrated by Steve Jobs in the iPhone speech

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David Drennan on How to manage your boss (Part 3)
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In this third and final article in the series, David covers three points: Shaping your boss's behaviour, Doing well at team meetings and Polishing your image with the boss.

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Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement Address
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This classic speech from Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, tells three stories - simple, short and enormously inspiring.

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David Drennan on How to Manage your Boss (Part 2)
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Managing your Boss. In part two of the series, David Drennan explores ways of building a clear understanding of the job and what's really required and how to build a relationship of trust with the boss

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David Drennan on How to Manage your Boss (Part 1)
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Managing Your Boss. Part 1 covers What bosses like (and don't like) and how to develop a positive relationship with the boss.

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Resources on Career Management & Leadership
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We have teamed up with the Center for Creative Leadership to give members access to a large collection of articles from the CCL’s website.  Here are details of those articles in the broad area of Professional Development and Career Management, that we thought likely to be of most interest and relevance  to members.

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John Price on Coaching and Clarity
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John Price on Coaching: "People often come to coaching with a lack of clarity - of purpose, of thinking or of action.

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Richard Guha How will we use Online Social Networking in 2015?
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We have only scratched the surface of Online Social Networking. It will change the way we interact, socialize, learn, and do our jobs over the next few years

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Charles Kingsmill on Great Presentation Tips
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Presenting is a crucial business (and life) skill.  Here are the best presentation tips I’ve come across – I wish I’d known about them when I first went into the workplace.

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Tony May on Changing Jobs - Avoiding the Pitfalls
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Changing jobs can be a nightmare, particularly if the decision for you to leave has been made by “someone else”.  There are particular challenges for ex-Mars managers on top of the generic problems that everyone faces.  This article summarises the key issues and give some brief clues as to how to avoid pitfalls and succeed.

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Diana Parkes on Why don’t more men make money out of women?
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Recent research by McKinsey (across Europe) and Catalyst (the Fortune 500) shows a direct correlation between significantly increased financial rewards and those organisations with a critical mass of women at the most senior levels of management.

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Jenny Partridge on Career Development – making the most of your life at work
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Information is everywhere, but how do we make best use of it in our hunt for the right job?  This article helps you take control of your career, find out what kind of work suits you and learn how to choose work on your terms.

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