My favourite motivational book of 2013, what’s yours?

What does it take to be really successful? A young girl asked Richard St John this on a plane and he realized although he had achieved considerable success himself, he didn't know the answer to her question. So he set out upon a ten-year quest to find the answer.  His book ‘The 8 traits successful people have in common, 8 to be great’ distills the research over those ten years into the principle 8 main areas, which leads to success. Richard completed 500 face-to-face interviews with...


Focus - what distinguishes experts from amateurs and stars from average performers

I admit I find it hard to focus.  I know I am not alone in this struggle and in the last couple of years smart phones have made staying focused even harder. So when I was sent this YouTube video from a friend who works at IMD, it served as a timely reminder as my thoughts start to turn to what I want to achieve next year on how I need to redouble my efforts to focus. Daniel Goleman is an expert in emotional intelligence and his recent book Focus, the hidden driver of excellence combines...


If not now, when?

My colleague and I were laughing recently about how in our recruitment days we would smirk over cheesy headlines in job ads such as ‘New Year, New Job?’ or ‘New Year, Time for a Change? Jokes aside both summer holidays and the more obvious New Year often makes us reflect on how things are and what changes we need to make both in our personal lives and in our work. There are other life events that make us take stock too, significant birthdays and the death of someone close.  As a career...