Career Farm feature in the Financial Times

This week I was really pleased to be asked by the Financial Times to comment on the unfair demands placed on our free time by our employers and organisations. Where do I begin?  First, you need to be on solid ground. “If you’re doing an outstanding job, you’ll be able to say ‘I’m going home on time because I’m hitting all my targets,’” says Fergus O’Connell, author of The Power of Doing Less. Jane Barrett, founder of the Career Farm coaching consultancy, adds: “Do a bit...


Know what you’re getting into with private equity

My thoughts on ‘In my shoes, a memoir’ by Tamara Mellon, co-founder of global brand Jimmy Choo. With a reported exit of £135 million, Tamara takes you on her roller-coaster journey from washed out media executive to becoming one of the biggest names in retail.  Her memoir is a riveting account of how she built the famous international luxury brand Jimmy Choo. She literally ‘tells all’; the family back stabbing, the private equity nightmares from start up to exit, and how she is...


How to present Like a TED Lecturer

Ever since I watched my first TED lecture I harbored a secret (now not so secret!) desire to be able to give a talk like a TED lecturer – if only! How do you even attempt it? As a former member of Toastmasters I could see from the business people I watched speak, that being an engaging speaker was a career skill that both me and my clients could benefit from. Over the summer I generally catch up with my reading and I often ask my colleagues what they recommend (a good way of sorting the wheat...


A quick boost if you've just been knocked back!

© Marilyn Barbone | Dreamstime Stock Photos Even the most successful people have failed.  I was amazed to read recently that Nobel prize winner Sir John Gurdon who created ‘Dolly the sheep’ was given no encouragement to pursue a career in the sciences, if anything he was actually told that it would not be a good idea. His teacher said, “ I believe he has ideas about becoming a scientist. On his present showing this is quite ridiculous, if he can’t learn simple biological facts...


Become a Parrot Fish in the Ocean - standing out in a crowded job market

Doing well, doing good' Last year I was at the inspiring conference at IESE, 'Doing well, doing good' which has just taken place this weekend. This year I couldn't go, but I happened to be reading about Zainab Salbi. Zainab is the founder of a global organisation called 'Women for Women' which provides support, such a access to legal advise and health services and training including job skills, to women affected by war in eight countries. She has just published a book; 'If you knew me you...