90: What's it really like to be a coder, Careers in Software Development

 https://youtu.be/l62-FZS5lGA What do you know about careers in coding?  I sat down with three people working in the field (You can find out more about them in the notes below) who shared their experiences and top tips for becoming a coder. 1. What skills or attributes make a good coder? You might be surprised to learn what skills you DON’T need to be a coder: you don’t need to be good at maths or science. As long as you’re determined to learn coding that's enough to get you going....


87: How to lead with emotional courage - with Peter Bregman

If You’re Willing to Feel Everything, You Can Do Anything! This week’s guest is bestselling author and one of Inc. Magazine Top 100 Leadership Speakers, Peter Bregman. Peter unlocks the secrets of highly successful leaders in his most recent book, Leading with Emotional Courage: How to Have Hard Conversations, Create Accountability, and Inspire Action on Your Most Important Work, which describes an overlooked and essential skill of leading at the highest levels: Emotional Courage. After...


79: What I looked for when I recruited for Uber and Booking.com - with Nicolas Buteau

From Uber to Booking.com, Nicolas Buteau is a recruiter and entrepreneur who thrives in dynamic environments as well as in more established business operations. Recruiting for startups and unicorns In this episode he shares his experiences recruiting for Uber during its transition from fast-growing start up to unicorn, and how he adapted his practices to the more established organisation at Booking.com. A common theme throughout is the role played by MBAs, who’ve proven to be hugely...


76: What recruiters REALLY care about - with Zena Everett, Author of Mind Flip

In this episode, I speak with Zena Everett, author of Mind Flip. Zena talks about becoming an author and shares some of the wisdom she’s gleaned from her years in recruitment, her Masters in Organisational Psychology and more recently, her coaching, which she boils down to helping people in their careers. Sounds simple, but we know it isn’t. Recruiting Recruiters In her early career as a recruiter of recruiters, Zena began to wonder exactly what it was which made the difference to career...


72: How to use social media effectively in your job search - Tony Restell, founder of social-hire.com

Entrepreneur and social media expert Tony Restell regularly delivers webinars and workshops for our clients on how to use social media in job searching and how to get results in your business. Tony was originally a strategy consultant but had always wanted to set up his own business. He founded niche recruitment site www.top-consultant.com which he went on to sell to Jobsite, part of the Daily Mail group. He then founded his current company Social Hire,  originally set up as a kind of free...


How to Find a Mentor and Get Your Career Off the Ground: Three Quick Tips

I recently got approached by a former workshop participant (let’s call him Pedro) for some general tips and advice on setting up his own business. Argh!!! After 16 years of running my own show, what could I tell him? Where should I start?! So I thought I would put some advice together; three tips on how to choose a mentor and, more importantly, what to ask to get the best results. Asking for advice from someone who has done what you want to do is smart. A study by Gartner which measured the...


60: Double your win rate for proposals and tenders - Scott Keyser, bid winning expert

I admit it: completing tenders, especially when procurement are involved, is not my favourite activity! If you're growing a business then it's likely you'll have to get involved in "tendering" for business at some point. There's definitely an art to it, and understanding the process could make or break your business in the early stages. For the last big tender we had I employed a bid specialist to help, as I knew that without some outside input and accountability our tender would be done last...


The essential guide to preparing for a successful interview

If you’re changing jobs, or going for that internal promotion, it’s likely the process will involve at least one interview. If just the mention of the ‘i’-word is already starting to stress you out, you’re not alone! How many of us have sat there in an interview tongue-tied with nerves, or mentally kicked ourselves on the way home, thinking about all the important things we forgot to mention? For most jobs, the interview is THE key part of the hiring process. Your CV may be great, you...


MDE 52: What I've learnt from interviewing inspirational entrepreneurs, with author Gerry Thompson

Gerry Thompson has sold half a million copies of his 17 books and is the co-author with David Mellor of the new book 'Inspirational Gamechangers: How the best Business Talent Create Astonishingly Successful Companies'. He has interviewed entrepreneurs like Jamie Oliver, Sir Richard Branson, Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry's ice-cream and Arianna Huffington, amongst many others. He works with technology companies, banks, accountants and a host of other corporates to use comedy in their business,...


MDE 45: Reinventing & turning around a failing business aged 22, Julianne Ponan of Creative Nature

When she bought a failing business selling a bewildering range product lines from candles to Buddah statues, Julianne Ponan set her boundless energy and can-do mindset to turning it around. She used her experience of suffering from allergies to additives to develop the business into selling super foods in the form of supplements and snack bars. Julianne was only 22 but knew she had a purpose to try and help with the obesity problem and cater for the 'free from' market which was talking off....