David Winter

David is Acting Head of C2, the consultancy division of The Careers Group, working with organisations and individuals on a range of careers management, leadership and professional development projects. David is also involved in training other careers professionals and is a tutor on the Advanced Guidance Skills course run by the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Service.

Six Griefs of Good Leadership – (6) LONELINESS

http://blog.thecareersgroup.co.uk/learning-and-professional-development-training/six-griefs-of-good-leadership-loneliness

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Six Griefs of Good Leadership – (5) DISILLUSIONMENT

http://blog.thecareersgroup.co.uk/learning-and-professional-development-training/six-griefs-of-good-leadership-disillusionment

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Six Griefs of Good Leadership – (4) DISGUST

http://blog.thecareersgroup.co.uk/learning-and-professional-development-training/six-griefs-of-good-leadership-disgust

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Six Griefs of Good Leadership – (3) ANGER

http://blog.thecareersgroup.co.uk/learning-and-professional-development-training/six-griefs-of-good-leadership-anger

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Six Griefs of Good Leadership – (2) GUILT

http://blog.thecareersgroup.co.uk/learning-and-professional-development-training/six-griefs-of-good-leadership-guilt

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Six Griefs of Good Leadership – (1) FEAR

http://blog.thecareersgroup.co.uk/learning-and-professional-development-training/six-griefs-of-good-leadership-fear

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Fail

Fail Road by fireflythegreat

Hmmm… I’ve been down this road before.

The title of this article has a dual significance. First, it’s an acknowledgement of my failure to keep this blog up to date. My new role means that I have less time and less headspace for the reflection needed to write this stuff.

A lot of my learning at the moment is around how to be a good manager (or possibly how to be less of a bad one).

Currently, my learning is following it’s usual pattern. I’m learning through doing, reading and trying to teach others. At some point the trying to teach others bit will probably extend to writing more about my learning, but at the moment it is mainly limited to the various bits leadership development training I’m delivering.

One of those bits of leadership development training was the CMI Level 5 module I taught recently on managing ideas and innovation and in my usual domain-hopping way I have started to think about how the theories and models applied here could be useful in career development work with clients and in the development of careers professionals.

It’s not just businesses and entrepreneurs who have to be innovative. In the current economic climate, individuals have to be increasingly innovative with their own career development and job hunting. Similarly, as career professionals, we have to develop more innovative approaches to address the demands of our individual and institutional clients.

And this is where the second significance of the title comes in. Wherever there is a need to innovate, there is an accompanying need to be able to deal with the possibility of failure. In career terms, this is often linked with the idea of resilience. But there is more to dealing with failure than just the ability to bounce back and stay optimistic.

Failure is an integral and unavoidable part of any truly innovative process (unless you are incredibly lucky!). Preparing for innovation requires you to anticipate failure, accommodate failure, plan to recover from failure and learn from failure.

In a recent coaching session with a client, we were discussing options for embarking on a freelance career. The issue of possible failure came up and I struggled to find a way to help her think about failure constructively. Then I remembered a concept I had introduced in the CMI module: 4F – Fail Fast, Fail Forward. She immediately got it and responded enthusiastically. This isn’t so surprising (despite the name) because it actually reflects a growth or incremental mindset and an approach rather than avoidance motivation.

Fail fast – be ready for things to go wrong, know what early indicators of potential failure to look out for and be ready to act quickly.

Fail forward – don’t spend time on recriminations and wishful thinking, focus on solutions and focus on learning lessons so that your next attempts have a greater chance of success.

 

Monmouthshire County Council's Fail Fast, Fail Forward initiative

Fail fast. Fail forward

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New perspectives on career coaching – NICEC journal

Journal of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling

March 2013 | issue 30

New perspectives on career coaching

This edition contains the latest thinking on career coaching. It features the results of a recent survey and papers focused on practice in public and private sector contexts. There are also new conceptual pieces and contributions from course providers outlining their distinctive approaches. In short, this edition is essential reading for anyone connected with this growing and exciting field.

Articles

  • The changing shape of the career profession in the UK – Charles Jackson
  • Career coaching in private practice: a personal view – Denise Taylor
  • Lost in translation: career coaching deaf students – Lynne Barnes and Elizabeth F. Bradley
  • Careers guidance and career coaching – what’s the big idea? – Bill Law
  • Developing sustainable career coaching in the workplace – Rob Nathan and Wendy Hirsh
  • The education and training of career coaches: a psychological model – Janet Sheath
  • A positive approach to career coaching – Julia Yates
  • Creating career coaching – Gill Frigerio and Phil McCash

Subscription and membership

The Journal of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling (ISSN 2046-1348) is published twice a year (cover price £20 per issue) and can be purchased via an annual subscription (£35 UK or £50 overseas including postage).

Membership of NICEC is also available (£100). Members receive the journal, free attendance at NICEC events and other benefits. For information on journal subscription or membership, please contact Wendy Hirsh: membership@nicec.org

PDF version: nicec-journal-flyer-march-2013

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Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are | Video on TED.com

Also see this excellent article by Oliver Burkeman.

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Interview confidence

Man on Wire by image munkey (Alan)

Getting the balance right can be tricky

A couple of months back someone asked a very interesting question on Careers Debate about how one expresses and demonstrates confidence in one’s area of expertise at an interview whilst avoiding self-aggrandisement.

Is it just a question of body language and non-verbal communication, or are there other clues that you can give in the way that you talk abut your experiences?

I gave a couple of quick responses at the time, but I thought it would be interesting to add a little more flesh to the bones here.

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