Leading Thoughts

I was delighted to graduate with honours from Middlesex University in 2015 and receive a Master’s in Work Based Learning Studies (Professional Practice).  It is my hope that my thesis, ‘Developing a Coaching programme to facilitate transition into a managerial role: A Black African Perspective’ will make a contribution to the improvement of the success rates of newly appointed managers. I founded Capital Assignments, a pioneering...Read More

The probationary period for a new employee, typically 90 days, can often be tense and fraught with misunderstanding.  Some experts claim that as many as 1 in 5 don’t make it through their probationary period; a definite and significant lose-lose scenario.  It’s an issue that, in some cases, can be addressed by companies adopting better on-boarding practices.  But is there anything that a new employee can do to avoid pitfalls and get...Read More

Once upon a time we simply worked to earn money.  Today, an increasing number of people want a lot more from their work.  Our careers have become vehicles to get us to the lofty self-actualizing pinnacle of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.  Our daily jobs have become fields of possibilities where we search for inspiration, exercise our array of talents and play to our personal bests.  Of course, compensation is still one of the driving...Read More

If you are returning to the work-force after a long absence, wanting to switch careers or are a first-time job seeker, chances are you will come up against the ‘work experience required’ barrier. It can be incredibly disheartening and frustrating to see the job of your dreams advertised, in which you just know you would do well, and feel that your life circumstances have disqualified you from applying or competing for the position....Read More

By the time you decide to accept the offer of a new job, you have already put a significant and clear distance between yourself and your current employer. You believe that all that’s left is for you to resign, pack up and say goodbye before entering the new chapter of your career that you have decided would be good for you. When it’s time to resign, you will have probably visualised how you want this last stage to go, thought about...Read More

It’s true that the responsibility for maintaining a decent work-life balance largely lies with the individual who is making the choices about how to spend their time. But that said, there are many instances when the politics, culture or workings of an organisation can relentlessly derail the best work-life balance intentions of their most responsible leaders and employees. Therefore, it is important that an organisation that purports...Read More

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