The black hole of technology – recruitment

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017 in Blog

Isn’t technology supposed to help us with our jobs rather than make them more difficult. I wonder sometimes when new processes and systems are introduced whether they do actually save us time. Take recruitment for instance. In the ‘baby boomer days’ you found a job in the paper – sent off your c.v. and the recruiting manager at the other end sifted through the applicants and then you got a rejection letter or confirmation letter moving...

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Job Combinations

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Blog

 How many jobs do you have?  Nowadays, we all know that the 21st century job market  is a different place. Back in the 80s, I used to tell my new recruits at Hewlett Packard that there they had a  ‘job for life’, but that’s no longer the case in IT, or indeed most other trades and professions. Now we talk about job flexibility, variety, multi-tasking and multi-skilling, transferrable skills, job transitioning, job sharing and...

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What good is a MBA?

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in Blog

What good is an MBA?   Earlier in the year I met up with some of my MBA year group of 20 years ago.  We were at a weekend event run by Bath University Alumni for graduates from all disciplines some going back many years well beyond our twenty.   We toured the campus looking at all the new facilities, state of the art library, Olympic swimming pool and sports facilities, new arts centre and new Chancellor’s building and impressive...

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A spot of reflection on Self Employment

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in Blog

According to a recent People Management article, 40% growth in the UK job market has come from ‘self employment’ and in the current climate no doubt quite a few of the 2000 people who lost their jobs when City Link collapsed just before Christmas are looking at self-employment as their way forward. So this January, when I sat down to take stock of the year to come, I also found myself reflecting on my 8 years of being self-employed...

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Scope Creep – How to avoid it!

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Blog, Case Studies, Corporates, Individuals, SMEs

HOW TO AVOID SCOPE CREEP – PRA CONSULTING Job descriptions vs reality?   When you take on someone, new make sure the job role is clearly set down. Set clear boundaries around the job and explain how it fits with other jobs Write SMART objectives – Specific, Measurable, Agreed upon, Realistic, Time Bound Make sure you agree timescales for key deliverables Be clear on what is not required in the job Meet regularly with your employees to...

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Influencing Skills Workshop

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in Blog

I am launching a new workshop for people who might be want to brush up on their influencing skills.  The first one is being held at the Angel Hotel Chippenham on Friday 26th September. Places are limited. Please see attached flyer. influencing skills 26 September 2014

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