When Procrastination Strikes!

November 28, 2010

I think this brief video beautifully describes an experience many of us will be familiar with… It happens to us all…but we don’t have to let it completely derail our plans.  Here’s more on how to get past procrastination.

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Recession-proof Your Job Hunt!

October 21, 2010

Are we all doomed? With the recent announcements of cuts in public spending as part of the government’s Spending Review, it’s little wonder that there’s a deep sense of gloom in the air.  People are worried – and not without reason, given that pundits predict a steep rise in unemployment to follow.  At least 490,000 […]

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How To Take A Skills Inventory

October 17, 2010

  This week the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, will announce details of the government’s comprehensive spending review, and its attendant cuts to public spending.  Given the parlous state of the UK and world economies, the general concensus is that the cuts will be far-reaching and deep, with local public services being particularly […]

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Should You Take A Temporary Job?

September 30, 2010

Recently, a client came to me with a dilemma. He had been laid off – a casualty of the economic downturn – and was concerned about finding new work. Then he was offered a temporary position in a respectable company, but doing a job that wasn’t his ideal. The question he was grappling with was this: whether to […]

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Effort Is Underrated

September 17, 2010

At a conference I attended recently, a fellow delegate asked what I did for a living.  When I explained that I managed a charity and also provided a career coaching service to people in my line of business, he seemed intrigued and wanted to know more.  What did coaching involve, exactly? I explained that my […]

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The Coach Approach

September 9, 2010

Click the image below to read my recent interview in Update magazine, published by BVSC The Centre for Voluntary Action (.pdf file):

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Portrait of a Lifecrafter: Tracy Lee Collins

September 1, 2010

Welcome to the first in an irregular series.  In each Portrait of a Lifecrafter, I’ll be interviewing individuals who are following their dreams, either in their career, or more generally as a hobby or secondary source of income.  I hope you’ll see from these interviews that it’s more than possible for “real people” to live the […]

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Job Hunting In Hard Times

August 15, 2010

* There’s no doubt about it – the recession is biting hard.  In the two years since spring 2008, employment levels amongst the working age population in the UK have dropped by around 3%.  Unemployment levels are at their highest in 15 years, amidst expectations that they will rise further in the year ahead as […]

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Finding Your Xanadu

August 7, 2010

“The dream that came through a million years That lived on through all the tears It came to Xanadu…” Tomorrow marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Xanadu, the multi-million-pound fantasy roller-disco movie musical extravaganza starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly.  In many ways, it symbolized the glittery excesses of the early 1980s.

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Building The Big Society

July 30, 2010

In my role as Chief Executive of BVSC, The Centre for Voluntary Action, I was interviewed on 19th July by BBC Radio WM’s Steve Dyson at the Be Birmingham Strategic Partnership Summit. The summit focused on the city’s drive to refresh its Sustainable Community Strategy in the context of ongoing public spending cuts, and I was asked, amongst […]

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