Managing Through Change

Managing Through Change by Jacquie Wise   Image – team holding hands   Most people experience major change as unsettling.  Even if it’s a change for the better and everyone is looking forward to positive outcomes. Good management can mitigate some of the costly, negative impacts of change. If you’re aspiring to good leadership, this is Read more about Managing Through Change[…]

How to Handle an Incompetent Manager

How to Handle an Incompetent Manager

How to Handle an Incompetent Manager by Jacquie Wise Question I have a manager who avoids making decisions, who doesn’t delegate and who’s always out of reach. I can rarely catch her in her office and she doesn’t respond to emails until it’s too late. Consequently, I’m waiting for direction and then I get blamed for not Read more about How to Handle an Incompetent Manager[…]

Changing Your Job May Not Be The Answer

Changing Your Job May Not Be The Answer

Changing Your Job May Not Be The Answer by Jacquie Wise In the heat of new year resolutions, we’re determined to get rid of aspects of life that no longer fit and we’re eager to embrace the new. That energy may make us want to leave a stressful job. But is leaving really a solution? There Read more about Changing Your Job May Not Be The Answer[…]

Preparing for a Promotion to a Leadership Management Position

Preparing for a Promotion to a Leadership Management Position

Preparing for a Promotion to a Leadership Management Position by Jacquie Wise Question I’d love to go for a management position. Everyone is telling me I should; I know I have the experience and knowledge and I’m bored with my current job. I can’t see myself staying at this level. But the next step includes leadership Read more about Preparing for a Promotion to a Leadership Management Position[…]

Do You Have A Professional ‘Marketing Plan’ For Your Next Promotion?

Do You Have A Professional ‘Marketing Plan’ For Your Next Promotion? by Jacquie Wise The end of a year is a good time to take stock and plan your career strategy for the year to come. If you think of yourself as a product, and your employer as a customer, it’s easier to understand how you Read more about Do You Have A Professional ‘Marketing Plan’ For Your Next Promotion?[…]

How to think laterally about career choices

How to think laterally about career choices by Jacquie Wise Four options to consider for a career or job change The world changes so quickly these days for us to be safe plodding along on the same path without some kind of growth that increases our choices. I’ve reinvented myself so many times I’ve lost track, Read more about How to think laterally about career choices[…]

Six Wise Ways To Think Logically

Six Wise Ways To Think Logically by Jacquie Wise Question I’m moving into a leadership position that requires me to think and plan at a higher level. That’s my weakness. How can I learn to think logically? Answer Hmn. That’s a big question, involving so many factors. Here are a few tricks I can suggest. Do Read more about Six Wise Ways To Think Logically[…]

Resigning on a High Note

Resigning on a High Note

Resigning on a High Note by Jacquie Wise It’s always best to leave a job on a high note. Even if you’re leaving on bad terms. One way to do this is to include a comment of thanks in your letter of resignation. You might say: ‘But they were awful—that’s why I’m leaving—I have nothing to Read more about Resigning on a High Note[…]

How well are you supporting your team?

How well are you supporting your team?

How well are you supporting your team? by Jacquie Wise A team operates at peak efficiency only if it has the vital support in place. Anthony was the team lead for special IT projects that affected the functioning of a very large organisation. Whenever new systems were introduced, it was Anthony’s team that was responsible for Read more about How well are you supporting your team?[…]

What to do when your staff criticise your management style

What to do when your staff criticise your management style

What to do when your staff criticise your management style by Jacquie Wise Question A week ago I had a gruelling performance appraisal with a subordinate of mine, who went on full attack of me as a manager. He has good skills, but has an inflated opinion of how good he really is. He took exception Read more about What to do when your staff criticise your management style[…]

When Work Interferes With Your Creative Life

When Work Interferes With Your Creative Life by Jacquie Wise Q: I am enjoying Wise Ways. My question today is, how do I address the conflict I have between doing and having a job, or being creative? More importantly, if ones ‘nine to five’ job and the stress it involves interferes with your creative life? DH A: Read more about When Work Interferes With Your Creative Life[…]

How to improve your business writing standards

How to improve your business writing standards

How to improve your business writing standards by Jacquie Wise Here are a few tips to ensure you don’t allow careless mistakes to ruin your reputation as an educated professional who pays attention to detail. 1) Use your computer spell checker – but don’t rely on it! It cannot read words in context. It’s far too risky Read more about How to improve your business writing standards[…]

Do you live to work or work to live?

Do you live to work or work to live? by Jacquie Wise Question I am enjoying the Wise Ways newsletters. My question is, the conflict between doing and having a job, or being creative? Or more importantly if one’s nine to five job and the stress it involves impinges on your creative life? DH Answer I Read more about Do you live to work or work to live?[…]

Mindfulness Meditation at Work

Mindfulness Meditation at Work by Jacquie Wise Question: I am so keen to practice mindfulness meditation, but my work is so busy, I have no time. When I get home, I have to prepare dinner and then I’m exhausted and forget all about it. My mind won’t stop racing. There’s nothing else I can let go Read more about Mindfulness Meditation at Work[…]

What should I do when I am not getting the training I need?

What should I do when I am not getting the training I need? by Jacquie Wise Question: I work for a company that has a contract with a major corporate client. Every couple of years our company has to re-compete in order to renew the contract. I was new to the position, which involves managing many Read more about What should I do when I am not getting the training I need?[…]

Boost Morale and Motivate Your Team

Boost morale and motivate your team by Jacquie Wise The challenge of any leader is to keep people highly motivated, so that they contribute their best. How can you boost morale and motivation? One way is by making it fun to come to work. These days, we’re so pressured to meet deadlines, coming to work is Read more about Boost Morale and Motivate Your Team[…]

Performance Appraisals The Key to Your Success

Performance Appraisals The Key to Your Success by Jacquie Wise Good leaders conduct good performance appraisal interviews. Bad leaders don’t see the need to give staff any feedback. Many leaders loathe the idea of sitting in judgement on their staff and often sabotage the process by bungling their way through it in haste. Which category do Read more about Performance Appraisals The Key to Your Success[…]

Are you fun to work with?

Are you fun to work with? by Jacquie Wise Go back in time.  Recall teachers or early supervisors who stand out in your memory. You may remember them because they inspired and motivated you to be your best.  Maybe you remember feeling that you would have done anything for them. What did they do, specifically, Read more about Are you fun to work with?[…]

Being a slow learner can fast track your success

Being a slow learner can fast track your success by Jacquie Wise Have you ever tried to learn something, only to find it takes forever, doesn’t sink in and you just give up?  Do you criticise yourself for being a ‘slow learner’? It could be the way to fast track your success. Here’s a different Read more about Being a slow learner can fast track your success[…]

Wise Ways to give negative feedback positively

Wise Ways to give negative feedback positively by Jacquie Wise No one likes to give negative feedback. Most of us find it very difficult, but the worst thing you can do is avoid dealing with the issue. It doesn’t have to be unpleasant if you follow certain guidelines. There are three outcomes you’re aiming at: Read more about Wise Ways to give negative feedback positively[…]

Career and study choices: What to do if you don’t know what to do

Career and study choices: What to do if you don’t know what to do by Jacquie Wise You may have begun a degree course, only to lose interest in it.  Or you may not know in which course of study you need to invest your time and money.  You may not even know what career Read more about Career and study choices: What to do if you don’t know what to do[…]

Common Myths of Writing for Business

Common Myths of Writing for Business by Jacquie Wise Your letters and emails represent you and your company.  Write badly and you risk confusion, time wasting, frustration, and your reputation. Some people still believe these common myths of writing for business: Myth No 1:  Business writing should impress the reader This myth has led to writers Read more about Common Myths of Writing for Business[…]

Should I discuss my personal problems at work?

Should I discuss my personal problems at work? by Jacquie Wise There are some people who hold nothing back at work.  Everyone knows all their woes and this can come back and bite them if the information gives a poor impression of how they are handling their work. Sometimes job crises can result not from Read more about Should I discuss my personal problems at work?[…]

Skills valued by organisations

Skills valued by organisations by Jacquie Wise The beginning of a new year is a good time to make sure you’re developing the skills and attributes that are most useful for your career path. Recruiters are looking for those skills and will ask you for examples that demonstrate you have developed them.  They are especially important Read more about Skills valued by organisations[…]

Office Party Etiquette

Office Party Etiquette

Office Party Etiquette by Jacquie Wise Office parties can be a terrific opportunity to get to know the people in your firm, expand your network, and to make yourself known to key decision makers. They can also be a very public way to make a complete idiot of yourself that can ruin your reputation as a Read more about Office Party Etiquette[…]

Increasing your career choices in a changing employment marketplace

Increasing your career choices in a changing employment marketplace by Jacquie Wise In a rapidly changing world, the ability to adapt to change is the key to survival, success and fulfillment. If you don’t know exactly what career will fulfil you, it will help to have the flexibility to slot into a variety of different industries Read more about Increasing your career choices in a changing employment marketplace[…]

Sixteen Wise Ways to work more effectively with your manager

Sixteen Wise Ways to work more effectively with your manager by Jacquie Wise Your role is to help your manager achieve objectives effectively, as well as find challenges of your own for your job enjoyment and enrichment. Bear in mind that some managers (bosses) need more training than others before they can learn how to Read more about Sixteen Wise Ways to work more effectively with your manager[…]

Seven Wise Ways to be confident at interviews

Seven Wise Ways to be confident at interviews by Jacquie Wise Question Hello Jacquie, do you have any tips on communicating confidence to others? For example in say a job interview or other situation where it would be advantageous to at least appear confident? Answer I broke down confidence into its many aspects, and I Read more about Seven Wise Ways to be confident at interviews[…]

How can I improve my business writing skills?

How can I improve my business writing skills?

How can I improve my business writing skills? by Jacquie Wise Question: How can I improve my business writing skills on an ongoing basis? Answer: Developing any skill depends on slow, steady progress, step by step. Developing good writing skills is no different.  Here are ten things you can do, on an ongoing basis, to Read more about How can I improve my business writing skills?[…]

How to interview because interviewers are interviewed too!

How to interview because interviewers are interviewed too! by Jacquie Wise Have you ever wondered how you could have been so wrong about that cheerful dynamo who turned out to be such a morose plodder, or why that person who seemed so keen and reliable at interview left after only a few months? How could you Read more about How to interview because interviewers are interviewed too![…]

Take a gap year and see the world or settle down?

Take a gap year and see the world or settle down? by Jacquie Wise Is it a good idea to take a gap year and see the world or settle down? Question: My son is completing university this year and wants to travel before settling down to a career.  I’m concerned that others of his Read more about Take a gap year and see the world or settle down?[…]

Key questions to ask if you are going into small business

Key questions to ask if you are going into small business by Jacquie Wise Anyone who is about to start a small business has an intrinsic sense that there are key questions to ask if you are going into small business. Someone once said: Behind every locked door stands a person holding the key. It’s Read more about Key questions to ask if you are going into small business[…]

What do I do if someone is talking about me behind my back?

What do I do if someone is talking about me behind my back? by Jacquie Wise Have you ever wondered: ‘What do I do if someone is talking about me behind my back?’ Imagine this scenario that was presented to me recently: You’re new to your job.  You rely on your colleagues to pass on Read more about What do I do if someone is talking about me behind my back?[…]

Does our destiny eliminate our power of choice?

Does our destiny eliminate our power of choice? by Jacquie Wise Have you ever wondered – Does our destiny eliminate our power of choice? Is your destiny immutable? We have the power of reason and the power of choice. I’ve often wondered to what extent destiny or fate plays a part in my life.  And Read more about Does our destiny eliminate our power of choice?[…]

I have a problem with public speaking – please help

I have a problem with public speaking – please help by Jacquie Wise I received the following question via email from a person who has a problem with public speaking and wanted some help: I was given a high profile calling at church and I get put off by alot of sisters who show their Read more about I have a problem with public speaking – please help[…]

Career Planning Template

Are you leaving your career planning to chance? Do you need a career plan template? by Jacquie Wise Successful careers don’t ‘just happen’. Sometimes it seems that some people get all the luck. They always seem to be in the right place at the right time. But what we don’t see is how they found Read more about Career Planning Template[…]

How to admit guilt without losing face

Not losing face when you have to admit guilt can be tricky Admitting guilt without losing face can be done in three stages. Do you cringe and crawl into a hole when you have made a mistake? Do you feel a fool and wonder how you will ever again restore your self-esteem, or someone’s confidence Read more about How to admit guilt without losing face[…]

Starting a new job – how to make your mark

What should happen when you start a new job? Question: I have been in my new job for three weeks.  The person I took over from has transferred to another department. She’s reluctant to inform me and still gets queries that I should be dealing with. How can I get better known in this organisation Read more about Starting a new job – how to make your mark[…]

How to Layout and Organise an Office at Home or Work

Control your Office Chaos! by Jacquie Wise Does this sound like your office?  Or home? Have you found it hard to layout or organise your office at home or work?  How can you control the chaos?  Now is the time to systemise your files, documents, emails, phone messages and reading materials. If you’ve attempted a Read more about How to Layout and Organise an Office at Home or Work[…]

Four Options to Consider for a Career or Job Change

Four Options To Consider For A Career Or Job Change By Jacquie Wise The world changes too quickly these days for us to be safe plodding on the same path without some kind of growth that increases our choices. I’ve reinvented myself so many times I’ve lost track, but it’s always expanded my options and Read more about Four Options to Consider for a Career or Job Change[…]

Are you committed to your career or are you a workaholic?

Why do you work so hard—really? by Jacquie Wise When you get caught in working long hours, it can be hard to detect if you are just committed to your career, or are a workaholic. I have fallen into that trap myself in the past. I have learnt a lot since then. Any aspect of Read more about Are you committed to your career or are you a workaholic?[…]

How to market yourself as an expert in your field

by Jacquie Wise Eight steps towards showcasing your expertise Here you are at a cross-roads in your career at a mature age. You have years of experience behind you and are looking for a way to use your knowledge as an independent consultant. You know how to run a business and could set yourself up Read more about How to market yourself as an expert in your field[…]