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5 Keys to Contemporary Leadership

Updating our leadership styles as quickly as the workplace is changing, is the challenge of most organisations and leaders today. Contemporary leadership is worlds apart to the traditional leadership models of old and modern leaders make their own rules. With workplaces, organisations and whole industries evolving at rapid speeds, leaders are at the cold face

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Do You Suffer from FOMO: Fear Of Moving On?

It comes upon you like a bank of rolling storm clouds. A murky darkness. A creeping malevolence. At about 7pm every Sunday, you begin your slow descent into a helpless funk, at the depths of which you’ll wallow until 9am the next morning when you grit your teeth, roll your eyes and step through that door. Your friends beg you to make a change...

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So How Does Career Coaching Work?

In a response to our understanding that those of you whom haven’t had career coaching previously, often ask ‘so how does career coaching work?’ we’ve asked each of our leading Coaches to describe the process and their approach in their own words.

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What To Do If You Hate Your Job?

Evelyn Cotter our CEO and Life coach talks with Eleanor Jones at Cosmopolitan about what to do if you hate your job.

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How to Approach a Career Change

According to career change statistics, the average person will change career five to seven times during their working life. “Timing is everything, because it takes commitment, energy, focus and dedication to make a successful move and you need to be 100% ready to commit yourself to this process,” explains Evelyn Cotter

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How to Overcome ‘Ghosting’ After Interviewing!

“Ghosting” has been a trend among those using social media and dating apps. For those unaware “ghosting” is when a person unexpectedly stops all communication in hopes that the other party simple “gets the hint” and stops reaching out to them. Evelyn talks with Grazia about how to overcome this if it happens to you.

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7 Lessons We Can Learn from David Bowie

It’s rare that a person dies and has such an impact on millions and millions of people across the globe. The reaction to David Bowie’s death yesterday, was just one of those times, and his impact on generations and generations of people spanning the world over, could be felt in every office, on every radio station, in every cafe and shop playing his music, every newspaper this morning.

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The One Thing all Successful People Have in Common

Recently, I’ve been on a drive to develop our team in new and exciting ways, as well as, checking in with our existing SEVEN Coaches and through many fantastic conversations, I couldn’t help but notice one very clear commonality we all have, having our own individual A-Team to support us, help us, teach us and to learn from.

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7 Days of Power Questions!

7 days of power questions to get you really moving. The right question, at the right time, can move mountains! Coaching is all about questioning and a great Coach understands the power of a perfectly-timed question designed to challenge current thought and help you to move your mind forward.

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Year of the B.H.A.G.

Enter…. year of the BHAG. No, that’s not an elusive Chinese animal symbol you haven’t heard of, it’s an exciting, energising, proven success tool to motivate you, or your team or your organisation, to achieve more than you could ever have imagined! At SEVEN, we’re heralding 2016, year of the BHAG – Big, Hairy, Audacious, Goal!

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What Happened When I Was Gaslit By My Boss?

I started my new job with the kind of inflated confidence that comes with finally acquiring a fancy title and a salary that would pay off student credit card debts still lingering from 2012. I even bought a blazer with the ASOS voucher given to me as a leaving gift from my old team. I hadn’t worn a blazer since high-school so clearly, I meant serious business at this point in my life.

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How to Recover From a Big Mistake at Work?

Perhaps predictably, the stunt backfired. The Conservatives laughed harder than members of the shadow chancellor’s own party, and McDonnell’s initial argument was lost in the inevitable storm that resulted from a top tier British politician quoting one of the most notorious Communist dictators in history.  But be honest: we’ve all been there…

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SEVEN Contributes to Discovery Channel Curiosity Report

We are very excited to have been a part of the new report by the Discovery Channel, called The Age of Curiosity. Evelyn discussed how curiosity plays a role in careers and career change and is making it more acceptable and common now.

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Cyberloafing Could Be Damaging Your Career

Are you guilty of browsing Zara online or Amazon during working hours? Well, you might well be a 'cyberloafer'. Career coach Evelyn Cotter explains to Stylist magazine that 'cyberloafing' is 'an attempt to replace something that we're lacking, but we never get that 'filled-up' feeling'.

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The Underestimated Skills Many Results-Driven Folk Miss!

The secret weapon to career success is not talent or work ethic, it’s not even network or connections or education. People skills, or as is most popularly termed now, soft-skills in our work and lives are the supportive behaviours, that act almost like a conduit through which our talent, expertise, knowledge and ability can flow and develop.

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55% of Londoners Want to Change Their Careers

Our friends over at the London School of Business & Finance sent us the results of their latest study last week and frankly, we weren’t surprised. With 47% of employed people within the UK wanting a career change and a whopping 55% of Londoners wanting to change career, the stats confirm what we hear every day, many people are in ill-fitting professions...

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Look a Little Differently to Attract & Recruit Brighter, Better Talent

Recently, I had the opportunity to work with a fantastically dynamic team at the world’s leading creative customer collaboration consultancy C Space on the Southbank in London and help them with a recruitment challenge.

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How to Develop True Leadership Edge: Communication

In the 2nd part of this series I wrote about Authentic Leadership. I stressed the importance of being sufficiently self-aware to understand who you really are as a leader. Today we’re going to explore how you might want to communicate as an authentic leader.

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Leadership Series: The Power of Succession Planning

Throughout this 7-part Leadership series, we have discussed how to bring the best out of yourself to optimise your performance as a leader. The honesty and authenticity of your approach provides you with the opportunity to influence all of those around you in a more positive and compelling way.

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How to be More Creative!

Creative can be substituted for…successful, happy, balanced, healthy, inspired, inspiring, innovative, fresh, whole’ etc. Creativity benefits every aspect of life, your performance at work, you business, your interpersonal skills, being a more interesting conversationalist, the list goes on. Creativity cannot be separated from life and work. Here’s 29 ways to be more creative and stay that way.

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How Cyberloafing is Wrecking Your Career

Evelyn Cotter of Seven Career Coaching told Stylist that cyberloafing can become a ‘compulsive behaviour for many people’, acting as an attempt to fill a hole in our life that isn’t going to be filled by browsing through Arket or looking at flat listings.

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Welcome to Life Coaching Fridays!

Forget ‘motivational Monday’, it’s now officially all about Life Coaching Fridays! We thought Friday was a great day every week for us to lighten things up and share some life inspiration. Our usual career focused how-to coaching articles will continue as usual during the rest of the week. We’re going to select the best of what we’ve found most inspiring, uplifting and motivational from our week to share with you.

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How to Develop Impact and Get a Promotion

5 tips for developing impact. Something that we focus on with many clients at all levels through our career coaching programmes. It’s a fascinating area to look at and so gratifying to develop, spanning all aspects of life with far-reaching benefits for those who master it.

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8 Questions About Your Personality At Work

Our CEO Evelyn talks contributes to Forbes' article 'Eight Questions About Your Personality At Work'. “Ultimately, success in career or life comes from knowing yourself,” explains London-based career coach, Evelyn Cotter. There are swathes of employees unhappy at work because...

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Stop Getting Pigeon-Holed. 2 Must-Do’s to Change Career!

Getting pigeon-holed is something many of our new clients report when first coming to us for career change coaching. Usually, pigeon-holing happens as a result of using outdated methods, like recruitment companies, to attempt to change career. Recruiters have the approach that you’re only as good as your last role...

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At a Career Crossroads?

Our CEO Evelyn Cotter talks with women and home about what to do if you find yourself at a career crossroads. "I wasn't sure what to do next, but my friend suggested I saw a career coach and recommended Evelyn..."

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5 Invaluable Lessons from Working With a Career Coach

Whether you’re feeling stuck in your current role, you’re ready to switch industries or you’d just like to build out a more explicit plan for your career, working with a career coach may be the tool you need. Here you’ll find the most invaluable lessons I learned from working with a coach.

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Interview Tips from the PROs 2

All politicians on the world’s stage have coaches, all sorts of coaches, PR & Media coaches, elocution coaches, image and body language coaches. Our resident interview expert, Career Coach Evelyn Cotter, gives more of her interview tips from the PROs. Today, she’s talking about tips from marketing and politicians alike and how to manage your next interview like a PRO.

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How to Change Career at 30… 7 top tips

Changing your career can be daunting at any stage of life but definitely can feel more and scary the older you get. Finding the courage to make the leap to leave the certainty of what you currently know can be scary. One of our Career Coaches, Sabrina Alam, gives her top tips on how to change career at 30.

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We’re Talking Career Change with Forbes!

Reached a professional plateau? When it’s time for a change, it’s time to take stock. We are delighted to be featured this week on Forbes Middle East, sharing our expertise on career change Forbes for their article, '9 Questions To Ask Yourself About Career Change'.

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A Blogger’s SEVEN Experience

We offer all potential new client enquiries a free 20 minute coaching phone consultation to better understand the coaching process and learn about the specifics around how coaching can help you and your individual situation and also, the difference between SEVEN’s approach and style of our coaches to other coaching companies! Read about a blogger’s experience of our free coaching phone consultation.

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Could TM be Your Secret Weapon to Success?

Imagine your mobile phone could only get fully recharged twice or three times a year? Jerry Seinfeld, a 40 year meditator, recently likened his daily transcendental meditation practise to being like his charger. When you think about it, most people, only recharge fully when they go on holiday or have an extended break, a few times a year, if lucky.

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How Your Natural Strengths Will Unlock Your Performance!

An incredibly brief seven point synopsis as to how and why you should pay attention to your strengths and how to begin to uncover your natural strengths.

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Interview Tips from the PROs 1

Springtime signals new beginnings and the same is true of the job market at this time, with a new financial year starting and new business budgets, there’s job opportunities in abundance, putting many people into interview mode. Evelyn is our resident interview expert and takes great satisfaction in helping clients prepare to stand out for all the right reasons.

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Job Search: Target Organisations, Not Just Vacancies

One of the simplest things many people overlook about career coaching and clarifying what they want to do with their career is; that all it’s really about is preference. Knowing your individual preferences. Each and everyone of us has very specific likes and dislikes...

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The Power of Archetypes to Your Personal Brand

Archetypes come from a concept used by the psychologist Carl Gustav Jung, to explain the characters which reside within the collective unconscious of people. They represent fundamental human motifs of our experience as we evolved and as a result they also evoke our emotions.

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The Strongest Start Any Graduate Can Have!

We are excited in the lead up to the launch of our specially tailored new range of graduate career coaching packages, covering everything from career direction, interview skills coaching, CV writing, understanding suitability, personal branding and more. Whether you or your loved one is a recent or new graduate from a degree...

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New role? Guarantee success in your first 90 days!

Starting on the right footing is key to your success in any new role, from graduate right up to executive level. The opportunity in your first 90 days is fantastic in setting a new tone, in shaping your personal brand and how other’s view you and in making strategic alliances.

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What Really Ensures Your Success as a Leader?

Remember I mentioned Henry Ford’s quote in the 3rd part of the series “whether you think you can, or think you can’t – you’re right”. Your beliefs about yourself influence your thoughts, so really what is at play here is an awareness of your inner beliefs and how those inner beliefs can determine your success as a leader.

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Create a Standout CV: Tips from the Pros

CV’s at their most effective, serve as a compelling marketing document, selling who you are professionally and what you can do. At their most basic, they are a chronological report of what you have done, telling not selling. To standout, you’ve got to sell. To sell, you’ve got to get clear on who you are, what you can do and what’s unique about you that’s relevant to your desired role.

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