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Willing to Pay Tax? Check your Gender 

Tax preparation can be a headache for anyone. For me, it's a particular challenge. Not only am I an American (and UK Citizen) living in the UK, I also own a UK-based company - and have to work to two different tax years - nothing if not complex :0  I hadn't been hugely happy with the service I was getting for my US taxes, so took it to a new vendor who promptly found the last 3 years of returns had been filed incorrectly (Ouch!) by my previous accountant - who hadn't taken into account Trump legislation that specifically affected me. Thanks again Trump! My new US tax accountant recently offered me two choices: 1. Fully re-file for the last several years of my US based taxes done erroneously by...

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Give your best interviews in 2021

We are in the toughest job market in a generation and this is not a moment to just reassure yourself that being confident in interviews will be enough. It’s won’t - and actually, it never should be. In interviews, it’s up to you to prove your competence, your skills, the experiences you have had and why they'd be valuable to a new employer - or the company in which you simply want to progress. By the end of this video you’ll have 3 new ideas that have worked for literally hundreds of my coaching clients, in good economies and bad, when they’ve had interviews for management and leadership roles. 

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When is £150 worth far much more?

In a recent session, one of the first I've had since returning from the holidays, a coaching client confided she’d applied and been successful for a promotion. Delighted with the role, there was a single sticking point - a ’niggle’ as she called it. And as we found with many niggles, they often represent far more emotionally than the ‘little thing’ they ostensibly are about. She’d negotiated a small pay increase, but they refused to give her to what she actually asked for - opting instead to top her out at £150 less per year than what she’d wanted. She’d known, based on conversations she’d had, that other people doing that role had routinely entered at the rate for which she was asking. So this felt unjust...

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3 Unconventional ways to get noticed in the interview

At the end of the day, you and I both get hired, fired or promoted based not on how awesome we think we are - but based on what other people think, as I talk about in 'The Con Job'. Rather than thinking about how you can self-promote, today we’ll be looking at unorthodox, yet crucial ways to use other people’s words when talking about yourself in a situation like an interview. By the end of this video, you’ll have 3 unconventional ways to get noticed, not for how you talk about yourself, but revolutionarily, only by using what other people say about you! And if you stay to the end, you’ll hear how humility, not a word we often associate...

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Learning from Mistakes to Move On

I recently heard from Rachel, a previous client, who admitted she’d gained more from our sessions when she reflected with me on pasts mistakes rather than when we’d talk about her wins - what Rachel thought we’d focus on when she first came to coaching. It reminded me how useful mistakes are for all of us - but only if we admit them and then make changes to learn from them. Rachel liked to keep things very 'professional' and always had a very transactional relationship with her direct reports, but found she got far more engagement when she treated them as whole beings -  vital now that everyone is a home-worker! Rachel told me ’Seeing who they really were at home was so humbling and valuable to me -...

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