Simply Brilliant News Sept 2010

Simply Brilliant Newsletter

Issue 2

September 2010


Five Ways to Find Your Hearts Desire at Work

Metaphorically Speaking

Guest Article - Linda Buchan


'Work is more than half most people's waking lives. If it's as significant as that for you, then leaving your heart out of it is not a good idea' - Mark Eyre

'Discover your career path' download available

Ever had that feeling of being 'dead ended' in your job?  Is work not that exciting place it once was?  Is that 'Monday feeling' a reality for you?  Does it even start on a Sunday?  Do you have a vague sense of unease that work could be better, even if you can't put your finger on how?

New Brilliant Futures website

This has now had a makeover, so if you haven't looked recently, please go to the website and have a look. It marks another step in the development of Brilliant Futures. Contact details are at the foot of this Newsletter, and throughout the website, so please feel free to get in touch with any comments or requests.

Mark is a passionate coach consultant and writer,  and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

He is also author of 'Stand up and live',  which highlights the importance of using our own power more effectively to  achieve our goals in work and life.

He  has worked  in the UK and abroad, and works with clients both face to face,  and over distance.

Mark is the owner of Brilliant Futures.




Welcome to the second edition of the Simply Brilliant Newsletter, produced by Brilliant Futures.

This Newsletter is designed for people committed to their own personal development, and to pursuing their own brilliance.  So, if you want to bring more life into your life, read on....

The theme for this edition is 'career' and 'work' (depending how you look at it).  More people than ever are actively considering their futures.  Part of this is down to the recession, banking collapse and public sector cutbacks.  However, the current economic malaise is causing many people to ask themselves whether there's a better future out there.  After all, the old approach of work hard, build your career, buy property and save for your future pension has, for many, been shown to be an illusion.

So what is out there?  If you're someone who has started to think about this, I hope this Newsletter gives you food for thought.  If you want to take it further, why not download the Brilliant Futures learning guide 'Discover your career path' - more details are outlined in this Newsletter.

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Have a simply brilliant day!

Five Ways to Find Your Heart’s Desire at Work

The desire to be productive is a universal human need.  We are programmed with the need to leave our mark on the world, and 'work' is a big part of that.  We endeavour to do things and achieve things, whether or not we're actually paid to do so.

However, there's an assumption about work that underpins the attitude of many in the west.  It is this – we are not paid to do things that we enjoy.  After all, if we do enjoy it, then it can't be work.  We get paid precisely because it isn't enjoyable!  Remember the Mars bar advert, 'a Mars a day helps you work, rest and play'.  Ah, so work can't be play then?


Metaphorically speaking...

So I walked up the last few steps to the 'Guarded door'.  Not the first time I'd trod these steps, but somehow it felt different from all the previous times.

Buchalwood was sitting there, expecting me.  At least that was the impression her expression gave me.  A coaching queen with a difference.  No self directed learning with her.  You tell her your problem, she gives you the answer, you do it.  Saves so much time compared to finding my own answers....


Guest Article: Bringing personality into work - a good idea?

Have you ever been in a social environment where a stranger has entered it and you have immediately been turned off or taken an instant dislike to them?

Have you ever been in a presentation or a meeting where you have immediately switched off and decided not to listen because you didn’t like what you saw?

Or, to be more positive – what about a social or business situation where you have immediately felt interested in someone, and felt compelled to listen?

How did you form this view?  Where did that reaction come from? 

 And finally...

'Adults are always asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up because they're looking for ideas' - Paula Poundstone