JOANNA MAXWELL

Balancing planning and spontaneity

I was recently reminded of something that happened a while ago – I was walking down Harris Street in Pyrmont on my way to join friends at a pub for lunch, when I was approached by a well-dressed woman of a certain age. (I have always wanted to use that phrase in my writing, and now I […]

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Trust yourself to take career risks

I recently rediscovered the YouTube video of Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford commencement address. He talks about his own university experiences, and in particular, his decision to drop out. This was a big thing for him (he describes it a ‘pretty scary’), because his biological parents had stipulated that whoever adopted him had to agree to send […]

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Your career story

One of my favourite quotes is from American poet Muriel Rukeyser: The world is made of stories, not atoms. Stories aren’t just for children, or indulgent afternoons on the sofa. They are are equally important in the world of work. I work with all my career change clients on their personal career stories – looking at the ways in […]

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Do you have a limiting weakness?

You’ll get much further in your career by polishing strengths than by compensating for weaknesses. But there is an exception – weaknesses that are central to your work and which are holding you back. Maybe you’re a gifted verbal negotiator, but struggle to convey your thoughts on paper in your final reports. Or you are great […]

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