You are now about to witness…

 … The Strength of self knowledge

 

We’re all unique and that’s great.But it is difficult to benefit from that fact unless you really get to know yourself. We all have talents that enable us to do something better than others, but do we really understand what they are and how to put them to best use? One interesting way to start developing our understanding is to prioritise “talents” by defining our “strengths”.

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Recently I read a book “Now, discover your strengths” where the authors, Markus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton create a rigorous and compressive argument about why we all need to discover our strengths. Apart from talking about the core value of our strengths, in directing our natural purpose and “flow”, and quoting widely recognized research (trust me – there are hundreds of studies on self-cognition and self-development and not all of them are practical or useful), they’ve also designed a way for us to instantly discover our top five talents via a simple online questionnaire in association with the highly reputable Gallup Organization.

Methodology and Practice

The authors studied over two million people globally who have excelled in their careers. This helped them identify 34 broad themes under which to explore a range of associated strengths. Every theme shows different strengths, but no value judgement or weighting is assigned. (Be honest to yourself, there’s not wrong answer).

By knowing our strengths we can not only make critical decisions about our future direction, but also enhance our employability in relation to current market conditions and impacts on demand.

It seems intuitive that your performance will be better if you’re doing what you naturally do well. But some of it is counterintuitive: No amount of training will help you excel in your areas  of weakness. You can’t do anything you want to do – or be anything you want to be-because you’re just not going to be good at everything. But if you work with your talents, you can be extraordinary, says Tom Rath, the author of “Strengths Finder 2.0”.

Knowing our strength could benefit us…

- As an individual we are able to thoroughly assess our value and suitability in relation to opportunities in the environment we operate in, helping us identify those hard to find roles where we can truly flourish.

- As a manager we are able to be mindful of our own managing style in relation to the individuals we work with and to cultivate better the talents in our team.

- As a business, we are able to be thought leaders anticipating change and realising the potential of our collective strengths and talents.

I found their test really interesting and a useful exercise in reflection. I’ve always felt my main strengths were creativity, responsibility and creating harmony. However, the exercise showed that I am mainly strong as…

“Positivity” – People strong in the Positivity theme have an enthusiasm that is contagious. They are upbeat and can get others excited about what they are going to do.

“Activator” – People strong in the Activator theme can make things happen by turning thoughts into action. They are often impatient.

“Maximizer” – People strong in the Maximizer theme focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence. They seek to transform something strong into something superb.

“Learner”- People strong in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. In particular, the process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.

“Intellection” – People strong in the Intellection theme are characterized by their intellectual activity. They are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions.

For short definitions of all 34 strengths visit http://www.strengthstest.com/theme_summary.php

The results made me take a new look at my own situation and my past. Maybe some of the stresses and strains of life so far may have been caused by a mismatch of who I think I am and who I really am? People tend to feel more comfortable with things we’ve already understood and prefer to believe those we don’t know are what we are not good at. Is that true?

Try the test yourself or simply start to think about your top strengths. And let me know about your story. If you aren’t ready to commit to buying the book so you can access the full functionality of the website, you can try out this free “approximation” before deciding…

http://freestrengthstest.workuno.com/free-strengths-test.html

Have a great day and see you soon,

Mariella Kamburova

What makes you unique? GUEST POST

I was always told that with a name like mine, I must be destined to do great things.  My name?  I’m Sanchia De’Cage; a Behavioural Specialist who has worked with children with special and additional needs for over 10 years, with a background in Psychology and a particular interest in autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs). The fruits of my labor during this time have been in being a catalyst for children learning to speak and communicate effectively instead of injuring themselves out of frustration; or seeing a more holistic environment for a child due to their parents learning the effects of their behavior on their child; or even seeing a teacher learn more effective and long lasting ways of engaging with a child with a special need.  I suppose in some ways, this may be observed as a great act.  It has a ripple effect, impacting the lives of the child needing support or early intervention, their siblings, family members, peers, teachers and so on.

If you were to imagine going a whole day without having any of your needs met, and how this would leave you feeling, is to give you a snapshot into the importance of this work for children with additional needs and the impact on the lives of many.

Imparting change is not an easy thing to do; it requires dedication, hard work, and patience if a child can’t learn the way we teach, we must teach the way they will learn.  Systematically, this is the ethos that Head Start-ASD takes when working with children with challenging behavior and additional needs.

We are a specialist training and consultancy business providing support to families and professionals with limited experience in teaching and managing challenging behaviour in their children.  We are like a psychological Supernanny provision working to provide children and young people with access to happier childhoods, and this is exactly what I communicated to the judges at the 2014 Greenwich University Business Plan competition.  As always (so I am told), there was a high calibre of entrants and after being narrowed down to one of 11 finalists from 150 initial applicants, Head Start-ASD worked hard to win over a range of five judges, achieving a place of second runner up!  This outcome was a great achievement and validated the hard work and dedication that has so far gone into developing a viable business that meets a real social issue and need.

Some great advice was received from the judges, who also included Skills Hive’s Mike Orchard, who has since been a great business connection/advisor in business development and strategy.  At an unrelated course some time back, I was told how important it is in starting a business, to prepare the network that you will need in the future.  This stayed with me, and I have since had the pleasure of attending a great networking session with Skills Hive to do just that, meeting likeminded professionals, making great contacts and bouncing around ideas.

It takes a village to raise a child, and like many new businesses, to create the impact of a potential (or virtual) village, Head Start-ASD aim to grow to provide a virtual team through Skills Hive to support the work that we do, the reach that we can have and therefore the positive impact on the lives of children with additional needs.  Such a team could involve sales and marketing members to widen our growth and customer awareness of our training courses and consultancy services, it could be to conduct research for our social media pages and blog posts, or the development of our merchandise through market research, sales and distribution.

Frontline team members may also be trained to implement direct social skills training and interventions with children, and/or to support in the delivery of our courses.  The depth and breadth or the work that we do requires great commitment, and this often offers the greatest reward.

There are 1.5 million children diagnosed with learning and behaviour difficulties in England alone, yet it is a worldwide issue. The theory of six degrees of separation between everyone and everything guarantees that you are connected to someone, somewhere who could benefit from such a service.

Join and connect with us via our Facebook (www.facebook.com/HSASD) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/HeadStart_ASD) Pages.  Visit the website at www.headstart-asd.com or write us an email at: info: headstart-asd.com

 

Be the change you wish to see in the world!

Head Start-ASD

Business Development

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About the organization:

Supplying and maintaining bespoke managed print solutions. We target hedge funds, investment, property, creative and digital/tech clients.

A number of partnerships are in place which allow us to leverage brand value through our associations e.g. with Canon.

This is a small and agile business where the owner is actively involved in delivering solutions. We work at pace to meet our client needs and enjoy building long term relationships with our customers.

If you enjoy a challenge that allows you to meet new people while operating in a relaxed but structured environment, this is for you.

Would suit a graduate with maybe 2 years experience in business

Purpose of the Business Development Manager role…

This role is all about supporting the company’s founder to complete actions and tasks required to create and maintain client services, allowing them more time to establish new relationships and grow the business. As such this is an evolving position that will develop through this exciting period in the business lifecycle.

Tasks will include…

  • Market, customer and competitor analysis
  • Social media monitoring and messaging
  • Sales planning and opportunity management
  • Data management and contact strategy
  • Co-ordinating resource and diaries to deliver client promises

You need to have…

We are looking for an ambitious and energetic young person who is driven to succeed and keen to learn. As an agile business we will expect a level of flexibility and commitment to meeting client needs.

  • Proven social media skills
  • Confident working with data and data software (excel / Salesforce)
  • Organised and thorough
  • Quick thinker able to make decisions independently
  • Strong communicator both written and spoken
  • Able to spot an opportunity and suggest new ideas
  • Happy to work flexibly for mutual benefit

You will get…

As Business Development Manager you will be working with a range of client and supplier contacts including senior executives and successful entrepreneurs. Other benefits include…

  • Flexible and negotiable working practices
  • Increasing levels of responsibility regarding strategy
  • Reward of delivering great quality service to demanding clients
  • Operating in fast moving growth sectors
  • Opportunity to contribute creative ideas
  • All business travel expenses covered

Payment terms

  • Weekly hours to be set based on delivering short term and long term objectives
  • 90 day trial period for a set fee to be agreed at interview
  • Invoice for hours worked as self employed freelancer
  • Day rate to be agreed based on 90 day trial
  • Bonus potential based on landing new client opportunities

Workshop facilitator

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Purpose of Job

- Assist in delivering agile business focused workshops in different universities and institutions across the UK

- Support the workshop design process as appropriate and where required

- Prepare for each workshop by reviewing the content and researching the audience

- Bring elements of fun and wisdom to the experience for delegates based on your unique set of life experiences

 

You need to

 

- Be a real people person with infectious enthusiasm for learning

- Have great communication skills and an appreciation for other people’s range of communication styles and preferences

- Be used to thinking on your feet and responding to varying situations to deliver the best possible learning experience

- Deliver key workshop content in an engaging way while making it fresh and interactive

- Some teaching, training or facilitation experience would be useful but if you are a natural then not necessary!

 

You will get

- To work with future business leaders as they find themselves during University life

- Inspiration from being immersed in the pioneering start-up community

- Opportunities to work with large brands that want to innovate

Payment terms

- Hourly or day rate is negotiable to be agreed based on experience

 

Role Template

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About the organization:

Using one paragraph, explain what your company is about, the markets you operate in and your plans for the future.

- Be honest and concise

- Reference the company culture, e.g. is it formal or relaxed?

- Make it clear why someone would want to work with your company

 

Purpose of the role…

Once again in a single paragraph, explain what the role you want to fill is. You could explain the function and any objectives associated with this position, who they are going to work with, what they will be responsible for. Follow this with a bulleted list of responsibilities

- Be specific

- Be concise

- Make it appealing to your target audience

 

You need to have…

This is your chance to list all the types of skills, attributes and experience you would like candidates to demonstrate in the role

- Prioritise the most important

- Include soft skills and attributes e.g. infectious enthusiasm

- Indicate which are essential and which would be

 

You will get…

This part aims to give the candidate ideas of what they could gain from the role. You could describe tangible benefits, value of specific expeieince, industry contacts they will meet and career development opportunties.

- Give examples

- Show what you have to offer as a company

- Think about what your ideal candidate would really value

 

Payment terms

Outline the specific payment details using bullet points where appropriate

 

Project Manager

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- make sure you include “Project Management”, “Marketing” and “Web development” in your skills tags

Purpose of Job

This is a Project Management role with marketing and web development elements

- Assist in delivery of a range of new client projects

- Build virtual teams to cover skills requirements

- Deliver results based on multiple stakeholder agendas

- Work to a brief and manage communications to ensure clarity of scope

You need to

- Be able to lead a team in a collaborative way

- Have excellent communication skills

- Be skilled in organising tasks and monitoring progress to hit deadlines

- Have an agile approach to resolving problems

- Understand principles of marketing and web development

You will get

- Opportunities to work with large brands

Payment Terms

- Day rate dependent on level of experience following trial period

Graphic Designer

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Background

We are looking for a creative individual with a passion for graphic design to join our Creative team in London Brixton.
Creative Development is a dynamic and fun place to work, this role will suit someone who has recently graduated with a Graphic Design background or anyone interested in graphic design and willing to partake in design/print community projects and T-shirt making.

Candidate profile

You need to:

Be able to use Illustrator
Be able to use Photoshop
Be able to use Indesign

• Have good Communication skills
• Have Good organisational skills
• Be Excellent in time management
• Be proficient in Adobe packages InDesign, Illustrator Photoshop
• Have a hunger to learn and a self motivator
• Occasionally work to tight deadlines and sometimes under pressure
• Have problem solving skills and be able to communicate ideas and suggestions

You will get:

It’s an excellent opportunity to grow and learn, gain hands-on experience and have fun with a dynamic young team of creative people.

Expected to show developments and sketches and end with print ready products, whilst meeting businesses and customers to understand their objectives for assigned projects.
The Understanding of web based projects would be a bonus

Availability to learn new and be a part of other creative projects attend some events and contribute to the making of T shirt printing. Also possibly working with others and access to the community project
Please note this is an internship and therefore is an unpaid position. Discussion of benefits will follow.

Interviewer/Photographer/Camera person/Assistant

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Background

Date and time:

  • 13th June 2014 10am-5pm
  • 14th June 2014 10am-4.30pm

Location: London Excel

Travel expenses and daily ticket entry to The National Autism Show is covered and a testimonial of your work can be provided.

We are looking to work with a student or graduate who has a good photographic eye for filming content and assisting with interviewing professionals working in the field of Autism.  An opportunity to conduct and direct the interviews may be available for the correct person and may appeal to those with an interest in Media and/or Psychology.

Candidate profile

  • Someone who is punctual and reliable
  • Able to take direction
  • Must have a steady hand and good camera/recording skills
  • An eye for detail and a creative eye
  • Must be a good communicator (for those interested in conducting interviews)

Key Responsibilities

  • Filming various short interview sessions
  • Taking photos throughout the day
  • Handing out leaflets to attendees of the show
  • Potentially conducting various interviews during the day
  • To recognise spontaneous opportunities for interview

Micro Machines!

I love the fact that so many people are starting up in business and not just in traditional start-up endeavours, there are all sorts of ideas being brought to market these days.

The digital technology emerging in the 21st Century is enabling paradigm(s) to shift at, what many consider, an alarming rate; not me – I find it fascinating, exhilarating even.

Another really positive thing about the trending micro-business ecosystem is that, by being agile and responsive with minimal fixed costs, the prevailing model for business is inherently sustainable; or at least more sustainable than those of the 20th Century. My gut feeling is that failure rates are decreasing, not sure the stats support that but watch this space.

But the thing about running a business as an individual is that you tend to have to be a “Jack of all trades”, well at least to begin with. And the problem with being a “Jack” is that you are known to be a “master of none”

Despite the negative connotations this need not lead to disaster. Those micro-business entrepreneurs who recognise their strength in breadth and acknowledge their limitations can do very well thank you very much. All it takes is a little collaboration.

Interestingly, that is what the micro-business model is all about (networking, building trust and identifying mutual opportunity in a continuous cycle) and so we see a huge variety of support services available through places like Central Working at Google Campus in London, sites like http://www.smarta.com/ and organisations like Croydon Tech City, SBN and 4Networking who have established regular meet up groups and support networks

Here at Skills Hive we like to do our bit as well, that’s why we are making all of our popular task proposal templates searchable and accessible to any micro business online.

As an entrepreneur we don’t always know what it is we want, we might have a rough idea but when presented with a blank page and told to brief a supplier or freelancer chances are we’ll freeze.

The Skills Hive task proposal templates are designed to have all the key components of a solid supplier brief…

Title – So everyone knows what you are focused on

Description – To explain in more detail what you are looking to achieve

Deadline – Defining your expectations

Budget – Initially a ballpark figure to be discussed

Milestones for delivery – Your view on the key steps involved

So, unlike some solutions, you get to edit a proven example relating to what you are trying to achieve. First you make sure it reflects your understanding of the situation before putting it in front of a selection of flexible workers. They can then provide input based on their experience and collaborate on the final brief before you award it to the worker you want to appoint.

Here are a couple of examples of our most frequently accessed templates…

http://www.skills-hive.com/blog/category/task-templates/web-design-task-templates/

http://www.skills-hive.com/blog/2014/04/16/competitor-analysis/

You can search for others here…

http://www.skills-hive.com/blog/category/task-templates/

And don’t forget, if you want the full benefit of our collaborative briefing and task management tools, just register for FREE and create your hirer profile in the Skills Hive.

Task Template – Invite to Interview

Task Name:

Invite to Interview

Description:

Congratulations! We are pleased to invite you to interview for the xxxxx role with xxxxx. Please could you contact xxxxx via xxxxx – here are their contact details…. The milestones include some further tips on how to prepare for your interview. Best of luck!

Budget: £0

Milestones

Milestone Duration Description
Contact the hirer 0.25 Make contact with the hirer using the details provided to arrange a suitable time and place to meet
Prepare for your interview 2 Spend as much time as you need to learning more about the hirer’s company and getting familiar with the elements of your online profile and CV that they might want to discuss in more detail
Review Feedback 1 Regardless of whether you got the work or not, it is important to reflect on the experience and capture any useful feedback, so you can update your profile and CV to attract more opportunity in future.