My new Focus

It’s been a long time since I written on (in?) my blog.

My fitness is nowhere near where I would like it to be, but my focus has been on other areas of my life, and I haven’t thrown my triathlon dreams out the window just yet. But I’ll get back to those dreams later. I promise.

But this blog is titled “Tiger in Training” – originally focused on my training goals, which I happily achieved in 2014 & 2015. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m constantly making goals and plans in every aspect of my life, so why not capture my thoughts on those other goals here?

Last week marked my one-year anniversary in my new position as marketing manager. A role that catapulted me out of my comfort zone and challenged me in so many areas of my knowledge and previous experience. I went to work on a Friday in my old job, none the wiser and on Monday I came in with a brand new exciting role. I absolutely love the work that I’m doing and am excited about the projects, clients and team I get to spend my days with. An important part of my position is continuous learning and that honing in on my skills will keep me at the top of my game.

This new role demanded long hours from me and a few of my other hobbies have to take a back seat, temporarily anyway. As a self-proclaimed life-long learner, I was missing my classes and seminars I use to frequent, but I was struggling to fit these events into my current heavily filled schedule. To combat this, I’ve committed to reading a business book every month and sharing my learnings via this blog.

Book One:

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I have to admit, during the first chapter of this book, ISBTYT, I was sceptical but gave it the “50-page test”, and I’m really glad I invested the time. I would compare the lessons in the book to sitting down with one of your most professional contacts and getting all the dirt on how they achieved success and lessons on how you can too. Kate White writes in an honest and frank fashion that keeps you glued to her helpful guidelines for becoming business savvy, she makes it feel achievable if you’re willing to put in the work.

White writes in an honest and frank fashion that keeps you glued to her helpful guidelines for becoming business savvy that apply if you are new in your career, seasoned or are looking to make a change. Her own career background is incredible in itself, an editor of many magazines including Redbook and Cosmopolitan along with authour of a number of mystery novels and public speaking engagements. (More here: http://katewhite.com/)

From looking the part, dealing with difficult conversations, asking for promotion and tips on public speaking and managing your time, White covers it all it a jam-packed how to kick-ass at being a professional in any career you could dream of.

I highly recommend reading this book – in fact – originally I borrowed this from the library and enjoyed it so much that I’ve decided to purchase it for future reference. This is certainly one of the few books that I will keep in my permanent collection alongside the likes of “How to say it” by Rosalie Maggio and “The Fabulous Girl’s Guide to Decorum” by Kimm Izzo and Ceri Marsh. Both books also well worth the read.

If you have a business book you would like to recommend, I would love to hear from you. I have a few on my bookshelves, some that I’m half-way through that you will read about soon!

Until then…