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How to be Successful, Despite Yourself

Don’t Kill Your Hamster!

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Overcome the various difficulties you may experience in taking the first steps in the journey towards success in your chosen career direction.
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With its quirky title taken from what one of the mentors on The Voice Australia 2013 said to his mentee, this is an easy to read guide to overcoming the fear of ‘putting yourself out there’ to achieve your career goals. Sometimes due to anxiety or lack of confidence we get in our own way. We hesitate to be at the right place at the right time and this becomes a barrier to getting what we really want. With easy to do activities, relevant case studies, a tip summary at the end of each chapter and an action planner, you can become more proactive in moving ahead. This book will help you overcome various difficulties you may experience in taking the first steps to start the journey towards success in your chosen career direction.

  1. Stop Hamster Wheeling
    1. How to see yourself differently
  2. Fake it ’til you make it
    1. How to act confident until you are
  3. Become your own superhero
    1. How to maximize your strengths
  4. Feel the power and the passion
    1. How to really go for what you want
  5. It’s not what you know but who you know
    1. How to navigate your networks
  6. Be in the right place at the right time
    1. How to recognise leads and opportunities
  7. Remember, you’re not alone
    1. How to engage others’ help when needed
  8. Resurrect your Hamster
    1. How to put all the pieces together
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About the Authors

Laura Taplin

Jacky Dakin is an experienced psychologist, organisational development consultant, facilitator and executive coach. She is a regular guest presenter and keynote speaker at seminars and conferences. She runs her own organisational consulting business, coupled with a private practice in clinical and counselling psychology. She is also a principal of a consortium with professional colleagues.

She has a passion for helping people be the best they can whether personally or professionally. One of her greatest thrills is when she sees her clients turn a corner and start overcoming their own particular obstacles. They can then make positive changes which move them closer towards their own definition of success.

Jacky is active on several boards and committees, regularly mentors younger colleagues and volunteers for various organisations. She has co-authored a successful book “Short Poppies Can Grow: Confidence at work” and was formerly a regular columnist in the Advertiser Saturday Review section. She is a past finalist in the Telstra Business Woman of the Year.

Laura Taplin is a registered psychologist with a specialised interest in working with individuals, teams and organisations to help them to reach their full potential. She has gained valuable experience with one of South Australia’s premier organisational development and recruitment companies.

She makes full use of her strong understanding of positive psychology, personality, culture, work environment and team dynamics to offer practical strategies to her clients. She is also a skilled presenter and researcher.

Laura currently finds that the most enjoyable part of her work is providing career guidance to people, at whatever age or career stage.

Jacky Dakin

Jacky Dakin is an experienced psychologist, organisational development consultant, facilitator and executive coach. She is a regular guest presenter and keynote speaker at seminars and conferences. Her appealing presentation style and warm interpersonal manner has made her a popular public speaker and workshop presenter. She always effectively tailors her presentations to meet client needs. Jacky delivers a range of presentations to both large and small groups in the public and private sectors across Australia. She has also worked in the Middle East.

She runs her own organisational consulting business in which she specialises in designing and presenting a range of workshops, executive coaching and leadership development, plus offering conflict mediation, facilitating strategic planning sessions and working with dysfunctional teams. In addition, she assists people in personal and workplace wellbeing, along with conducting psychometric testing and assisting with performance issues. Her corporate work is coupled with a private practice in clinical and counselling psychology in which she has gained a reputation for successfully helping ‘stuck’ clients in areas such as trauma, stress, anxiety, depression, return to work and troubled relationships. She is well qualified and experienced in practicing cognitive behaviour therapy and hypnotherapy with her clients.

She has a passion for helping people be the best they can whether personally or professionally. One of her greatest pleasures is when she sees her clients turn a corner and start overcoming their own particular obstacles. They can then make positive changes which move them closer towards their own definition of success.

Jacky is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and past Chair of both the APS College of Organisational Psychologists and the APS Interest Group in Coaching Psychology. She is currently on the South Australian committee of the former. She holds the position of Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of Adelaide and currently lectures to Organisational Masters degree students.

Jacky is active on several boards and committees, regularly mentors younger colleagues and volunteers for various organisations. As well as her popular e-book, she has co-authored the highly successful “Short Poppies Can Grow: Confidence at work” and also published “Learn to Dance on a Moving Carpet: a guide to a balanced and meaningful life”. She was formerly a regular columnist writing on Wellbeing in a widely distributed Adelaide paper and is a past finalist in a national Business Woman of the Year award.