Men have been part of the problem for too long; now it’s time to become part of the solution.

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Do you know what it’s like to do a job and get 80% of what you should be paid? No? Ask one of your female colleagues.

A PayScale report in 2020 found that women on average earn $0.81 for every $1 a man is paid. To put that into perspective, if a man were to stop working on the 23rd October each year, they would make the same amount of money as a woman makes in an entire year.

Since 2015, when PayScale undertook their first report, women earned $0.74 for every $1 a man was paid. In five years, the gap has narrowed, but not quickly enough. …

What can a university faculty in 1965 teach you about entrepreneurship?

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Do you need to have started the Amazon empire to be a successful entrepreneur? What about creating Microsoft? How about building Apple?

There's no denying, Bezos, Gates, and Jobs are all exceptional entrepreneurs. Their names will live long beyond you and me and rightly so, they’re the definition of the saying “once in a generation”.

But, do you need to be a businessperson or wealthy beyond all comprehension to be a successful entrepreneur? I don’t think so — there’s so much to learn away from the world of money; you just have to look in the right places.

I have a story for you which is from one of the most unlikely of places which is sure to inspire. It originated from a University faculty in England. …

Don’t make emotional decisions — put your thinking into perspective

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There are thousands of reasons why you might hate your job, but they fall into two groups: the job or you. It’ll likely be a combination of the two as life and work often intertwine.

You’ll find people make the decision that they hate their job and see the only solution is to quit. No — never do this!

Yes, it might be right to look for a new job, but have you taken the time to figure out whether it’s the job or you? If it’s you, you may be able to address the issues and find a way to get back on track. …

Grow as a leader — motivate the majority and the rest will follow

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My first venture into leadership nearly cost me my career.

I was to be responsible for bringing a team together to deliver one of the most ambitious projects my organization had seen. I was to head up a group of healthcare specialists. I knew what I wanted to do.

On my first day on the job, I called a meeting. I didn’t think to prep in advance; I knew what I was going to say. …

My depression broke down into it’s simplest terms

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I’ve put off writing what it feels like to be depressed — for me — for one reason: I haven’t felt depressed for a long while.

I’ve been depressed on and off for 20 years. Throughout this time, I have fought many battles, all of them I have won, but the war has never ended. When each fight is over, I have this somewhat magical ability to cover up my scars and forget.

Quite simply, I cannot tell you what I experience throughout these depressive spells unless I am in one. …

A piece of advice for every year at work

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On average, a full-time employee in the United States will work over 1,700 hours a year. Over ten years, that’s over 17,000 hours!

In that time, you will experience so many different things that you’ll struggle to remember 10% of them. Unfortunately, it’s not the most important 10% of experiences that you’ll remember. Even if you don’t recall them all, they will shape you to some extent, but only a few will be for the better.

From my first ten years in the workplace, I’d call myself successful. I’ve consistently secured promotions, my current salary is 5x my first salary, and I have expertise in several disciplines such as programme management, healthcare commissioning, and staff management. …

Empathy is the most important “soft” skill you will need in your career

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Think back to a time in your career when you had a boss that you thought was great. You may be able to pinpoint exactly the reason why you loved to work for them. I guarantee that I know what makes them so great: empathy.

The workplace often overlooks emotional intelligence. I’d say it’s a hangover from a bygone era where workers didn’t have rights, and industry was about going hard without a thought of the consequences.

Slowly, organizations are starting to catch up to the world outside the floor to ceiling windows of the high rise offices in the major cities of the world. …

Mental health is hard. Owning it is even harder.

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I hate being bipolar it’s awesome — Kanye West

Let me say this first; I do not have bipolar. I have depression, anxiety and OCD. They’re nothing alike.

Kanye West and I have mental health issues, a love of rap and love of Kanye West in common. That’s where our commonalities end.

In 2018, Kanye West released an album “YE” in which he openly raps for the first time about his diagnosis of bipolar disorder. On the record, he called bipolar his “superpower”.

When I first heard Kanye say it, I sat back in my chair, stunned. “Wow, a superpower”, I thought, “why have I never thought of it that way before?” …

Pessimism doesn’t just mean negativity; they have qualities others don’t

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Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute. — George Bernard Shaw

I’m a pessimist. I’ve been told countless times. What can I say, I’m a Programme Manager, it’s what I do best.

Hearing it at the start of my career was tough, though. All I thought was that people were telling me that I was negative. It knocked my confidence.

A few years into my career, after being bashed about, I started to feel disillusioned with my job. My co-workers were seeing me as a naysayer and quite rightly so. I was saying no often — with good reason; no one else was saying it when it needed to be said. So, one day I thought, “what would happen if I stopped being the person who says no? What would happen if I adopted the mindset of my co-workers?” …

Focus your prep, get ahead of the rest and learn your skillset

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We’ve all been there. We’ve all sent in job applications and been rejected countless times.

But every once in awhile, you get an invitation to interview.

You spend the next few days prepping for it as best as you can. Before you know it, you’re sat down in front of the interview panel.

The questions come thick and fast, but you settle quickly. …


Mike Martin

Father of two — Fiancé — Senior healthcare manager — Mental health advocate — Eager to learn, grow and share my experiences

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