Working guide: Don’t Say That I Didn’t Tell You: Advice from a father to his 20-something-daughters

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Working guide: Don’t Say That I Didn’t Tell You: Advice from a father to his 20-something-daughters

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The past has great lessons to offer. Whilst technology and the evolving pace of change may lead millennials to thinking that what is ahead of them is unique. In fact, it has all happened before. I am a father in my 60s who has gathered many lessons from the past, and I set them out here for my daughters in the vain hope that they will be a guiding light long after I am physically gone. Some of the suggestions may seem ridiculous at first, but I ask you to chew the crud and make an informed decision later. The problems such as:

  • buying your first home
  • buying your first car
  • finding a life partner worth keeping
  • handling a tyrant of a boss
  • finding the right job for you
  • having a resilient career
  • jettisoning a dickhead
  • managing people
  • being effective with your time
  • handling anger
  • developing skills that further your career
  • having hobbies and interests that provide you with a safe haven
  • learning how to cook like Jamie Oliver
  • how to avoid being sold a pup when going for a job
  • how to be calm in a crisis
  • surviving COVID-19 and coming out stronger the other side

have all been successfully overcome by many wise people who are now dead or certainly too old to be involved in Twitter feeds, blogs, Instagram.

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Below is the table of contents:

Health & Well-Being When thinking negatively think of something else
Use self recognition – life is too short to be mean to yourself
Only suckers work through lunch
Remedies from the past business thinkers
The only time you have control over the day is first thing in the morning
Cider vinegar and honey
Have a spiritual centre to guide you on drug use
Never compare yourself with anyone
Family and Friends Do not go out if you are not prepared to buy a round of drinks
Social media does not create life long friends
Have a coffee or a drink with a friend twice a week
Never ghost an ex-friend
You can always find time to attend a funeral
Never have your phone on the restaurant table unless you want to be a dick
Forget your families’ and best friends’ birthdays at your peril
The difference between a friend with a problem and a problem friend
Partner Hobbies and dining clubs are a good place to look for a like minded partner
Beware of eye candy  that has a smooth tongue
Be knowledgeable under the sheets
Never let lawyers write to each other on a separation /divorce
If you have not had sex with your partner for a month you have a problem
Great sex can never paper over the cracks of incompatibility
The grass is seldom greener on the other side
Relationships have their use by date (7 hours, 7 days, 7 weeks, 7 months, 7 years, 77 years 777 years)
If your are swapping bodily fluids get the blood tests  done
Don’t give up on a long term relationship unless you have had a series of counselling sessions
Get to know their parents so you can see what their DNA is like
A leopard cannot change its spots or their moral compass
Jealousy is a sign of possessiveness
There are over 60,000 life partners waiting to be found
Friends before boyfriend every time
Binge drinking once a month, let alone once a week is a problem
Finding a Great Job How to avoid being sucked in by a Walter Mitty  (a compulsive  liar)
How to handle a bully of a boss
Choosing the right job offer
Career Planning Get into management ASAP
Learn interviewing techniques
Work in your own business if you want to control your own destiny
Think how you want to be remembered
Personal Development Have a treasure map to give your life direction
Use the law of attraction to turbo charge your life
Never work on your birthday
Minimise your personal baggage
Go on an anger management course
Give unconditional apologies
Time management tips
Embrace the old their wisdom is priceless
How the mighty fall – the danger of hubris
Winning Work Habits Never compromise on integrity
Challenge conformity
Go where angels fear to tread
Be calm in a crisis
Surviving Covid 19 – and coming out stronger the other side
Avoid being a news junkie
Power dressing
Get a cluster of mentors behind you
How to find a great manager
Preparing for your performance review
Quality assurance checks you need to do on all your reports
Avoid making enemies- the world is too small
Write a recognition letter a month to a supplier that went the extra mile
Agile habits to master
Never move a meeting you need to have – it puts the problem into your future
Golden rules for emails (never  look at  emails before  10:30 AM etc)
Always greet your guests at reception (hostmanship)
Networking tricks
Be good on your feet
Somehow avoid attending meetings that have no purpose
Learn how to sell change
Love they neighbour as thy self
Have blue sky Fridays
Be a finisher
Return phone calls
Be a disciple of Peter Drucker
The importance of Peter Drucker’s abandonment
Using consultants effectively on projects
Position your career so it is a hedgehog, a great protective layer
Become an expert of Word and PowerPoint by  attending some training
Beware of spreadsheets over 100 rows
Beware of becoming a workaholic
Other ways to save time in meetings
25 rules for a highly effective PowerPoint presentation
Why you should eat a frog every morning
Have two, two-hour blocks of time every day to move a project forward
Allocate time to your rocks (key tasks) rather than the pebbles and sand (emails)
Growing Personal Wealth Pay off your mortgage in 15 years
Buy top quality whiteware and taps even if they are second hand
Visualise what you want in a house
Seek expert advice when you are buying a house
Follow Warren Buffet’s advice on investments
When to get out of the stock market
Remember Charles dickens quote about  living with your means
Never sell your crown jewels
Avoid a holiday home, caravan or motorhome
Half your age is the benchmark of the percentage of your net annual salary you should be saving
Never mix old family money with your partner e.g. Debbie
Don’t own a rental more than 60 minutes drive from where you live
Avoid buying a house at the top of a property cycle
20 tips when buying your first home
Training Avoid becoming a self taught millennium- recognise that there are tricks to learn from one-to-one training
Learning must never stop
Read read read
40 training hours a year is a good minimum
Managing People Go on a week manager training residential course before managing staff
Learn how to hold scrum meetings
Be a follower of action meetings
Improve your decision-making ability
Look for the future that has already happened
Get into managing people ASAP – it is worth the pain
Have sunshine days in your team
When recruiting look for values – a leopard can never change their spots
Recruitment is a life and death decision
Off-site team meetings
Work Relationships Be careful not to get involved in office drama
Date someone in the office if you are prepared to leave the organisation if it goes bad or gets serious
Choose your boss with more care than you choose your last boyfriend
Hobbies and Interests Travelling abroad-survival tips
Learning how to cook like Jamie Oliver
Develop a safe haven, at least two hobbies you can fall back to when times get tough
Avoid Netflix series if you want to achieve
Possessions Only buy goods from China if you want to be disappointed
How to buy a good wine in a wine shop
Have a clean car- you will get to enjoy it
When buying a car remember you know nothing about cars- get some advice
Buy well once
Home Building Learn to fix things
When restoring a house have a week on and week off cycle
Get a fixed  quote for large jobs
How to find a good flatmate
Get a cluster of trades people and look after them.

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