In this video Richard Nelson Bolles speaks of career as being the expression of “an artist at work”, expressing our personality through the work that we do.  He reveals the media through which he most enjoys expressing himself. 

This video is the first of four in which Richard Nelson Bolles, acclaimed author of ‘What Color is Your Parachute’ (which is now in its 40th edition) spoke exclusively with Jenni Proctor from Clarity Career Management.  

In the second video of this interview Dick Bolles talks about being an entrepreneur


The four interviews are available for viewing:

An Interview with Richard Nelson Bolles author of ‘What Color is Your Parachute?’

Richard Nelson Bolles, author of What Color is Your Parachute, chats about being an entrepreneur

Richard Nelson Bolles, author of What Color is Your Parachute, is “up to mischief”!

Richard Nelson Bolles describes life as a smorgasbord


Each person has a core value. Our core values comprise our basic personal value systems and define how we make decisions as well as our behavioural patterns. It helps individuals understand their inner self and what influence their personalities. By assessing one’s core values, managers will be able to understand employee behaviours. Unlike other assessment tools, the CVI goes beyond personality evaluation and is capable of exposing ones motivational drivers, communication techniques, learning pattern and weaknesses.

The CVI is an outstanding assessment tool which can help managers and decision makers in predicting a worker’s potential for excellent performance. It is a simple assessment tool which is used by many companies in performance management to help employees achieve self awareness.

The CVI is a great performance management tool which is ideal for employment pre-screening and performance appraisal of employees. The assessment requires just ten minutes to complete, and provides an accurate picture of the core motivational drivers of a person. Results are obtained quickly online.  Taking time to fully understand these results with a trained CVI coach will empower you to use your core strengths, build on them and further develop the less dominant areas of your core value system.

This simple assessment tool has been evaluated over many years and is proven reliable and accurate. It has a reliability repeat score of 94 percent. This makes the CVI a unique assessment tool. Unlike commonly used personality tests, the CVI can reveal one’s unadapted nature.

Companies and individuals who have used the Core Values Index as part of their performance management have greatly benefited and have dramatically increased company revenue, improved employee retention and have created highly productive workers.

To learn more about how your company can benefit from the Core Values Index, contact Clarity Career Management.

A successful career is a combination of hard work and the value you create within your organisation. This means that the more valuable the management and your co-workers see you, the better your chances of being successful within the organisation. 

Unfortunately, not everyone recognises the importance of increasing their professional value. Many workers today ‘just do their jobs’ and are happy to be able to meet what is minimally required of them. These are usually the people who are first to go when a company decides to downsize.

Our value and the reputation we create within our organisations are the very reason why it is important to learn good personal career management. These days, we can’t just rely on our company’s human resources department to lead us to our career direction. If we are serious about succeeding professionally and finding job satisfaction, we have to take charge of our career development.

People who understand their career direction are most likely to succeed. They are the ones who know what they want and how to get it. Finding our value starts when we realise the importance of what they do and the reason why we’re doing it. When we acknowledge our purpose, we will be motivated to do our best at work.

So have a sense of direction! Draw your own career map. Do not be contented with mediocrity. See every challenge as an opportunity to stand out and increase your value at work. Focus on your career development. Clarity Career Management offers outstanding career management programs for individuals and organisations to enable people to flourish and develop their full potential and for organisations to achieve their greatest level of productivity.  Visit ClarityCareerManagement and take advantage of our free Seven Steps to Refresh Your Career video course. Contact us now for more information.

Employees are the foundation of a successful business. Without them, a company will never be able to attain its goals, whilst a company with top performing employees is almost assured of success. For this reason it is important to motivate employees to give of their best and to consistently monitor their progress and show appreciation for their efforts.

  • Recognition is still one of the most successful ways to motivate an employee and increase employee satisfaction. Even a simple thank you can make a big difference to how workers view their role importance. While it is important to recognise top performers, it is also wise to give attention to poor performers as their performance may indicate that they are not placed appropriately within the company.  Employers should learn to appreciate employees’ efforts and unique contributions, and consistently inspire them to boost staff morale. Recognise them equally, get to know them personally and show genuine interest in their work.
  • Clearly define your organisation’s vision.  Your company’s vision is an important tool to assist your employees to identify their roles better and to check whether their personal goals are aligned with the company’s visions.
  • Be sure to share the company’s successes with employees.  A worker’s performance and productivity are directly related to how he or she feels towards their employer. This is why many companies utilise profit sharing, which is an effective way to show to employees that they are part of the larger organisation and will benefit from the company’s success.Doing this will significantly increase employee satisfaction.
  • Don’t make drastic changes all the time. Of course, changes are inevitable to the success of the company, but according to experts companies who frequently make big changes are those who are uncertain about their future and are unsure of what they’re doing. Drastic changes often scare employees and jeopardise their confidence in the company.
  • Make work more fun for employees. Think of ways to make work more fun. Encourage the team to enjoy themselves.  Set up a social committee responsible for coming up with fun activities at work. It has been proven that employees who enjoy work are 50 percent more productive than those who see their jobs as boring.
  • Coach them to do better.  Everyone, from long-term employees to new recruits, from senior management to junior workers, need support of some kind. Pay attention to the needs of your employees and give them clear feedback on their work performance. Management should also be able to show employees how to do their jobs better. You don’t have to wait for yearly appraisals to coach employees. It is also wise to invest in a career coach to revitalise your workforce and increase employee satisfaction. Clarity Career Management offers career coaching programs with comprehensive resources for employees, at any level of responsibility within the company from executives and managers to new employees. Our coaching programs can be tailored to meet your team’s exact needs. Contact Clarity Career Management for more information!

The employees of a company often represent the biggest chunk of company expenses, but are also a company’s most valuable asset.  This means that a company’s profitability depends mainly on the effectiveness of their manpower and on ensuring that workers are performing at their best and according to the organisation’s goals.

The importance of harnessing the productivity of workers is even more important for small and medium-sized companies since they won’t be able to compete with large companies in terms of financial resources or physical infrastructure. Because of this, small and medium-sized businesses need to find ways to compete with bigger competitors if they are to succeed to their full potential.

Several employee development studies reveal that worker productivity increases when companies are able to align company objectives with employees’ individual goals. Doing this also boosts employee morale and increases retention. Goal alignment will also strengthen management’s leadership and will create organisational agility.

Use goal alignment to convey expectations, explain company and worker’s progress and identify employee strengths and weaknesses. Aligning organisational goals with employees’ expectations and how their role and performance will contribute to the company’s long and short term goals will result in workers and management working together to reach the same objectives, and will improve employee performance.

Managers can create a positive difference in employee performance and productivity through goal alignment only if they know the right approach to doing this. Workers should also be able to identify their personal career goals, as well as their individual strengths and weaknesses. Clarity Career Management offers coaching expertise to workers through the Clarity Career Management Blueprint. This program provides outstanding value and will set participants up to manage their own career for life. We also offer personal career coaching support.  Contact Clarity Career Management for more information!