Top Seven Tips for WorkLife Development by Carmel O’ Reilly

WorkLife development is about enriching your life to reflect your changing professional and personal needs. 

Top Seven Tips for WorkLife Development … is part of a series of tips, techniques and stories to help you learn, develop and grow in your WorkLife.

WorkLife development is about enriching your life to reflect your changing professional and personal needs. 

Those are the beginning words of a blog post I wrote some time ago, words taken from the learning from the stories of the people I’ve worked with. I’ve revised the post for this week’s blog and podcast.

Carmel’s Story: A Top Seven Tips for WorkLife Development Case Study:

WorkLife development is about enriching your life to reflect your changing professional and personal needs.

Sage Wisdom

“Build trust. Believe in the process. Earn a seat at the table, Be curious about everything. Learn how to listen deeply. Maintain a sense of humour about everything. Keep Moving.” Alina Wheeler

Book Wisdom 

In the book Brand Atlas by Alina Wheeler and Joel Katz they say: “Brands who do one thing better than anyone else and deliver on their promises are unstoppable.” They talk about how in Good To Great, Jim Collins: “Demonstrates how growth and greatness spring from companies that have a purpose beyond profit, strong core values, and a disciplined culture.” 

They propose the following questions for self-reflection and self-feedback:

  • What are you passionate about?
  • What can you be best in the world at?
  • What drives your economic engine? 

As your WorkLife develops it is important to retain a sense of purpose that motivates and challenges you, allowing self-fulfilment and opportunities to develop and grow. The following tips are intended to help you manage your WorkLife development plan:

1. You are accountable for your own success. As such it is your responsibility to be aware of your attributes and skills that can give you a competitive edge. Commit to excelling in what comes naturally to you to develop personal mastery. For example, if you are a good negotiator, look for ways to fine tune your technique by practising in everyday situations both in and out of work.

2. Imagine as deeply as possible your vision for your future WorkLife reality. Then work backwards from that to determine what you need to learn or experience over the next one or two years to be seen as a highly desirable candidate to step into your next role. Thinking of the bigger picture and understanding the challenges your industry is facing will support you in identifying the right intelligence and know-how needed to accelerate your WorkLife advancement.

3. Embrace learning through experience – be open to learning and change. Your unique talent needs to be nurtured and developed through the right experiences, and this will support meaningful work. Use assignments and secondments creatively, bring your personal insights and creative abilities to each assignment. Aim to build breadth and personal depth. This is your opportunity to shine and build your personal brand.

4. Make mentoring work – build a personal advisory board who can guide your WorkLife goals. Identify your circle of influence and take time to invest in these relationships. Take responsibility through benchmarking – benchmarking allows you to compare yourself with others, identify their comparative strengths and weaknesses and learn how to improve.

5. Demand inspirational leadership and support your manager (if you work for yourself, you’re your own manager) in being innovative with leadership programmes. Identify key thought leaders in your industry – people you admire and respect for their authentic leadership – then role model their behaviours.

6. Find ways of gaining exposure to new people and ideas by being a participant in a strategic task force. Think of your networking as a professional development bootcamp to meet people you would like to collaborate with. Learn to value your time and how to connect with the right people. Nurture the relationships that matter most. Give time and attention to keep the most meaningful relationships active at all times.

7. Invest in your personal life to create balance and strengthen your WorkLife. Spend time with the people important to you and do the things you love to do outside of your work. This helps to clear your mind and broaden your observations through a different lens and appreciate new ideas that can help shape your thinking and contribute to your personal growth.

Words of Wisdom

“Define what your brand stand for, its core values and tone of voice, and then communicate consistently in those terms.” Simon Mainwaring


Today’s world gives you voice, power and multiple ways to develop your unique brand. You’re in the driving seat of your WorkLife development journey. You get to choose which roads to travel down – the roads that will enrich your life. Along the way you can reflect on your changing professional and personal needs, the decision to make a detour or change direction is all yours. Enjoy the ride!

Today’s book of the blog is: Brand Atlas by Alina Wheeler and Joel Katz

Disclosure: I participate in the Amazon Associate Programme. This means if you click through and make a purchase through my referral links, I’ll be compensated. Using the links won’t cost you anything extra, and it helps to keep the blog. Thank you.

WorkLife Book Wisdom 

The intention of this blog is to inspire you through people’s stories of their WorkLife experiences. Through these stories you will learn about people’s dreams and ambitions, along with the challenges, obstacles and successes they encountered along the road of their WorkLife journey. And how they used the power of book wisdom to help them find the inspiration and guidance to navigate their path to live their WorkLife with passion, purpose and pride. 

My hope is that these book wisdom stories will help you throughout the chapters of your WorkLife Story.

You can learn more about Carmel’s story in How To Be Autonomous In Your Development And Growth by Carmel O’Reilly, along with the other stories featured in the book. This book is part of the:

School of WorkLife Series of Books

In each book I tell stories which are based on real WorkLife situations. I share the exercises that helped the people in the stories work through their challenging situations to resolve their dilemmas. I present these as assignments for you to work through to create your unique stories. 

Each book is available from Amazon in Kindle Format and from SendOwl in PDF Format.

Click the link below to find out more about School of WorkLife Books & Affiliate Programme:

Published by Carmel O' Reilly

I’m Carmel O’ Reilly, Founder of I’m the author Your WorkLife Your Way, blogger and podcaster on the subject of WorkLife. My work focuses on helping people to live their best WorkLives, by managing their learning, development and growth, through effective self-feedback, insightful self-questions and the ability to shape and tell their unique story. My Mission is: “To spread the power of WorkLives lived with Passion, Purpose and Pride by creating continuous WorkLife learning programmes that are accessible to everyone.”

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