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Alina Addison and Zoë Blake – Workshop taster on Managing Your Personal Brand

Straight line careers with a single or small number of employers are increasingly unusual - working lives are getting longer, rigid expectations of age and stage are being shaken up and multi-stage careers with multiple transitions are becoming ever more common. Thriving in this new landscape brings new challenges: being flexible in your thinking, being clear in the messages that [...]

Heather Greatrex and Alina Addison – Discussion about Emotional Intelligence over Breakfast

On 8th February, Alina Addison and Heather Greatrex presented a successful session over breakfast on Emotional Intelligence in the scope of our workshop taster event. Alina and Heather shared insights about the importance Emotional Intelligence and how it is relevant to a leader. We enjoyed the company of our guests and we hope we will see you all again soon. If you have any queries [...]

Zoë Blake – Does more empathy mean more profit for businesses?

Zoë Blake looks at the business case for making company culture more empathic. A number of recent broadsheet and business press articles, perhaps triggered by the publication of a book on the subject by Satya Nadella (CEO of Microsoft), have discussed the evidence for whether bottom-line benefits can be derived from increased empathy in the workplace. For a variety of [...]

2018-02-20T10:42:03+00:00 January 31st, 2018|Career Development, Communication, Development, Empathy|

Zoë Blake – Plain English: Keeping language simple for maximum effect

‘Have you got what it takes to help deliver our challenging agenda? This exciting role combines equality and diversity responsibilities with social inclusion and promoting quality standards into all commissioning work streams.’ Job advertisement, Wolverhampton City Council Did your eyes glaze over when you read the quote above? If they didn’t, perhaps you could work out what job is being [...]

2018-02-20T10:48:45+00:00 December 14th, 2017|News|

Working with Prea Polymers Consultancy and Recruiter

We have recently agreed to work with Prea Polymers Consultancy and Recruiter on an ad hoc cross referral basis and we would like to share with you some information about their services. Prea are owned and run by our ex client, Pravin Mistry. For more information visit Prea's website and view flyer about their services.

2018-02-20T10:48:52+00:00 November 23rd, 2017|News|

Jo Larbie – Sponsorship vs. Mentoring

Speaking to an audience of accountants and lawyers recently, specialist in developing high potential leaders Jo Larbie was surprised to hear a panel member, in response to the question “What’s the difference between sponsorship and mentoring?”, say that “they’re interchangeable.”  Confusion between the two is a common mistake made by both firms and individuals.  Evidence suggests that both can, in [...]

Anne Isaacs – Facing up to the Future: How To Successfully Adapt Our Careers To Fit In With Changes in Our Lives

Our Executive Director, Anne Isaacs, reflects on how we can respond successfully to the changes in our lives that affect the way we work, our career, and be flexible enough to make the best of the impermanence that characterises the modern working environment. At the risk of sounding like a voice from the Ark, the world of work has changed [...]

Alina Addison and Heather Greatrex – Another successful event on Emotional Intelligence

On 28th September, Alina Addison and Heather Greatrex presented another successful session on Emotional Intelligence in the scope of our workshop taster event titled: Do you lead with Emotional Intelligence? Alina and Heather shared insights about the importance Emotional Intelligence and how it is relevant to a leader. We enjoyed the company of our guests and we hope we will [...]

Jo Larbie – Building Strong Leadership Teams Within Partnerships – PART 2

In the second of two articles, Jo Larbie explains how to succeed in this challenging environment by building a supportive team that will deliver your firm’s goals - while making managing directors and managing partners look good. Becoming an effective leadership team Are you really a team or just a group of individuals who meet once a month?  To function [...]

2018-02-20T10:35:21+00:00 September 6th, 2017|Communication, Development, Professional Services|

Jo Larbie – Building Strong Leadership Teams Within Partnerships – PART 1

It’s a well-known fact that leading and managing within a professional services firm can be a thankless responsibility; these roles are often ill-defined and it can be tough keeping outspoken partners in-line. In the first of two articles, Jo Larbie explains how to succeed in this challenging environment by building a supportive team that will deliver your firm’s goals - while [...]