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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+00:00September 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 [...]

Heather Greatrex – The People Dimension of Strategic Planning

Organisations, no matter what size or type of entity, will invariably have a strategic review or business planning event within their annual cycle. Such events can often take the form of an offsite with a detailed agenda, and perhaps even external speakers or someone to facilitate discussion. If viewed positively, the experience can be informative, productive and generate a sense [...]

2018-02-20T10:56:20+00:00August 21st, 2017|Communication, Strategic Planning|

Zoë Blake – Solving Intractable Problems based on Adam Kahane’s talk at the RSA

From the Archives At a friend’s instigation, I attended an evening event at the RSA. Modestly entitled ‘How to Change the Future’, the lecture promised to tackle ‘How we solve the seemingly intractable economic, social and environmental challenges we face in the 21st century’. Frankly cynical after a long day, I could hear my sofa calling. Having read and enjoyed [...]

2018-02-20T10:57:04+00:00July 31st, 2017|Communication, Development|

Zoë Blake – The Real Potential of Non-Executive Directors

First Flight is a search and selection consultancy specializing in recruiting Non-Executive Directors and Chairs. They have successfully completed in the region of 170 non-executive directors' assignments across all sectors – clients include AIM listed and FTSE fledgling companies, unquoted companies, mutuals, Friendly Societies, SMEs, growth companies, family-owned companies, investment trusts, not-for-profit organisations, UK subsidiaries of multinationals and angel/VC/PE-backed companies. Chris [...]

2018-02-20T10:59:44+00:00July 31st, 2017|Development, Non-Executive Directors|

Anne Isaacs – ‘Career transition’ or ‘outplacement’ – it’s all about change!

What was once more commonly known as outplacement is now increasingly being referred to as career transition. The latter more accurately describes the process as it focuses on the future, inherently enshrines the concept of change and implies that this is a journey, and not an event. Whatever the specific reason that people find themselves seeking alternative roles in their professional life, [...]

2018-02-20T11:01:21+00:00July 31st, 2017|Career Transition, Development, Outplacement|

Jo Larbie and John Renz – How to make a Successful Transition to Partner and Owner of your Firm

Making partner is not an end in itself but the first step in what one hopes will be a rewarding role and a happy personal and professional experience. Many firms now have quite sophisticated (or protracted at least) selection processes to admit new partners, and these processes often allow candidates to learn more about themselves and how they wish to [...]