Q&A - Exploring How Sponsorship Can Propel Career Success

Written by Lucy Bielby on Mar 06, 2017

I recently spoke with Essie Russell Butler, an innovative talent acquisition leader with strategic level exposure within the world's largest businesses including EMC, Diageo and Microsoft. Consulting with clients across Europe on the creation and implementation of bespoke, effective Diversity & Inclusion strategies to improve business performance. Essie offers deep expertise in the augmentation of the resourcing function to support businesses in hiring a more diverse and inclusive workforce. 

We all know how important mentoring is to career success. Yet having a sponsor is even more critical to advancement in the workplace.

A sponsor is an ally in your current company who will advocate for you at the decision-making table when it comes to staffing large, highly visible projects, promotions, and who has the power to effect change. While mentors may be seen as career developers, sponsors are considered to be career accelerators.

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Insurance: A Man's World?

Written by Eve Hartridge on Feb 07, 2017

 Diversity is a topic that has been at the forefront of insurance board agendas in recent years. With many industry leaders working hard to raise awareness around the careers and opportunities women have within the insurance industry.

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5 Top Tips For Smooth Leadership Succession

Written by Andrew MacAskill on Nov 15, 2016

Successions can be a tricky affair and history throws up some intriguing leadership succession stories. Tim Cook taking the reigns at Apple was initially met with heavy scepticism, and last year Pandora Media took a leap in announcing a full technology leadership succession.

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The 9 Important Skills Business Leaders Must Learn From The Modern CIO Mindset

Written by Ben Walton on Jun 07, 2016


Technological advancements, smarter and quicker ways of developing products, regulatory changes and a huge shift in customer (and employee!) expectations are shaping the way companies do business.

As an Executive Search specialist focusing on CIOs, CTOs and Heads of IT, I’m privileged to meet lots of innovative, forward thinking leaders who have a real focus on moving their businesses forward digitally. These technology leaders are ideally placed to learn from the innovation happening around them, and channel that creativity and best practice into both their business functions and their own personal careers.

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24 Tips For Becoming An Interim Manager [Video]

Written by Andrew Nicholas on May 31, 2016

Becoming an interim manager is potentially a very exciting career move. From interim management you often get a lot more variation than you have had in your corporate career, the ability to negate a lot of the politics that you've previously been involved with and potentially some very good reward. A lot of people, when they first get into interim management though are quite surprised by the number of different factors that lead to a successful interim career. The team at EO have put together the following tips for you if you're thinking about becoming an interim manager to help you navigate all that.

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How To Optimise Your LinkedIn Profile For Maximum Visibility

Written by Andrew MacAskill on Dec 18, 2015

Your LinkedIn profile is the shop window to your professional life. With over 400 million members worldwide, it’s hard to imagine life as a job seeker or a recruiter without LinkedIn… it’s become a fundamental part of the recruitment industry.

That being said, senior executives still approach us looking for their next role without having optimised their LinkedIn profile to reflect their background, experience or achievements. Even if you aren’t actively looking for a job, LinkedIn is used extensively by recruiters to find talent for roles, so if you can see yourself changing jobs within the next 5 years it’s definitely worth taking the time to tweak it and maximise your visibility in the marketplace.

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A Winning Senior Executive CV Template [Video]

Written by Andrew MacAskill on Nov 26, 2015

CVs are a difficult topic as people tend to get a lot of conflicting advice from either friends or colleagues or so-called professionals in the space around how it should be structured and the things to watch out for.

We're quite lucky. We've got in the region of 250,000 Executive CVs in our global database so we've seen everything from the very good, to the not so good. What we've managed is do is form a view, and distill this down into a template, which we think will really be beneficial to anybody about to go to market or in the middle of any sort of job search activity.

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The Delights And Pitfalls Of A Portfolio Career

Written by Fraser Geekie on Sep 28, 2015

A few years ago I met a chap who, when I asked what he did for a living, replied that he had a “Portfolio Career”. Initially he was somewhat evasive so I pressed further and eventually found out that he had been “let go” from a sales role with a drinks Company and, unable to regain full-time employment, now had a series of part-time roles. 

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The 4 Key Complexity Challenges Facing CFOs (And What To Do About Them)

Written by Ruth Snell on Jul 23, 2015

Often seen as the prudent stewards of the business world, the Finance department has played a pivotal role in guiding companies through turbulent waters over the last few years.

CFOs have empowered companies to adopt the cost discipline necessary for survival, and advised business leaders on how to allocate scarce resources. But as many markets now improve and the focus of organisations switches to dramatic investment in business growth, expansion and new product development, how can CFOs make sense of the 4 main complexity challenges they are presented with?

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How Can CIOs In Financial Services Stay Ahead Of The Competition?

Written by Ben Walton on Jul 02, 2015

In a previous blog post I caught up with Dominique Moreau to discuss the impact digital is having on the role of CIOs. It sparked an interesting conversation about the consumerisation of IT and the impact this was having on the strategies CIOs are using, so I was keen to speak to him again to get his views about the effect of digital on the Financial Services sector.

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