Leading a 'Culture Club' - Using great culture to attract top talent

Written by Andrew MacAskill on Nov 21, 2016

Anyone looking to grow a business with a team of over 10 in size should be spending at least 10% of their week on the attraction of top talent. Why? Because the people with the best people will generally win.

To attract top talent you are going to need a couple of well-connected and trusted head hunters (my contact details are in the footer below) and a compelling employee value proposition (EVP). Developing an EVP as the board in an SME can be an intimidating task. You may not have the resources to offer gym facilities, free food and drink, extensive branded welcome packs or an office bar, so what can you do to gain competitive advantage?

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9 Leadership Lessons From Gates, Buffett And More

Written by Andrew Nicholas on Oct 31, 2016

Every industry has men and women who combine vision, ambition and pure determination to build new companies, save failing ones from the brink of extinction and better others by inspiring and leading.

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How Leaders Can Drive A Winning Culture

Written by Andrew MacAskill on Oct 17, 2016

Culture is more than just a sign on the wall or a bullet-point list on your company website. Culture is who you stand for – the common values that everyone in your business believes in, and it’s the responsibility of leaders to take this one step further and translate those values into behaviours.

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8 Reasons You Should Use Behavioural (Psychometric) Assessments For your Next Hire

Written by Sarah Duggan on Jul 16, 2015

Aside from knowing a potential employee’s education, skills, experience, and other professional attributes, it can be useful to have an overall picture of a candidate’s styles or preferences of behaviour in terms of their personality before making an offer.

Psychometric testing is increasingly being used in the recruitment process to measure a candidates ability in terms of numerical, verbal, logical and critical reasoning.  However, measuring preferred styles of behaviour through behavioural assessments helps you as a prospective employer understand other traits that make a candidate a more desirable employee prospect to fit with your organisations culture and values.

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Why Criticism Will Be The Death Of Your Business.

Written by Andrew MacAskill on Jul 10, 2015

You know who you are...

You are the MD whose approach to your team is built on your experience of watching Gordon Ramsey bark in the TV show Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares.  The one that feels that the lady in The Devil Wears Prada “had it right” in terms of employee engagement.

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Which Of The Four Main Decision Making Styles Do You Use?

Written by Andrew MacAskill on Jun 26, 2015

What’s the best decision making style for leaders? I am still undecided.

The harsh reality is that the further up the leadership chain you go the more your role will be about decision making and the less your role will be about what you were originally trained in and good at!

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Should You Innovate? The Critical Decision All Companies Have To Make

Written by Ben Walton on Jun 24, 2015

Picture this:

You and your competitors have been living together for the past 50 years on a remote island. You’ve been in a constant, daily battle for food and supplies but there has always been enough to go around. You've survived. You may have even prospered… but today seems different.

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Why Procurement Professionals Need To Stop Being So Focused On Price

Written by Craig Elvin on Jun 11, 2015

Over the last 11 years I have been privileged to have spent time with some of the best thought leaders in Procurement, discussing current trends, challenges and new thinking. In this guest post by Paul Vincent, he echoes the thoughts of a number of CPOs and Heads of Procurement I have met with recently with regards to the attitudes procurement professionals need to take when dealing with internal stakeholders.

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4 Ways To Galvanise Your Team By Sharing Success

Written by Andrew Nicholas on May 18, 2015

As an ambitious business leader it’s easy to get swept up in the accolades that come through success. Whilst there’s no harm in a certain amount of congratulation for a job well done, to be a truly great leader you will need to learn to share success and by doing so you will earn the respect of your team.  Great leaders are able to lead from the back, empowering and motivating their team, which in turn leads to outstanding individual performances, loyalty and hard work.

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5 Tips For Impressing In Your Next Interview

Written by Andrew Nicholas on May 13, 2015

Interviews can be stressful and daunting with only a small amount of time to win over your potential employer and convince them that hiring you would be a great business decision. But with the right preparation, practice, and attitude, you could be well on your way to progressing through to the next stage.

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