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.Continue reading
The UK’s decision to leave the EU has ushered in a period of political and economic uncertainty. There is no precedent for what to expect over the coming months or years, and although the UK is only just starting to take it’s first steps on this journey, as an international recruitment business, we were keen to understand more about the impact that individuals and businesses are seeing so far.
We asked 1,000 senior business leaders eight questions about the impact of the UK’s decision to leave the EU, 500 in the UK and 500 in European countries.Continue reading
As a Managing Director it feels exhilarating and exciting as your business takes-off, but success is a journey that comes with many bumps and challenges. As the pilot of your business you will ultimately prove successful or not based on your ability to manage during turbulence – particularly in a start-up or SME environment.
When the turbulence hits we have a tendency to stop coaching and start telling, but the old adage “Do as I say not as I Do” is outdated and will no longer hold up. What keeps top talent in your ranks as a leader is your ability to personally demonstrate the commitment and behaviour you require from others in order to get the flight path of your business back on the right trajectory.Continue reading
Business transformation is never an easy task, and this is particularly true when the business in question is a large, complex organisation that is highly regulated. In that kind of environment it takes a special type of person who has a blend of strategic, tactical and organisational skills, as well as having the interpersonal skills to communicate to and influence stakeholders from the board down.Continue reading
Being a leader during a transformative period can be both stressful and rewarding. I recently sat down with Hans Christian Iverson who has worked extensively throughout Europe and the Middle East both as a consulting partner and as CEO and Chairman for media, financial services, and management consulting companies. Hans Christian is also an advisor and mentor to a number of CxOs globally, and has diverse experience in coaching leaders through challenging environments. Because of this, he is perfectly placed to provide insight into the mind-set of a leader during that period.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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!Continue reading
As a lifelong Newcastle United fan (a glutton for punishment to say the least) I have to confess that our current search for a new Manager is keeping me up at night.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
What are the attributes of a great leader? The common thinking is that great leaders are strong, confident, larger than life characters as there’s no doubt that people with those attributes often climb their way to the top of the corporate ladder and can enjoy big success. It may come as a surprise then that in fact the characteristics of the very best leaders who have led the most successful business transformations are humility and fierce resolve.Continue reading