Learning & Development

Vote for Jo Pavey!

Jo Pavey gets my vote. She is an inspiration to many working mums. She is also an inspiration to me as a working dad. What we share is our experience of struggling with balancing the demands of work with the demands of having a young family. She is, I think, an inspiration for all of us. I reached a critical cross-roads in my career. In one dimension, I was very successful and had achieved...

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Leadership Opportunities July 2014

 In this issue… Leadership: Would You Take The Penalty? Jonny Wilkinson – My Hero Recommended: How To Build Your Personal Brand Would You Like Your Own Copy (of the Francis Christie Newsletter)? Leadership: Would You Take The Penalty? World Cup Penalty Shoot-out: Would You Volunteer? Can you carry the weight of a nation’s expectations on your shoulders? Volunteering to take a...

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Leadership: Would You Take The Penalty?

World Cup Penalty Shoot-out: Would You Volunteer? Volunteering to take a penalty is often the defining moment of a player’s career.Can you carry the weight of a nation’s expectations on your shoulders? If you succeed, you are a national hero. Fail and you may be remembered for ‘all the wrong reasons’. Or will you? When Ron Vlaar walked up to take the first penalty for the...

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Jonny Wilkinson – My Hero

Jonny Wilkinson was my hero. He crowned a magnificent career when he led Toulon to the ‘Top 14’ title by beating Castres in his final match as a professional player. The previous weekend, he led Toulon in crushing the Saracens by 23-6 in the final of the Heineken Cup. He kicked and played a fantastic game and contributed by scoring 13 points. He won our hearts with the...

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GrowthAccelerator: Where Ambitous Businesses Go To Grow

 What is GrowthAccelerator? GrowthAccelerator is a unique service led by some of the country’s most successful growth specialists. It targets high growth businesses who want to prepare for the next phase of business growth and have the potential and determination to get there. Through GrowthAccelerator you can identify the ideas and the strategy you need to create a plan for your business...

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Know Yourself and Know When To Go

I met a Chief Executive recently who had just resigned from his post. I expressed my surprise that he had decided to go. He had implemented major change initiatives and significant programmes were still in progress. What he said was very revealing: “I know what I’m good at and, if I stayed, I’d want to change it all again”. I thought this showed great self-awareness. He...

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