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Category: leadership

Reaching Your Career Goals in 2017

Are you someone who sets your new career goals? As your goals become more ambitious, you need more evidence and breadth of experience for the best roles. So by planning far ahead, you can think about the skills and track record you might need so you can

9 Lessons on Being a Non-Executive Director

This blog first appeared on PRiME, an online magazine for women in their prime and looks at lessons I learned, what has gone well – and what am I still learning? Ten years ago, I was invited to join my first board as a non-executive director. It

Retirement – the business risk that is never mentioned?

Retirement.  Is this one of the biggest unspoken risks in a business? In the last year I have been to a number of reunions, celebration dinners and parties and noticed that the conversation is increasingly revolving around retirement.  Since I am planning

Can you network too much?

Am I doing enough with our existing network – which is both vast and has quality relationships in there? And could constant networking actually damage your business?

Brexit – time to ignore the doom-mongers

If the UK was a business, you would be looking at the drama of the last ten days and say ‘it’s time to change tack and start focusing on what you do.  Stop the boardroom politics, grow up, get out there and win business and look after your employees’.

3 Essential LinkedIn Steps to Boost Your Career In 2016

‘Digital is critical for the future of law firms’

At a recent event hosted by our client the Leeds Law Society, the heads of the legal sector in the UK came together to debate the future of the profession. It was a fascinating debate and one key element that emerged from the session was the need for

How did Northern Lights break into international trade?

Northern Lights broke into exports in just 28 days and used LinkedIn and social media to research the market, secure overseas meetings and sign its first international deal in the Middle East. Here, chief executive Victoria Tomlinson explains how Northern

Could your boardroom ethics cost you £20bn?

For too long, the issue of ethics in the boardroom has been seen as rather fluffy or for the CSR department and not about core business. But in the last few weeks we have seen just what the cost can be. Martin Winterkorn, chief executive of the world’s

Digital disruption – how is it shaping companies and boards of the future?

What do companies of the future look like? And what sort of boards do you need to run them? From the discussions at a Heidrick & Struggles breakfast debate this morning, traditional corporates are struggling to think digital, disrupt their existing

What makes a good blog?

I ran a training day for a group of consultants last week, as the first stage of building their profile. Their homework was to print out a blog they follow and then tell us all why they like it. It’s a great way to get people thinking about blogs and

How to get more women on boards and in leadership roles?

The argument is won. Sort of. Most boards – whether enthusiastically or reluctantly – admit they need more women at the top of their organisation. Some because they know it just makes business sense, others because they look increasingly odd and out