ACCELERATING TALENT SUCCESS – A growing demand for a different type of conversation

February 28th, 2017

We recognise that young people starting out on their working lives want to make a difference; they also want to feel valued and to be recognised for their contribution. Beyond that people have different career motivators, from developing deep technical skills to enjoying the social environment at work (source Edgar Schein, Career Anchors).     At a recent gathering of HR […]


Your role as leader within an Employee Owned business

November 30th, 2016

During a session entitled ‘Your role as leader in an employee owned (EO) business’ at the Employee Ownership Association Conference 2016, we explored: how leadership in an EO business differs from other businesses how people approached the task of strategic and business planning how businesses are leveraging employee ownership to enable succession planning. The conversation demonstrated that great leadership is […]


Accelerating Talent Success

November 30th, 2016

Employers find themselves facing a complex conundrum. They can no longer afford to offer employees the type of benefits they once did, while for the first time there are five different generations in the workforce – from Baby Boomers through to Millennials – all with different expectations, desires and needs. In short, organisations need to transform their approach to talent […]


Handling a sudden end to an assignment

November 9th, 2016

Handling a sudden end to an assignment Every assignment has an end point. Some end in a euphoric high, with the outcomes delivered and all involved revelling in success, others are less fortunate and they end because key influencers move on, priorities change, budgets are cut, or someone decides that there’s better use for the resources elsewhere. Like many good […]


Building agile careers

October 14th, 2016

The four phases of a successful assignment Whilst recently working with an ambitious group who were at the early stages of their new assignments with a client organisation, we explored both their actual experiences and their views on what an ideal experience would entail. Their experiences could be safely described as mixed; ranging from exciting and challenging to terrible and […]


Making Innovation Part of Your Organisational DNA

June 20th, 2016

For organisations to create sustainable success, in an ever changing and dynamic world, they constantly need to find new ways to adapt, improve and reinvent what they do and how they do it. This opportunity for innovation lies not just in new products and services but also in structures, processes and behaviours. To truly master this challenge requires the whole […]


Leading a growing business

October 8th, 2015

The next stage of growth for your business is likely to result from you doing something differently as leader. So, what do you want from your business? And what does your business need from you? This was the theme we explored in our first workshop in the second series of Cog:ent – quarterly thought leadership workshops for ambitious business owners […]


Building an agile and resilient business

August 20th, 2015

In a world of ever increasing pace of change and complexity it is impossible to predict what will happen in the future. Even those whose full-time job it is to predict the future fail to do so with any degree of accuracy or consistency. And, if highly experienced and knowledgable business executives can fail to adapt to the ever evolving […]


Planning a successful exit

March 4th, 2015

Our Cog:ent event held on the 22nd of January covered the theme “Planning a successful exit”. It was a fitting topic for the concluding workshop of the current series looking at building and developing sustainable and successful businesses. Participants got some valuable insights from our guest who “had been there and done it” (the founder of a successful sports management […]


Delivering Business Growth Through Strategic Alliances

February 3rd, 2014

The theme of our fourth Cog:ent Group meeting, held at HSBC Green Park, Reading was “Delivering Growth Through Strategic Alliances”. If you want to get a sense of the overall discussion, you can view the summary slides here. This blog highlights the key themes that arise when you bring together the experiences of 15 ambitious business owners, combine it with […]

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