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I couldn’t commend Anne and her colleagues more highly… a brilliant service
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I received an excellent service from Executive Action tailored exactly to my needs
Simon Oakes, Senior Civil Servant

Executive Action are demonstrably experienced in their field, well-connected and always went that extra mile
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Executive Action are a pleasure to work with, even after placement they keep in contact to ensure all is well
Chris Browning, Managing Director

Having someone to talk things through with, to support me and push me to focus my ideas was fantastic
David Blackwood, Group Finance Director

Empowering and very time-effective way of answering some key questions
Clara Swinson, Senior Civil Servant

Its great strength is that it is tuned to the individual instead of process-driven
Peter Whittle, Group Strategic Development Director

As well as my dedicated consultant, there was always someone on hand to help with whatever was needed, from interview training to research
David Blackwood, Group Finance Director

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A Tough Job, But Someone’s Got To Do It

Posted: January 6th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Communication, Development, Miscellaneous, Networking | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

  John F Renz – Director, Executive Action Managing professional service businesses well is indeed a very tough job – and often assumptions about particular types of firm are way off the mark. Professional services have gone through major change, and will continue to do so, whether driven by regulatory, legal or entirely market-driven events. […]

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The People Dimension of Strategic Planning

Posted: March 10th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Communication, Development, Miscellaneous | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Organisations, no matter what size or type of entity, will invariably have a strategic review or business planning event within their annual cycle. Such events can often take the form of an offsite with a detailed agenda, and perhaps even external speakers or someone to facilitate discussion. If viewed positively, the experience can be informative, […]

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Innovatus at Christmas, 2014

Posted: January 13th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Communication, Events, Miscellaneous, Networking | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

On the 2nd December, senior women’s networking group Innovatus had its sixth meeting – inviting along male partners, colleagues and friends for the first time, welcoming them at The Institute of Directors in Pall Mall. Another first for Innovatus was a male speaker: Philip Birkenstein, Chairman of the St Petersburg Collection. Established in 1984 and […]

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Inaugural Innovatus dinner

Posted: May 3rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Communication, Events, Miscellaneous, Networking | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Following a distinguished career in the Civil Service, Nicky Roche joined the Dept for Culture, Media and Sport in 2004, to do her “dream job” as Director of Sport. She worked on the Games, from the bid to the end, an experience she described as the greatest privilege of her professional life, remembering with particular […]

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Solving Intractable Problems

Posted: October 25th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Communication, Events, Miscellaneous | No Comments »

At a friend’s instigation, on a chilly and wet October evening I attended an evening event at the RSA. Modestly entitled ‘How to Change the Future’, the lecture promised to tackle ‘How we solve the seemingly intractable economic, social and environmental challenges we face in the 21st century’. Frankly cynical after a long day, I […]

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Are You Ready?

Posted: October 25th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Communication, Development, Miscellaneous | No Comments »

A day spent planning for the future can pay dividends for years to come thanks to scenario planning. Executive Action invited an eclectic mix of senior executives to consider what lies ahead. Are You Ready? Energy crisis, Asian expansion, the ageing population – with so many seismic changes on the way, it’s more important than […]

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Facing up to the Future

Posted: November 15th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Development, Miscellaneous | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Our Executive Director, Anne Isaacs, reflects on how we can respond successfully to the changes in our lives that affect the way we work, and be flexible enough to make the best of the impermanence that characterises the modern working environment.  

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The Structure and Dynamics of Succession

Posted: March 21st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Development, Miscellaneous | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

A discussion on how a board can maintain effectiveness through successful succession planning. Led by board dynamics consultant, Mannie Sher, and chaired by Brian Quinn of succession specialists Bvalco.

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'So you want to be a Non-Executive?'

Posted: February 21st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Development, Events, Miscellaneous, Networking | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

A series of joint Whitehall & Industry Group (WIG) / Executive Action Workshop for prospective non-executive directors in the public and not-for-profit sectors. Date: TBA, May 2011. Venue: Central London.

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From Exec to Non-Exec: how to get your first (and subsequent) NEDs

Posted: May 11th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Development, Headhunters, Miscellaneous | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

The transcript of a speech given by Executive Action’s Anne Isaacs to WACL (Women in Advertising London), a diverse group of senior women in the communications industry, April 2010.

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