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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

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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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‘Career transition’ or ‘outplacement’ – it’s all about change!

Posted: June 13th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Communication, Development | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

What was once more commonly known as outplacement is now increasingly being referred to as career transition. The latter more accurately describes the process as it focuses on the future, inherently enshrines the concept of change and implies that this is a journey, and not an event. Whatever the specific reason that people find themselves […]

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Are You Considering A Public Appointment…?

Posted: May 6th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Communication, Development, Events, Networking | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

At our evening event on 5th May, we focused on the subject of ‘Public Appointments’.  Our speakers were Rosalyn Eales, Head of the Centre for Public Appointments at the Cabinet Office and Dr Priya Singh, a Non-Executive Director at Guy’s and Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. Rosalyn shared some insights about her work leading and guiding […]

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Executive performance

Posted: December 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Communication, Development | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

At this point in the year, organisations are either at year-end or preparing for it, and this  inevitably means reaching a view of individual  performance as well as assessing whether objectives have been achieved at an organisational level.  This can often mean one of two things: a superficial assessment, only really focused on organisational objectives, or […]

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Innovatus dinner – 2nd July 2013

Posted: July 9th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Communication, Development, Events, Networking | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

For the second Innovatus event, and once again over a very pleasant supper at the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall, we were lucky enough to have Dame Helen Ghosh, Director General of the National Trust. Dame Helen spoke about a project very close to home – her own career and what she’d learned about […]

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'Women at Work' – Building and Sustaining Self Belief: First session

Posted: July 12th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Communication, Development, Events, Networking | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

An Executive Action Evening Event on the 13th June 2012 for Senior Women Managers, presented by Catherine Smith and using Appreciative Inquiry to consider what builds and sustains self-belief and enables effective leaders.   Where are all the women at the top? Truly accomplished leaders and managers are a rare commodity – easy to spot […]

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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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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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Is your accent working for you?

Posted: April 22nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Communication, Development, Miscellaneous | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Research into accents seems to confirm some very dubious prejudices about intelligence and trustworthiness. Zoë Blake wonders whether this can ever work to your advantage.

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