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Fronting up back-to-back meetings

by Linda Feerick

“I really don’t mind when a meeting overruns and we don’t get much done” said no one. Ever. At a recent Alliance meeting we were reviewing some key themes from our coaching portfolio, mining for insights that may be gold dust for our clients. Said clients include law firms, financial services, media, public sector, charities, retail, telecoms and more. The theme of too many and poor meetings came up for all of us and sadly, it has been around for ages. It doesn’t seem to matter which profession you are in, what level you work at, or how you harness technology there is a depressing familiarity that it is hard to get meetings right, either in quantity or quality. Even giving it a different name (fancy attending a “huddle” anyone?) doesn’t help. In times of financial pressure, meetings are very expensive. Indeed, one of us had pointed out to our client that their meetings cost the business £000s and the return was negligible. (more…)

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The Softer Side of Strategy Days

Feather1Spreadsheets. Forecasts. Targets. Mission statements. These are familiar items on the agenda of many a strategy day, whether for a small business, a global organisation, or even a sole trader. But beyond the strategic thinking and planning – which I’m not belittling, because done well, these can invigorate both people and balance sheets – there is another element that’s often not part of a strategy meeting. And that’s the personal, people stuff. (more…)

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Alan Rubenstein, CEO of the Pension Protection Fund

Alan Rubenstein“If you’re leading an organisation, you have to gather the best team you can around you, a team that has shared goals and wants to build a successful organisation.” This is the view of Alan Rubenstein, CEO of The Pension Protection Fund (PPF). And it seems to have worked for him! Alan is deservedly proud of the fact that the PPF won the Gold Award for the best European Investment Fund in the 2013 IPE (Investment & Pensions Europe) Awards. He is equally thrilled by being included for the first time in the 2014 The Sunday Times Top 100 ‘Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For’ listing, which he describes as the outcome of a journey begun years earlier, a mission to make the PPF a place where people want to come and work. (more…)

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