27/10/2017

How to be an Effective Leader

In our work we often meet people who don’t view themselves as leaders and yet they are, having perhaps unknowingly transitioned into a leadership role. People often have little choice as to whether or not they become a leader, the decision being largely out of their hands. Who makes the decision? Other people – colleagues, staff, clients and those ...

08/08/2017

Taking the Step up to Partner

Nothing beats learning from those who have succeeded…. and in order to obtain an industry-wide perspective we have interviewed over fifty Partners and other senior individuals within the accounting, actuarial, consulting and legal sectors, a number of whom we have worked with as coaches. One of the questions posed was “what advice would you give to ...

13/07/2017

ICAS Conference 2017

As a Partner of Leading Figures we are proud to endorse the 2017 ICAS (Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland) Conference with details as follows: ICAS Conference Expect the Unexpected – How to Lead in a Changing World 20 September 2017 EICC, Edinburgh With the only thing certain in business today being uncertainty, learn how to lead in an ever- ...

04/07/2017

Developing Awareness, a foundation for Personal Development

In working with our clients we encourage them to consider the three key foundations of personal development – Attitude, Awareness and Action (which we call the Triple A Model). To maximise development one needs to focus on all three components and how they interlink. In this short article we focus on developing Awareness, by which we mean awareness ...

26/04/2017

Developing a Behavioural Edge in the Information Age

Knowledge is no longer power, because knowledge is everywhere – or at least knowledge is accessible everywhere. We live in a world where information is at our fingertips. All we need do is Google a question on our gizmos to find the answer. Or perhaps YouTube it to see how we should do it. Or join an online community at arm’s length to air, share an ...

20/04/2017

Afraid that you might be a fraud?

Imagine one of these scenarios: you’ve recently returned to work after a career break and feel a little unsure about yourself or; you’ve recently been promoted to the lofty heights of an executive position and you’re trying to find your feet or; much to your surprise, you’ve secured a senior role in an entirely new organisation and you have the fee ...

17/04/2017

Leading Figures working with The Law Society of Scotland

We are delighted to be working with the Law Society of Scotland in designing and delivering The Atrium Leadership Programme – a powerful peer learning and development programme for leading solicitors facilitated in a confidential setting within the Law Society’s offices. More details  here Author: Thomas Chalmers ...

15/03/2017

Three ways to turn your group into a Team

Most businesses stress the importance of team working. There is a logic behind this. Projects often require a minimum level of ‘critical mass’ and no one person has all the skills that the business (and their customers) may need; indeed there is increasing evidence to suggest that a talented team with a diversity of cognitive thinking and experienc ...