Are You an Ambitious or Accidental Leader?

“I’m not an ambitious person. I didn’t set my sights on becoming a Partner,”  replied several interviewees who agreed to participate in our leadership research project. And these leaders aren’t in the minority. Many senior executives find themselves becoming what might be described as an ‘Accidental Leader’ – reaching the higher echelons of thei ...


Seminars for Members of the Law Society of Scotland

We are delighted to be facilitating the following seminars for members of the Law Society of Scotland in October:

Leading and Managing Meetings: 9th October 2019

Meetings, whether with clients or with colleagues, are an integral part of our professional lives. Poorly managed, they can waste valuable time and demotivate those involved.

In this session we explore best practice in leading and participating in meetings in order to maximise their output.

We will be joined for part of the session by guest speaker Vince McKeown.   Having held senior positions within the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, Scottish Council for Development and Industry and now CEO of the Citizens Advice Bureau, Airdrie, Vince will bring a unique perspective on the challenge of leading meetings towards a successful outcome.

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The Resilient Leader: 31st October 2019

Resilience is an essential quality that every leader and aspiring leader needs to develop and demonstrate.

The leader’s job is most often to drive change by inspiring others towards a common vision and dealing with the inevitable challenges along the way. This session explores the mindset and skill-set of the resilient leader in the context of change.

We then bring resilience to reality in conversation with Lorna Jack, Chief Executive, Law Society of Scotland, who will share her personal insights into how she has become the resilient leader she is today.

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Each session is eligible for 3 hours of CPD.

Author: Russell Borland


Leadership – does it matter?

There’s a lot of talk about leadership, and it’s a core part of the work we do with our clients. So, it’s worth asking, does leadership really matter, and what difference does good leadership make compared with poor leadership? We ask these questions in the leadership research project we’re currently undertaking in the finance and professional servi ...


Leadership in the Finance and Professional Services Sectors – We want your input!

We are undertaking a new research programme into the leadership qualities and behaviours needed in the finance & professional services industry in the 21st Century.  At a time of great change in the industry, the expectations of leaders are enormous.  Yet we sense that the thinking on leadership is not well developed across the industry. We believe our research will help stimulate a timely discussion about the nature of leadership.

We are looking to investigate three areas:

  1. What do leaders in the industry see as the necessary traits and behaviours of good leadership? And what are their personal stories?;
  2. Whether those out-with senior leadership hold similar views on the nature of leadership;
  3. Whether there are differences between the practice of leadership in the industry and current theory.

We are looking for input from those in the UK finance and professional services sectors. This includes the accountancy, actuarial, asset management, banking, consulting & legal sectors.

Jane Welsh, who recently joined as an Associate, is working alongside us on the research programme and is taking the lead in the asset management sector.

We will summarise our research findings in a book and series of papers, and will also provide updates at seminars in London & Edinburgh.

If you would like to contribute to the programme, please click on the following link:


We will not disclose any individual’s responses without seeking your permission.  You will also have the option to receive updates on the research programme as it becomes available. Thank you.

Author: Russell Borland


Navigating Burnout

It is just over 10 years ago when I suffered from ‘burnout’.  I was open about this with my work colleagues at the time but given that my network of contacts has grown further since then, and I’ve just passed a major milestone, I thought it was an appropriate time to share my experience with my broader contacts. From feeling in control of my li ...


Leadership and Team Development Workshops

We’ve been busy this year facilitating workshops for many of our corporate clients as well as on behalf of the Law Society of Scotland, ICAS and the Professional Bodies Forum.

Our workshops support the three key themes that often feature in our work with clients: Leadership, Collaboration and Growth:

All our workshops are interactive. We encourage delegates to learn from one another’s experiences and challenges as they discuss the course content. We work hard to create a safe environment where participants feel comfortable expressing their thoughts and feelings.

In terms of numbers we can accommodate from 5 to 50 participants depending on the subject, time available and room configuration. In working with the Scottish Board of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, we ran a series of workshops on the theme of the Leading Actuary, with over 150 Actuaries attending.

Where possible, we will split a full day session into two half day sessions spread a few weeks apart to allow time for participants to reflect on and apply their learning more effectively.

Where appropriate, we can interleave 1:1 coaching with participants into a workshop programme to help clients in their personal development.


Past participants report that our workshops have exceeded their expectations in terms of impact and confidence building. Shared learning from the common group coaching discussions has also helped them deal with challenges and embed learning.

For further information please contact either Thomas or Russell.