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Modern leadership

Posted by Nigel Wilson on 28 June 2011 | Comments

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A very interesting management appointment was made last week. Strictly speaking it’s a development in the sporting world, although professional sport is undoubtedly business. The name André Villas-Boas is likely to be tripping off the tongue of football followers during the next few months. At the age of 33, without any previous career as a football player, he’s been appointed as the new Chelsea coach at...

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Social Media - who's spying on you?

Posted by Nigel Wilson on 23 May 2011 | Comments

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I’m a great fan of social media. I use LinkedIn extensively. I have a Facebook page for my business and also a personal Facebook account. I use Twitter too. Social media can be time consuming, but professionally (LinkedIn especially) it’s of enormous value. Interestingly, many employers will now check out the LinkedIn profiles of candidates submitted to them. If your LinkedIn profile needs improving (or horror of...

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Confidence

Posted by Nigel Wilson on 18 February 2011 | Comments

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I read a great quote this week (thanks to Chris Barrow – @coachbarrow): - “Recession is a voluntary psychological attitude adopted by those who enjoy the security of tribal pessimism” To take it one step further, I’d ask the question – “are we still in recession?” It’s difficult to tell. There are so many conflicting stories in the media each day. We’re told the economy is growing, then...

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The Cold Call

Posted by Nigel Wilson on 17 December 2010 | Comments

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I recently came across an interesting article headlined “The Cold Call is Dead” –http://linkd.in/gTygz1[http://linkd.in/gTygz1] In this day and age, there are many other ways of getting through to the person you want to speak to, other than a ‘cold call’. Some people prefer to send an email, others a text even – although that’s a bit informal for an initial point of contact. One client of mine...

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Being mobile

Posted by Nigel Wilson on 9 December 2010 | Comments

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The emphasis on mobility is enormous. We have highly sophisticated cars with fantastic levels of comfort and gadgetry. We are encouraged to make use of public transport which is supposedly becoming more streamlined and modern through continuing investment (funded by some pretty exorbitant price increases too). We have all the technology, equipment and toys to enable us to work and communicate whilst being mobile – smart phones, iPads,...

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Corporate conscience and responsibility

Posted by Nigel Wilson on 15 November 2010 | Comments

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In our cynical world, it generally takes a lot to shock me. However I was reminded the other day how much some companies regrettably still operate in the ‘dark ages’. I was talking to someone who worked for a company that changed their place of work. This meant that this person had to drive on a daily basis to the new office – a daily commute...

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You're an inspiration

Posted by Nigel Wilson on 6 November 2010 | Comments

“You’re an Inspiration” … is what Alan Sugar said to the final candidates on Junior Apprentice last night. And I agree! I’ve watched all the series of the Apprentice, and enjoyed this latest series featuring the Junior Apprentice most of all. Why? Because almost all the candidates – and especially the finalists – had a refreshing attitude of ‘go-for-it’ enthusiasm matched by common-sense and a drive to...

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Counter-offers

Posted by Nigel Wilson on 7 October 2010 | Comments

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One of the challenges in executive search is dealing with ‘counter-offers’. These are often made to candidates who have been headhunted, by an employer who realises at the point of resignation they don’t want to lose this employee. So they make a counter-offer, generally consisting of a salary increase or promotion. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. It makes life difficult for the employee, whose head is...

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The importance of updating your CV

Posted by Nigel Wilson on 9 September 2010 | Comments

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Good article in this month’s Recruitment International about the importance of updating your CV. It points out that there are too many ‘vague’ CV’s which are generally out-of-date as so many people claim they haven’t enough time to update their CV’s or that as they’re not looking, it’s not necessary. Only around 10% of job-seekers apparently update their CV’s every 1-3 months. However by devoting as little...

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Making it simple

Posted by Nigel Wilson on 7 September 2010 | Comments

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One of my LinkedIn connections sent me a great article titled ‘A simpler way to make it simple’. It highlights a policy at Tesco, who insist that for any new innovation, one of the three criteria is that it must make things simpler for staff. In order to achieve this, it makes and holds people accountable for simplicity. How simple is that?! So often, unnecessary complexity runs...

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