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

The Professional Bodies’ Forum of Scotland

The Professional Bodies’ Forum of Scotland

We are delighted to be facilitating this programme on behalf of the Professional Bodies’ Forum of Scotland ( https://www.linkedin.com/groups/4266720 ) The programme has been designed with the accidental leader in mind – in other words for those who have become leaders (or aspire to do so) without any formal training or development. The three, short ‘taster’ workshops cover: Leadership, Delegation and Critical Conversations. The first session, on Leadership, was held in early June in the offices of the RICS, Princes Street, Edinburgh. Their room, which hosted

The Role of Communication in Change

We all know that communication plays a vital role in effecting change. But why is this? Research undertaken in the USA (Wilson & Gilbert 2005) provides some insight. People are generally competent at telling whether a future event will be pleasant or unpleasant. But how accurate are we in predicting how happy or unhappy we might be? The research sought to establish how good we are in predicting the intensity of our emotional response to future events. For example, we may look forward to going

Guess which of his products Steve Jobs was most proud?

Guess which of his products Steve Jobs was most proud?

In the final days of Steve Jobs’ life, his biographer, Walter Isaacson seemingly visited him and asked what product he was most proud of. ‘Was it the early Mac?’ enquired Isaacson, ‘or perhaps the iPod, iPad or iPhone?’ If you don’t already know then Jobs’ reply may surprise you. He said that he was ‘most proud of his team – The Apple Team – that had created award-winning products time and again.’ If Jobs was most proud of his team, what was his secret? How

How to be an Effective Leader

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 who are affected in some why by what the leader says and does. Most senior people in an organisation will be expected to act as a

Russell and Thomas discuss a Growth Mindset in the context of the ICAS Masterminds Executive Coaching Programme

Russell and Thomas discuss a Growth Mindset in the context of the ICAS Masterminds Executive Coaching Programme

    In this short video we talk about the importance of adopting a Growth Mindset and explain how the ICAS Masterminds Executive Coaching Programme can promote innovative thinking and accelerate the career growth of CAs and high performing leaders. You can find out more about the ICAS Masterminds Executive Coaching Programme exclusively for C-Suite, Executives and CA Leaders or you can register your interest for the next cohort, using the following link. Why your career plans need executive coaching.  

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 those seeking to become a Partner over the next couple of years”. The following is a summary of the most common ‘tips’: 1. Understand the role and the sacrifices

ICAS Conference 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-changing world at the ICAS Conference. Taking place on 20th September at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre in Edinburgh, the conference will be beneficial for all