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Chartered Accountants Elect New Chair PDF Print E-mail

Celia Adams and Liz NeedhamCelia Adams has been elected as the new chair for the Chartered Accountants in Worcestershire.  She took over the reins from Liz Needham of Kendall Wadley at the AGM in Malvern.  Celia says “During these recessionary times, accountants are the backbone underpinning many activities throughout the county and country.  Our members we total 1,500 members in all throughout Worcestershire in private practice and within companies”.

She went onto endorse the training programme that runs locally for all accountants in order to keep up their CPD Continuing Professional Development.  These courses offer brilliant speakers at affordable prices and are on our doorstep.  It is an intention to build these to a greater level within the county.

Cost effective ways to plug leadership gaps PDF Print E-mail

Remaining optimistic and committed is one of the greatest challenges facing employers right now. However, in a recent online survey* conducted among senior executives and experienced interim managers, Executives Online discovered a surprising amount of positive thinking, despite less than favourable economic conditions.

Respondents were asked a variety of questions, covering their activities and attitudes in shaping a response to the crisis; how companies were adjusting to their recruiting policies in light of the downturn and what respondents saw as the biggest challenges and opportunities.

The current economic situation has impacted on a number of functions to a greater extent than others, recruitment not surprisingly being one of the worst hit. As companies begin to realise the full extent of the situation, hasty decisions are being made in order to cut back on business costs.

Read the full article on FinanceWeek...

Outsiders provide new perspective and impartiality PDF Print E-mail

Here's an interesting article I picked up in the Financial Times:

Ian Gray fell into interim management nearly 20 years ago after a stint as chief executive of Tottenham Hotspur, in which he focused the troubled company on its core football and merchandising business.

Since then, he has jumped into dozens of companies, usually as senior adviser to existing management, although he has been known to take an official position if the executives are not up to the job. "I got excited about doing turnround and restructuring," he says. "I also get bored easily."

His expertise spans many sectors - everything from retailing and media to construction and engineering. But his assignments are universally short term. One recent stint lasted just four days, although others can span several months.

Thailand, Australia and New Zealand PDF Print E-mail

Finally 3 November 2008 beckoned and it was time to travel from London Heathrow to Bangkok a mere 11 hours or so.  Bangkok was hot and humid, but at that time the airports were open.  The city was preparing for the funeral of its princess (Galyani Vadhana) and she was the 84 year old sister of the king.  A funeral pyre was being built in the centre of Bangkok and the princess’ body had been kept whilst preparations were made.  She had died at the end of 2007.  Bangkok has glorious palaces to visit and also the river and the Royal Barges (but not allowed to take photos once near them).

Networking With Impact - October 9th PDF Print E-mail

On Thursday the 9th of October, Nick Booker and I are running a networking seminar - Networking with Impact.

It will give you the opportunity to gain feedback on how you come across and to address the fears and anxieties that we all have about networking.

The session will cover:

  • Entering the room
  • Making that first impression
  • Getting into and out of groups
  • What to talk about
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