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Really? Or is this just a case of throwing ones executive toys out of the pram?

An interesting read – Would this deal mean that the Murdochs have too much control over the British media? 

- Andrew


Andrew Blog

Hip festival or grotty bar – what sort of gig do we have?

A lot has been said about the so-called ‘Gig Economy’ recently; issues around flexible working, zero hours’ contracts, minimum wage, workers rights, benefits, inequality…the discussion points are endless – but perhaps that reflects how important an issue it is and how deeply the issue has permeated the modern business (and recruitment) world.

Chris Roebuck, a Leadership Expert at Cass Business School, sums the issue up perfectly in a recent blog and appearance on BBC News:

Fundamentally a balance needs to be found between the positive; ie the flexibility, freedom and greater finances it offers the highly skilled, experienced and qualified – and also the more negative; ie the enforcement of less benefits and lower hours which the less skilled and less qualified often would prefer to avoid.

In this economic reality we now live in, you could argue that a job of any sort is better than none at all and – particularly with regards those less qualified – huge number of jobs are being created entirely because of such an initiative.

I tend to think this is a work in progress.  It will be interesting to see how this plays out…

-          Tariq


Tariq Blog

CTA Results – so what’s next?

Today is D-day for many on the road to achieving a professional tax qualification, with the publication of the CTA results.

So if you’ve had good news and passed – congratulations! You can feel justifiably proud that your  career path is on track. This might mean that you are about to take your first steps as a Manager or equivalent, or perhaps you have been identified as a rising talent in your business.

However, whilst you have the technical skills to undertake your role, do you feel  you  are lacking some of the softer skills required to really make a success of your career? Here are some of the issues that might be playing on your mind:

  • Does your role involve developing business and making connections within your organisation and you aren’t sure how to go about this?
  • Do you attend networking events but feel ill-equipped to make an impact in an effective way?
  • Perhaps you are required to take clients out to breakfast or lunch but are not sure how to handle the etiquette of such occasions whilst having to make small talk.
  •  Perhaps you are required to make presentations to colleagues or clients but lack the confidence to tackle public speaking.
  •  Or perhaps you find it difficult to make your voice heard, or make an impact in meetings.
  • You may not be quite sure how to dress appropriately to reflect your growing status and feel that the impression you make isn’t quite right.

These are but some of the issues that you may be facing as your career progresses, and if not tackled, have the potential to impede your progress.

If this is the case, you might want to consider Coaching to provide you with the skills and expertise to handle the challenges ahead. BLT Executive Coaching run a programme designed especially for you : the BLT FutureTalent programme. The aim is to equip you with the tools to face the challenges unique to this phase of your career.

We will cover areas such as networking, both internally and externally;  business development; creating business connections within your industry; handling conflict; managing the transition from trainee to Manager or equivalent to your industry; plotting a future career path; looking ahead to where the pitfalls might be and developing strategies  to avoid them.

You might feel uncomfortable about discussing some of these issues with your Managers or peers. This is where a Coach can be invaluable, providing a safe and totally confidential space to work through these issues and come up with workable solutions.  I will work with you to establish a way forward and help you to develop  the confidence to overcome any hurdles that might undermine your career progression.

If you would like to discuss BLT’s FutureTalent programme, please contact Liz Watt :



Is returning to a former employer a good career move?

The news over the weekend that Wayne Rooney has signed for Everton (well, we couldn’t really see him going to China , could we?) , has got me thinking – Is it a good idea to return to a former employer or best to leave it well alone and move on? Can nostalgia get in the way?  – clearly Wayne still has a great affection for his boyhood club and feels there is still much to achieve, so maybe it’s a winner all round. Time will tell.

In the management consultancy market this happens more frequently than you might expect – and not necessarily as an end of career move. We often see people move from one consulting firm to another either from one big firm to another or to a smaller boutique firm. Sometimes they find the grass isn’t any greener on the other side of the fence – and they’ve lost their network  and / or sponsor so carefully cultivated in their previous firm – and so the appeal of their former firm can be too difficult to resist. Alternatively, some people return to their previous consulting employer after a spell in industry, as a more rounded consultant, when they’ve had a taste of what it’s really like to be in the client’s shoes.

Personally, I think it’s best to move on and never return to a former employer  – no matter how strong the ties or the good memories …….. and safe to say you won’t find me wearing the pyjamas of any of my previous places of work !!! If you’re looking for a summer transfer or to hire for your consulting team ready for the new season please do get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.



Artificial Intelligence at Wimbledon ………What Makes a Champion? by Catriona Cookson

I wrote earlier this week about the technological innovations at Wimbledon this year including the Ask Fred mobile app to the automated two minute highlights packages. And now IBM’s Watson Platform  has analysed over 53 million tennis data data points collated since 1990 including newspaper articles, interview details and social media commentary, to identify what makes a great champion. Frankly, the super computer of Artificial Intelligence hasn’t come up with anything we didn’t know already – the key attributes being passion, performance under pressure, fast and accurate serves, stamina, adaptability, and the quality of the return.

If you know me at all, you’ll know I like my ‘sporting v business’ comparisons. Once again we have all the characteristics in sport which make for success in a management consultancy environment. Passion, performance under pressure, stamina, blah blah, blah , heard it all before I hear you say. A couple of the others are more interesting – a fast and accurate serve – a quick response to a client problem is all very well, but getting the absolutely right answer quickly is the true differentiator. And what about the “quality of the return”  – how you respond to problems is an interesting one – Can you deliver uncomfortable truths? Is the client always right? Is it a good idea to stand your ground or is conciliation better? Sometimes as in tennis, so in management consultancy, different tactics for different opponents is the best strategy in the pursuit of that winning Game, Set and Match. Happy Wimbledon everybody!


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