Archive for March, 2010

Top Leadership Tips for SME Finance Directors

assisting the leadership of SME by the finance directorSmall and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) have had a particularly tough time over the past 2 years. In addition to the challenge of dealing with rapid and significant changes in the market and working culture, they have had to work through severe financial pressures as order books plummeted, large customers hung on to the cash they owe, and banks closed their doors.

“Not everything that can be counted counts; and not everything that counts can be counted.” Albert Einstein.

Now there are signs of recovery a change of mindset is needed from “survivorship” to “well-managed growth”. This is a great opportunity for a good SME FD to play a significant and leading role in supporting this shift.

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Leadership Academy Event; 16th April

Leadership AcademyLeaderShape are delighted to be co-hosting the next Leadership Academy event on the 16th April, which is free to attend. The event is being held at Royal Holloway University of London, our co-host and has the title “Generating the Upturn: Rethink, Redesign, Rebuild or Revert?”

I am able to confirm the keynote speaker will be John Peters BSc MBA MRAeS. John came to the world’s attention in January 1991, when as a POW his bruised and battered face flashed onto television screens around the world. He has written two best-selling books on his experiences and won Independent Documentary of the Year and a BAFTA Award Nominee. He has extensive international media experience and enjoys an international speaking reputation.

There will be a number of sessions taking place on the day which will appeal to a wide range of delegates including; SME owners/directors, anybody in a leadership/managerial role within an organisation of any type, leadership practitioners, public sector professionals and academics.

Click here for the event brochure which includes details on how to register, and please feel free to pass this on to anybody you think may be interested in attending.

Did you see LeaderShape in this week’s HR Magazine?

Chairman John Knights asks:

“In the current market increasing reliance is being placed on internally run coaching programmes.  But is internally or externally provided coaching becoming a panacea for Leadership development?  Without the necessary training, quality control, support and checking systems, companies may not even know about all the coaching that is going on or have any way of measuring if they are spending relatively large sums of money at all wisely.”

Human Resources publishes LeaderShape articleCompanies including TX Maxx and NHS finance and information company PSCAL give their viewpoints alongside this prestigious article. Click the logo to read the full article.