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2021 Recruitment Update ~ October

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Dear Customers

October 2021 marks 19 months after the Covid crisis first reared its ugly and disruptive head. We are all still not “out of the woods” fully, but there have been some considerable developments that are helping us on the road to recovery.

With October arriving, we notice a different feel to everything; the weather is changing, children are fully back to school, the roads are busier, and offices are starting to open their doors to more of their staff. Read more

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Online Event – Thinking about thinking

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Business has never seemed so uncertain. Despite over a century of management thinking, research, and thought leadership, nothing could have prepared business leaders for a global pandemic which would result in the global economy being forced into lockdown and vast numbers of the workforce prevented from going to work.

At the end of 2019, the changes that thought leaders were focused on was that promised by industrial revolution 4.0; digital transformation, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. These changes remain on the horizon but have been joined by a societal level threat – Covid-19. Industrial revolution 4.0 has been superseded by an era that has no name.

There is going to be a breaking apart and a major extinction event in our business environment. What is clear is that the reliance on management models that were written last century are no longer fit for purpose.

Instead, it is time for new thinking about models of organisation, management, business, and work. New thinking that is long overdue.

Date: Wednesday | 23rd June 2021

Time: 13.00 to 15.00​

Guest speaker: Carrie Foster – Proven Dialogic Organisation Development Practitioner, Executive Coach, & published author

 

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Learning Outcomes

Following this workshop you will be able to:

  • Describe why critical thinking skills need to be prioritised for professional development, talent management, and succession planning.
  • Explain the benefits of dialogue versus discussion for robust decision making
  • Describe a strategy for changing the narrative from what you do know to what you don’t know

Content & Learning Styles

The workshop will combine research findings with unique insights and thought provoking presentations to stimulate in-depth discussions.
Peer learning is a big part of the day and you will be given every opportunity to share ideas and learn not only from the speaker but also from others in the group.

The workshop will cover the following topics:
– Dialogue versus discussion
– Why the art of thinking is important
– Group discussion: The importance of embracing ignorance as a start point
– Application: Improving the dialogic skills of your workforce

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Speaker Profile: Carrie Foster

Carrie Foster is co-founder of 4iforum and describes herself as a woman of many businesses. She specialises in Dialogic Organisation Development to support people-led change that delivers added value and a measurable ROI to bottom-line performance. Creative, fun, and engaging she is dedicated to enabling people to have the courage to overcome obstacles to perform in order to deliver high performance and the organisation’s purpose and strategy.

As a proven Dialogic Organisation Development practitioner, Executive coach, practicing academic and published author with a successful commercial career covering FMCG, Industrial, Manufacturing and Professional Services, she has a track record of providing successful change programmes across UK, Europe, Russia, and the Middle East that have met both the individual and business needs.

Carrie is passionate about helping people BE the best that they can be and delivering organisational performance and transformational change through releasing the full talent potential of people.

 

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2021 Recruitment Update ~ May

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Dear Customers

A year we never want to repeat – 2020 was full of surprises and forced everyone out of their comfort zones. The economy shrank by an unprecedented degree and we mostly swapped office life for home-working.1thumbnail_IMG_4035

Our local competitors also had eventful years with UK turnover for the quoted recruitment businesses shrinking by 30-40% and financial concerns arising for others.

At times it felt like we were paddling fast to stand still but as we look back we are proud that we managed to greatly exceed our downbeat financial forecasts and that we added to our team numbers. Read more