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In this 'Thoughts on Leadership' video, Paul Bridle ask a number of searching questions - Do you make promises to others? Do you stick to them? Do you make them to yourself? Do you keep them?
Teresa Scott is helping candidates secure sustainable employment.
Company: Kennedy Scott Ltd
What it does: Highly regarded supplier of training and employability services to Government
Founder: Teresa Scott OBE, MBA
Size of team: Total staff 70
Your name and role: Teresa Scott, Founder and CEO
How did your entrepreneurial journey begin at Kennedy Scott?
I had been working for another organization designing and managing training schemes for young people and blue chip companies and had been pretty autonomous in my role for a few years. I was more or less a one-person operation and thought- you know what? I could do this for myself! So, with the help of friends who backed me financially, I started the company in 1989. Kennedy Scott is now the highest performing provider of Employability support services to people most marginalized from the labour market in the UK.
How is your business challenging the traditional recruitment industry?
Using a bespoke and ‘revolutionary’ assessment process, Kennedy Scott’s trained caseworkers quickly identify the real issues affecting an individual’s rehabilitation and work together to address the barriers impacting the individual’s ability to secure sustainable employment. Through this ‘Circle of Support’, the individual is supoorted with a suite of interventions designed specifically to create a routemap to rehabilitation and employment.
What problems are you trying to solve?
I want to bridge the employability gap for people with disabilities or mental health challenges. We are soon launching a new service for the corporate sector providing advice and guidance to companies wanting to recruit candidates from such backgrounds. We are a catalyst between the candidate and the company, bridging the gap by supporting both parties to get the best from the working relationship. We aim to help candidates in the workplace if they have a health challenge or mental health concerns.
How do you make money?
We run Government-funded contracts, and offer independent advice to companies for a consultancy fee. (more…)
McKinsey report that executives can thrive at work and in life by adopting a leadership model that revolves around finding their strengths and connecting with others.
They have conducted interviews with more than 140 leaders; analysed of a wide range of academic research in fields as diverse as organisational development, evolutionary biology, neuroscience, positive psychology, and leadership; held workshops with hundreds of clients to test their ideas and undertaken global surveys.
Through this research, they have distilled a set of five capabilities that, in combination, generate high levels of professional performance and life satisfaction.
The five capabilities are:
Meaning : Managing Energy : Positive Framing : Connecting : Engaging
In this 'Thoughts on Leadership' video, Paul Bridle asks a number of searching questions about your approach to keeping promises.
Uplifting Leadership - How Organizations, Teams, and Communities Raise Performance by Andy Hargreaves, Alan Boyle & Alma Harris.
From Schools To Beer and Much More: Emotional and spiritual uplift, write authors Andy Hargreaves, Alan Boyle and Alma Harris in Uplifting Leadership, is at the heart of effective leadership. “It raises people’s hopes, stirs up their passions, and stimulates their intellect and imagination,” they write. But there’s also a social and community component to uplifting people - helping people to rise above difficult circumstances, to raise their prospects, the authors write. And combining all this emotional, spiritual and social power, uplifting leaders can help people improve their performance and results, inspiring them to do better than ever before and outperform their opponents.
Both Soft and Hard: According to the authors, the process of uplifting leadership involves six interrelated factors. “Each of these factors,” the authors explain, “also exhibits some inner tensions between what people conventionally consider to be “soft” and “hard” parts of leadership and management.”
Dreaming with Determination. The uplifting journey begins by defining a dream, but that depends on determination to overcome the inevitable setbacks.
Creativity and Counterflow. Uplifting leadership inspires creativity that often goes against the mainstream.
Collaboration with Competition. Part of the counterintuitive approach of uplifting leadership is the willingness to collaborate with actual and potential competitors. (more…)
Influencing is a necessary skill for anyone in business, whether a person is a manager, leader, salesperson or a member of a team.
The ability to bring others to your way of thinking without force or coercion is important in business.
The purpose of this questionnaire is to enable individuals to assess their influencing skills and create awareness of five particular styles of influencing. It will be useful for individuals who wish to identify their preferred influencing style and those who wish to develop their range of influencing styles.
It can be used as a stand-alone questionnaire or used as part of a wider team development activity.