January 20, 2020Comments are off for this post.

Leadership in Uncertain Times

Uncertainty.  This seems to be the theme of 2020 before the year has even really begun!  How do leaders design their strategies for the year ahead, never mind approach budget plans and create projections for the future when we simply do not know what the next year holds for the UK?

Strong, successful leaders should be able to steer companies through this uncertain time and continue to deliver in the same way as they would when the future is secure, profits are high and stakeholders are happy – but that is easier said than done, so how do leaders lead in uncertain times?

I recently reread an article I’d saved by Harry M. Jansen Kraemer Jr. the author of From Values to Action: The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership.  In it he said “By knowing myself and my values, being committed to balance and having true self-confidence and genuine humility, I can far more easily make decisions, no matter if I'm facing a crisis or an opportunity.”  I am an avid supporter of Value-Based Leadership as an approach to both personal and business growth, and this quote reminded me that its principles are a great first step when leaders are faced with uncertainty.

An organisation with clearly defined values, a well-documented purpose and an easily articulated ethos is one that can navigate any crisis.  Value-Based Leadership is a way of making decisions and evaluating your own and your team’s performance based on your organisation’s values rather than focusing entirely on metrics and milestones.

In times of uncertainty and change, the goal posts may be constantly changing, but a company’s values should stay constant.  As teams are asked to adapt to new situations, and learn new things, performance criteria will need to adapt too.  By using a Value-Based approach, not only are you creating a supportive and flexible company culture, but you are enabling feedback and growth measurement to continue through change and uncertainty.

The first principle of Value-Based Leadership is self-reflection.  In order to lead others successfully, you need to be self-aware and really understand what your company’s values are and what matters most.  Taking stock of your own position and knowing what you and your organisation stand for, makes it much easier to know what to do in any situation.

But Value-Based Leadership is not about acting blindly according to your own viewpoint. The second principle is balance - in other words, being able to gain a full understanding of a situation by seeing it from other people’s perspectives and opinions. Balance means approaching situations with an open mind and engaging with your team members frequently and authentically.

The third principle is about self-belief and confidence.  You need to recognise your strengths and weaknesses and continuously strive to improve.  This does not mean that arrogance is a coveted trait in a successful leader.  In fact, the fourth principle is genuine humility.  You should treat each person you encounter with the same respect you would like to be treated with.  Humility is also about knowing that you do not have all of the answers, or all of the time, and knowing when to ask for help and look outside for support.  That’s a great 2020 goal for any leader in any organisation.

Here are Connect Three’s top tips for leading your organisation through an uncertain year:

1. Keep Talking
Silence is unlikely to be interpreted as a good thing by your colleagues, customers or suppliers!  You should communicate often - reinforcing clearly, and repeatedly what your plans are, keeping your teams in the loop whenever things change and letting them know what your response will be.

2. Enable Others to Lead
Help develop the skills of other leaders, potential leaders & possible superstars in your organisations now, so that they are ready to step up when you need them to.  Essential Leadership skills courses are available through Scottish Enterprise and are designed to do just that.

3. Don’t stop Planning
You need to keep planning for the long and short term of your organisation and your team. Topics like personal development and appraisals may be the last thing on your list when facing a crisis, but culture and morale will suffer if you maintain your focus on the immediate future.

4. Stay Engaged
Great leaders know that they don’t have all of the answers.  They are confident that they have surrounded themselves with people capable of more than just freeing up their managers’ time.  Whether your organisation is doing well, or struggling, you hired a great team, so stay engaged with them, ask questions and be open to hearing the answers.

January 17, 2020Comments are off for this post.

Fair Work & Productivity

Productivity is a buzzword used daily in the world of business. Putting it simply, productivity is the effectiveness of productive effort, as measured in terms of the rate of output per unit of input. Productivity can boost profitability and growth of businesses and is a major focus in many of the organisations we work with. Increasing national productivity has a much wider impact and can result in economic growth, improved housing and education and can contribute to social and environmental developments. This is where the Scottish Government’s Fair Work Framework is focused.

For Connect Three, Fair Work and productivity go hand in hand. You can’t expect to get better results or efficiencies from your people if they do not feel secure, engaged, valued and motivated in their roles. Certainly, you can create streamlined processes and procedures but without an engaged and committed workforce, there is no guarantee that these changes will take place as easily or as quickly as you anticipate.

There are countless studies that have been carried out on wellbeing and the important link to increased productivity. According to a survey of 4000 workers across the UK, France, Germany and the US, doing meaningful work was the most important factor in the happiness of workers. Meaningful work was more important than office location, company culture, management, compensation and flexible hours. There is evidence that high employee engagement can improve productivity by 20-40%.

Scandinavian countries are leading the way for being socially progressive and promoting wellbeing and they usually rank highly on global ranking for both productivity and wellbeing. Often productivity is higher, yet the working week is shorter. With more organisations coming to the forefront to trial the 4-day working week and proving it can have an impact on productivity this is really starting to open leaders’ eyes to the benefits to all of working in this way. This combined with flatter structures, dialogue and employee participation in decision making, which is believed to promote trust, shared responsibility and pride amongst all staff.

So, what do we mean by Fair Work? The Scottish Government’s Fair Work Convention has developed a framework which is centred around allowing employees to feel secure at work, have a voice, have opportunities, feel respected and be fulfilled in their roles. These five core areas are integral to increasing productivity and achieving the vision for fair work in Scotland. “By 2025, people in Scotland will have a world-leading working life where fair work drives success, wellbeing and prosperity for individuals, businesses, organisations and for society”.

So, here are our 5 top tips we can offer to help you start to think about Fair Work in your organisations:

1. Re-ignite your values and purpose
Ensure you know why people work for you and what makes them tick. Do your staff feel they contribute to the success of your business? Do they feel valued on a personal level? Clarify your sense of purpose as a business and create a set of guiding principles to help promote positive behaviours and culture that will help drive productivity.

2. Review decision making and participation
Reduce walls and ceilings and move decision making to those who have the information. Give confidence and clarity to your teams to start making decisions instead of passing the buck. This will lead to increased responsibility and ownership.

3. Start using your ears more
Listen more to the ideas and suggestions of your people as they often have the most knowledge on the ground to suggest better ways of working. Involve staff in discussions to gather better insights, help problem solve and co-create solutions.

4. Update Working practices
Being present doesn’t mean that you are necessarily being productive. Can your teams work more flexibly? Do they need to be chained to their desks 5 days a week and work 9-5? Is your working environment fit for purpose and does it give your staff the right space for thinking, meeting, 121 and team time?

5. Develop your leaders
Don’t forget to invest and continue to develop your managers and leaders by giving them the tools and techniques to effectively manage their people through change.

Colin Lamb
Chief Explorer

August 20, 2018Comments are off for this post.

Senior Consultant – Strategy & Change Specialist

Connect Three are a dynamic consultancy who are experiencing internal growth and looking to add strong expertise to our already committed and talented team.

This exciting opportunity will provide the right person to help our clients with their business growth/ change strategy and deliver extraordinary business results through their people. This role is also to help shape the future of Connect Three by having key input and working collaboratively with the existing team to achieve our goals.

Our team helps organisations deliver sustainable change by getting people to accept, adopt, and drive change. As part of the team, you’ll help our clients develop and communicate a plan that enables their employees to execute and embrace lasting transformation by empowering them to change their behaviour focusing on critical things that drive successful results.

We are looking for a permanent addition to the team who is invested to help us grow. We would also consider a part-time post to help cast the net further to help us catch the right person.

 

Responsibilities:

As a Senior Consultant, you’ll work as part of a team of problem solvers with extensive consulting and industry experience, helping our clients solve their complex business issues from strategy to execution. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Proactively assist in the management of a portfolio of clients, while reporting to the Managing Director
  • Work with our Business & Workflow Manager to ensure smooth financial management of projects and clients
  • Be actively involved in business development activities to help identify and research opportunities on new/existing clients
  • Contribute to the development of the team’s technical acumen
  • Develop strategies to solve complex technical challenges
  • Assist in the management and delivering of large projects
  • Train, coach, and supervise our staff
  • Keep up to date with local and national business and economic issues
  • Help promote the company brand and values internally and externally

Essential Criteria:

  • Validated change management experience gained in a consultancy setting.
  • Sound knowledge and working experience within different industries
  • A confirmed knowledge of prevailing change management trends, emergent practices and a track record of innovating in one or more change management area.
  • Excellent skills in diagnosing a fit-for-purpose change approach, developing the approach and then implementing it.
  • A consistent track record of delivering complex programmes of work and an ability to prioritise and handle multiple tasks in a demanding work environment.
  • Validated consulting skills, including excellent communication and social skills, with the ability to develop effective working relationships both internally and externally.
  • Ability to work successfully as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Ability to develop and facilitate workshops with client teams.
  • Be available to travel to client sites across the UK (and potentially Europe)
  • Proficient with Microsoft 365 applications including Sharepoint.
  • Educated to degree level, or equivalent.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Experience working with global organisations as part of a consultancy firm
  • Experience of working with large UK public sector, private and third sector clients.
  • Relevant professional qualification, such as MSc in a relevant discipline, CIPD qualification or a qualification in psychometric testing.
  • Wider experience in strategy development, change management and implementation

What we will offer you

         Competitive salary (Full time or part-time)

         Flexible Working arrangements

         Amazing office space and great culture

         28 days holiday plus one extra day for your birthday and for cont. service

         ½ day Xmas Shopping day per annum

         Training & Wellbeing allowances

         Personalised lunch with the Captain

         Summer and Xmas Teambuilding days 

         Days to give back to Charity

         Audible monthly subscription (or equivalent)

 

To apply please send your CV and Covering letter to Jobs@connectthree.co.uk before the deadline of 12pm 10th September 2018.

January 25, 2018Comments are off for this post.

Leadership Development Consultant – Glasgow based with travel

We are looking to increase our core team with an experienced, commercial leadership development consultant with bags of character and charm.

Our values are integral to how we do what we do and as must align fully with the right person.

Our values are:

Be CURIOUS - helps us to explore, join the dots, think differently, and question the status quo #detective #creativethinking

Be BOLD - helps us to act, call-out and challenge #justdoit #dontaskpermission

Be YOU - helps is to bring our best version of ourselves to work #resilience #mentalfitness #personality #strengths #flexibleworking

This role will be working alongside our Client Development Director, Chief Explorer, Workflow & Finance Manager and our experienced consultant team to help to scope, design and ultimately deliver OD, leadership and management development solutions with different businesses primarily all over Scotland and the UK. Leading from the front helping to plan and oversee core projects helping to assist our team with design and delivery.

The ideal candidate will also help develop and maintain business relationships and attend networking events to help promote the business. There are opportunities for this role to develop into a Director-level role as the business grows. #belimitless

Check out or website for more information or get in touch if you feel you can help us achieve our goal To explore & discover the potential from people to make workplaces happier and more productive

Practically speaking:

Reporting to the Chief Explorer you will:

  • Design and deliver management and leadership training workshops and programmes across UK
  • Work as a consultant helping to identify business and people needs and gaps and provide relevant and appropriate recommendations and solutions.
  • Carry out psychometric profiling and other diagnostic tools and conduct feedback to clients
  • Help grow and develop business by acquiring new business and helping with proposals, tenders and business development
  • Work with our team to ensure a joined-up approach and to help assist others across a variety of frameworks and interventions ranging from business strategy, organisational development and leadership and management development.
  • Help assist with internal development of staff

If you're right for this role…

You’ll enjoy working within a fast-paced, solutions-driven, people-focused organisation.  You’ll have a proactive can-do attitude and work well both independently and as part of a team and be aligned with our values.

  • Previous experience in an internal OD role or as a management/ leadership Consultant
  • Extensive workplace training design & delivery experience in management and leadership
  • Experience supporting change management interventions
  • Experience facilitating business strategy workshops
  • Previous people management experience essential
  • Previous experience and qualifications using psychometric profiling
  • A sound understanding of Management & Leadership/ Business theory
  • Strong commercial acumen and awareness
  • Have flexibility to travel with full driving license and access to a car essential.
  • You will be driven by building relationships and helping with business development

The perks

Our people are our strength so finding ways to value and reward them is important to us.  We offer:

  • Competitive salary (Full time or part-time) DOE
  • Flexible Working arrangements
  • Amazing office space and great culture
  • 28 days holiday plus one extra day for your birthday and for cont. service
  • ½ day Xmas Shopping day per annum
  • Training & Wellbeing allowances
  • Personalised lunch with the Captain
  • Summer and Xmas Teambuilding days
  • Days to give back to Charity
  • Audible monthly subscription (or equivalent)

To apply email jobs@connectthree.co.uk with LEADERSHIP CONSULTANT  in Title with your current CV and please attach a Cover Letter.

 

November 1, 2017Comments are off for this post.

Our new website is on the way

Our website will be back soon. We are taking some time to develop our site to showcase all the services and products we have to offer your business. In the meantime if you would like to find our more about Connect Three and how we can help you please get in touch!

You can call us on 07835 662 365
or email hello@connectthree.co.uk

Glasgow: 18-20 Orkney St, Glasgow, G51 2BX     |     London: Scotland House, 58 Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0DS