November 28, 2019Comments are off for this post.

Gratitude as a Leadership Quality

This week our American clients will be marking Thanksgiving.  It may not be something that we celebrate in Scotland, but it did spark a conversation in the office about gratitude and saying ‘thank you’ in business.

The British sense of etiquette means that ‘thank you’, ‘please’ and ‘sorry’ are drummed into the average school child to the point where we apologise for bumping into doorways.  That in turn means, to quote coach Jen Sincero: “When someone doesn’t say thank you […] it’s as glaring an omission to me as if they’ve shown up without their pants on.”  As true as that may be in our daily business lives, there is a big difference between ‘thank you’ and being a leader with an attitude of gratitude.

Gratitude is not a quality often highlighted as a required attribute for a successful leader, but praise and recognition for team members when they do great job is critical.  It is more than just the act of saying ‘thank you’ that will make a team member feel appreciated.  You could involve them in the decision-making process of your projects to show them that their contributions are valuable, or provide them with opportunities for growth.   A study by the American Psychological Association in 2012 showed that 70% of employees felt valued at work when they were given opportunities for personal development.

While it’s true that actions speak louder than words, as Gertrude Stein famously said: “Silent gratitude isn’t much  use to anyone,” so don’t assume that your team know you are grateful for their work because you are helping them grow.  You still need to tell them and make sure you are specific, authentic and sincere.  Having an attitude of gratitude in your day-to-day work will encourage positivity, appreciation and a willingness to work hard in your team.  In her 2017 Forbes article, executive coach Christine Comaford talks about how being a grateful leader helps you see the positive in tough situations and experience less stress and fatigue.  Ingratitude, on the other hand causes a negative outlook which can lead to mistakes, missed opportunities and misjudged situations.

As Geoffrey James says: “People who approach life with a sense of gratitude are constantly aware of what’s wonderful in their life. Because they enjoy the fruits of their successes, they seek out more success. And when things don’t go as planned, people who are grateful can put failure into perspective.”

Success and gratitude go hand-in-hand, but it does take a while to strengthen your attitude of gratitude, so get practicing!  Thanksgiving is as good a time as any to give it a try and spend a couple of days of feeling thankful for what you have, and appreciating what others do.  See how it impacts on your leadership and whether it becomes a focus for your development in the future.

November 18, 2019Comments are off for this post.

International Men’s Day

Tuesday 19th November marks International Men’s Day, when companies and organisations around the world will be celebrating positive male role models and working to raise awareness of men’s well-being at home and in the workplace.  Founded in 1999 by Dr Jerome Teelucksingh, a lecturer at the University of the West Indies, the day is designed to highlight men’s and boy’s mental health, focus on improving gender relations and gender equality, and recognise male role models who actively and positively contribute to communities, places of work, friendships, families, marriages, and childcare.

At Connect Three we are heading to Family Friendly Working Scotland’s “Being a Working Man in 2019” event today which looks at flexible working for men in the 21st century.  When we celebrated International Women’s Day as a team earlier in the year, we held a workshop and reflected on ways in which we could balance our professional and personal lives for the better.  This is a problem faced by men as much as women in our society, so a key mission for us on International Men’s Day, and beyond, is to work towards Scottish men being offered the same family friendly, and life friendly, flexible working opportunities as women.

At tonight’s session, senior business leaders in Glasgow will come together to discuss why and how more men need to be encouraged and supported to work flexibly.  Currently, far fewer men than women work flexibly which is a problem for men, society, our economy and gender equality.

Studies have shown that men who do work flexibly find it is good for their wellbeing and their relationships; and employers find that it is good for business as it engenders more loyal and committed staff.  However, many men who want to work more flexibly find it difficult and feel it is not always acceptable in the workplace or society.

For too long, the gender equality conundrum has been left to women to fix and flexible working has been a woman’s issue, but women are also looking for more men to work flexibly as this is considered to be the key solution to reducing the gender pay gap.

Tonight’s conversation will centre on what can be gained by men, women, business and society, when more men work flexibly and when men help to drive the conversation forward.

It wouldn’t be right to sign off without saying a huge Connect Three thanks to the men in our team – Colin, Craig and David.  You make what we do one of the best jobs in the world, thank you!

October 30, 2019Comments are off for this post.

Connect Three wins Fair Work Award at Glasgow Business Awards

After our recent success at the Glasgow Business Awards, where we won the Fair Work Award (1-50 employees), our founder & Chief Explorer, Colin Lamb, talks about why fair work is not just important at Connect Three but essential for Glasgow’s growing economy.


"Fair Work, is what is says on the tin really. It’s about creating a workplace culture and environment that allows employees to bring their best selves to work every day.

"Many business leaders we work with ask us 'how do you get teams and individuals engaged and how do you get discretionary effort?'. The answer for me lies within the 5 elements of Scottish Government’s Fair Work Framework.

"Fair Work covers working practices and policies in five areas: Employee Voice; Opportunity; Security; Fulfilment and Respect. These are the ingredients for for a fool-proof recipe of a highly productive culture.

"A few examples of our people practices are flexible working, no zero hour contracts, Living Wage accredited, Personal training budgets, Investors in Young People accredited, job buddying, capability matrix and learning plans, personal wellbeing allowance, investing in charities and helping young people flourish through work experience and internship opportunities.

"Fair Work is also about creating, as coined by Prof. Amy Edmundson, ‘psychological safety’ in the workplace. A workplace where you can speak freely without fear of being shut down and have the ability to make mistakes and learn from them. This learning focussed culture is where we start to see personal growth leading to increased engagement and productivity levels.

"Our company values help to promote and demonstrate this well. Be Curious, Be Bold and Be You. We encourage all members of our team to ask lots of questions, contribute ideas, challenge thinking (even mine!) and importantly bring their full selves to work each day - warts and all. We are all human at the end of the day and we need to understand our teams better. Utilising your people’s strengths and providing them with the right support will help them flourish.

"Connect Three are absolutely thrilled and extremely proud to have been awarded this special Business Award through Glasgow Chamber of Commerce (sponsored by RBS). It is a very important award for us that shows our clients and partners that we practice what we preach (being a people focussed consultancy) and gives us recognition internally for demonstrating best practice in what we do."

Here’s a link to the Fair Work Framework, if you are interested in enhancing your culture or looking to increase productivity through your people.

June 13, 2019Comments are off for this post.

Essential Leadership Programme

We are very please to announce that Connect Three will be delivering Scottish Enterprise's new Essential Leadership Programme across Scotland.  Launching with 2 initial programmes in Glasgow and Edinburgh in September 2019 with further programmes launching in 2020 in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dumfries and Ayrshire.

This leadership programme will help you to:

  • Identify and Integrate your values in the business culture
  • Develop a more successful business which is a fair place to work
  • Drive engagement, innovation and productivity
  • Increase Resilience, agility and the ability to drive faster change
  • Develop strategic decision making

Essential Leadership is a 'lighter touch' version of the new Growth Leadership programme and is targeted at leaders and potential leaders engaging with leadership development for the first time.

Programme structure:

  • Pre-programme diagnostic and 121 visit in the workplace
  • Access to our learning portal with activities, videos and tutorials
  • 5 x 1/2 day workshops over 4 months
  • Half-day forward action planning session
  • Post programme survey

The Essential Leadership programme is significantly subsidised by Scottish Enterprise. The costs for the business per person is £500 + VAT per person.

If you would like further information or to speak to us about this then please contact us direct on hello@connectthree.co.uk or 0141 370 339.
Alternatively you can also contact Anne Marie Donald - Scottish Enterprise Project Manager on annemarie.donald@scotent.co.uk 

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April 17, 2019Comments are off for this post.

Connect with Katy

Consultant

How time flies when you're training amazing organisations and delivering programmes for Scottish Enterprise that help teams and businesses to grow. Over the past month we've delivered workshops, hosted an International Women's Day series of events and attending the amazing Social Bite celebration ceremony for the 'Big Sleep Out'. Thanks for everyone that helped us raise over £3,000 last winter.

Roll on a few months and it's been an amazing start to spring at Connect Three HQ. As National Tea Day rolls up we're delighted to be sitting down with another member of our next Connect Three family to talk all things work and play. Grab a cuppa and get comfy as we sit down to talk with Katy Morrison.

Happy start of spring Katy. Could you tell us a little bit about your role at Connect Three? 

Sure. As a consultant at Connect Three I love to explore workplaces to discover the potential from their people and to then use these discovered to help make workplaces happier and more productive. This remains my biggest passion, and a lot of my day to day work centres around delivering management and leadership programmes across frameworks with Scottish Enterprise, Glasgow Welcomes and with our fantastic private clients. Another part of my job is to support workplaces by identifying needs and providing sound solutions to help them achieve their goals.

Phew, what a busy but exciting role. With so many exciting things happening what’s been one of your proudest moments this month?

I booked a place on Kids Yoga Teacher Training this month. It’s been something I have wanted to do for a while but I kept putting it off as I was using time as an excuse. My little boy was copying me doing yoga in the house and I knew it was the time to book onto it, so I could guide him and my daughter safely.

They say the best way to learn is to copy and do. Great to see your little boy is a keen learner already. Next up, what three things would you take with you on a desert island?

A few good books as I don’t often get the chance to read as much as I’d like with having  two young kids, an endless supply of crunchy cheese Cheetos and an invisible cloak so no one could ever find me!

Sounds like a true desert adventure. Next up, which business leader would you like to have a cup of tea with?

Arianna Huffington! I really respect her honest and bold views that have always struck a chord with me. She was one of the first people that taught me to look at myself first in situations, in work and at home, to get the best outcome. I find her words are those that give me confidence to do this. I’d love to curl up and put the world to rights.

How can events like this National Tea Day help businesses to empower their staff and help encourage more conversation? 

Events such as these are a great way to take some time out and connect with yourself and others around you. Some of the best ideas, solutions and conversations have come from people putting their tools down and just engaging in unfiltered conversations. I know that I am at my most productive, focused and feel able to soar when I feel great about myself. If we can provide people with more opportunities to be more focused on their well-being and building personal resilience, this can only contribute to happier work places and increased results.

Thanks for an amazing April Connect Katy and with people at the heart of a business, it's a real honour for us to have someone so passionate about workplace empowerment be part of the Connect Three family. This Friday 19th April Katy will be hosting a work and wellness event in celebration of National Tea Day & Mind's fantastic campaign to get more people talking over a good ol' fashioned cuppa. Join Katy and the Connect Three team as we open our studio doors in partnership with Tempo Tea Bar and The Kali Yoga Collective.

 


 

Find out how Katy can help your business achieve more workplace happiness through staff development programmes and business or personal coaching.

March 8, 2019Comments are off for this post.

International Women’s Day 2019

It's no hidden fact that there's a lot to do to level the playing field for women in work. From better employee perks that support women who are mothers, to reducing the gender pay gap until there is none to even talk about, and let's not get going on the challenge of getting a better balance of women in senior positions & greater diversity of women.

This International Women's Day we wanted to spend the day celebrating the amazing work that's being done by organisations across Scotland and the UK. To celebrate the wonder women who make Connect Three the awesome business that it is. To join with an inspirational global organisation to talk everything #BalanceForBetter, and to inspire women in the workplace and beyond to believe that there is a brighter tomorrow.

Kicking-off our International Women's Day with Lenovo, we hosted an inspiring workshop to explore and engage some of the Head Office team in Scotland to reflect on ways in which they could balance their professional and personal lives for better. Organisations which value their staff will always strive to support the celebration of equality within the workplace and it was fantastic to be able to help lead that process in honour of International Women's Day 2019.

In fact, we left so inspired by the pledges made by the changemakers in the room that we've pulled them together into our top hacks for the month.

Do more things for fun.

Spend more time doing things that just make you happy.

Stop wanting to take control of everything.

Stop making excuses.

Use my day better.

Participate more.

These pledges honestly made us grin from ear to ear and we're hop, skip and jumping into the rest of International Women's Month with a renewed sense of how valuable workshops like these are for empowering woman and men alike.

On the other side of Glasgow some of our team came together to host the latest workshop in our Scottish Enterprise, Managing People for Growth programme - a development series for supervisors and managers ready to supercharge their careers and those of their team - and it seemed like the perfect way to close off a day of celebrating all of the amazing women in business throughout Scotland.

However your business is celebrating the theme of #BalanceForBetter this week, month and year we encourage you to involve your staff and have them partake in some self-reflection and pledge setting.

And of course we couldn't finish without saying a huge Connect Three thanks to the women in our team who make what we do one of the best jobs in the world. So to Barbara, Fiona, Susan, Shona, Tina, Katy, Laura, and Vicky; thank you for being so awesome.

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March 1, 2019Comments are off for this post.

Connect with Colin

Introducing our Connections Series: Chief Explorer

Connect Three Founder

Chief Explorer

 

Our Connect Three family has grown over the years and at the heart of our business is connecting people with the right skills, empowerment and knowledge to make the changes they need in their professional, and often personal lives.

What better way to start our connection series that with our very own Colin Lamb. Each file in our 'Connection Series' will spotlight the work of a member of the Connect Three team and provide you with top tips to help grow your business and professional learning through what they have learnt.

And without further ado, it's time to connect with Colin.

First up what's your role at Connect Three and what do you do?

I am the Chief Explorer.

This means it is my job to explore new opportunities and possibilities, new ways of doing things, new talent, new trends and to constantly innovate what we do. My role is about fostering a culture and workplace to empower our team to #be curious #bold and importantly #themselves.

Nice! Must be a busy but engaging role. Next up. what was one of your proudest moments in February?

Definitely Connect Three being recognised as a finalist for FSB Awards this month. We didn’t win this time but it’s not always about winning – we are really proud to be recognised and shortlisted.

Aye, it's definitely the taking part that counts. So here's a little curveball, what three things would you take with you on a desert island?

I never go anywhere without a notepad. so of course that would need a pen too and finally I’d have to take my Nespresso machine too I think as I am an absolute coffeeholic.

And now to pick your brain How can businesses help upskill their leaders through coaching?

Coaching for me is underused and under appreciated as a way to develop leaders. Leaders need time and space to work through challenges they are facing whether these are to do with people, practices or productivity.

Leaders may know what they need to do and another training course may not cut the mustard. This is when coaching can become helpful to unlock a leaders potential.

Last but not last; who would be your dream person to coach?

I don’t think I could name a single person – not even a celebrity. This is because ‘you’ need to want to be coached to achieve something – a goal or target e.g. a new job, to overcome conflict, to think differently at work etc. My dream person would have a very clear goal in mind and want to work with a coach to get there faster.

And that's it for this month's connect. Make sure you're following us on social media to catch Colin's social media takeover on Instagram and if you're feeling inspiring to have some career coaching why not get in touch today to see how Connect Three can help.

 


 

See how our personalised coaching can help you and your business grow in March.

 

 

 

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.

August 13, 2018Comments are off for this post.

Business & Workflow Manager

About the Role:

This role is a new role in the business to work with the Managing Director and our team to help with planning and running the business in line with existing and future growth. This role interfaces with sales, consultancy and support areas of the business and involves planning, scheduling, management of contracts/ workstreams and finance. You will be working with a highly motivated team who deliver meaningful and quantifiable benefit to the business, coordinating all workflows and capturing and recording data.  Developing effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders is important to us here and so is knowing our position and direction we are heading. Therefore, this role will be a key stakeholder in shaping the design and delivery of our forecasting, finance & scheduling roadmap to continue us on our journey.

 

The Responsibilities:

         Deliver accurate forecasts, effective schedules and outcome options to stakeholders.

         Demonstrate the ability to anatomise workload and set measurable and timely tasks accordingly.  

         Anticipate business needs and requirements through monitoring and analysis of trends and data, in order to provide mitigation options to the operation. 

         Ensure that all KPIs, objectives and strategic goals are outlined and achieved 

         Embrace change by leading and showing comfort in a fast-paced, working environment.

         Represent the business, communicating with effectiveness whilst showing strength when making decisions that affect key stakeholders.

         Collaborate with others and work toward the development of best practice procedures within planning and reporting for business success

         Be a decision maker for finance & scheduling queries.

         Understand the knowledge, capabilities and capacity of individuals in the team and ensure the best allocation of work is given to best person

         Drive continuous improvement in all processes and systems used 

         Work with all members of the team to promote the benefits of effective planning and display the appropriate personal leadership qualities while doing so.

         Provide financial and business management expertise and recommendations to Senior Management and the wider business.

 

What you will offer us

 Necessary Experience:

         Proven Team Leader experience working in an agile environment.

         Stakeholder management experience and excellent communication skills.

         Experience working in a finance/ or scheduling function 

         Experience working within a consultancy business model (or similar)

         Strong knowledge of organisational development/ business management  

 Desired Experience:

         Experience managing scheduling function with complex customer journeys for a team of 12-15 consultants 

         Experience in delivering operational updates to a director level audience

         Evidence of driving continuous improvement culture

         Experience with Xero and CRM/ project management/ scheduling systems 

 Competencies:

         Data Analytics

         Stakeholder Management

         Management and Coordination

         Statistical Modelling

         Personal Leadership

         Communication

         Reporting and Management Information

         Prioritisation

         Strategic Planning

 What we will offer you

         Competitive salary, bonus, expenses and pension 

         Flexible Working arrangements

         Amazing office space and a great culture with opportunity to grow your role within business 

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

         ½ day Xmas Shopping day

         Training & Wellbeing allowances

         Personalised lunch with the Captain

         Summer and Xmas Teambuilding days 

         Days to give back to Charity

         Audible monthly subscription (or equivalent)

Deadline for applications: Monday 27th August 2018 at 12pm.

To apply please email  your Covering Letter & CV to hello@connectthree.co.uk with the subject line BUSINESS WORKFLOW MANAGER

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.

 

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