August 6, 2020Comments are off for this post.

Connect with Shona

Next up in our 'Connection Series' is our Client Development Director Shona:

  • Let's start with an introduction, what's your role at Connect Three and what do you do?

I've been an associate for nearly 2 years and last year this evolved into being our Client Development Director. In plain Scottish this means that I have responsibility to create and develop our key client relationships, explore and develop our commercial partnerships and work in partnership with our Head of Development to create relevant products and solutions for our evolving clients’ needs. I still love getting stuck into coaching, delivery and facilitation with clients especially when there is the opportunity to use psychometrics, the most recent one being the Insights Discovery Profile which I became accredited in while we were in lockdown.

  • Wow, that's a lot of different responsibilities! Out of everything, what has been your favourite moment in Connect Three so far?

So far, I would choose designing and delivering a session on our Principally Women programme to help delegates create their personal vision board. Why this? It was an opportunity to push myself out of my comfort zone, try something different and experiment with a story telling approach. I enjoyed demonstrating our values of be bold, be curious and be you…and the positive delegate feedback proved it paid off!

  • Amazing, so what are you reading right now?

Apart from when I’m on holiday I’m not the best at losing myself in books. When it comes to work related reading I tend to dip in and out of them and have a few on the go at any one time……currently there is The Science of Organisational Change, The Squiggly Career and Ikigai. I’m a bit of a magpie for articles and blogs that pop up through my LinkedIn network which spark my curiosity and only recently started to listen to podcasts… with so much out there I find recommendations from others a great starting point.

  • Well those are some great recommendations from you right there! So, who would be your dream person to coach?

My dream person to coach is anyone who has clarity about what they want to achieve from our coaching conversations, has the courage to show some vulnerability and is prepared to indulge my curiosity to create those lightbulb moments which cause them to take action. If I could choose my dream executive coach it would be Dawn Flockhart who introduced me to NLP and made sure every conversation helped me to discover a little bit more of the inner me. Sadly, Dawn is no longer with us and I often find myself reflecting on what she would ask me to change, do or learn.

  • And one last question for you Shona, if you could only give one piece of advice to the leaders and future leaders reading this, what would it be?

Follow your dreams, work hard and trust in yourself. Once I realised that true success comes from doing something that matters, playing to your strengths and surrounding yourself by equally amazing people then my leadership journey enabled me to achieve more than I had ever imagined possible…and continues to do so.

Brilliant, thank you! Look out for our next connection in a week or two 🙂

July 2, 2020Comments are off for this post.

Connect with Craig

Next up in our 'Connection Series' is our finance wizard Craig MacMorran so let's find out who is the man behind the spreadsheets...

  • Let's start with an introduction, what's your role at Connect Three and what do you do?

Hi! I am the Finance Manager here at Connect Three, so my job is to make sure everything is finely tuned. Being an incredibly dynamic, fast growing organisation, it is important that we track and predict the internal and external environment for us to be able to make the most impactful investments and to be able to adapt and maintain efficient processes...I am also in charge of the music.

  1. Haha! Love it! Next up, what has been your favourite moment in Connect Three so far?
  2. My favourite moment so far was our end of year meeting. During the year it can be really difficult to take the time to reflect on what we have achieved as we are all extremely busy and looking into what can we do next. It’s amazing to see what has changed since joining part time from university when my interview took place in what I can only describe as a construction site (What is now our lovely training room) up to this amazing team we have now.

    • Good choice it was a great day! Next question - what three things would you take with you on a desert island?

    A good once a day Suntan lotion, a case of beer and a magic lamp for three more wishes.

    1. Always with the future planning Craig! So which business leader would you like to have a cup of tea with?
    2. Sir Alex Ferguson (and not just because Barbs picked Klopp!). Being a long-suffering Manchester United fan, and after meeting the man himself twice, I decided to pick up his book ‘Leading’ a couple of years ago. After reading this book, I was amazed at the intricacy of his management style. It was clear that Sir Alex took great care and thought about anything he implemented and that he constantly took advice from others with his coaching style. One piece of advice that stuck came early in his career where his assistant manager at the time had told him that instead of running his training, he should sit back so that he can listen and observe.

      ‘It was the best thing I ever did. It didn't take away my control. My presence and ability to supervise were always there and what you can pick up by watching is incredibly valuable.’ Sir Alex Ferguson

      After all, if the most decorated football manager in history says it’s the best thing he ever did, its maybe something we all should do from time to time.

      • Awesome. OK, last one - if you could only give one piece of advice to the leaders and future leaders reading this, what would it be?

      If I could give one piece of advice to the leaders and future leaders reading this, it would be to challenge. Nothing is more disappointing when leaders accept the way things are done because that’s how they have always been done. The only way you grow and learn is to change the way you do things even if they do not lead you where you planned to be.

      Fabulous Craig, thank you so much. Look out for our next 'Connect with' interview in a few weeks time.

May 12, 2020Comments are off for this post.

Connect with Barbs

Next up in our 'Connection Series' is the inimitable Barbara Clark, aka Barbs. So without further ado, let's ask her some questions.

  1. Good morning Barbs - let's start with an introduction, what's your role at Connect Three and what do you do?

Hello. My role is an Organisational Development Consultant. What I do is a great mix of Leadership Development, 121 Coaching, Project Managing and Delivering our Essential Leadership and Workplace Innovation programmes, as well as bespoke support to our clients. I support people to help them, and their business, to grow.

  1. Awesome, thanks!  So what has been your favourite moment in Connect Three so far?

Celebrating my 2-year anniversary in the company, which actually was almost a year ago! I am the longest serving employee at Connect Three, and our team and business has grown a lot since I started. This is testament to our culture and the team I work with.

  1. That is a LOT of changes in 3 years! OK, let's get to know you a bit better, what three things would you take with you on a desert island?

Bath, book and wine (should I say my kids???)

  1. Nah, I fully support those choices!  How about...which business leader would you like to have a cup of tea with?

I have two (sorry). Jacinda Ardern (PM of New Zealand) and Jurgen Klopp (Manager of Liverpool FC). Not technically business leaders and it’s not about politics or football but I use both as case studies of leaders who put their people first and are living examples of this.

People are at the core of their Values Based leadership; how they talk to and listen to people, how they make decisions, how they do the right thing and particularly how they lead team and country during the times it matters most.

  1. And to finish, if you could only give one piece of advice to the leaders and future leaders reading this, what would it be?

Relationships with people are everything…. Get to know them all, no matter their role; what motivates them, who/what are they doing it for…. Know your weaknesses and their strengths!
 

Thanks for answering my questions Barbs, it was lovely getting to know you a little better.  Look out for our next 'Connect with' interview in a few weeks time.

 

May 5, 2020Comments are off for this post.

Connect with Gordon

The Connect Three family has grown a lot in the last 6 months and with so much disconnection in the world right now, we thought it would be a good time to revisit our 'Connection Series' and introduce you to some new, and not so new, faces in the team.  Each post in the series shines the spotlight on the work of a member of the Connect Three team, and hopefully gives you a little insight into what we do, and how we can help you.

First one in the newly refurbished hot seat...is Gordon White.

  1. Good morning Gordon - let's start with an easy one, what's your role at Connect Three and what do you do?

I’m the Operations Manager – a new role created in 2020 to help the business get better at managing itself. Like all growing businesses, we spend so much time making sure our clients get what they need and have the tools to grow, that we often forget to ‘turn the lens inwards’, for want of a better phrase.  My role is to work ‘on’ instead of ‘in’ the business – ensuring our people have what they need to succeed, and the business has processes in place to allow us to continue our growth for the future.

  1. Wow, that's no small task!  OK, so what has been your favourite moment in Connect Three so far?

My favourite moment so far has to be the first all-team meeting I attended in January, followed by dinner and drinks. It was great to see everyone in action together in the office (we’re so often out on the road), and even better to get to know people. It clicked with me that night that our team has very much been curated to make sure they are not only the right fit skills wise, but personality-wise as well. So often managers and leaders overlook team dynamics and focus too much on who can do what well.

  1. That was a brilliant day.  Time to get personal - what are you reading right now?

Elton John’s autobiography ‘Me’. There are parts of his life I’d love to experience, in particular this quote “To pre-empt your question: no, I have absolutely no idea how Stevie Wonder successfully piloted a snowmobile through the Rocky Mountains of Colorado without killing himself, or indeed anyone else, in the process, but he did.”

  1. Love it.  How about...which business leader would you like to have a cup of tea with?

Steve Jobs – he was such a visionary, and despite all the negative posthumous comments we may hear, he genuinely did change the way humanity communicates. I’d also love to ask him about the (awkward) period when the company he founded unceremoniously sacked him; what was his immediate reaction? How did he pick himself back up? We often say that failures and rejections are just speed bumps, but how many of us truly behave like they are?

I’d also love to know just how dignified in victory he was when they picked up the phone a few years later begging him to come back when they were on the brink of bankruptcy.

  1. And to finish, if you could only give one piece of advice to the leaders and future leaders reading this, what would it be?

One word: people, people, people! I cannot stress enough just how important the people in your company are. It sounds cliched, but it is genuinely true. It’s one of the (many) reasons I joined Connect Three – we put people at the heart of everything we do, and help our clients and partners do the same. The old adage is certainly true; look after your people, and they will look after your clients.

 

Thanks for answering my questions Gordon, I'll let you get back to keeping us all in line!  Look out for our next 'Connect with' interview in a few weeks time.

 

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 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.

 

 

 

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