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e-Book:  The Elite MBA CV: Executive Impact

This e-book fundamentally realigns your approach to writing a managerial CV and creating executive impact. The CV needs to do more than meet the expected needs of employers as defined in the job description.  Every applicant will be measuring his or her submission against this target. Raise your aim and you will lift yourself instantly away from your competitors. 

This e-book received 6,500 downloads in its first launch month in 2014. It is a Premium Book globally available with current downloads in excess of 90,000. It reorients your approach to job hunting and differentiating yourself. 

You will create a compelling case for why you are the right person for the right role at the right time for the business.  Additionally, you will be clear how you can create a multiplying value add benefit for your line manager, team and organisation.

Handbook of Coaching Psychology: A Guide For Practitioners

This book provides a clear and extensive guide to the theory, research and practice of coaching psychology. In this new and expanded edition, which includes a new chapter on Career Coaching written by Peter Fennah, an international selection of leading coaching psychologists and coaches outlines recent developments from a broad spectrum of areas.

Unique in its scope, this key text will be essential reading for coaching psychologists and coaches, academics and students of coaching psychology, coaching and mentoring and business psychology. It will be an important text for anyone seeking to understand the psychology underpinning their coaching practice, including human resource, learning and development and management professionals, and executives in a coaching role.

Hard Decisions, Hard Transitions McGraw-Hill Education

A triple tonic to accelerate your Personal, Professional & Career Development! “Learning is not compulsory; neither is survival.”

There are millions of books and blogs on the separate themes of personal, professional and career development.  What distinguishes this book is the range of assembled powerful and eloquent voices addressing the ‘Hard Decision & Hard Transitions’ of navigating your present and future development as a manager. 

Uniquely this academic core textbook was designed for Global MBAs helping them to integrate their personal, professional and career development.  Invest in your agility to meet challenging situations. It encourages you to consider the hard transitions and decisions you face as you explore your emerging leadership style.


Critical Guides

Accelerate Your Thinking…

We provide critical guides for HR and L&D specialists, organisations and business schools.

Our key strength is in the integration of empirical research, business case studies and psychological insight. This highly practical knowledge is ideal for senior managers, HR, & MBAs. The guides expose fresh strategic thinking to old scenarios. Based on detailed objective research they offer innovative approaches and solutions.

Free updates and custom editions are available to ensure these Critical Guides meet your organisational needs. Contact us if you would like to subscribe or purchase a guide.


Talent Management Strategies For Organisations

“Talent Management is one of the key challenges for all organisations in our highly dynamic environment.”

Many organisations struggle with the complex demands to design, implement, review and refine successful talent management systems. This guide, therefore, comes at a crucial time. It condenses leading-edge thinking and talent management approaches and delivers truly useful practitioners’ insights.

“It’s particular strengths lie in the exploration of talent management contents and processes while posing the key questions that are essential to explore when setting up talent management in organisations. Interspersed with many short case examples it is an essential tool for any HR practitioner.”

Dr. Michael F. Dickmann, Cranfield School of Management, Professor of International HRM.

This critical guide tackles the fundamental questions and responsibilities of stakeholders in the design and practical delivery of talent management systems. It provides insight to HR, organisational development professionals, line managers and senior executives by explaining:

1. Strategic perspectives that can be taken when (re)designing and implementing a talent management system. It explores how each perspective offers different choices and subsequent outcomes to benefit the organisation.

2. The four major process components of talent management: acquiring; developing; retaining and organizing. It offers suggestions for engaging all interested parties in the process so that the right people are in the right role at the right time for the business.

3. Responsibilities of those involved. It offers practical suggestions, company examples and fresh perspectives to assist the construction and successful implementation of a dynamic talent management system.

Cross Cultural Job Negotiation: Is Salary Enough?

“Negotiating your exec salary and package can create a shock wave of adrenaline causing some people to feel faint and others excitement.”

This practical guide steps you through how to identify what is most important to you; how to negotiate with difficult personalities and across global cultures.

You will have confidence and strategic clarity in playing the global negotiation game whether you are seeking to re-negotiate terms as an internal or external candidate.

Compare how many days or hours of your labour it currently takes to earn £10,000? Often in under a few hours of active dialogue you could earn an improved lifestyle and salary rise of 15%+ above your base salary.

In global business you are often negotiating with people of different cultural backgrounds, how will you work in synergy with their preferences …or will you clash?

Download this practical guide filled with executive case studies, psychological insights and latest thinking on international career negotiations (covering: UK & Europe; North & South America; Middle East and South East Asia).

Executive Career Development & Management

Strategically, which aspects of yourself will you invest in to gain the greatest executive career & life benefits? When was the last time you consciously examined your: career assumptions; strategic options and the quality of your decision making?

This critical guide accelerates your thinking beyond self awareness addressing these “So, what now?” elements of executive career progression. Progress at your own pace as you address the following questions:

How do I learn now as a manager compared to before? How do I invest in myself, develop and manage my career momentum? How do I identify and assess current and potential career opportunities? How do I explore and prepare for the personal changes needed in future roles?
What are the best practice approaches to: generating self awareness; self direction; information collection and analysis; identifying opportunities and making decisions?
What support is needed to sustain a successful career?

24 Hours To Unlock Your Network

The pragmatics of building and extending networks need not be as painful as most people envisage.

Inside of 24 hours you will have assessed your network, identified critical patterns and individuals to take forward the identification of your ideal job or business development opportunity.

Find the smarter ways to invest your time by strategically utilising your networks and knowing what to ask of them.

Effective networking is a highly sought after skill and with the virtual world you have great opportunities to find people who share your values, interests and vision. The benefits of networking don’t require a vast list of contacts; it does require that you can ask pertinent questions. Discover how you can engage others more effectively to develop mutual support.

Whether you are an introvert or gregarious extrovert this guide offers insights into how best to utilise your existing contacts and progress your campaign. Filled with practical examples, questions and suggested approaches this is a rich guide covering all your critical areas.

Learn how to use your time wisely: on social media; mastering small talk; speaking the right leadership language; building courage & speaking to strangers; networking at events; remembering names; conducting informational interviews; finding the right people; being positively memorable; assembling information and engaging in strategic influencing campaigns.

Branded Impact: Intelligent CVs For Managers & Executives

What messages are you sending? You may not have written a CV for a long time. The market competition is fierce and you need to reconfigure your brand with intelligence to stand out.

This step by step guide will help you research, define & position yourself to be seen as the suitable candidate for the job. You need these skills rather than relying upon others to write your CV.

If you are making a career change or seeking to reposition yourself this critical guide will begin your transformation and help you build confidence.

Use the examples to reposition your LinkedIn profile and share with other people what you are passionate about rather than what you are running away from.


Branded Impact: Interview Success

‘Results don’t have a voice box.’ How agile are you to share your achievements?

There are many interview formats: behavioural event / competency; strengths; values; performance; case study and in-depth biographical psychological interviews. Winging it or preparing around 101 interview questions is no longer enough.

How you align your answers to meet expectations and reveal your authentic self to convince cynical panel interview members is a bigger challenge than when you graduated.

Learn how to focus your limited time and differentiate yourself through the interview process. Use the examples to stand above your peers when networking and making an impact with board members.


Expert or Manager? The Evolving Career Path

This critical guide helps you to consider the options and success characteristics associated to pursuing a career path as a technical expert or making the move into management. “To try and understand oneself is not simply an interesting pastime, it is a necessity of life. In order to plan our future and to make choices we have to be able to anticipate our behaviour in future situations. This makes self knowledge a practical guide not a self indulgence.”

This guide helps you develop informed decision making enabling you to find answers to the following questions:

What trips experts and managers up as they pursue their careers within organisations? How can you avoid this? What relationship skills do I need to get on as a manager or senior advisor? Is it best to gain a general management MBA or invest in a specific MSc? Which route is best to secure an executive position? How do I switch from one to the other and back again? Can I be both?