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 … The Strength of self knowledge

 

We’re all unique and that’s great.But it is difficult to benefit from that fact unless you really get to know yourself. We all have talents that enable us to do something better than others, but do we really understand what they are and how to put them to best use? One interesting way to start developing our understanding is to prioritise “talents” by defining our “strengths”.

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Recently I read a book “Now, discover your strengths” where the authors, Markus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton create a rigorous and compressive argument about why we all need to discover our strengths. Apart from talking about the core value of our strengths, in directing our natural purpose and “flow”, and quoting widely recognized research (trust me – there are hundreds of studies on self-cognition and self-development and not all of them are practical or useful), they’ve also designed a way for us to instantly discover our top five talents via a simple online questionnaire in association with the highly reputable Gallup Organization.

Methodology and Practice

The authors studied over two million people globally who have excelled in their careers. This helped them identify 34 broad themes under which to explore a range of associated strengths. Every theme shows different strengths, but no value judgement or weighting is assigned. (Be honest to yourself, there’s not wrong answer).

By knowing our strengths we can not only make critical decisions about our future direction, but also enhance our employability in relation to current market conditions and impacts on demand.

It seems intuitive that your performance will be better if you’re doing what you naturally do well. But some of it is counterintuitive: No amount of training will help you excel in your areas  of weakness. You can’t do anything you want to do – or be anything you want to be-because you’re just not going to be good at everything. But if you work with your talents, you can be extraordinary, says Tom Rath, the author of “Strengths Finder 2.0”.

Knowing our strength could benefit us…

- As an individual we are able to thoroughly assess our value and suitability in relation to opportunities in the environment we operate in, helping us identify those hard to find roles where we can truly flourish.

- As a manager we are able to be mindful of our own managing style in relation to the individuals we work with and to cultivate better the talents in our team.

- As a business, we are able to be thought leaders anticipating change and realising the potential of our collective strengths and talents.

I found their test really interesting and a useful exercise in reflection. I’ve always felt my main strengths were creativity, responsibility and creating harmony. However, the exercise showed that I am mainly strong as…

“Positivity” – People strong in the Positivity theme have an enthusiasm that is contagious. They are upbeat and can get others excited about what they are going to do.

“Activator” – People strong in the Activator theme can make things happen by turning thoughts into action. They are often impatient.

“Maximizer” – People strong in the Maximizer theme focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence. They seek to transform something strong into something superb.

“Learner”- People strong in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. In particular, the process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.

“Intellection” – People strong in the Intellection theme are characterized by their intellectual activity. They are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions.

For short definitions of all 34 strengths visit http://www.strengthstest.com/theme_summary.php

The results made me take a new look at my own situation and my past. Maybe some of the stresses and strains of life so far may have been caused by a mismatch of who I think I am and who I really am? People tend to feel more comfortable with things we’ve already understood and prefer to believe those we don’t know are what we are not good at. Is that true?

Try the test yourself or simply start to think about your top strengths. And let me know about your story. If you aren’t ready to commit to buying the book so you can access the full functionality of the website, you can try out this free “approximation” before deciding…

http://freestrengthstest.workuno.com/free-strengths-test.html

Have a great day and see you soon,

Mariella Kamburova

Bid Writer for Funding

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Purpose of Job…

The role is an essential element of strategic development for the Business’s approach to project funding.

- Write and edit bids, proposals, expressions of interest, presentations and pre-qualification questionnaires to secure funding

- Complete bid documents to deadline and prepare them for dispatch, ensuring they are of consistent quality to meet the company’s high standards and conform to established branding style

- Project manage bidding opportunities working with colleagues to develop proposals, support bidding activity, monitor and report on progress, to support the achievement of projected growth targets

- Understand the public funding landscape and the approach by national and local government including European Union requirements, to identify and assess relevant business opportunities

- Analyse opportunities, assess risk, determine the business case and work in consultation with the finance department on bids, to secure funding partnerships

- Assess creative business ideas and develop plans to secure funding for them

- Undertake other duties appropriate to the post under the direction of the Business Development Director

You need to have…

- Excellent written communication skills including editing/précis ability, with an interest in developing them to produce high quality, successful proposals

- Comprehensive IT skills to produce high quality documents; competence in using Word, Excel (and preferably also Access and PowerPoint – must be willing to learn)

- Ability to research and establish evidential links to support bidding proposals

- Sufficient numeracy to understand the implications of project budgets and develop skills to draft budgets accurately and assess financial risks

- Able to develop presentations creatively, articulate and deliver them confidently, using a variety of media, to persuade and influence others, making the business case for the company

- Must be willing and able to work flexible, non-standard hours, under pressure, to meet tight deadlines

- Able to work in multi-disciplinary teams in a variety of contexts

- Evidence of analytical skills and paying attention to detail, producing appropriate, accurate, high quality written work within often challenging word limits

- Knowledge of sources of information about tendering opportunities, understanding of and ability to assess new market opportunities in support of business strategy

- Good networking and interpersonal skills

You will get…

- Opportunities to work with large organisations

Payment Terms

- Day rate dependent on level of experience following trial period

Copywriter and Proof Reader

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Purpose of Job…

The role is to provide high quality written communications for all aspects of Business.

- Develop and proof highly-creative and engaging copy for marketing campaigns, and for the website

- Develop creative and brand-aligned copy for email marketing campaigns

- Provide compelling and persuasive content for our sales campaigns

- Develop copy that delivers a positive customer experience improving user journeys.

- Support the wider business in providing copy for Operations and Field Sales Executives (customer-facing emails, letters and brochures for example) and Corporate Partners

You need to…

- Be able to quickly become part of an existing collaborative team

- Have a passion for writing and an active interest in all things digital, with the ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced, acutely passionate and agile team.

- Understand the importance of high-quality, straight-talking and creative copy in positioning the brand, delivering a best-in-class customer experience, and driving traffic and conversions.

- Have a keen eye for accuracy in terms of spelling, punctuation and grammar usage, ensuring we appear professional at all times

- Have an agile approach to resolving problems

You will get…

- Opportunities to work with large growth brands and entrepreneurial companies

- Creative freedom to explore your skills in line with the briefs issued

Payment Terms…

- Day rate dependent on level of experience following trial period

 

Financial Services Administrator

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Purpose of Job…

The role is to provide complete administration support for a team of Independent Financial Advisors.

- Booking meetings

- Preparing schedules

- Completing applications

- Delivering Financial analysis

- Managing client communications

You need to…

- Be able to work efficiently and effectively with minimal supervision

- Be comfortable using Microsoft Office and dealing with simple formula’s in Excel.

- Be good at carrying out computer based research and data analysis

- Be skilled in organising tasks and monitoring progress to hit deadlines

- Have an agile approach to resolving problems

You will get…

- Regular flexible work that can be completed from home

- Development of key employability skills and knowledge around financial services

Payment Terms…

- Day rate dependent on level of experience following trial period

 

Accountant Service Sales

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Purpose of Job…

The role is to generate business growth for a firm of accountants.

- Excellent cold calling skills with a flair for building opportunities from scratch

- Close deals selling accountant services, managed services

- Work with the accountants regarding possible contacts/appointments or campaigns

- Report back to the Manager with accurate information and attend internal Sales meetings

You need to have…

- Good networking and interpersonal skills

- Strong customer facing skills (ideally including accountancy service experience)

- Ability to organise tasks and monitor progress to hit deadlines

- Excellent report writing skills

- Ability to adapt, understand and find solutions to customers’ business problems according to their requirements

- Proven presentation skills, able to represent the company at road-shows, exhibitions and seminars

You will get…

- Opportunities to work with large brands and entrepreneurial businesses

- Potential for travel

Payment Terms…

- Day rate dependent on level of experience following trial period

 

What makes you unique? GUEST POST

I was always told that with a name like mine, I must be destined to do great things.  My name?  I’m Sanchia De’Cage; a Behavioural Specialist who has worked with children with special and additional needs for over 10 years, with a background in Psychology and a particular interest in autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs). The fruits of my labor during this time have been in being a catalyst for children learning to speak and communicate effectively instead of injuring themselves out of frustration; or seeing a more holistic environment for a child due to their parents learning the effects of their behavior on their child; or even seeing a teacher learn more effective and long lasting ways of engaging with a child with a special need.  I suppose in some ways, this may be observed as a great act.  It has a ripple effect, impacting the lives of the child needing support or early intervention, their siblings, family members, peers, teachers and so on.

If you were to imagine going a whole day without having any of your needs met, and how this would leave you feeling, is to give you a snapshot into the importance of this work for children with additional needs and the impact on the lives of many.

Imparting change is not an easy thing to do; it requires dedication, hard work, and patience if a child can’t learn the way we teach, we must teach the way they will learn.  Systematically, this is the ethos that Head Start-ASD takes when working with children with challenging behavior and additional needs.

We are a specialist training and consultancy business providing support to families and professionals with limited experience in teaching and managing challenging behaviour in their children.  We are like a psychological Supernanny provision working to provide children and young people with access to happier childhoods, and this is exactly what I communicated to the judges at the 2014 Greenwich University Business Plan competition.  As always (so I am told), there was a high calibre of entrants and after being narrowed down to one of 11 finalists from 150 initial applicants, Head Start-ASD worked hard to win over a range of five judges, achieving a place of second runner up!  This outcome was a great achievement and validated the hard work and dedication that has so far gone into developing a viable business that meets a real social issue and need.

Some great advice was received from the judges, who also included Skills Hive’s Mike Orchard, who has since been a great business connection/advisor in business development and strategy.  At an unrelated course some time back, I was told how important it is in starting a business, to prepare the network that you will need in the future.  This stayed with me, and I have since had the pleasure of attending a great networking session with Skills Hive to do just that, meeting likeminded professionals, making great contacts and bouncing around ideas.

It takes a village to raise a child, and like many new businesses, to create the impact of a potential (or virtual) village, Head Start-ASD aim to grow to provide a virtual team through Skills Hive to support the work that we do, the reach that we can have and therefore the positive impact on the lives of children with additional needs.  Such a team could involve sales and marketing members to widen our growth and customer awareness of our training courses and consultancy services, it could be to conduct research for our social media pages and blog posts, or the development of our merchandise through market research, sales and distribution.

Frontline team members may also be trained to implement direct social skills training and interventions with children, and/or to support in the delivery of our courses.  The depth and breadth or the work that we do requires great commitment, and this often offers the greatest reward.

There are 1.5 million children diagnosed with learning and behaviour difficulties in England alone, yet it is a worldwide issue. The theory of six degrees of separation between everyone and everything guarantees that you are connected to someone, somewhere who could benefit from such a service.

Join and connect with us via our Facebook (www.facebook.com/HSASD) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/HeadStart_ASD) Pages.  Visit the website at www.headstart-asd.com or write us an email at: info: headstart-asd.com

 

Be the change you wish to see in the world!

Head Start-ASD

Business Development

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About the organization:

Supplying and maintaining bespoke managed print solutions. We target hedge funds, investment, property, creative and digital/tech clients.

A number of partnerships are in place which allow us to leverage brand value through our associations e.g. with Canon.

This is a small and agile business where the owner is actively involved in delivering solutions. We work at pace to meet our client needs and enjoy building long term relationships with our customers.

If you enjoy a challenge that allows you to meet new people while operating in a relaxed but structured environment, this is for you.

Would suit a graduate with maybe 2 years experience in business

Purpose of the Business Development Manager role…

This role is all about supporting the company’s founder to complete actions and tasks required to create and maintain client services, allowing them more time to establish new relationships and grow the business. As such this is an evolving position that will develop through this exciting period in the business lifecycle.

Tasks will include…

  • Market, customer and competitor analysis
  • Social media monitoring and messaging
  • Sales planning and opportunity management
  • Data management and contact strategy
  • Co-ordinating resource and diaries to deliver client promises

You need to have…

We are looking for an ambitious and energetic young person who is driven to succeed and keen to learn. As an agile business we will expect a level of flexibility and commitment to meeting client needs.

  • Proven social media skills
  • Confident working with data and data software (excel / Salesforce)
  • Organised and thorough
  • Quick thinker able to make decisions independently
  • Strong communicator both written and spoken
  • Able to spot an opportunity and suggest new ideas
  • Happy to work flexibly for mutual benefit

You will get…

As Business Development Manager you will be working with a range of client and supplier contacts including senior executives and successful entrepreneurs. Other benefits include…

  • Flexible and negotiable working practices
  • Increasing levels of responsibility regarding strategy
  • Reward of delivering great quality service to demanding clients
  • Operating in fast moving growth sectors
  • Opportunity to contribute creative ideas
  • All business travel expenses covered

Payment terms

  • Weekly hours to be set based on delivering short term and long term objectives
  • 90 day trial period for a set fee to be agreed at interview
  • Invoice for hours worked as self employed freelancer
  • Day rate to be agreed based on 90 day trial
  • Bonus potential based on landing new client opportunities

Workshop facilitator

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Purpose of Job

- Assist in delivering agile business focused workshops in different universities and institutions across the UK

- Support the workshop design process as appropriate and where required

- Prepare for each workshop by reviewing the content and researching the audience

- Bring elements of fun and wisdom to the experience for delegates based on your unique set of life experiences

 

You need to

 

- Be a real people person with infectious enthusiasm for learning

- Have great communication skills and an appreciation for other people’s range of communication styles and preferences

- Be used to thinking on your feet and responding to varying situations to deliver the best possible learning experience

- Deliver key workshop content in an engaging way while making it fresh and interactive

- Some teaching, training or facilitation experience would be useful but if you are a natural then not necessary!

 

You will get

- To work with future business leaders as they find themselves during University life

- Inspiration from being immersed in the pioneering start-up community

- Opportunities to work with large brands that want to innovate

Payment terms

- Hourly or day rate is negotiable to be agreed based on experience

 

Role Template

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About the organization:

Using one paragraph, explain what your company is about, the markets you operate in and your plans for the future.

- Be honest and concise

- Reference the company culture, e.g. is it formal or relaxed?

- Make it clear why someone would want to work with your company

 

Purpose of the role…

Once again in a single paragraph, explain what the role you want to fill is. You could explain the function and any objectives associated with this position, who they are going to work with, what they will be responsible for. Follow this with a bulleted list of responsibilities

- Be specific

- Be concise

- Make it appealing to your target audience

 

You need to have…

This is your chance to list all the types of skills, attributes and experience you would like candidates to demonstrate in the role

- Prioritise the most important

- Include soft skills and attributes e.g. infectious enthusiasm

- Indicate which are essential and which would be

 

You will get…

This part aims to give the candidate ideas of what they could gain from the role. You could describe tangible benefits, value of specific expeieince, industry contacts they will meet and career development opportunties.

- Give examples

- Show what you have to offer as a company

- Think about what your ideal candidate would really value

 

Payment terms

Outline the specific payment details using bullet points where appropriate

 

Project Manager

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Purpose of Job

This is a Project Management role with marketing and web development elements

- Assist in delivery of a range of new client projects

- Build virtual teams to cover skills requirements

- Deliver results based on multiple stakeholder agendas

- Work to a brief and manage communications to ensure clarity of scope

You need to

- Be able to lead a team in a collaborative way

- Have excellent communication skills

- Be skilled in organising tasks and monitoring progress to hit deadlines

- Have an agile approach to resolving problems

- Understand principles of marketing and web development

You will get

- Opportunities to work with large brands

Payment Terms

- Day rate dependent on level of experience following trial period