#TeamRCT Changing Gear

At Change Gear we are often asked to facilitate team events and strategy days; so  when I received a phone call asking me if I was interested in running an “away day” for the trustees of a charity, I naturally said yes. To cut to the chase I had one of the best days ever working with a wonderful group of people who are really committed to making a difference… but over to their CEO Toby Freeman to tell the story behind the charity and his thoughts on the day.

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What’s holding you back?

This weekend a couple of my amazing friends are off to take part in a local triathlon for the second year in a row.  Just 18 months ago one of these friends had a terrible fear of open water and didn’t much like swimming – this fear was getting in the way of her achieving her personal goal of getting herself super fit and proving to herself she could do something really special.  Next weekend she will be taking part in the very same event; she is fitter, stronger and more importantly feels she has really achieved what she set out to do… and is a much more confident person as a result of this.

I started to wonder about my work and how many times I meet people whose fears get in the way of them achieving so much more.

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The Power of Marginal Gains

Spring has definitely sprung and how do I know this? Wherever I have been over the past weekend I have seen a plethora of lycra and bicycles. Maybe it’s because the inaugural Tour of Yorkshire recently reached it’s climax or whether MAMIL’s (Middle Aged Men In Lycra) are looking forward to the heady days of Summer and the start of the Tour De France that cyclists are out in such force; for whatever reason my mind has turned to the world of cycling and what those of us who have a responsibility for the development of talent can learn from this most brutal of sports.
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Blowing the whistle: a tricky business

I have to confess that one of my guilty pleasures is a good old whistle blowing scandal and I have certainly taken quite an interest in some of the more famous cases, many of which have been portrayed in films over the years – Karen Silkwood was played by Meryl Streep in a movie following her mysterious death in 1974 in the midst of a campaign to challenge Kerr-McGee about the safety of a nuclear facility.  Similarly Al Pacino played Frank Serpico, a New York City Police Officer who attempted to confront the corruption within the Police Department.  More recently Matt Damon played Mark Whitacre in The Informant – Whitacre worked with the FBI to expose price fixing in agriculture by his own company, Archer Daniels Midland.  And of course we are all familiar with the story of Linda Tripp, a former member of staff at the White House, who was a key player in exposing the Monica Lewinsky scandal that led to an attempt to remove Bill Clinton as President.

Of course, not all whistle blowing cases are quite as famous or are made into movies but the subject is certainly one that can be difficult for employers to navigate.

Our expert legal partner, Sally Nesbitt of Pennington Manches LLP, has shared some of her insights on a recent case with us:

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Place your bets!

Just recently I met a lovely lady on an open programme I was running for the CIPD.  She works in the HR Department of the Colony Club in Mayfair, London.  I was immediately intrigued as my own grandfather had worked at the club many years ago when it was owned by Hollywood Film Star, George Raft.  Those were glamorous times for my grandparents, until he lost two houses that he owned in London in a poker game one evening …  So, when Monika extended Karen and I an invitation to visit the club I felt we couldn’t say no.

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