The smartest people know that it's not a sign of weakness to ask for help and support
Do you something feel that you're so busy getting on with the day-to-day, you're running to stand still? Do you feel there's probably better and more efficient ways of working out there, but you have no idea what they are?
Do you have BHAGs that seem to always be out of reach? (BHAG = Big Hairy Audacious Goals!)
Admitting that you don't have all the answers, and investing in yourself and your personal development is a really smart thing to do.
Billionaire Charlie Munger said "“Warren [Buffet - another billionaire] and I do more reading and thinking and less doing than most people in business." If they can become billionaires through learning, and working smarter rather than harder - what's stopping you?!
If you are considering taking on a mentor (or coach) to help you in any of the following areas, let's talk about how we can make that happen. Different people need different solutions - on-site consultancy, face-to-face training, breakfast/coffee meetings, phone calls, Zoom calls, emails - we can explore the options to suit your needs.
Recruitment/Employment Law - helping you navigate the ever-changing legislative landscape to both manage risk and gain competitive advantage
Sourcing high quality people - understanding how to use proactive search, social media, offline networking and really effective advertising to attract and engage top talent
Leadership & Management - typically the people who get promoted into management are those that were really good at their own job; management requires a whole different skill set
Bespoke training - if you need targeted training in particular areas - whether that's diversity & inclusion, telephone sales, building confidence, or anything else - talk to me about the outcomes you are looking to achieve and we can create something that works for you
Public speaking coaching - helping you to become a confident and engaging public speaker/presenter - taking away the fear, and preventing 'death by PowerPoint'!
Mentoring - running a business can feel like a lonely place to be, but it doesn't have to be when you have a mentor alongside you on your journey
NED services - does your business need a Non-Executive Director on the Board "to provide a creative contribution to the board by providing objective criticism" (as the Institute of Directors defines the role)?
Some people need a bullish and challenging mentor to constantly push them to achieve, and that's fine, but if you prefer a collaborative and consultative approach where you have ownership of (and accountability for) your own success I'd be privileged to support you on your journey.
Sarah "H" Gordon
MA (Oxon), MCIPD (PG Dip HRM), Hon. FREC Professionals (Dip RP)
I suppose the most important bit from your perspective is my credentials. An Oxford Law Graduate and Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (through completion of my Post Graduate Diploma in HR Management), and in 2015 I was privileged to receive an Honorary Fellowship from the Institute of Recruitment Professionals (now REC Professionals) for my contribution to the industry (although I was already a Fellow through my Diploma in Recruitment Practice).
Academia and memberships aside, in terms of practical experience, I have: worked in retail management; worked in B2B sales; over 20 years' experience in the recruitment industry (been a £¾m biller in an SME recruitment business on a desk with no admin support; run a dual desk; managed staff from admin and trainee recruiter level to divisional managers); worked extensively with the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards and the EQuality Assured standard (including internal auditing and process design and management); run tenders for suppliers (such as CRM systems); written and won tenders for clients from a few thousand pounds to over £1m value (both private and public sector); and managed multiple social media channels and PR for an SME business. I also Chaired the Recruitment & Employment Confederation's Diversity & Inclusion Forum from 2008 to 2015.
Since setting up as a freelance trainer and mentor, I've enjoyed working with a broad range of organisations of all sizes, across a diverse range of sectors (from farming to transport to financial services to FMCG to recruitment), both public and private sector. In many ways, the real value that I add is not necessarily providing the right answers (although I do that), but in asking the right questions to unlock the full potential in my clients. If you feel you've got loads of untapped potential, I'd say you are very probably right - you may just need someone to help you uncover it.
My mum was a teacher, and I think there's something in my genes that gives me an enormous sense of satisfaction when I help other people to learn, develop and grow.
My other passion is amateur dramatics - singing, acting, and generally showing off (no dancing, though - my sister got all the dancing genes!). I've been a member of Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association for 11 years (and served a year as VC Operatic, and a year as Chairman) and enjoyed performing in lots of plays, Old Time Music Halls, and musicals. More recently, I have also become a member of Mitre Players and Croydon Philharmonic Choir.
Enough about me... How can I help you?