Leader Forum

As a busy Leader it is easy to become isolated within your own organisation as you deal with all the day-to-day challenges that come your way. It can seem that you are fighting a lone battle, and that no-one else can understand or empathise with what you are facing. Level Up Leader Forum is there to show you that this is not the case.

Level Up Leader Forum is a learning, mastermind and discussion group of like-minded people in leadership positions. What they have in common is a desire to improve both themselves and their organisations, and a willingness to learn from and support others like them.

Each Leader Forum meeting includes presentations and talks around relevant topics from both Level Up and guests from the local business community, as well as Open Forum discussions over a working lunch around subjects of the day

Coming together with like-minded people in similar roles to yours makes you realise that you are not alone, and that your challenges are the same challenges shared by many others.

And not only that, but there are potentially hundreds of ways in which you can better deal with your organisational issues if only you can break away from the coal face and hear about how to go about it.

If you would like to be to attend a Leader Forum meeting, sign up to one of the upcoming workshops on our Events page, or contact us for an initial conversation.

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I was introduced to Level Up through a local business networking group about 18 months ago.  Transitioning from an HR career to Executive Search in 1997, I set up my own partnership over five years ago.  Although loving what I do, I couldn’t help feeling that we needed a bit of a refresh and have more focus on why our offering was different in a very crowded marketplace.

As an HR professional by background, I have met many business coaches; some better than others.  Although admittedly a little sceptical, I met Graeme Crosbie for coffee and soon felt that he ‘got me’ and understood why I was at a crossroads. We talked about how we might work together and what his kick start programme could offer. 

Having spent my whole career In the corporate world, I found I missed having a variety of people to brainstorm with.  Graeme has proved to be a strong business mentor.  The fact he also had a corporate background and had not worked with any other search firms proved to be a real asset.  He challenged my thinking and assumptions; we went back to basics and talked extensively about business and personal goals and how these could be achieved within realistic timelines.  

The kickstart programme was extremely useful.  For the first time in years, I found I actually dedicated quality time to thinking about what it was I wanted Theron to be.  We focused on what actually made us different; I stopped apologising for being a “small boutique” but learnt to embrace the good things about offering a bespoke, personal service to a few quality clients.  Of course I already knew the theory, but having to articulate USP’s and strategy to someone else makes it more ‘real’ and something you do as opposed to just having good intentions and never getting round to it because work takes over.  

Apart from growing revenue, we have had many successes including the redesign and relaunch of the website with genuine USP’s; extending our client base; recruiting a new Partner and maintaining focus and momentum.  

We are now on an Ontrack programme; meetings are less frequent, but they prove a useful medium for staying focused and doing the things I committed to do.  Some things continue to stay at the bottom of the pile, but I’m not sure that will ever change.  

Some of my network did not understand why I needed to see a business coach, especially with my background.  I have found it incredibly refreshing, not least because Graeme has helped me to look at things differently and has help me to add real value to my business.  I would absolutely have no hesitation in recommend him to other business professionals but only on the basis you want to take a cold hard look at yourself and realise that growth and change will only happen if you want it to.  Graeme can help, challenge and give an alternative perspective, but it’s down to you to do it.  

Fiona Makowski Managing Partner, Theron LLP March 18, 2018