Everyone has a mental health story….

Everyone has a mental health story. This was very clear from the frank and open discussion at the mental health and wellbeing fringe session at the recent ACT Annual Conference in Liverpool. This session was very timely as it coincided with Mental Health Awareness week in the UK and it was the latest in the ACT’s Diversity and Inclusion calendar which has already included events on Bridging the gender pay gap and Engaging LGBTQ+ Allies. It is estimated that 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. Even if you think you will

Leadership skills and your network

When you think about your network who comes to mind? If you were going to do a mind-map of your network who would you include and why? And where do you place them – near you or further away? The position you put yourself in relative to any individual within your network has a direct correlation with how effectively you work with them. Following on from this, the way we interact with them will show how effective our relationship is with them. Inspirational leaders have four main traits: They are sensors for their organisations. They ‘plug in’ to what is

I didn’t have time…

“I don’t have time” is something we say a lot, but often it is a case of prioritising what is on your to-do list. If you find yourself fire-fighting and chasing one deadline after the other without ever doing the ‘other stuff’ you wanted to do, these tips may help you to regain control. 1. Make a big list of the stuff you want to do It could include anything, for example: run a marathon, create a photo album, bring in two massive deals for your company, learn a language, raise money for a charity. Add anything you want to

Interactions with external stakeholders

We organised a unique evening for members of the Future Leaders in Treasury group on Thursday 22 February looking at stakeholder relationships and how to make the most out of our interactions with financial advisors, software providers, banks and credit agencies. We started the evening by asking the advisors about their day-to day-interactions. George Karalis, Managing Director at Centrus Advisors, commented that for a financial advisor the key themes of needing to understand the portfolio and objectives of the treasury department, the need to add value and to act as a sounding board, were important aspects of any relationship. In

How to make a mentoring relationship work

As we start a new year, one of your new year’s resolutions may be to look at your career goals and to find a mentor to help you work towards this new goal. The ACT’s mentoring scheme can help you to find a mentor who has worked in a field similar to the one you are in (or want to move to) and could be a good way to get your resolutions off to a running start! The most effective mentor search begins by examining yourself. To find the perfect mentor, you need to be clear about your career goals

Career evening: what type of leader do you want to be?

What type of leader do you want to be? This was a question posed by William Montgomery, CEO of TEN, at the Future Leaders careers evening. Everyone has the ability to enforce positive change. Why? Because ideas change the world. How you communicate those ideas, how you get buy in from colleagues and stakeholders, will determine how much movement there is with your idea. The skill you must learn is how to create a compelling story to bring people along with you. William’s five tips on enforcing positive change: 1. Keep speeches to 20 minutes maximum. Martin Luther-King, Steve Jobs

Start your development plan for 2018

We wanted to wish all our members the very best during the festive season and for the new year. Hopefully a break from your normal routine will provide some much-deserved rest, and allow you to step back, think through what you have achieved in the past year and what you want to achieve in the coming year. As the new year approaches, putting together a development plan for 2018 is a great way to focus on your priorities and to establish a clear direction for what you want to achieve. A development plan will help you to understand: What you

Evaluating learning programmes

The need to develop staff capability to ensure treasury teams can meet their current as well as future goals isn’t a new phenomenon, but today’s treasury leaders and L&D professionals also have to drive these improvements with less money as well as demonstrate the benefit brought to the business as a result of a training course or learning programme. As a result, one of the things we’re often asked when talking to our clients about ACT in-company learning (and if you’ve not heard about what we do, take a look here to find out), is how to prove the effectiveness