This Could be Your Best Decision

The number one problem that most UK businesses face is finding and recruiting the very top candidates that they need to rapidly grow their organisations.

Here are a short selection of such candidates that have confidentially asked us to help them in their next career move.

Candidates we are confidentially representing include:

Head of Motor Claims Operations – Leading Insurer
Managing Director – Leading Niche Personal Lines Insurer
Head of Motor Underwriting – Leading Personal Lines Insurer
Senior A&H Underwriter – Insurance Intermediary
Operations Director – Leading Insurer & Broker
Commercial Director – Leading MGA
COO/Head of Operations – Lloyd’s/London Market
Programme Manager – Leading Insurance Company
Financial Controller (Interim) – Lloyd’s/MGA

For more details on these candidates please contact me.

Alternatively please tell me what you’re looking for and I’ll guarantee a shortlist of the best candidates in the market within 20 working days.

Part 2: What you want and how to achieve it!

“What if you aim low and you don’t achieve it, then what?” Ricky Gervais

In order to achieve a goal, it is important to look at what you want and why you want it. Outside one of the Aviva buildings in Norwich a stencil graffiti posed the question “Why do you do this every single day?”

If the answer to that is “to pay the bills” and that makes you happy then there is nothing wrong with that. But if there is something more you want to achieve then you need to look at what you can do.

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A lot of people say what they want to do. However, there is something about getting it down in writing that can get you thinking about it.

For example, let’s say you want to write a novel. Once you have written “I want to write a novel” you can then start thinking about what it will be about, who the characters are, how it will end.

You can then start writing goals for each aspect- some people have specific word targets but equally you could make it a chapter by the end of the day or to get a few pages done before lunchtime.

Stay positive
It is important to remember what you have achieved as much as what you are going to. Using the example of novel writing have a little celebration at the end- watch your favourite film, have a cup of tea or a nap (whatever works for you!)

Also, if you don’t hit a target don’t be tempted to give up- you can always adjust it so that if you stumble a bit you can carry on (remember the bigger picture).

Share updates
Whether it’s through social media, chatting on the phone to a friend or even your own personal diary/journal it helps to process what you’ve done and build on it.

Set targets but don’t be ruled by them

Having goals and targets is important and help you focus. But this should not mean you put excessive pressure on yourself- if you are a sales assistant in a store then you shouldn’t beat yourself up for not being a regional sales manager in a month!

Support others
While being positive for yourself is good remember to return the favour- go to your friend’s art exhibition, back the crowd funder that your favourite video producer is doing, help raise money for charity.

Be inspired
Remember there are many stories about people who have achieved against the odds- Harrison Ford was working as a carpenter when he was cast in Star Wars, Richard Branson started out selling records from the back of a van and any successful comedian you’ve ever seen had to do their fair share of gigs in the back of a pub!

What is important is to remember that what you want to achieve can be done- whether it is getting a job, a promotion, writing a novel, losing weight or anything you have it within yourself to do, a little bit each day to get that bit closer to achieving your ambition.

To find out more information on how we can help your career goals in 2017 contact me.

New Year, New Career!

calendarWhat’s your career ambitions for 2017?

As specialist Headhunters to the Insurance market we exclusively work with leading organisations looking to hire the TOP TALENT in the market.

Here are some of our LATEST VACANCIES:

Sales Director – Leading Insurance Technology Provider – £100k plus
Development Underwriter – niche divisions (charity, social welfare, care etc.) – Leading Insurance Intermediary – £60k
Head of Operations – Personal Lines Insurance Intermediary – £80k
Commercial Director (Professional Indemnity) – MGA – £90k
Head of Marketing/Branding – Leading Insurance Company – £80k
Med Mal Senior Underwriter – Lloyd’s Syndicate – £120k+equity
MGA – Various niche underwriting opportunities.

If you would be interested in one of these positions, please contact me in the strictest of confidence.

For other vacancies click here

If the positions are not right for you at the moment but you would still like to take advantage of our confidential proactive approach to help you in your next career move click here to find out more.

Alternatively if your company has a vacancy I’ll guarantee to deliver a shortlist (of the top talent in the market) in 20 working days, please contact me to discuss.

Gary Pike, MD

Part 1: Pressing the Reset Button

reset-button“How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.”

The New Year is usually the time when people bring out the “New Year, New Me” memes. Everyone is fired up and motivated- we’re going to quit smoking, lose weight or learn how to speak fluent Mandarin. But then as the months go on people can get frustrated- one stressful day leads to a trip to the newsagent for a packet of cigarettes, the discount chocolate looks tempting and by the end of the day you’re too tired beyond scanning a Mandarin dictionary for funny/rude words.

The same is true of business- people may have big ideas for their business (or in some cases want to start their own) but find things getting in their way. This is why we want to help people learn how to forget the past and to find the ways to achieve your goals in 2017!

Set small goals and build up

Fitness is a personal passion of mine and my fathers (click here to learn more about Executive Warrior Fitness and how it can help you). After the excesses of Christmas and the New Year party season it’s natural to want to lose weight and be fitter. However, the problem is people try too much too soon- inevitably this results in people getting overly tired, not warming up properly and generally being frustrated. A good example of how to do this is with running- this can be done on a treadmill or outside. At first start off walk for about ten minutes and then include a minute of running. Do this for a couple of weeks and then increase the running to two minutes.

Over time this will mean more running and less walking but without the impact of trying to do too much too soon. Of course, it’s not hard to see how this can equally apply to business related goals- it could mean setting aside time to develop skills, working on an idea or finding ways to gradually implement more productive practises.

Get a buddy

A difficulty people often have is that they try to take on too much themselves- this can happen a lot when trying to lose weight. People can mean well saying “You’re not fat” or offer you food when you come around because they want to be hospitable. This is why you need to (tactfully) tell people what you want to do and how you want to achieve it. If you go to the gym you may want to consider using the services of a personal trainer or go to a class (these are often included in the cost). Exercising with a friend often helps!

These are just two examples of ways to set goals and achieve them- in the next part we are going to look at what your goals are and looking at what you need to do.

For more information on how we can help you achieve your ambition contact me or visit our website.

Overcoming Distractions


As I walked on the beach a few weeks ago I noticed that certain areas were closed off by fences and signs that said “Sea Turtle Eggs.”

I remembered reading that female sea turtles swim to shore between May and August to dig nests in the sand and lay their eggs. Months later, the eggs hatch and the baby turtles follow the pure light of the moon back to the surf.

In a perfect world, the pure light of the moon guides every turtle back safely to the ocean. However, as we know, we don’t live in a perfect world.

Sea Turtle hatchlings instinctively crawl toward the brightest light. On an undeveloped beach, the brightest light is the moon. On a developed beach, the brightest light can be an artificial light source emanating from restaurants, homes and condominiums along the coast.

Unfortunately, these powerful artificial sources of light often attract the hatchlings and cause them to move in the wrong direction when they are born.

Rather than follow the pure light of the moon to the ocean the sea turtles follow the wrong light to a disastrous outcome.

It occurred to me that we humans face a similar challenge.

Rather than follow the path we were meant to follow, unfortunately we too often are distracted by things that move us in the wrong direction.
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Technology, online games, too much time on social media, bad habits, addictions, stress, busyness and meaningless distractions lead us astray.

Instead of following the pure light of perfection we allow bright and shiny artificial things to sabotage our journey.

So, what about you?

Are you following your priorities and pure light to the right destination or are you allowing artificial distractions to lead you in the wrong direction?

Are you following the path you were meant to follow or are you letting meaningless things keep you from being your best?

The great news is that unlike sea turtles we have the ability to think, adapt and change direction when we realize we are following the wrong path.

We can tune out the distractions and focus on our priorities and let the pure light lead us to an ocean of possibilities and a great future!

Reproduced with kind permission form – Jon Gordon

4 Ways to Say No to Negativity

no-negitivityHere’s the truth: Human beings are naturally negative. When you’re driving down the motorway and there’s a wreck, people will sit in a long line complaining about the people up ahead who are rubbernecking to get a look. But when those complainers get up there, they’re the ones doing the rubbernecking. This is why when you turn on the TV, you see negative news. It’s what people want to watch.

1. Take control of what goes on in your brain.
When you wake up in the middle of the night worried about something, you’ve got to wrestle the control back and turn your thoughts around. Read something positive. Speak well about yourself and your circumstances. Fertilise the positive and weed out the negative self-talk.

2. Harness the power of association and disassociation.

You’ve got to surround yourself with uplifting, positive people. You are going to think just like the people you’re around the most. If you’re spending your whole life around negative, sour, cynical people, guess what? You’re going to become negative, sour and cynical. Spend time with people who build you up.

3. Start right now being happy.
Life is short. If you’re waiting on circumstances to make you happy, you’ll never be happy. If you’re waiting to have plenty of money, get married or get the kids out of the house, you’re fooling yourself. The same circumstance you were all balled up and worried about five or 10 years ago, you can’t even remember now.

I’m not saying there aren’t tragedies in life that take us out for a while. But that’s not what most of us are dealing with. When I think about the happiest time in my adult life, it was when we were in our 30s. Our kids were 2 1/2 and 4 years old. They were so sweet at that age. My mom and dad were both healthy and with us. We lived in a nice little house with a garden in the backyard. It was just an incredibly happy time in my life.

I didn’t have much money. I couldn’t have imagined being where I am now, financially. It was tough living on one salary, and I’m sure I was worried about all kinds of things. But as I look back, I just remember being so happy. Life was great. It had nothing to do with whether we could afford a nice car or jet off to Paris. You’ve got to work on the realisation that 90 percent of the stuff you’re worried about right now would be insignificant if you found out tomorrow was your last day. As long as I’m working to make a positive difference in the world, I’m happy. And you can be, too.

4. Act the way you want to feel.
You might be thinking, I’m just not that happy-go-lucky kind of a person. Fine. Then just act like it for a while. I once had a pastor who said, “Act the way you want to feel and soon you’ll feel the way you act.”1 This means you can reprogram yourself. Smile. Say nice things to other people. Even if you’re dealing with a horrible situation, you’ll be more successful in that battle if you’re positive. So get some objectivity about how big your problems really is in relation to the big picture. Then smile until you actually feel like smiling.

The most important thing to recognise is when you’re giving in to negativity and when you’re being positive. If you pay attention, you can work on yourself, change your self-talk, surround yourself with supportive people and let situations go rather than dwelling on them. Over time, your health, your work and your relationships will grow more positive.

By John Addison, author of Real Leadership: 9 Simple Practices for Leading and Living with Purpose

Build a Successful Team

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There are a lot of studies and research that look into how teams work. In the case of the book (and later film starring Brad Pitt) Moneyball it was a case of analysing statistics and trying to find the performers that other teams had overlooked. However, this is just one way of looking at potential employees and today we will look at ways you could effectively put your team together.

One Size Does Not Fit All

The screenwriter William Goldman once remarked that in Hollywood “nobody knows anything”. As such this means there isn’t one single answer- some people feel that experience is crucial while others believe that a younger team will often have a point to prove.

The best advice is to look at the goals you want to attain and to look for the right people that will help achieve them – for example in a sales team you want team members that will have the confidence to sell whereas with a marketing group you may want more creative people on board.

Think Outside Your Industry

Some people may look at a company with a CEO outside the industry and say “Why did they bring that person in?” Although, this is not necessarily a bad thing – someone with a proven track record in a business outside your industry can provide a fresh perspective.

Balance Between Short Term And Long Term

Some people are like improvisers who react to events and aim for short term goals. Others prefer to take their time and consider things from a long term view. In practise a balance between the two of these perspectives will aid your business in the long term.

What Is Your Ethos?

This is important to consider when hiring someone – often this may be based on something that isn’t covered on a CV. While someone may have a great track record or experience if they don’t fit with the team then this can cause more problems than they solve.

Always Look To The Future

The temptation is to have a smaller team and bring people in to fill in as necessary when things change. The problem with this is that the interview process can take months and by that time you may have lost your edge over your rivals. This is why it is important to look at where your business is going and to prepare for future employment requirements before a vacancy needs to be filled.

Summary

  • Look for what’s right for your business rather than searching for a “perfect blend”
  • Consider someone from outside your industry for a fresh perspective
  • Find the balance between short term and long term thinkers on your team
  • Consider your company ethos- do your recruits fit what you are going for?
  • Don’t just look at what you need now, try to prepare for your needs in the future

Right International is a service dedicated to helping your business find executives and specialist employees. For more information contact us today and we will be happy to show you how we can help find the right employees for you.

9 Easy Ways to Stay Mentally Sharp

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Just like your body, your brain needs a daily workout.

One of the scariest aspects of aging is the realization that your brain can’t function as well as it used to—whether that means accidentally putting the car keys in the microwave or forgetting the name of a new grandchild, it can be daunting.

Most people will experience some form of “brain aging” in their life, ranging from fuzzy thinking to Alzheimer’s disease. Although some causes of memory loss are genetic, you can still improve your brain’s sharpness. The earlier you start, the better—just like losing weight, it is easier to prevent brain aging than reverse it. Here are nine ways you can stay mentally sharp:

1. Avoid sugar.
While short-term increases in sugar can temporarily improve brain function, chronically elevated sugar levels will impede your memory. In one study, people had their sugar levels tested and were asked to memorize 15 words and then repeat them 30 minutes later. Those with higher blood sugar levels remembered, on average, two fewer words.

2. Get fishy.
Eat 18 ounces of salmon or another fatty fish each week or take DHA omega-3 supplements every day. A study showed that when individuals 55 and older who were starting to lose their memory ingested 900 mg of DHA omega-3 each day, their brains were about three years younger.

3. Manage stress.
Stress is one of the greatest causes of memory loss—brain inflammation caused by stress weakens old memories and makes new connections for establishing memories more difficult.

4. Have buddies.
Data shows friends do more than help you cope with your problems. They can also keep you motivated and hold you accountable for activities such as exercising or learning new skills together.

5. Work it out.
You should engage in physical activity for 45 minutes three times a week. New data suggests intense exercise for 20 seconds three times in a 10-minute period may be even better.

6. Don’t shortchange sleep.

When you’re busy, it’s easy to sacrifice ZZZs. But you need sleep because it primes your brain for optimal learning, problem-solving and memory retention.

7. Learn something new.

Although diet and exercise changes are important, learning a new skill, taking up a new hobby, playing video games or even trying to find a new route (without a GPS) to a place you regularly visit can also help minimize your risk for memory loss.

8. Get those vitamins.
Take in enough magnesium, folate and Vitamins B-12, B-6 and D-3. Magnesium ensures strong links between your brain cells, which can help you solve problems. Try eating brown rice, almonds, hazelnuts, spinach, shredded wheat, lima beans and bananas. Vitamin D-3 is also important—aim for 1,000 IU daily from a supplement until you have your number measured.

9. Avoid toxins.
These include tobacco, mercury and excessive alcohol, among others. Tobacco and other toxins such as mercury from swordfish and tuna can cause inflammation, which can impair your mood, memory and cognition.

Mehmet OzMichael Roizen

Press On

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Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not;

Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not;

Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not;

The world is full of educated derelicts.

Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. 

                                                                      By Calvin Coolidge