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Chaos and the calm

By |April 3rd, 2020|Categories: Blog, Improving your resilience and wellbeing, News, Personal Development|Tags: , , , |

James Bay ‘s Album ‘Chaos and the Calm’ was playing today and it made me reflect on how so many of us are feeling at the moment in our ‘new uncertain world’. With social distancing and having to stay at home, no face to face contact other than with those you are living with, with the global nature of Covid-19 affecting everyone irrespective of where you live, there is [...]

Social distancing and greater inclusivity

By |March 23rd, 2020|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , |

For years now many of us have been talking about how increased flexibility in the working environment increases diversity in the workforce. We have been trying to encourage employers to embrace this change for some of its roles. However as coronavirus has resulted in widespread homeworking, we are all being challenged by needing to change some working norms, challenge the status quo and maybe even be presented with data [...]

Improvise, adapt and overcome!

By |March 19th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Mental Health, News|

We are day by day facing more challenges to our working and social norms. So as individuals we are going to need to as the military always say ‘improvise, adapt and overcome!’ We know that we are living in extraordinary times because of Covid-19. This is a global problem and what is shows more than anything is that irrespective of where we come from, what our beliefs are we [...]

Coronavirus – challenging working norms?

By |March 17th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Mental Health, News|

The Coronavirus is challenging working norms and will become an unlikely ally of improving inclusive practices, as it is beginning to get employers to deploy homeworking! This will work as a field trial and if successful could potentially change the way the world thinks of work.Although many employers are naturally nervous about productivity, security and isolation of staff if it were to introduce homeworking, many of those who have done [...]

THE SILENT PANDEMIC – MEN’S MENTAL HEALTH IN CONSTRUCTION

By |December 10th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Mental Health, News|

It has been well documented over the last 12 months, that the construction industry takes great care in protecting staff from visible risks, however the increased presence of hidden risks needs to be addressed - mental health and wellness. The need to address employee’s mental health, wellbeing and development should be a priority for organisations.  The same attitudes and protocols towards physical health and safety, should be replicated to [...]

Addressing the barriers to BAME employees and creating fairer futures

By |December 9th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Ethnicity / BAME Programmes, News|

Our working population is increasingly diverse with more individuals from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds entering the workforce. However, there is still much more we must do to remove barriers to entering the labour market and ensure progression for all ethnic groups in the workplace. There is no reason why the workforce in all organisations should not reflect the diversity of the communities in which their employer operates. It [...]

Alomey is on its’ way to develop Springboard in the West of France

By |October 15th, 2019|Categories: Blog, News|

Anne Beaugé is one of 8 women out of the 90 or so skippers from various backgrounds, who lined up in La Rochelle on Sunday 22nd September at 2:15 pm, for the start of the 22nd edition of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère. This race, brings together the smallest ocean racing boats (only 6.50m long), links La Rochelle and Marin in Martinique (French West Indies) via the Canary Islands. To [...]

I used to be a lawyer, now I’m happy! by Guest Blogger Camille Lamouille, Elevor

By |October 14th, 2019|Categories: Blog, News|

Last week I had the chance to meet Dr Martin Seligman, founding father of Positive Psychology, the discipline that changed my life! Monday, February 4, 2019, on the train to Paris to spend the day at the Festival of Positive Energies. A galvanizing day that made me quickly forget the 3 hours of train, the twenty minute queue at the wagon bar and the RER D being blocked. But [...]

Life lessons from life’s resources

By |August 22nd, 2019|Categories: Blog, News|

Tucked at the side of every training room running the Springboard Women’s Development Programme is a treasure trove. This is the ‘resource table’. My experience of training rooms has often meant this table is somewhat worn, perhaps a mismatch with the other furniture and on one memorable occasion was actually just a window ledge. No matter, thanks to a very handy length of sari material, I can transform any [...]

The Growth Mindset: How our beliefs can sabotage or encourage our success! By Guest Blogger Camille Lamouille, Elveor

By |June 25th, 2019|Categories: Blog, News, Personal Development|

« I did not fail. I just found 10,000 solutions that do not work. » – Thomas Edison – During a recent spring cleanup with my family, we ran into my sister’s primary report cards in a closet. If they were actually quite good, I was strongly challenged by the comments of his teachers – she salutes by the way! These emphasized only the lack, the failure, the gaps. [...]

How long is your ‘now’? by guest blogger Dr Sarah Robins-Hobden

By |March 27th, 2019|Categories: Blog, News, Personal Development|

Anxiety is a focus on the future, and rumination is a focus on the past. That means the only time we can meaningfully exist is the now – the present time. But what is the scope of the ‘now’, and what are its limits? Today? This minute, this second? I think we can choose, I think it is however long we want it to be. If you slice and [...]

How are you managing your time budget? By Guest Blogger Dr Sarah Robins-Hobden

By |March 20th, 2019|Categories: Blog, News|

‘Time is money’, so the saying goes. Except I don’t think it is. Time might be like money in some ways, but it is also different to money in others. You can spend time, but you can’t buy it. You can invest time, but your investment won’t attract more time in interest payments. You can share time with other people or even give it away, without having less of [...]

‘Better the balance, better the world’

By |March 18th, 2019|Categories: Blog, News, Personal Development|

Over 20 years ago I was fortunate enough to take part in the Springboard Women’s Personal Development Programme. At that time I was an engineer working for BT, one of the first users of the Springboard programme. I became part of a cohort of 80 women supported to undertake this award-winning programme that has been running for nearly 30 years and is now delivered in more than 47 countries [...]

Your go-to space-maker – the most assertive thing you can do? By Guest Blogger Dr Sarah Robins-Hobden

By |March 13th, 2019|Categories: Blog, News, Personal Development|

Taking the time and headspace to make a more considered response is one of the most assertive things you can do. Be kind to your future self, and try this. Maybe you’ve read a lot about assertiveness techniques, practiced some assertive conversation starters. You’ve spent time working out your desired outcome, and how you’ll handle it if you don’t get what you want (and if you do!). You are [...]

What if you don’t hit ‘snooze’? By guest blogger Sarah Robins-Hobden

By |March 3rd, 2019|Categories: Blog, News, Personal Development|

The morning alarm. Sometimes when my alarm goes off, I just don’t feel like it. I hit snooze. Perhaps I’m tired. Maybe I’m postponing something I don’t want to do. Sometimes, when the alarm goes off again, I’ll hit snooze. Again. Honestly, there have been occasions when I’ve hit snooze several times. The idea alarm. Sometimes I have an idea. Maybe for a workshop, maybe a solution to a [...]

Keeping the Focus and Enthusiasm by Guest Blogger Julia Ffoulkes

By |February 27th, 2019|Categories: Blog, News, Personal Development|

As I returned to work from the Christmas/New Year break I found trying to muster the energy up to get back into work and perform at a high level somewhat difficult.  I think and reminisce of mince pies and over-drinking, and basically eating everything in sight had left me feeling depressed and unenthusiastic about anything. Working for Royal Mail your period of rest and relaxation over Christmas is limited [...]

Leadership development for women – By Dave Gunner co-editor of Ruby, the Virgin Atlantic Blog

By |February 20th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Case Studies, News, Springboard|

Training – it might sound dry, but it’s one of the most exciting, important things we do here at Virgin Atlantic. It’s about developing our people into the best they can be, whatever their role at the airline. Giving them the tools to do a great job, to look after our customers and each other, and to work towards our goal of being the UK’s most loved travel company. One [...]

String of Words by Guest Blogger Helen Ivory

By |February 11th, 2019|Categories: Blog, News|

“Thanks to the poetry group I have become the biggest fan of poetry and I write every week. Good luck with the group, I really enjoyed it.” MA Art History Student and Sprint 2018 participant. Listening to the group presentations on the final day of a Sprint course that I delivered last year at the University of Essex, I was struck by how creative and passionate the participants were [...]

Thoughts on the Impostor Syndrome by guest blogger Gill Donnell

By |January 31st, 2019|Categories: Blog, News, Personal Development|

Whenever I am involved in discussions about women and confidence, whether that is in business or personal life, inevitably the subject of the Impostor Syndrome comes up. So, what is it? Impostor syndrome can be defined as a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist even in face of information that indicates that the opposite is true. It is experienced internally as chronic self-doubt, and feelings of intellectual fraudulence. It is basically feeling [...]

The Power of Women Only Events By guest blogger Gill Donnell

By |January 16th, 2019|Categories: Blog, News|

As a freelance trainer for the Springboard Women’s Development Programme, I am a passionate supporter of the positive impact that it has had on so many women across the globe. I first discovered the Programme whilst a Senior Police Officer, when looking for positive action initiatives to help increase the numbers of women in senior positions. In the early 00’s, I realised that there were a lot of very [...]

Are 30 day challenges worth doing? By guest blogger Gill Donnell

By |January 3rd, 2019|Categories: Blog, News|

Last week I suggested some tips that might be helpful if you are planning to set yourself personal or professional goals for 2019. One of the ‘tricks’ that I use to help with achieving my goals is to set myself 30 day challenges. I was originally inspired by Jason Zook’s challenge (click the link to read his article). He talks about profound changes he has made in his life in [...]

5 Tips To Help Kick Start Your New Year’s Goals – By Guest Blogger Gill Donnell

By |January 1st, 2019|Categories: Blog, News|

You will note that I haven’t used the word resolution in the title of this blog. I’m not actually a fan of setting next year’s goals on or around New Year’s Eve, the traditional time for planning how we are going to make our lives so much better. This is mainly because by 11.30pm on 31st December I am probably heading towards the end of my second bottle of Prosecco! [...]

‘The Puss in Boots’ Philosophy – Rebecca Winn

By |December 29th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

It’s the pantomime season – oh yes it is! That peculiarly British tradition in which everyone looks grotesque, no one is quite what they seem, the audience works as hard as the cast and bad jokes abound. I LOVE it, and this year I’m thoroughly enjoying being in our local production of Puss in Boots. My character is a baddy which is particularly fun; lots of sneering at the [...]

Three Gifts from the Wise (Wo)Men – By Guest Blogger Rebecca Winn

By |December 27th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

We recently rediscovered some old family slides (remember those?). Having struggled to see them through an ancient slide viewer, we made the decision to get them digitalised. What fun when they arrived back! There was my family going back to the 1950s (before I was born) through the arrival of my older brothers and myself, and family holidays and occasions since. Some of them I’m sure I hadn’t seen [...]

‘Ticking the seasonal boxes’ – Rebecca Winn

By |December 21st, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

In case you hadn’t noticed, Christmas is thundering into view at some pace! Whether you celebrate it or not, Christmas has a habit of generating plenty of extra activity, be that fun stuff like mince pies with the neighbours, or less lovely concerns around trying to juggle the budget. I was talking to a friend about this the other day. She has two school-age children who are full-on with [...]

Do you believe in “Personality clashes”? By guest blogger Yvonne Coolbear

By |December 21st, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

I don’t believe in “personality clashes” – at least not in the sense of “Oh, they’ll just never get on – it’s a personality clash”.  When I hear that phrase uttered at work, it seems to me to be a way of explaining why the two people concerned have not been ‘encouraged’ by their manager to learn how to get along with each other.  A justification for avoidance.  A [...]

Making a difference one pomander at a time – By Guest Blogger Rebecca Winn

By |December 17th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

Last week I was speaking with Helen, the General Manager of a residential home for older people I have come to know quite well. We were talking about the upcoming Christmas period and how some of her residents no longer have family or friends that can come to visit them. Here’s what she told me, pretty much as she said it. “I’ve been encouraging the staff to come up [...]

Why looking for your life purpose could be a mistake – By Guest Blogger Rebecca Winn

By |December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

Last week I had one of those ‘aha!’ moments, and as is often the case, it happened in a session with my business coach. (Yes, coaches need coaching too!) It was this phrase that did it: “We constantly try and find our purpose. Maybe instead we should CHOOSE our purpose and work towards that.” What do you think? Let me explain why this was an important thing for me [...]

Into The Woods: When Love Isn’t Always A Fairy Tale By Guest Blogger Rebecca Winn

By |December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

Every now and again, something I read sears straight through to my head and my heart. And so I find myself using this Guest Blogger slot to tell you about a very special book I’ve read this week. The book is called Into the Woods: When Love Isn’t Always A Fairy Tale and it’s by Julie Leoni, a Coach working here in the UK. The link to buy a [...]

What winds you up? By Guest Blogger Yvonne Coolbear

By |November 28th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

Other people wind me up! I was recently in a traffic jam with my husband and he was not a happy bunny!  We had been warned by the electric signs on the road that we were heading towards a hold-up about 30 miles further down the road, so we knew we were in for a wait – over an hour of delays, it turned out.  However, after 5 or [...]

What do you really dislike about Facebook? By guest blogger Yvonne Coolbear

By |November 14th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

One of the things I really dislike about Facebook are those posts that seek to play on our emotions to ‘make’ us share the post.  You know the ones I mean – the “share if you care” or “I bet I won’t get even one like because I’ve been told I’m so ugly” kind of posts.  Now, I’m usually an easy-going, even tempered person; but my internal reaction to [...]

What’s driving our life decisions? By guest blogger Yvonne Coolbear

By |November 7th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

I often wonder what drives our life decisions.  Are we making decisions that are logical, reasonable and based on our own goals that we have set for ourselves?  Or are we somehow trying to live up to someone else’s expectations, wishes or hopes for us?  Or living up to some idealistic picture of who we think we should be? Let me explain – I often think about two particular [...]

Successful selling – by guest blogger Sue Hewitt

By |October 30th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

As I run my own business I am selling things.  I sell my time, my knowledge, my expertise, my products. That means I engage in a sales process with my clients, moving them towards saying yes and buying what I have to sell. I’ve been on a variety of courses and read self-help books to aid my success in this area. One of the bits of information that I’ve [...]

Getting far enough away – by guest blogger Sue Hewitt

By |October 24th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

I had a complete weekend off last week. Well I thought it was a weekend off. I’ve started reading through some family archives. I’ve got around 200 letters between my uncle and family members written between 1944 and 1947, together with lots of other info like his posting notices. He was in the Royal Naval Air Squadron. I’ve been meaning to do this for ages, I started cataloguing it [...]

Natural Highs – By Guest Blogger Sue Hewitt

By |October 17th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

I was at a sales conference recently and we were talking about having fun at work. Sadly lots of us don’t do that. There are also very many people who don’t have fun out of work either. Having fun gives us a high and this makes the world a better place. You can’t feel negative after a good laugh. So my challenge to you today is to find a [...]

The Assertive You – Try a Little Kindness! By Guest Blogger Chris Knight

By |October 10th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

Through assertiveness we develop contact with ourselves and with others. We become real human beings with real ideas, real differences…and real flaws. And we admit all of these things. We don’t try to become someone else’s mirror. We don’t try to suppress someone else’s uniqueness. We don’t try to pretend that we’re perfect. We become ourselves. We allow ourselves to be there. Randy Paterson Canadian Psychologist Author The Assertiveness [...]

How Finding Support Can Change Your Life – by Guest Blogger Chris Knight

By |October 3rd, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

CLARITY – “First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.” Epictetus Attending the recent Queensland Rural Regional and Remote Womens Network Conference (QRRRWN) in country Kingaroy Queensland Australia encapsulated the value of what women can achieve when they have an education and access to information and nurturing supportive networks. In the 30 years that I have been attending professional and community [...]

Increase Your Networks with Digital Technologies. Make it Happen. By guest blogger Chris Knight

By |September 17th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

Our lives continue to evolve around our ability to keep up with the rapidly changing technologies and how to use IT effectively to expand our networks, research information, make conscious consumer choices when we shop online, continue our lifelong learning, share ideas and connect with other like minded business associates, community organisations and individuals who share common interests. It is not easy to stay on top of it all [...]

Social Impact and the Digital Economy – By Guest Blogger Chris Knight

By |September 13th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

Do you know the difference between a Bit.com, Sit.com, Dot.com, Dit.com, (OK so I made that last one up:>) and the endless stream of tech savvy jargon that seems to infiltrate our modern communication systems? To this little baby boomer it just goes right over her head. Between the evolving applications on Androids, IPhones, IPads, Notebooks and all those other gismo’s, the old days of the computer hard drive [...]

Transforming Lives Through Education by Guest Blogger Chris Knight

By |September 5th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

“There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a third power stronger than both, that of women.” ― Malala Yousafzai, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban SDG # 4 Transforming Lives Through Education (The World We Live In) I am delighted to be invited as the Springboard Guest [...]

Top 10 tips from Springboard Speakers

By |August 30th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News, Personal Development, Springboard|

An essential part of the Springboard Women’s Development Programme mix is where we learn from another woman’s experiences during the guest speaker session. Each face to face session will have a different speaker bringing their own life lessons, approach and story into the room. I have had the privilege of listening to many a fabulous speaker. They have come from across all levels of the organisations I work with [...]

5 brilliant books – beach reading optional

By |August 15th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

As I write Britain is experiencing a heat wave. The tepid paddling pool on the dusty remnants of my lawn is my ‘beach view’ from the laptop. My neighbour’s kids are squealing as they splash into their own paddling pool. All it would take is the smell of suncream and a good book and I could be in the med on holiday. I love reading on holiday – last [...]

Qualified success?

By |August 1st, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

Schools, colleges and universities are all places of learning. As August looms and the public exams in the UK publish the results, the focus is very much on qualifications. My social media feeds are currently full of smiling graduations posted by proud parents. Our household is waiting to find out A level results. Pathways to the future are being set. My training role finds me most weeks in universities [...]

Values that fascinate

By |August 1st, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

Personal branding. I admit I am still deciding whether I like the term. Branding always reminds me of black and white cowboy movies or it brings to mind ‘80s’power dressing’. And both of those remind me of my age! But whether we like it or not the world experiences us. We have a brand. It isn’t as simplistic as what clothes we wear. Our attitudes, personalities and approaches feed [...]

Accepting and owning our assertiveness

By |July 13th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

Why do so many of us lack the self-confidence and self-belief to seize new challenges or deal with the issues that impact our professional development? I have listened to successful women speak about their amazing and diverse career journeys and then admit that even they aren’t able to negotiate their own salary effectively. What is it that is holding us back? Is it the fear of rejection, is it [...]

Self-help isn’t selfish

By |July 3rd, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

This world is a strange, scary and complex place as well as being the most beautiful, amazing and inspiring one. How you view it will impact how much you enjoy it and how much you can are able to achieve. How we approach our situations allows us to either be prepared for the pressures it throws at us or be renewed by the new experiences. We can learn from [...]

The Art of saying No

By |July 3rd, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

One word that seems so hard to say – no. The art of saying no is a skill that you need as part of your own self-development. It is central to understanding and being able to articulate your own self-worth. Why do we feel guilty when we say no? How can we learn to feel more comfortable about saying no? Saying no is not negative, by understanding the power [...]

‘Visualising your Wings’ – Jacqueline. A. Hinds

By |April 30th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

“It doesn’t matter if you start on the rocks or the rooftops. Spread your wings and let them take you to new heights.” ~ Sue Krebs ~ Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve really wanted to do something… be it apply for a job, or venture into something new and exciting like… changing your appearance or style…   You really wanted to do it but, were too frightened to do it [...]

‘The Calm in the Midst of a Storm’ – Jacqueline. A. Hinds

By |April 26th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

Even in the midst of life’s many storms, we have the capacity To Stand in the Centre of Our Own Peace ~ Anon ~ Have you had days, weeks or months where things seem to be happening one after the other?  As soon as you’ve sorted one issue out, another one comes along like the famous London buses… you wait for one, and then three come along at the [...]

سبرنج بورد في الشرق الأوسط

By |April 25th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Middle East, News, Personal Development|

برنامج سبرنج بورد تعزيز قدرات النساء لتمكينهن من تحقيق أقصى طاقاتهن حول سبرنج بورد برنامج بريطاني صمم لتطويرالمرأة ومساعدتها على إطلاق العنان لقدراتها،لتحقيق إنجازات أكبر في حياتها الشخصية والمهنية. يعتبر هذا البرنامج الأكثر انتشارا في مجال التطوير الشخصي والمهني للأفراد والمؤسسات. إذا كانت مؤسستكم تعنى ببرامج تطوير المرأة، أو إذا كنتم ترغبون في تطوير مهارات موظفاتكم وتوفير الفرص الملائمة لهن للنمو داخل المؤسسة، فإن برنامج سبرنج بورد هو الحل [...]

‘Mindfulness in a Mediocre World’ – Jacqueline. A. Hinds

By |April 17th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

In a world full of consistent trials and tribulations, ups and down and directives for doing, doing, doing… it’s important to take time out for yourself, breathe and just be… ~ Jacqueline A. Hinds ~ I had a conversation recently with a friend of mine who, like myself, runs her own business. As we conversed, we touched on so many subject matters and, after a while, came to the [...]

‘Inspiration or Dehydration?’ – Jacqueline. A. Hinds

By |April 8th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

When I saw the lovely inspirational quote below about people draining or inspiriting you and to choose them wisely, it lead me thinking about my whole career thus far, the people I have met along the way and, the cornucopia of knowledge, skills, guidance and disillusionments that I have come across in what I call my ‘Journey to Empowerment’. The truth of the matter is my journey has been [...]

‘How to thrive and not just survive’ – Zoe Thompson

By |March 29th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

This month we have celebrated International Women’s Day.  A time of reflection as well as celebration, much like the Springboard programme. Women are incredibly strong, powerful and a lot more resilient than they give themselves credit for! We are women, wives, partners, mothers, daughters, bosses, leaders, influencers, negotiators, and multi-task masters, and so much more! As we live, we learn and grow; we develop and evolve into who we [...]

‘What advice do we give to children that we need to give ourselves as adults’ – Zoe Thompson

By |March 26th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

What advice do we give to children that we need to give ourselves as adults? 1.  Distraction “ooh look, look what’s over here” Adults distract children from tears and pain.  How we can we distract ourselves in a positive way?  What can we control in any situation and where are we placing our focus. 2.  Playtime “Go and let off some of that energy and have some fun” What [...]

‘Mind the gapssssss ramblings’ – Chris Gunning

By |March 19th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Navigator, News|

English Oxford Living Dictionary Definition: Gap: A difference, especially an undesirable one, between two views or situations I hope that I’m a reasonable, fair-minded sort of man – I try to be. I think that it is quite outrageous that people undertaking the same job of work are not paid equally – regardless of their gender. I’m no legal expert, but I believe that I am correct in stating that [...]

‘Men, Women, Language & Mental Health’ – Jon Toulson

By |March 13th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

Let’s be honest, the stereotypes that men don’t show their feelings, or talk about them either, must have stemmed from some kind of truth and experience in society at some point, otherwise how does anything become a stereotype in the first place?   However, when it comes to attitudes towards mental health, and our ability to talk specifically about this serious area of health and wellbeing, perhaps we are still [...]

‘Weinstein, The Presidents Club, Oxfam & Other Amazing Male Role Models’ – Jon Toulson

By |March 3rd, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

In 1992 ITV brought “Men Behaving Badly” to our living rooms.  It was a tongue in cheek, light hearted parody of male stereotypes that jumped on the band wagon of society laughing at the somewhat clumsy, unskilled, care-free behaviour of young men in 1990’s England – and which coincided with BBC2’s tongue in cheek light hearted parody of female stereotypes programme “Absolutely Fabulous”, which oddly enough depicted the somewhat [...]

BOOST Case Study – Anna Webster

By |February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Blog, Boost, News|

I have always believed you can strive to understand more about yourself; the way your mind works, your strengths and weaknesses and how you communicate with others. I now believe it’s not something you have to do completely on your own. The Boost course highlighted this for me throughout the days. Historically I have been someone who likes to work alone and although I have always had the ability [...]

‘One of them………?’ – Chris Gunning

By |February 20th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

The first time I realised that I was one and they were referring to blokes, guys, chaps, fellows, gents, geezers (dudes might be rather a stretch) – indeed men like me, was sometime early last year, 2017. Being perfectly honest, I can’t tell a lie, (well I can but I’m not going to), I confess that I didn’t like the idea of being one then, but didn’t dwell on [...]

‘Women’s Financial Security & Homelessness’ – Chris Knight

By |February 6th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

Education is the Key to Women’s Empowerment Investing in the education of women and girls is not only good for the economy it is also a basic human right and one that needs to be clearly evident in how governments prepare their budgets from a gender mainstreaming perspective. When we contemplate what the real value of a woman’s worth is to the economy this will largely depend on what [...]

‘Lets create a shared future’ – Chris Knight

By |January 29th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

This week’s blog has been designed for inclusion in your organisations leadership and training programs to stimulate discussion on the challenges and opportunities for now and in the future for accelerating gender equality. So what exactly is gender equality? Watch this short video and envisage what your country and organisation could look like if more women and girls were empowered to participate as equal partners in decisions that impact [...]

‘Keeping up appearances’ – Chris Knight

By |January 19th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

As a passionate social justice advocate and feminist, can you indulge me for a few minutes, as I take you on a whimsical journey back in time to the 1970’s in Australia and the recruitment strategies of large companies when seeking suitable ‘Executive Men’. Because as we all know there could not possibly have been any ‘suitable women that would be eligible to fill such a position’. Back then [...]

A New Day is on the Horizon – Chris Knight

By |January 12th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

As we welcome a New Day and a New Year (2018), I hope that your dreams and goals go way beyond simply making a New Year’s resolution. If we take on board these words “A New Day is on the Horizon” that were expressed so eloquently by Oprah Winfrey in her acceptance speech on being the First Black Woman to receive the Cecil B. De Mille Golden Globe Award [...]

‘So, whose achievement was that?’ – Rebecca Winn

By |December 14th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News|

Right at the beginning of Springboard Workshop One a question we ask participants is this: “What is your greatest achievement?” We get some astonishing responses, and hearing a whole room-full of achievements spoken out loud really makes your heart sing. One of the answers that crops up the most, though, is this: “My children.” (Please don’t stop reading if you’re not a parent – I promise there’s a bigger [...]

‘Leaving before you leave’ – Rebecca Winn

By |December 6th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News|

Have you read Sheryl Sandberg’s bestseller ‘Lean In’ yet? It should (imho) be required reading for everyone, male and female, before they leave school to become the next generation of employees and employers. Certainly it’s a staple of my Springboard resource table. Sandberg is Chief Operating Officer of Facebook and founder of the Lean In Foundation. The book is part of a wider conversation around the lack of women [...]

Chris Cross

By |December 4th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News, Trainer Profile|

Hello I’m Chris Cross …… and I am a personal development trainer, facilitator and 1-1 coach – and I’m passionate about giving people time and support to learn more about themselves – and decide what they want from life. My training style is professional and inspiring – backed up with expertise gained in a designing and delivering a wide range of training & development. I have worked in UK [...]

Alison Trinder

By |December 4th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News, Trainer Profile|

My vision is for every woman who wants it to have the opportunity to take part in and benefit from Springboard. I love running Springboard programmes. There is a particular kind of energy that is created when a group of women work together like this – it’s uplifting, inspiring and motivating, and I continually see the real changes women can make as a result of taking part. I have [...]

Chris Gunning

By |December 4th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News, Personal Development|

As Oak Associates, Chris Gunning has worked in the HR field for over twenty five years as a trainer, coach, (including LEAD Wales), facilitator, mentor, consultant, writer and line manager, becoming IPD qualified, and continuing professional development via an MEd, in Education Training and Development at Sheffield University and Level 7 Executive Coaching and Mentoring at Bangor University. Clients ranging from multi-nationals, utilities through to newly formed companies, SMEs/micro and [...]

Andrea Berkoff

By |December 4th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News, Trainer Profile|

Are you looking for a Springboard trainer in London or the South-east? Do you just want to know a little bit more about the programme and me as a possible trainer? I am very happy to speak with you over the phone or meet up for a quick chat to discuss how I can bring Springboard to your organization, with no obligation. I have been facilitating the Springboard programme [...]

Gill Donnell

By |December 4th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News, Trainer Profile|

At Successful Women, we specialise solely in women’s development. We work with companies to run dedicated Springboard Programmes for their staff and also deliver a number of “Open Programmes” for individual women as well as those businesses who do not have sufficient female staff to run a dedicated programme of their own. Gill Donnell, our Managing Director and licensed Springboard trainer, received an MBE for her work in supporting [...]

Gillian Neish

By |December 4th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News, Trainer Profile|

Gillian Neish works throughout the UK with individuals and organisations in all sectors to help them recognise and fulfil their potential. The focus of her work is power, whether challenging the power inequalities of racism, sexism and the other ‘isms’ or developing personal power through personal development programmes. She has worked with the Springboard Consultancy since 1991 when she became one of the first trainers to be licensed to [...]

Adetokunbo Adetayo

By |December 4th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News, Trainer Profile|

At various management levels in blue chip companies, Engr. Adetokunbo Adetayo provided support in achieving business objectives through People Development and Facilities Management. He is involved in Change Management, Leadership Training, Team Building, Project Management, Health, Safety & Environment, Customer Service, Emotional Intelligence, Executive Coaching and Delivery of Personal Development Programs. A University of Lagos Graduate of Engineering, Adetokunbo went on to obtain MBA in Technology Management with Specialization [...]

Zibah Nwako

By |December 4th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News, Trainer Profile|

ello! I am Zibah. It was both Michangelo and Leonardo da Vinci spoke these great words ‘Ancora imparo’, meaning – Still, I am learning. That, to me, is the spirit of what we do at AFFIRM – by providing training, consultancy and life coaching in Personal Development, Leadership and Life Skills, Entrepreneurship, and Soft Skills Management – to organisations, groups and individuals. My career has spanned the education, administration, [...]

Dr Sue Hewitt

By |December 4th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News, Trainer Profile|

Sue Hewitt is a specialist in personal development for people at all levels, ages and stages of their lives and careers; women’s development for women at all levels as well as those studying for first or further degrees and working with scientists and managers to develop leadership skills. Sue demonstrates flair & expertise in researching, designing, delivering & evaluating learning experiences that achieve success. She responds to changing business [...]

Véronique Legoubé

By |December 4th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News, Trainer Profile|

Undergraduate commercial business Training programme in Neuro Linguistic Programming 1996 Coach and Team Certification – Vincent Lenhardt – 1997 Certified Arc en Ciel RH (approach based on C. Jung and DISC) Collaborative approaches- Open Space – World CAFE Supervisor: Daniel CHERNET Key experience Véronique Legoubé has created her own company in 1992. Prior to that, Véronique held senior positions for five years as director of training for RMO. Team coaching and team building Kick [...]

Julia Zorab

By |December 4th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News, Trainer Profile|

Julia’s varied career includes experience in the Health sector, in senior management positions in the IT industry and running her own company providing expertise in managing transition and change, and delivering personal and professional development programmes. Her knowledge and experience in ground breaking roles and in the introduction of new working practices and efficiency programmes is used to provide a practical and innovative approach when working with clients. Julia [...]

Yvonne Coolbear

By |December 4th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News|

Yvonne is a highly skilled, motivated and inspiring trainer with plenty of experience of working successfully with individuals, groups and teams, and has worked in the public sector, the private sector and with voluntary organisations. Yvonne has designed and delivered training courses for individuals and organisations for over 25 years and is particularly interested in topics that include human interaction and understanding personal impact. She is extremely experienced in [...]

Jan Shine

By |December 4th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News, Trainer Profile|

I am an experienced coach, trainer, manager and HR specialist with a background in higher education and the NHS. Currently I run my own business, Paullus People Development, and work throughout the UK with individuals, teams and organisations. I am trained in cognitive behavioural coaching and have an accredited professional Certificate in Coaching. I am an MBTI practitioner and hold a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management. As well as coaching, [...]

Emma Williams

By |December 4th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News, Trainer Profile|

Challenging yet achievable, structured yet creative, fitting with the organisation’s culture yet personal and all delivered with energy, understanding and a sense of fun. That’s my definition of personal development. Harnessing my passion for women’s development coupled with this definition and you can see why I trained to become a licenced Springboard trainer. Helping women to get from where they are to where they want to be is a [...]

Rebecca Winn

By |December 4th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News, Trainer Profile|

Welcome! I’m so pleased you’ve come to look me up. My name is Rebecca Winn, and with over 15 years experience in people development I now work as a trainer and coach right across the UK from my base here in beautiful Suffolk. My belief is that great outcomes in life – professional, personal, academic – start with where your head is at and what you believe you can [...]

Vanessa Boon

By |December 4th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News, Trainer Profile|

Passionate about helping people to unlock their full potential, Vanessa launched her business, Energise, in 2007. Drawing on a wealth of experience in people development and diversity, Vanessa helps organisations and individuals to break down the barriers that hold people back. She brings all this to life with an enthusiastic, approachable style, specialist knowledge, real life examples, humour and fun!  Women’s Development I thoroughly enjoy running courses for women, [...]

Patricia Cresswell MCIPD

By |December 4th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News, Trainer Profile|

Patricia has been described as an inspirational personal development facilitator and coach having been in the world of learning and development for 28 years and running her own very successful business for 20 years. She works with men and women from a range of backgrounds in central and local government, private, education, financial and IT sectors and a number of police forces. Her expertise encompasses management development, all aspects of [...]

Becky Sharifi

By |December 4th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News|

My personal experience of Springboard dates back to when I was training in an Engineering Company in Stockport. The gap between men and women was clear and identified. My mother raised me to demand equality and accept nothing less, so when asked to run the programme I jumped at the opportunity. Was I ready? No. Was I scared? Most definitely yes! But is anything less worth it? At the [...]

Joy Arkley

By |December 4th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News, Trainer Profile|

A CIPD qualified HR practitioner with a growing passion and interest in Equality and Diversity, I am thrilled to be licensed to deliver the Springboard Development programme. I have worked previously for a number of years for both the Police Service and within the Higher Education Sector. I feel privileged to be involved in the individual and collective journeys of women as they embark on their Springboard journey and [...]

Jackie Houston

By |December 4th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News, Trainer Profile|

More companies realise today that its smart to invest in staff training, but faced with so many choices of training providers how can you be sure of receiving the best return on your training investment?  With more than 20 years experience with both individuals and businesses in role of coach, mentor and trainer, my overall mission both at work and on a personal level, remains to ‘help others’.  My [...]

Valerie Fawcett

By |December 4th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News, Trainer Profile|

am an experienced Springboard trainer (20 years’ of running programmes) who has provided Springboard in all kinds of organisations. I still love Springboard and recently had the experience of running programmes at Oxford Brookes University where the role-model speakers on the programmes are now nearly all ex-participants who have gone on to achieve their personal and career goals and come back to inspire their colleagues. In my experience, there [...]

Emily Bradbury

By |December 4th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News, Trainer Profile|

Emily is a coach, facilitator and licenced Springboard trainer with a passion to see people empowered to live courageously – to reach their full potential both in work and across the whole of life.  The Springboard Women’s Development Programme is a powerful programme which unlocks just that kind of thriving.  Here are some of the outcomes reported by participants on her most recent Springboard Programme: “Really worthwhile, I feel [...]

Pam Morgan

By |December 4th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News, Trainer Profile|

I am an experienced trainer, coach and people manager and have been helping people to develop since the late 1980’s.  My personal journey led, it seems almost naturally, to me to becoming a Springboard trainer.  I have lived and learned, struggled and aspired to achieve things that I could never have even dreamed about when I decided I’d better get some typing qualifications at the age of 35! I [...]

Jacqueline A. Hinds

By |December 4th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News, Trainer Profile|

I have been a licensed Springboard trainer since June 2008 but, my interaction with the Springboard Consultancy spans as far back as 1996 when I attended the programme whilst working for Nat West Bank. At the time I had no idea I was part of a case study (found this out when I got licensed!) The Springboard so impressed me that I yearned to become a licensed trainer and [...]

Gemma Barlow

By |December 4th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News, Trainer Profile|

Hi, I’m Gemma Barlow, At GO! Train and Develop we deliver a wide range of development courses which include Confidence and Assertiveness, Time Management and Body Language as well as being fully qualified to train First Aid. I met my business partner and now best friend whilst both working as ‘in house’ trainers for a large public sector company. As she had already had lots of involvement with Springboard [...]

Pat Miller

By |December 4th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News, Trainer Profile|

Pat is a qualified coach (ILM7), qualified trainer for 11 years (CertEd) and licensed Springboard trainer with a vast range of experience in coaching, training and development work. Her area of expertise includes developing women and ethnic minority individuals, as well as career and development coaching on a 1-1 basis. She is a qualified MBTI assessor and coach, and has vast experience of delivering team days, development sessions to [...]

Martina Proctor

By |December 4th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News, Trainer Profile|

A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I teach law. I am also engaged in connecting – researching & facilitating – student learning with their development. Thus I help students develop skills for transitioning into and making the best of their learning experience at higher education through Sprint a ground-breaking personal development programme specially designed for women students.

Maxine Redhall

By |December 4th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News, Trainer Profile|

With a strong reputation as a personal development facilitator, Maxine has been involved in learning and development for over 20 years.  Her background is varied having a strong grounding in public sector developed from her time working with South Yorkshire Police, she now supports people from a wide range of organisations.  These range from FTSE 100 companies through manufacturing, financial sector to  small and growing businesses.  Maxine has spent [...]

Georgina Pullen

By |December 3rd, 2017|Categories: Blog, News, Trainer Profile|

Georgina is committed to the personal development of others, particularly women.  Her passion lies in empowering individuals to be the best they can be and tapping into their potential. She is an experienced trainer with an enthusiastic approach to her development work. With an impressive 25 year track record of delivering top quality training across a variety of government and private sector organisations, both in the UK and Worldwide. [...]

Corinne Giely

By |December 3rd, 2017|Categories: Blog, News, Trainer Profile|

My name is Corinne Giely, I am vegetarian and I’ve practised meditation and yoga for 17 years. My career is as an international executive. Participation in the Springboard women’s development training opened my eyes about the need women have to develop assertivity and networking in order to maintain a good work life balance. Our presence at the top in corporations and society to lead projects and teams is essential [...]

6 Tips on how to get promoted

By |December 3rd, 2017|Categories: Blog, News|

Everyone wants to get on their career but as you climb the ladder not everyone can reach the top spot. Here are six invaluable tips on how you can make yourself that person no one can do without and be in line for every promotion that comes your way. Carry yourself with confidence If you believe you can do something then the people around you will feel that confidence. [...]

‘May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears’ by Nelson Mandela – Chris Cross

By |December 1st, 2017|Categories: Blog, News|

As the festivities begin and the cheery Christmas songs play out loud in the stores and cafes, all around is confusion and worry as people try desperately to make tricky choices. What to buy, who to buy for, what to cook/eat/drink, who to invite, which invitations to accept or turn down? It can feel like endless decisions when the pressure around us says ‘consume, spend, buy’. Added to the [...]

“The greatest need of a human being is to be understood, validated and appreciated” by Steven Covey – Chris Cross

By |November 24th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News|

How well do you give and receive compliments? This is a question that I’ve asked several Springboard and Sprint groups over the last months. Some people nod wisely and say they’ve been working on this aspect of assertiveness. But still for the majority there is a great challenge in being able to say a simple ‘thank you’ when presented a compliment. Reasons for being reluctant to accept praise can [...]

Take a different approach to goal setting – Chris Cross

By |November 17th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News|

There’s a comedy chat show on the radio that encourages celebrities to try out things they’ve never done before – things that many other people have done. The programme has made me smile, especially when Sandi Toksvig tried out wearing high heels for the first time and it made me consider if this could be an approach for some gentle goal setting. Personally, there are many things that I [...]

Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans – Chris Cross

By |November 2nd, 2017|Categories: Blog, News|

Looking through the window, the sun is shining, the sky is blue. This may be the last warm sunny day of autumn in the UK. But I’m into my fourth day of a nasty cold/flu attack (who ever knows the difference between a cold and the flu – especially when you’re in the middle of it). Reaching for the tissues and paracetamol, I could easily be stressed that I’m [...]

30 Black History Months – Elaine Tomlinson

By |October 19th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News|

October is Black History Month and wanting to find out more, I did what any self-respecting individual would do….I asked Siri! After wading through all that internet noise, she (Siri) found that Black History Month in Britain is 30 years old this year and is 90 years old in the USA. Even though America has 60 years on us, 30 is a special and significant birthday none the less… right?! [...]

SPRINGBOARD CONSULTANCY GIVES INDIVIDUALS BOOST AT BEGINNING OF CAREERS

By |October 12th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Boost, News|

The Springboard Consultancy is broadening its training portfolio with the launch of a brand new personal and work development programme called ‘Boost’, which helps people to develop essential skills needed in the early stages of their careers. The Boost programme prepares participants to develop their careers quickly and effectively by instilling a positive sense of direction, boosting self-confidence, and teaching individuals how to become more career ‘savvy’ as they [...]

Help, I’ve run aground! – Rebecca Winn, Winnthinking Development

By |October 3rd, 2017|Categories: Blog, News|

I’ve just returned from a most enjoyable holiday with friends, floating serenely along the Shropshire Union canal on a narrowboat. It’s the gentlest of pastimes, intercut with frantic moments of activity. And tea. Lots of tea. When we arrived to pick up Sir Valadon on a sunny Saturday afternoon we were welcomed by our smiling host, who ran through all the technical stuff we needed to know. He did [...]

Homage to Mrs Columbo – Elaine Tomlinson

By |October 3rd, 2017|Categories: Blog, News|

Now I’m not a fan of reruns, but I recently watched an episode of Columbo and there is something about this series, even though I’ve watched it countless of times; that whenever it’s on, on a lazy Sunday afternoon I just can’t resist watching it! Anyway, there was a scene, which went something like this… Columbo: Sergeant, come in here Sergeant – enters the room: Yes Lieutenant [Columbo] Columbo: [...]

Getting Stuff Done – Elaine Tomlinson

By |October 3rd, 2017|Categories: Blog, News|

I got to the shopping centre early one Sunday (an hour early to be exact – misread the opening time). I thought I’d take advantage of my forward planning and decided to grab a coffee before starting my mission! I noticed that there was a queue outside the Apple store. I kept checking my watch, as I knew there was still some time to go before the centre opened [...]

A Beacon of Change – Royal Mail Invest in Springboard

By |September 18th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News|

. Sue Whalley, Royal Mail’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) talks about changing the internal culture of Royal Mail. The privately-owned organisation, employer of more than 130,000 people, is now known for its inclusivity and equitable treatment of all their employees. In this frank and thought provoking interview with Costco, Sue cites investment in our Springboard programme as part of the development of their women employees moving from frontline Royal Mail [...]

I wanna tell you a story – David McLaughlin

By |September 14th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News|

As the late Max Bygraves used to say, “I wanna tell you a story”.  When I was younger there were two things that would publicly embarrass me but privately amaze me.  The first was Max Bygraves – the East End singer, actor and comic, the second was old people telling stories about the war.  These amazed me as I could never understand at the time why Max was so [...]

Springboard proves a long-term faithful friend

By |September 10th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News|

Next year it will be 20 years since I was first introduced to Springboard and since then a lot has changed in my world. We all go through life’s varied experiences; I’m no different. All the usual things like job changes, bereavement, divorce, more job changes. But the one thing that’s remained by my side and in my head like a faithful friend has been Springboard. As my life [...]

Making Royal Mail an employer of choice

By |September 6th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Case Studies, News, Springboard|

Springboard contributes to Royal Mail’s continuing success The Organisation Royal Mail is the UK’s most trusted letters and parcels delivery company, supporting customers, businesses and communities around the country. It is the designated Universal Postal Service Provider and the only company delivering a ‘one-price-goes-anywhere’, six days a week service to more than 29m addresses across the UK. Its vision is to be recognised as the best delivery company in [...]

Women’s Development Programmes at Rolls-Royce

By |August 25th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Case Studies, News|

The Organisation A power systems provider, designing, manufacturing and supporting a range of products and services for air, sea and land applications, Rolls-Royce is a global company providing highly-efficient integrated power and propulsion solutions. Its power systems are predominantly used in aerospace, marine, energy and off-highway applications. Rolls-Royce is one of the world’s most famous brands. Its reputation for engineering excellence, developed over more than 110 years, is now [...]

Podcast: KAREN DALY-GHERABI, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF THE SPRINGBOARD CONSULTANCY

By |August 23rd, 2017|Categories: Blog, News, Podcast|

Karen Daly-Gherabi is Managing Director of The Springboard Consultancy, a UK-based international training company specialising in global self development working towards achieving greater diversity and equality. After a successful career as a senior officer in the British Army spanning more than 18 years, promoting excellence, development, achievement, and diversity, Karen spent 12 years workingfor The British Council, creating international opportunities, building trust and engagement through education, training and cultural [...]

Helping the NHS with professional & personal development

By |August 4th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Case Studies, News|

Across the UK the NHS utilises the Springboard Women’s Development Training Course during times of restructuring and change, as well as at times of relative calm. Rainy Faisey, Deputy Director of HR with Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust and Jacqui Hinds, Leadership Development Consultant at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust recently spoke about their experiences of working with the Springboard Consultancy and running this programme. What were the challenges? Jacqui [...]

Addressing equality issues with The Police Service

By |July 17th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Case Studies, News|

Springboard Consultancy and the Police Service – A Winning CollaborationThe Springboard Consultancy are tremendously proud of our long and successful relationship with police services nationwide. We recently spoke to Yvonne Coolbear from Suffolk Constabulary, Amanda Rickwood from Cambridge Constabulary, Steve Rossiter from the Dorset Constabulary and Moana Walker from West Midlands Constabulary to find out more about their experiences of running our courses. Between them they run all of our [...]

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