It’s been a productive month at Laudale HQ. Whilst September is traditionally busy, as people return from summer holidays, this year it didn’t really feel like there was an August ‘lull’. Now, that might not necessarily be indicative of broader market activity – it could just the norm for a busy small firm like us – but we have felt a sense throughout this year that 2018 is ‘different’.
And it’s this uncertainty and ambiguity that has been driving some really fruitful activity throughout September.
Firstly, we made placements – clients and candidates happy – tick!
Beyond that, we’ve been on our travels down to “The Smoke” to pick up with some long-term contacts in the Retail, Management Consulting, and Investment Banking space; we’ve met with another catalogue retailer that’s digitising, helping them to think about the technology leadership that will drive this next stage in their evolution; and we’ve been invited to spend time with a Private Equity firm that is looking to solve various strategic ‘people’ challenges across its portfolio.
September also saw the successful launch of our ‘Transformation Stories’ series of breakfasts, with the superb Bob Brown of Manchester City Council doing a cracking job as our opening speaker. We already have 4 speakers lined up for 2019 in what we expect will be a really insightful series.
We’re were invited to pitch for a couple of PSLs this month too, which is always nice, and we even had time to attend a client’s joint leaving party, as they bid farewell to two excellent senior managers.
But the most exciting thing about September, for us, was taking the first steps in our Proof of Concept for a new ‘agile talent’ solution with a large, high profile client. Not only will this PoC help the client concerned to get a better return on their interim/independent contract resource investment, but it will also help Laudale to mobilise our new offering. For some time, we’ve felt the interim/contract world needs modernising, and we’re excited about the next stage in our journey as we look to address this – delivering greater value and a better experience to candidates and clients in the interim market.
Expect to see more from Laudale in the interim and ‘agile talent’ world throughout the remainder of this year, as we aim to become the go-to partner for organisations looking for an effective alternative to the incumbent management consulting and contract recruiting options.
Whilst we’ve always been strong in the interim space – it’s at least 80% of our revenue year-on-year – we took clear steps in September that underline our commitment to this market. We became an affiliate member of the Institute of Interim Managers (IIM), we strengthened our interim talent community and we even started to tap-up some prospective Laudale colleagues.
If you’ve met with me this month, you’ll have noticed that I’m a little bit excited! I can’t remember another period in my career when I’ve been this energized – against a backdrop of economic and political doom and gloom, there are so many opportunities to shake things up. Thank you to all those who have been part of our September and I look forward to a productive October.