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Hiring your first CTO? Ask yourself these 5 questions.

Strong digital and technology leadership will be crucial to our economic recovery in the coming years. Business models need to change and the main lever is technology. Whether that’s to enable a remote workforce or to engage with customers through new channels. As a result, boards and execs – especially in small-medium firms – must… Read more »

Hiring for Transformation. Part 1: People & Culture

(This is part 1 of 3 posts that adapt a recent talk I gave at Gateley’s ‘Disrupt or be disrupted’ conference.) What is Transformation? Over my career, I’ve been fortunate enough to have had a front-row seat to a lot of really interesting and challenging transformation agendas across the UK. This has given me a… Read more »

Adapting to uncertainty: what does it mean for talent?

This week, Deloitte reported the findings from its quarterly CFO Survey. I won’t delve into the detail – you can read the report here – but the findings include: 58% say reducing costs is a strong priority in the next 12 months Only 11% expect to increase capital expenditure 70% expect to reduce hiring in… Read more »

Hiring experienced leaders into Scale-Ups. 5 things to consider.

“If you want to successfully scale, you’re going to need a leadership team underneath you that’s going to help you to make that happen. Otherwise, you’re not going to be able to execute…” Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn on scale-ups during this podcast.   Growing from (say) 50-150 people is a game-changer, and notoriously challenging. There’s… Read more »

What a CEO wants from a Technology Leader

Some time ago I wrote a post on what technology leaders want to understand about an opportunity, so it made sense to (eventually) examine something resembling the ‘reverse’ of this subject. What do CEO’s want from technology leaders?  It’s a question we ask frequently in ‘search’, but it was a conversation this month that jump-started my… Read more »

DOWNLOAD: Waterfall to Agile – a journey not a destination

Having led business transformation across a large financial services institution, this guide from Laudale guest contributor Carl Woolfenden takes a look at the benefits of moving from Waterfall to Agile methodology and the practical application of doing so. Based on Carl’s real experiences of delivery using Agile, this case study style guide looks at the real challenges… Read more »

INTERIM INSIGHT: Waterfall to Agile – A Review

Our Interim Insight series speaks to members of our Interim Community sharing practical advice and in-depth knowledge. In this edition, we speak to Senior IT Consultant, Ray Bunton who provides a candid review of Waterfall and Agile methodologies.

8 ways to land well in your new role

We all know about the importance of the first 90 days in a new role But what about the less strategic and more pragmatic, day to day approach to help you land well. 
We’ve put together 8 tips to make those first few weeks go like a dream…

It’s the question hiring managers want the answer to, what do great candidates want?

It’s the question hiring managers want the answer to (or should want the answer to) ’What do great candidates want?’.

What you think might appeal about the role you’re offering, versus what is actually important to high calibre candidates, can differ entirely.  So if you’re complacent with your ‘pitch’ to candidates, you could be missing an opportunity to attract the right people.

Why Manchester adds up for tech talent

With the fourth largest tech cluster in the UK and over 168,000 tech workers already in the city, it’s not a surprise to see the popularity and availability of tech roles rising but with 1.4 vacancies for every 1 tech employee in Manchester the need to attract more talent is still very real.  

10 top tips for an effective recruitment process

Setting out on a recruitment project for a new hire can be daunting but it doesn’t have to be, Laudale MD Alec Laurie shares his top ten tips for SME businesses, breaking down the recruitment process intos simple steps ensuring a positive outcome. 1. Start with Why.  Get clear on the reason you’re recruiting – the… Read more »

Why employers shouldn’t underestimate the power of ‘wellbeing’

Businesses spend thousands and thousands of pounds on creating the right strategy to deliver results and yet a recent piece of research said that over a third of senior HR staff do not consider employee wellbeing to be an important part of that strategy. 

This was despite the fact that the same piece of research found that 51% of HR staff see their employees struggle to concentrate when wellbeing is poor, noticed more sick days are taken and saw an increase in mental health issues.

5 things Technology leaders want to know about your opportunity

We’ve interviewed thousands of ‘Business Technology’ leaders (IT Directors, CIOs, CTOs, CDOs, ‘Heads of’, etc.), from which we’ve gained a vast amount of insight.

Interestingly, no matter how many technology leaders we speak to, 9 times out of 10, we are asked a variance of the same handful of questions. 

Location is a challenge when attracting talent, but it shouldn’t be a blocker…

When hiring experienced talent, there are many factors that candidates weigh-up in choosing your business and the opportunity over a competitor’s – strategy, business objectives, culture, benefits, values etc. But even when organisations have the makings of a great company to work for, we still find that location can be a hurdle.