preparing for success in a new role

Successfully growing internal talent to become the senior managers and leaders of tomorrow is key to good business.  Many leading organizations have recognized the benefit of investing in their people to provide this organic growth, and it is here where Anne’s skills and experience can bring significant benefits both to the organization and to the individual.

Time was that simply doing a good job for a number of years in a particular role, or at a certain level, or being in the right place at the right time would provide the opportunity to move on up the corporate ladder.  But were they successful and comfortable in their new roles? These days we all know it takes more.  So what makes that difference?  To make sure that peers, seniors and direct reports recognize someone as the obvious choice for that promotion?  And perhaps more importantly still, how can you ensure that the individual feels prepared, and confident to take on that move?

Achieving the appropriate level of technical expertise, years of experience and industry knowledge is certainly vital, but it is not enough by itself.  There are vast arrays of ‘management workshops’.  But is this the best solution to achieving the right result?  Personalized coaching, mentoring and ‘soft’ skill development can provide both a cost effective solution, and a very successful result for the organization and the individual.

Fiona Bruce at Oxford University Press worked with Anne before her promotion “I chose to use Anne’s services rather than attend a series of management workshops as I felt it would be more personal, and tailored to me.  When taking a promotional step it’s expected that you already have the technical skills to do the job, but real success is about you the individual – your management style, and confidence to do the job.  Anne provided me with the tools and understanding to address these areas”

So what happened?  “When I was promoted to Head of Customer Services at the Oxford University Press I effectively jumped a layer of management.  The new job demanded a lot – and I had to manage people I had been working with as a team member.

“ I really don’t believe that I would have been as successful in my new role if it hadn’t been for the work I’d done with Anne.  She was very targeted and focused and provided me with quick, practical ways to address the issues I faced in my new role.”

Fiona explained why she felt Anne’s approach was so successful  “Firstly Anne took time to understand our organization, our culture and how we work.  And she is able to offer an integrative approach.  Anne has a vast range of experience, a very strong business background, and is skilled in a variety of techniques.  She is able to pull on a range of these and really tailor things to you as an individual to help you address issues personal to you, and to get very effective results.”

Fiona Bruce
Head of Customer Service
Oxford University Press

Since working with Anne, Fiona has recommended her to others in her organization, and they too achieving positive personal and business success.
Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.  It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.  Publishing more than 4,500 new books and with a presence in over 50 countries, it is the world’s largest university press.