Stanton House Weekly Digest 10th August 2018

Stanton House NewsYour New Challenge Begins Here – 7th August 2018 Via Stanton HouseDo CFOs really want to be CEOs? Via LinkedInChange ManagementIs your organization a champion of digital disruption -- or just an observer? Via ZD NetIs the Right Group Leading Your Digital Initiatives? Via MIT Sloane Management ReviewAccounting and FinanceJourney to CFO: Lessons for the next generation Via DeloitteBusiness models of the future: systems, convergence and characteristics Via ACCALeadership How to Tell Your Team That Organizational Change Is Coming Via HBRWinning with your talent-management strategy Via McKinseyTechnology/CyberHow public cloud powers digital transformation: 8 real-world examples Via CIOUK above average on strategic use of analytics Via Computer WeeklyPlease get in touch for a confidential discussion about how Stanton House can help you hire great people or assist with your own career goals.

Time to Move to Hong Kong?

Is a move to Hong Kong on the cards? Jasmine Chu is a consultant (turned film-maker) and made this video to tempt you to join us in Asia! Jasmine moved to Hong Kong from Canada and has never looked back. Watch the video and find out why the city has more to offer than just an incredible career.

How much will leaders need to transform finance to capitalise on global energy trends?

I had an interesting conversation with a client recently regarding the strategic role that leaders play in spearheading energy-projects and financial change.It begged the question - How much will leaders need to transform finance to capitalise on global energy trends?As the global energy generation and utility world becomes greener and more de-centralised, there will be an increased need for back-end finance functions to transform the way they operate. CFO’s and finance leaders alike must facilitate this change.Should functions of a service-like nature, be centralised company-wide including offshoring or even outsourcing? Functions such as performance controlling, which are close to business operations will see more ‘de-centralisation' as business models become more diverse to expanding renewable energy markets and energy storage.I would like to know your thoughts and opinions, as energy portfolios diversify and utilities become increasingly reliant on new technologies.How much will leaders need to transform finance to capitalise on global energy shifts?

What does the Tesla Insider Threats mean for everyone else?

Everyone is obviously fascinated by Elon Musk’s every move, with his most recent manoeuvre I think it should be more thought provoking and a warning to other businesses.Is your own house in order? First port of call should always be too look internally surely? Maybe this is similar with GDPR in the fact that everyone is taking lots of care with their clients data and maybe the data closer to home is something which shouldn’t be neglected. This is featuring more prevalently at board level meetings as this doesn’t just effect the security function but all business division decision makers.John McAfee says insider threats are responsible for 43% of data breaches and the Information Security Forum says its more like 54%. Raytheon released a survey saying it was a relatively low risk with only 36% saying they consider malicious insiders to be a high risk? Surely Michael Daly is right….Whatever the answer one thing we do know is that the insider threat to corporate data is growing, which means the cost is growing and the need for proactive education, processes, hires and tech must increase right?!Does the cost or proactive measures outweigh that of big incidents? How are your internal behaviours being monitored? What do you take as your first step to securing this? Was Elon Musk right to send the email to all staff in that tone? Will corporates continue to fire fight and be reactive rather than proactive when it comes to their data and intellectual property? Snowden… hero or villain???

Do organisations understand the difference between Project and Change Management?

The real question is, do they care?When speaking to client relationships about their need for a Project / Programme Manager to help deliver a solution, I often find myself asking: Do you not need a Change Manager for the Change Management and adoption of said programme?To which the usual response is: ‘Can’t one do the other?’ or ‘No, we only have budget for one.’While it is widely agreed that there are areas that overlap, the two roles usually have different goals and priorities. That is not to say that some programme professionals achieve one entirely without the other, but this is not possible in its entirety. I have been lucky enough to work with many exceptional Programme Managers during my career, who naturally take it upon themselves to deliver not only the programme (in time and to budget) but also to help towards minimising the negative impact while increasing adoption of its stakeholders to ensure maximum ROI.Change management has been widely documented throughout history in various texts although granted, not always as ‘change management’.‘…there is nothing more difficult and dangerous, or more doubtful of success, than an attempt to introduce a new order of things…’ – from Niccolo Machiavelli’s The PrinceAlthough Machiavelli wrote The Prince as an analysis of how to acquire and maintain political power, its relevance to modern organisations and change management can not be denied.A Programme Manager will work with a project team to deliver a plan with set start and end dates, milestones, benefits and final deliverables in a well-documented manner for the Programme sponsors.A Change Manager will work with the same project team to identify, communicate and – where possible – minimise the impact relating to how any changes resulting from organisation and PM activities with effect all stakeholders. A Survey conducted by Deloitte states that:‘Change implementation is a continuous process in context of project work, beginning with the project inception and ending when the desired result is achieved.’From the above two points are clear:A successful programme is determined by whether it had a good ROI and the ROI is greatly affected by the level of adoption and the impact on stakeholders. It is imperative that a Change Manager aids with stakeholder adoption, as a Programme Manager has their own deliverables and stakeholders to manage.  ‘Hence it is that, whenever the opponents of the new order of things have the opportunity to attack it, they will do it with the zeal of partisans, whilst the others defend it but feebly, so that it is dangerous to rely upon the latter.’ – from Niccolo Machiavelli’s The PrinceDo you think organisations will grow up to the importance of Change Management and show it the relevant investment needed, or will Programme Managers as we know it cease to exist and be expected to incorporate a large part of Change Management too?

Stanton House Conquer The Yorkshire Three Peaks - Raising £11,492 For EducAid

Despite the heatwave, the team conquered Yorkshire’s famous three-peaks raising £11,492 for EducAid and transforming the lives of 45 young Sierra Leoneans in the process.If you haven’t heard of EducAid, it’s a charity on an international mission to provide an education and place of safety to young people in Sierra Leone and the 25-mile walk across Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough was the latest Stanton House challenge in a long line of fundraising events for the charity.CEO and co-founder of Stanton House, Neil Wilson, led the charity challenge this weekend and said: “It was hard work and particularly tough due to the weather, but it was worth every minute to know that we will be able to help so many more children in Sierra Leone.“I would like to thank every donor who supported the cause and of course huge congratulations to my fellow hikers who did a tremendous job in not only raising money but keeping the spirit alive and providing a constant reminder of why we took on the challenge to begin with. A proud moment for Stanton House and all that took part.”Although there were many people involved in making Saturday’s challenge a success – there were nine individuals that made the climb all in the name of charity and without them, we wouldn’t have been able to help so many children.Congratulations to Neil, Tyler, George, Henry, Josh, Micaela, Danielle, Audrey and Nina who made the climb.

WELCOME TO STANTON HOUSE: SAM YOUNG

Stanton House would like to introduce our latest team member; Sam Young, Principal Consultant – Change Management.As an experienced recruitment consultant, most recently as a Managing Consultant operating within insurance, Sam joins our London office and will focus on Interim change management recruitment with a key focus on Change and Transformation within the Retail sector.If you would like to congratulate Sam you can connect on LinkedIn or contact the Stanton House London office for a confidential discussion about how Stanton House can help you hire great people or assist with your own career goals.   Connect with Sam     

STANTON HOUSE SET HK$27,000 FUNDRAISING TARGET TO TACKLE THE SPARTAN SPRINT FOR EDUCAID

On the 14th April 2018 five of our Hong Kong team (with help from a few friends) will take on the challenging Spartan Sprint.A 5 km sprint with over 20 obstacles including rope climbing, fire jumping and a barbed wire crawl makes this challenge not just physically tough but terrifying as well!THE REASON: If you have not heard of EducAid, it is a UK registered charity that promotes and provides high quality, holistic education to the underprivileged and war affected young people of Sierra Leone. It's a fantastic charity and for every £250 that we raise they will be able to educate, accommodate and care for one student for a whole year.You can donate to individual team members by visiting our JustGiving team page or donate to the team by visiting our team donations page. Every donation really will help to change the lives of young Sierra Leoneans. 3

WELCOME TO STANTON HOUSE: SARAH EVANS

Stanton House would like to introduce our latest team member Sarah Evans   Sarah joins our Reading office as a Principal Consultant and will focus on qualified permanent finance recruitment across the Thames Valley and Hampshire.With five years Finance recruitment experience, Sarah is an entrepreneur at heart and before entering the recruitment industry she received numerous personal awards, including a Small Business award, for a previous company she founded that provided laptop bags and accessories.We are delighted that Sarah has joined Stanton House and we look forward to being a part of her continued success.If you would like to congratulate Sarah you can connect on LinkedIn or contact the Stanton House Reading office for a confidential discussion.   Connect on LinkedIn  

WELCOME TO STANTON HOUSE: RICHARD BODLES

Stanton House would like to introduce our latest team member; Richard Bodles, Consultant.   An experienced recruiter, Richard joins our London office and will focus on permanent Accounting & Finance within the consumer market.If you would like to congratulate Richard you can connect on LinkedIn or contact the Stanton House London Office for a confidential discussion about how Stanton House can help you hire great people or assist with your own career goals.   Connect with Richard 

Our Hong Kong Spartans Raise HK$ 39,041 For EducAid

A big congratulations to our Hong Kong office (and friends) as they conquered the Spartan Sprint, raising HK$ 39,041.06 for EducAid. To put this incredible fundraising into context it will provide education, accommodation and care for 14 students from Sierra Leone for an entire year.   Fergus Hardy (front left) explains the challenge "When we registered and signed the event waiver, the far too frequent references to serious injury and death immediately focused our minds. It was as challenging as we expected and ignoring the rope burns and sore backs, working and finishing together as a team made the event an incredible experience."It is difficult to explain exactly what we had to tackle as there were over 20 Signature Spartan Obstacles including mud, fire, walls and barbed wire but my biggest memory is that, as a team, we pulled together to support each other through some difficult situations."A special mention must also go to Stephanie Lam for her MVP performance on the monkey bars – time stood still for a few seconds as many other teams applauded how effortless she made it look!"On behalf of the team I would like to thank everyone that has donated and supported both us and EducAid and to be able to fundraise enough money to provide an education to 14 young Sierra Leoneans is an incredible achievement."You can still donate to the Stanton House Spartans by visiting their JustGiving page 1   If you have not heard of EducAid, it is a UK registered charity that promotes and provides high quality, holistic education to the underprivileged and war affected young people of Sierra Leone. It's a fantastic charity and for every £250 that we raise they will be able to educate, accommodate and care for one student for a whole year. 2

STANTON HOUSE APPOINT RYAN SURRY TO LAUNCH NEW CYBER SECURITY DIVISION

As part of our organic growth strategy we are delighted to add Cyber Security to our established UK specialisms of Accountancy & Finance, Change & Transformation, Strategy and General Management.Neil Wilson, CEO, explains "We are constantly looking for new market opportunities that complement our existing specialisms and Cyber Security definitely meets our expectations. The commercial and reputational risks of ineffective Cyber Security continue to dominate both the national press and board room conversations and as a result, the demand for hiring trusted and exceptional professionals is at an all-time high."Ryan is an expert in Cyber Security recruitment, passionate about the customer experience and this launch provides an incredible opportunity for us to support both our existing and future client base. He is a fantastic addition to Stanton House and I look forward to supporting him professionally." 3 Ryan added "Having operated within this specialism for many years, to build a Cyber Security team within such a truly customer first consultancy was an opportunity that I could not turn down. I take great pride in being as comfortable discussing market and talent trends with senior stakeholders as I am building my network at industry events and I have the utmost confidence that Stanton House is the perfect environment to establish a market leading Cyber Security offering."   The core expertise of our Cyber Security division will include: CISOs/Exec Search, Threat Intelligence, SOCs, Penetration Testing, Security Engineers & Architects, CCP Consultants, Information Security, Technical Pre-Sales and SIEM. 1 Please do not hesitate to get in touch for a confidential discussion about how Stanton House can help you hire great people or assist with your own career goals.   Connect with Ryan  

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