• Proud To Sponsor!

    “Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.”

    Francis Bacon

    After the success of this years Chipping Norton Literary festival, we are so pleased to have been able to help out in a small way.

    There are several things I do on the average working day – one is drive to Sandler HQ in Chipping Norton and the second is read.  I love books.  I grew up in a house where devouring novels was encouraged so it is still something I find great solace, comfort and enjoyment in.

    This is a very long way to explain why we jumped at the chance to sponsor the Chipping Norton Literary festival.  Yet, it is about more than my love of reading and Chippy – at Sandler, we are proud to sponsor the festival for 2 reasons:

    1. To inspire the next generation.  Bringing up those behind you and influencing young people should be fundamental to us all as well rounded business leaders.
    2. Encourage writers.  It doesn’t matter if you are a company owner, a high -powered executive or a postman, we all feel under appreciated at times in our work.  The literary festival is a super way to support new and established writers and let them know they’re doing a great job!

    Thank you to all who have given their time and resources to organising this fabulous festival and thank you for letting us sponsor an inspirational event!

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    Lisette Howlett edits the Sandler UK blog. If you have any questions or would like to submit a blog please contact her. Tel: 020 7484 5556 Email: Lisette.howlett@sandler.com

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  • “If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing”

    Margret Thatcher 1925 – 2013

    Yesterday saw the passing of Britain’s longest serving Prime Minister.  Now, the House of Commons have been recalled to discuss her legacy.  Thatcher made great change in many areas of life – her fight against the trade unions and the promotion of the financial services sector to name a couple, but when it comes to leadership, what was her legacy here?

    She has been described as a leader who polarized people.  A leader of conviction.  She led from the front and embraced a debate.  She was strong-willed and could be sharp-tongued, but was always following her core values.

    On the other side, she was fiercely independent and single-minded, even when her views went against those of her advisors.  Can a leader really be effective when people are scared of you, or just plain don’t like you?

    I would argue that if your staff and those around you don’t like you – how can you inspire them to do their best?

    We need to take the very best of Margaret Thatcher’s behaviour – her strength of character, a will of steel and a dogged determination to continue at whatever the cost – we must temper it to be effective.  We need to soften the edges.  Allow people an alternative opinion, let them make their own mistakes, while always inspiring action and growth.

    To me Margaret Thatcher is best described as an aggressive lady with a big heart. Lead from the front with belief, coupled with forgiveness and compassion as your tool kit and her leadership legacy is yours.

    Anneli Thomson

    Anneli Thomson

    Anneli is an expert in sales culture and talent management. She is a keen champagne drinker and triathlon enthusiast. The UK Franchisee of the Year 2014.

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