How to have your cake and eat it in the 21st Century!

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Start Date: 07 Oct 2016

Start Time: 9:30 AM

End Time: 3:15 PM

Duration: 5 hours 45 minutes

Capacity: 50

Venue: Cullompton Community Hall, Pye Corner, Cullompton, EX15 1JX › View map

Member price: £25.00

Non-member price: £30.00

Event Capacity: Full

An interactive conference that will make you think as you explore your individual strengths, life balance, communication, networking, working smarter and personal productivity in the 21st Century.

Employed or self-employed, we all have strengths, thoughts, ideas and values which we bring to our work. Bring them to this event to explore, reconsider and grow them.

This event is organised by the CMI Women in Management champions for the South West, but is definitely open to all.




 Arrival and networking


 Welcome - Kate Brookes


 Guest speaker - Philippa Constable - "Networking that works!"


 Refreshments and networking

Choice of workshops:

  A: Kate Doodson - "The Cloud and Apps"
  B: Lilith Joanna Flanagan - "Work/Life balance - What am I truly balancing?"


 Buffet lunch and networking


 Choice of workshops:

  C: Steve Thomas/John Baker - "Problem solving for business"
  D: Kath Gigg - "21st Century Productivity"


 Guest speaker: Lorraine Green - "Strengths - Unlock your Excellence"


 Close and thanks


 End of event

Networking that works! - with Philippa Constable

Philippa Constable multiKick start your day with with Philippa and learn what you can do to make your networking more enjoyable, and get better results.

In this session, she will cover 3 key areas:

  • What’s your take on networking?  The process to networking, and how it works.
  • How to start meaningful conversations and the top 5 questions to ask when you go networking
  • The 60 second pitch – love it or hate it, it’s part of networking!  Learn how to structure your pitch, and work on how you can make yourself more memorable.  
Be prepared to get networking and take part in this fun and interactive session.

Strengths – unlock your Excellence with Lorraine Green

Lorraine GreenWhether you are a retailer or a shopper you will know that the products at the front of the store will sale. They are right in the public eye and already have a track record of causing excitement in sales terms.

Our personal strengths are the same, they are the qualities we are great at (or have the potential to be great at), we know it and others tell us so. So what’s new you may ask? The difference is our true strengths are not just the qualities we are known to be great at, but the qualities that also energise us, like the ‘duracell bunny’ we could keep on doing them all day and still feel great at the end.

Research shows that people who understand and apply their strengths significantly outperform those who focus mainly on fixing their weaknesses. 

  • Optimising strengths increases engagement by up to 73% (Rath & Conchie,2008)
  • Employee performance is on average 36% higher – when line managers focus their appraisals on staff’s strengths and talents (Corporate Leadership Council,2005)
  • Customer retention is 44% higher in companies where people are allowed to ‘do what they do best’ every day (Harter et al, 2002)

So what can you expect from this short 45 minute session?

  • You will work interactively with one or two others
  • You will challenge yourself and your partner(s) to think and talk about what you/they do well
  • There will be the opportunity to share your stories if you want to
  • You will personally gain a greater awareness of your own strengths and how to help others access theirs.
  • And in your party bag to take home you can expect a Strengths Directory and a Coach ability Questionnaire.

I will be playing to my strengths and facilitating the interactive sessions, keeping to time and providing factual research and ‘tools’ for you to use after the event.

Together we will uncover your strengths and discover how to play to them and why it is beneficial to us whatever we do.

Be prepared to be energised!


A: “The Cloud and Apps” - Kate Doodson

Get a firm understanding of Cloud Computing and how adopting this ever-growing technology can help you reduce IT costs, increase efficiency and securely store data. Explore the different options available and examine the logistics of moving your business ‘to the cloud’.
Apps are everywhere and aren’t just for fun, they are essential for organising your online activities. We will explore a range of apps looking at how they can help you to increase productivity, streamline processes and help your business to become more efficient.

B: “Work/Life balance. What Am I truly balancing?” - Lilith Joanna Flanagan

What is the meaning of work/life balance for you? What is work? What is life?  What is that you are truly balancing?  The intention of this interactive session is for the participants to explore answers to those questions in relation to their particular situation.  It will begin with a short story of how those meanings have evolved for Lilith during her professional life journey.  At the end the participants will draw on the potential from partnership between those aspects in relation to their personal and professional goals. 

C: "Problem Solving for Business" - Steve Thomas/John Baker

This workshop will help you to explore some of the most commonly encountered problems or issues that businesses is face and to find practical solutions using the knowledge and skills of the group of people.

In particular, the workshop will encourage you to:

  • Critically reflect on the true nature of your ‘problem’ and the actions you have taken
  • Draw conclusions from that reflection, and
  • Apply that learning to create a plan for doing things differently.

Being part of the group offers you:

  • Support and challenge from peers
  • A chance to find creative ways to bring about change
  • A chance to test beliefs and assumptions and learn what works
  • A safe environment to explore new ways of thinking and doing
  • Personal, as well as professional, learning and development
  • Insight into how others achieve different solutions
  • A chance to progress new opportunities and develop new ideas.

D: "Personal productivity in the 21st century" - Kath Gigg

The UK is frequently cited as having poor productivity. What lies behind the data that means UK companies are less productive than many of our European neighbours? How does that translate to personal productivity? Is it more than time management? Could it be about working with our passion, aligning our values with our working lives? Are we more productive operationally when we are strategically aligned? Or is productivity more closely linked to well-being? Or both? What do you think? 

The CMI have published some interesting research to whet our appetites and kick start our thinking. You can see the findings here:

For those of us who are self-employed the issues can be even more intense.

Join me for a café conversation around what can make you and your company more productive. Bring your thoughts, ideas, examples and stories and we will create some thought leadership to stimulate and change how we think, what we do and how we can influence others.


Philippa Constable

Philippa Constable

The UK Authority on Business Networking - Trainer, Speaker, Coach & Facilitator

Philippa has successfully written and runs her own workshops and training in business networking skills, teaching business owners and managers how to network with authenticity and get great results. She believes that most people don’t understand what ‘real’ networking is truly about, and is on a mission to educate people on how to network effectively.
In 2007, Philippa founded the largest business networking organisation for professional women in the South West of England called Women Mean Biz, and she continues to run this organisation with plans to grow across the UK.
The networking skills training will help individuals to:Gain networking confidence and understanding; Get clear about what networking is; Develop a networking strategy which gets results; Set easy to achieve networking goals; Learn how to deliver a strong and impactful 60 second pitch; Feel comfortable walking into a room full of strangers; Understand the etiquette of networking.
Philippa offers bespoke networking training for large professional organisations that encourage their staff to network on behalf of the company.

Lorraine Green

Lorraine Green

Lorraine is enthusiastic and passionate about developing others. She started her working life with Marks and Spencer and this retail background has helped her develop a balance of great relationship skills whilst not taking her eye off the commercial realities of business.
She specializes in helping others successfully navigate challenging and sensitive issues at work. She has a particular skill in creating relaxed environments in which individuals feel safe and comfortable. From here she coaches them to stretch themselves and make a real step change in their performance. In a very practical way Lorraine’s strengths focused approach to transition coaching enables clients to achieve success in the early days of a new appointment or a change to their role.
Lorraine has built strong relationships with people at all levels in client organisations, taking time to really understand their business from a people and commercial perspective. Clients include: Accenture, Chemtura, RLSS, Breakthrough Funding, many Housing Associations and Local councils and also Five star hotels throughout the world.

Kate Doodson

Kate Doodson

Kate is the Joint Chief Executive at Cosmic.Providing rock-solid leadership to the delivery of all our projects and managing our range of project partners, Kate manages the team that delivers a wide variety of projects that focus on digital inclusion, including the Connecting Devon and Somerset superfast broadband programme for demand stimulation.
She is also a key member of the training team and regularly presents at workshops and events at regional, national and international stages. She is able to bring a keen sense of technology and digital developments. She also provides input to our major website projects, particularly in ensuring the best approach to design and architecture of these projects.

Steve Thomas

Steve Thomas

Steve is the Managing Director of Grass Routes with expertise in bringing about change in individuals and teams to create more effective organisations. He has worked for several charities before setting up his own for disadvantaged young people at the age of 28. Since that time he has set up three limited companies and two community interest companies.

His easy-going style has helped many organisations in a wide diversity of sectors to progress successfully. He has been designing and delivering learning and development interventions since the inception of Grass Routes, including executive coaching, team and leadership development, graduate development, soft skills workshops, team building events and a wide range of consultancy assignments.

Steve is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, Fellow of the Institute of Consulting, Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management, an Investors in People leadership advisor and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Steve is a registered consultant on the National Consultant's Register.

Steve is on the board of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) in the South West and has specific responsibility for the Institute of Consulting and CMI institute liaison. He also volunteers locally for several educational and environmental groups.

John Baker

John Baker

John is the Managing Partner of Silver Moor, having formed the practice in 2013. John is a management consultant with experience in both public and private sector organisations. He has a broad range of strategic, business and analytical skills, and has a track record of delivering successful projects for clients. A pro-active individual capable of working with a wide range of disciplines (including managers, engineers, operators and safety professionals) at all levels of an organisation, John has proven expertise in project delivery, human performance management and risk management. Before becoming a consultant John was an experienced manager in the transport sector. 

As well as being a professional engineer (IEng and Member of the Institution of Engineering Technology), MBA and is a Fellow of both the Institute of Consulting (FIC) and the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (FIOEE). John is a mentor for the Open University Business School's Alumni Mentoring Programme and co-manages the Human Factors Professionals group on LinkedIn which has a membership of almost 3,000 human factors professionals.

John is a member of the South West Board of the Chartered Management Institute (, working with a team of management professionals to plan, organise and run a vibrant programme of events to help create better led and better managed organisations across the south west.

Kath Gigg

Kath Gigg

Kath has a unique mix of skills focused on achievement, in a number of different environments. Her early career with British Gas gave her senior experience in strategic, general and sales management, as well as in management training and development. She was the first female Regional Director and successfully led a major project to facilitate the breakup of British Gas into its constituent parts.

After a spell as a regional academic with the Open University Business School (and three children later) she set up The Cheese Gig This was an award winning Internet based retailer of artisan made West Country cheese which was sold as a going concern in 2010.

Since 2006 Kath has been Director of KmG Management Consultants Ltd. Her primary international client is IKEA. She has enjoyed coaching senior executives, authored an on-line strategic planning development programme, supported the implementation of new processes and is currently facilitating senior country management teams to achieve focused change.

Kath leads a Somerset based monthly BEE (Business Enhancing Experience) group for sme business owners. She also provides challenging and insightful coaching at executive level in local organisations.

Around 2005 Kath set up a woman’s networking group called SWIRE (Somerset Women in Rural Enterprise) which continued for over ten years. In addition she has been on the Board of Governors of Somerset College, Chair of The Somerset Employment and Skills Board, Board member of Care Focus and is currently a trustee in waiting of an emerging charity called ‘First Women’.

Lilth photo

Lilith Joanna Flanagan

Lilith Joanna Flanagan MBA, MA, MSc Holistic Science is a coach with over 1,800 hours of coaching practice, accredited by the International Coach Federation at the Professional Certified Coach level. Together with her husband they grow two teenage sons in a multicultural environment.

Lilith founded Evolution Coaching Academy in the UK and in Poland where participants experience the freedom in evolving their natural art of coaching whilst becoming credentialed by the mainstream and global ICF. She also serves as an Assessor in the ICF Credentialing processes for coaches.

Lilith combines life in a human society with being a member of the community of Nature and the planet Earth. She combines her passion to explore the nature of holistic partnership with the science of entrainment, sound and intuitive embodiment of music. In hundreds of personal development workshops of her authorship women discover their calling, college students choose a quality of adult life and their teachers broaden a spectrum of support for them. In one-to-one coaching she specializes in initiation of women into a next key stage of their life, holistic leadership and holistic partnership.

Lilith integrates the holistic approach with insights from her 10 years experience in business prior to coaching - a business leader for multinational corporations, managing multilayer organisational structures and multi-million pound budgets. She finds these insights particularly useful when partnering with and facilitating systemic evolution.


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