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Is personal growth the secret to success?

What does personal growth mean to you? Grade 5 piano? A PhD? Or is it just staying on top of all the new technology we’re using to stay connected?

In business terms, growth is the process of improving some measure of an organisations success and often relates to increased revenue or reduced costs. In either case, it’s the employees within a company that make the biggest contribution to its success.

In the shoulder pad wearing 80’s, personal growth was linked to power, with enterprises dictating who would or wouldn’t make the cut for the next round of Excel of Powerpoint training or the coveted executive retreat.

As decades rolled by and hierarchical structures flattened, the internet made it easier for individuals to help themselves and today there are limitless possibilities to learn new skills. So why aren’t we taking full advantage? Perhaps we need to move our thinking away from the old mentality that linked learning directly to a pay rise or promotion and towards self-improvement as a long-term career strategy.

Choosing yourself means not waiting for a job crisis to prompt a skills refresh but instead actively looking for opportunities to enhance your existing knowledge and, as a direct result, your future prospects. Such investment helps you remain relevant to the job market and eminently employable for as long as possible and with an ever increasing retirement age that’s something we should all be striving for.

Whether you’re a workaholic or a clock-watcher, your worth is measured by your ability to do the job you were employed for and regardless of industry, it’s the self-motivated who climb the ranks and prosper.

So how can you turn the theory of personal growth into practice? Start by applying SMART goals to your learning.

Specific

What are your business objectives for the year ahead? How does your job support their achievement? What additional skills might be needed to make you the expert? Once decided, look at sites like Udemy, Skillshare and Future Learn to find relevant training.

Measurable

What will success look like to you/your manager/your company? Having a clear target focuses the mind. This could be something simple like committing yourself to listen to a podcast series. Try Marketing Over Coffee or Ask Gary Vee for starters.

Achievable

How much time do you have to dedicate to personal growth, given your existing work and outside commitments? Be honest and choose a format that appeals to your own style. Creative Live and Curious offer snack sized learning for even the most time poor.

Results Orientated

Achievement doesn’t have to be tied to accreditations or certificates. Bookmark sites like Guides, TedEd and Degreed for instantly actionable learning.

Time sensitive

Setting short term goals is an easy way to encourage your efforts. It only takes seven days to form a new habit, which could reap lifelong benefits. What could you learn this week? Download an app like Lynda or Quora and rather than donating your commuting hours to social media you could be honing a whole new set of skills.

Denholm find and place candidates that grow businesses every day. If you know you could be achieving more, start by talking to us.

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Denholm are delighted to be working exclusively with Loch Lomond Group; one of the most exciting and fast-growing global spirits companies in the country. To assist with their growth ambitions, they are looking to recruit a commercially astute and strategic marketer to join their team in a newly created role, as Head of Whisky Marketing.

Reporting to the Chief Marketing Officer, the Head of Whisky will create and drive a comprehensive and strategic brand plan including positioning, range architecture and pricing strategy to allow delivery of the business growth ambitions. You will have a background of working with premium spirits and be confident in launching NPD and range extensions across the global marketplace, ensuring alignment to the brand values through promotional toolkits. In addition to a background in brand-building, with the consumer at the heart of global activations, you will have experience of leading brand communications across all platforms including digital, sponsorship, PR and Events.

The Head of Whisky will be a visionary thinker and will bring passion and enthusiasm to the role. You will have the ability to nurture and lead a high performing team to ensure that all strategic plans are translated into commercially successful activations.

Sponsorship & Events Manager

The Loch Lomond Group are seeking a commercially-savvy Sponsorship and Events Manager to join the marketing team.

You will be responsible for developing Loch Lomond Group's sponsorship and events strategy and delivering a program of activities and partnerships that will support the business growth ambitions. Other responsibilities include managing renewals and negotiations, overseeing communication with sponsors as well as aligning business and market needs.

The Sponsorship & Events Manager is a key role in the business. We are looking for a dynamic, entrepreneurial and driven professional who has an understanding of how to build brand advocacy through sponsorship and events. You will ideally come from a marketing and sponsorship background in spirits or have a passion and understanding of the category and its nuances.

This is an incredible role and an exciting time to join one of the most talked about spirits companies in the marketplace. If you think you have the magic that they are looking for, get in touch today!

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We’re a passionate and professional team who thrive in issue-rich environment and we’re looking to add a Communication Lead to our fast-growing team. You’ll be a trusted advisor to clients across several sectors in all aspects of communication, external affairs, marketing and issues management.

Coming from an agency or consultancy environment, at Account Director level, you’ll report directly to the Managing Director and be responsible for a small and busy multi-disciplinary team. You’ll have first-class project management skills, be solutions-driven and excellent commercial acumen too. Alongside the senior team, you’ll work to drive the strategic growth of Aspect.

Your core duties will include:

  • Working with the MD to develop and deliver growth strategies
  • Attracting and retaining profitable clients across a range of sectors
  • Leading the creation and execution of strategic communication programmes
  • Inspiring, leading and developing multi-disciplinary teams
  • Developing strong relationships with clients, colleagues and associates
  • Producing high quality pitches and proposals to secure new business
  • Curating, nurturing and managing a team of talented associates

You’ll be a skilled communicator, interested and knowledgeable about the key issues shaping the external environment. In addition, to be considered for this role, you must be able to demonstrate:

  • 7+ years of senior leadership experience within an agency or consultancy
  • Outstanding writing skills and the ability to engage and excite an audience
  • An impressive track record of client attraction, retention and growth
  • The ability to thrive fast-paced environment managing multiple projects simultaneously
  • Strong influencing and leadership skills to motivate and inspire those around you
  • Excellent planning, evaluation and project management skills
  • To develop new processes, systems and ways of working to drive performance

Communication Advisors

We’re a passionate and professional team who thrive in issue-rich environment and we’re looking for several Communication Advisors to join our fast-growing team. You’ll have previous agency experience at Account Manager level and be passionate about delivering excellent results for clients.

You might be a specialist in PR and media relations who produces compelling editorial content across a range of topics and sectors. Your expertise might lie in marketing, creative projects and digital content, turning bright ideas into impactful campaigns. Or you might be a public affairs expert who understands the policy landscape and helps clients build influential relationships.

Whatever your specialism, you’ll be an excellent writer, full of creative ideas, with proven client management experience and the ability to provide expert advice our clients.

Your key duties will include:

  • Developing and delivering a wide range of project and campaigns
  • Creating compelling content that engages audiences and influences behaviour
  • Managing the delivery of creative, design and digital projects
  • Retaining and growing activity with existing clients by delivering exceptional results
  • Producing winning proposals and pitches to secure new business
  • Creating strong relationships with our clients, colleagues and associates
  • Delivering high-quality work on time and on budget and with passion
  • Actively measuring, evaluating and reporting performance

You’ll be a skilled communicator, interested and knowledgeable about the key issues shaping the external environment. In addition, to be considered for this role, you must be able to demonstrate:

  • Exceptional writing skills and real attention to detail
  • Great client management, communication and presentation skills
  • An ability to work at pace across numerous clients and projects
  • Creativity, confidence and calmness under pressure
  • That you’re a strong team player, who can inspire colleagues to deliver great results
  • Excellent planning, prioritisation and project management skills
  • A delivery-focussed attitude
  • A desire to learn, develop and grow

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