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Be careful not to become over-committed to commitment

We all place considerable emphasis on commitment. We work hard to confirm our people are both committed to our organisational vision, and to ensuring that customer expectations are being met. Our investment teams are measured, at least in part by their commitment to philosophy, process and portfolio construction. Why even most LinkedIn profiles feature commitment as a key personal quality.

But can commitment sometimes create liability?


Eavesdropping on webinars

I am a member of a management consultancy focused on the financial industry. I enjoy what I do.

It certainly has been an interesting few months, during which I have had many conversations with clients, prospects and peers. In addition, I have participated in quite a few webinars, some internal others external, and all of them fascinating because of the insights I have drawn from them. There are a few I have picked up recently that I find especially thought provoking.


The old normal strikes back

So, we are entering the next stage in the battle against COVID-19. Whilst we debate the merits of
new versus old slogans, seen as important to surprisingly many, real change is underway with more
fresh air time and garden centre re-openings to “look forward” to. Not here in Scotland though. We
move at a slower, more measured pace.


Meeting matters

Having spent almost three decades in the financial industry, I have met with many customers. I
hugely respect each one, committed as they have been to provide the best possible financial
outcomes and levels of service for their clients.


Looking out for what the future might look like

Organisations have had a lot to cope with in response to COVID-19. For many people this has resulted in a shift to homeworking, which has been a relatively smooth change for some, less so for others.

But with the peak of the outbreak having been declared, attention is now shifting to the “what next” phase. From the conversations we have been conducting with our clients, we note there are broadly three different visions of future work patterns leaders are having to consider.