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Distinctive Thinking – Governance in unprecedented times: Assurance, Mission – and flying a plane!

Our experience over the years has taught us that Governance is a function that is interpreted in different ways. Often that difference of interpretation is linked to the notion of power and control, role ambiguity, and organisational or sector culture – making the governance process overly complicated. This cocktail of underlying factors inevitably leads to a ‘chipping away’ of the simplicity of purpose which the governance apparatus is designed to fulfil. Ironically, the current set of social challenges provides fertile ground on which to ‘reboot’ and reclaim the value of governance; whilst at the same time demystifying the language that has grown up around its practice (Continued …).

Read the full article by Mark Glinwood here: Governance article – MG


Distinctive People launch their Pro Bono CV Clinic

At Distinctive People our expanding team of consultants bring a wealth of recruitment expertise and experience from a diverse range of sectors. Our recruitment practice, which specialises in executive placements, has seen a changing trend in what clients are looking for at that first point of candidate engagement – which is usually the candidate CV.


Today we are launching a personal pro bono CV Clinic aimed at enabling executive leaders to sharpen their CV’s to project their full offer and make them Distinctive!


The service is confidential and will incorporate a 15 minute video link with one of our executive recruiters who will provide tips and ideas on how you can maximise the impact of your CV. If this would be of value, all you need to do is send us your cv to Recruitment@distinctivepeople.co.uk  with the subject heading: CV Clinic and one of our team will be in touch


The needs of tomorrow, are within the talented of today – #BeDistinctive

Coronavirus COVID-19 Update

As a result of the events of the last week or so, Distinctive People has adapted and continues to work in a different but fully engaged way with all our clients. We are currently providing expertise to over twenty organisations with projects that include reward, recruitment, organisational change, leadership development and operational employee relations support.


Our agility means that we have been able to work with each client in a way that meets their specific needs, comply with their COVID-19 policy, and maximise the new technology we have invested in with partner organisations. A big thank you to:


Willo @willotalent

Mathew Syed Consulting @MatthewSyedTeam

BrightCollie @BrightCollie

who have collaborated to enable us to add even more  collective value.


Our focus is on our clients, and your unique needs dictate how we continue to meet your requirements.  We will remain agile to ensure that outcomes are delivered within agreed deadlines and will adapt our expertise to ensure we continue to add value to you and your organisation – in line with our Distinctive approach. We appreciate that these are challenging times for all – if we can help in any way do give us a call – we’re always happy to talk!


To adapt is to thrive – stay safe!

The changing world of housing and care

Remember the old days when career development involved committing yourself for life to a particular function or discipline and convincing yourself that the only way is up?

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The world has changed – and that includes housing and care (Continued …).


Read the full article by Denise Kirkham here: The Changing World of Housing & Care DK

Article originally published on: 24Housing 

Matthew Syed Consultancy Accredited Partner

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Mindset Advantage

Distinctive People are very proud to announce that we have been appointed as a Matthew Syed Consulting Accredited Practitioner – one of only two distinctive Partners in the UK’s Growth Mindset partner programme. Matthew Syed is an author and highly acclaimed speaker in the field of high performance. He has written six bestselling books on the subject of mindset and high performance, is a multi-award-winning journalist for The Times and a regular contributor to television and radio. In his previous career, Matthew was the England table tennis number one for almost a decade.


The Mindset Advantage tool has been designed by the Matthew Syed team as a key to identify Growth Mindset. It is the only BPS accredited and validated psychometric tool available today that is designed specifically to measure and build a growth mindset at an individual, team and organisational level. As Accredited Partners, and through the use of the Mindset Advantage Psychometric tool, we can now work with organisations to unlock untapped potential in individuals and teams, driving innovation and agility to secure a future-proofed environment. Follow the link below to watch Matthew saying more about Growth Mindset: – View Video Here


We are very much looking forward to working with Helen and the whole team at Matthew Syed Consulting – watch this space for more information!