How to manage family life while growing a business

Friday 25th November 2016

For business owners with kids, days often involve a careful juggling act of work and childcare. Business calls and emails are regularly interspersed with school drops, emergency trips to the doctor, swimming lessons and playdates. Business-owning parents are master organisers and social fixers. Or maybe just the harassed, sleep-deprived wretches you see sprinting back from school because they forgot the PE kit (again). Indeed, a Telegraph and OMD survey of readers that were entrepreneurs found that 44pc felt that running their own company and raising a family was hard. Many do manage to be successful at both, although they sometimes wonder quite how they did it. Sian Goodson, founder of executive recruitment business Goodson Thomas, has been performing a "juggling act" since…

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Succession planning: By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail

Friday 11th November 2016

In today's uncertain economic environment, safeguarding business continuity is a key priority for organisations the world over. Succession planning and managing the internal 'talent pipeline' has therefore become a major concern for HR professionals. Believe it or not, headhunters, whose role is often wrongly assumed to involve just poaching top talent from others, also share these concerns. That's because succession planning should not be considered as just an organisational issue, but also an individual concern. It is equally important in terms of developing individuals and making sure you are maximising and maintaining their interest; investing in someone and setting a key pathway for their progression breeds loyalty. If done correctly succession planning allows an organisation to retain its best talent and in return makes…

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Going it Alone

Friday 28th October 2016

UP CLOSE - How Siân Goodson left a leading recruitment firm to set up her own executive search business with a difference Goodson Thomas only launched in July 2015, but in a little over twelve months it has received executive search assignments from some of Wales' leading businesses and public sector organisations including the Principality Building Society, National Theatre Wales, the National Museum Wales and the Care Council for Wales. With offices in Cardiff and London and a growing network of associates, the future is looking bright for this 'boutique' executive search firm. As a principal consultant for leading international blue chip recruitment firm Odgers Berndtson, Siân Goodson was riding high at the top of her profession. But while Siân was one…

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Returning to an old job - what you need to know

Friday 14th October 2016

What are the risks of returning to a business or organisation for which you once worked? Recruitment expert Siân Goodson sets out what you should know. Think carefully There are all sorts of reasons why someone might return to work for a company at which they were previously employed, from a higher wage to a position of greater authority and responsibility. But I always advise clients that their main consideration should be what the move will lead to further on down the line. Is it just a sideways move, or will it be a platform for your next big job or career move? Thinking longer term will really help you decide whether or not it is a good idea. It is also worth considering…

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Assembling a team

Friday 30th September 2016

Having the right mix of skills and experience in a team is essential for success, but equally as important is having a team with a good blend of personalities and behaviour types. It is such an important consideration that it is one of the first things we look at when taking on an assignment. We work with our clients to analyse the composition of the management team to get a feel not just for their backgrounds and skillsets but also their behavioural tendencies. For example, are they extrovert or introvert, team orientated or independently minded? This analysis helps to inform our thinking about what type of person they need to recruit to complement the team. We offer psychometric profiling and…

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Siân Goodson Q&A

Friday 16th September 2016

Siân Goodson is the managing director of Goodson Thomas, an executive search and corporate insight business based in Cardiff and London. She founded the business in 2015 after working as a principal consultant for headhunters Odgers Berndtson. Tell us a little more about Goodson Thomas Goodson Thomas provides executive search services for organisations in the commercial, public and not-for-profit sectors who are looking to recruit senior executive and non-executive positions, and delivers leadership development projects for multi-sector clients. How was Goodson Thomas formed and when was it established? I founded the business in July 2015 because I recognised a gap in the market for a business that not only provided professional services to aid executive hires, but that could also aid organisations in their wider…

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Goodson Thomas Helps Fast-Growing Welsh Technology Firm Recruit a Top Executive Talent.

Tuesday 9th February 2016

Cardiff-based TrakCel engaged Goodson Thomas to find a new Chief Operating Officer to direct its future growth.The pioneering company develops software for clinical trials that is designed to ensure the right patient gets the right therapy at the right time and location. Goodson Thomas assisted Trakcel to recruit James Rudolf, who has 20 years' experience in operations, sales and strategy across a range of technology businesses. Goodson Thomas MD Sian Goodson, said: "James is among the top tier of executive talent in Wales with an impressive track record of understanding customers, taking products to market and facilitating growth. The combination of his commerciality, intellect and values convinced us from the outset that he was ideally positioned for a role of this kind." Mr…

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Goodson Thomas Appointed to Search for a New Director for the National Botanic Garden of Wales

Sunday 24th January 2016

Established in May 2000 as one of 3 millennium projects in Wales supported by the Millennium Commission, the National Botanic Garden of Wales (the Garden) is one of the nation's most significant visitor attractions of exceptional scientific and educational value. Home to the iconic Great Glasshouse and celebrated as a key member of the international community of botanic gardens, it today employs 75 FTE employees and benefits from over 22,000 hours of voluntary input each year. Generating c.£3M income annually, it has welcomed more than 2.2m visitors since opening and now attracts in the region of 140,000 visitors per annum. Recognised as a national asset in the Science Strategy for Wales and an essential contributor to the region's economy, the…

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Goodson Thomas Recruits Three New Associates After Rapid Growth

Wednesday 20th January 2016

Goodson Thomas has started 2016 by taking on three new associates to improve our offer and meet the demands of our growing client base. After just six months in business we are proud to be expanding our expert team to better help our clients secure the right talent for their organisations. Joining Managing Director Siân Goodson and Non-Executive Directors Chris Brindley and Laura McAllister on the Goodson Thomas team are Associate Consultants Lucie Thomas and Amanda Morgan and Associate Researcher Siân Powell. Siân Goodson said: "We are delighted to be working with these three talented women, who each bring different knowledge and expertise to the business. Between them they have decades of experience of working across a variety of sectors, which will…

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Why You Should Always Look Internally When Replacing Top Talent

Wednesday 20th January 2016

So, your chief executive is leaving and you need to find a replacement. Where do you start? Do you try to have a clean break with the past and bring in some fresh blood, or is continuity the most important consideration? You might think you need to look outside your organisation for new talent, but often an internal candidate can be an even better fit. Take the example of Marks and Spencer. Last week the high street retail giant announced its Christmas results along with the surprise news that itschief executive Marc Bolland is to stand down in April. There was apparently no pressure on Mr Bolland to leave, either from shareholders or the board, despite the company's mixed results. But, rather…

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