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This is a TED talk, rather than a book.
"Life's beauty is inseparable from its fragility," says psychologist Susan David. In a special virtual conversation, she shares wisdom on how to build resilience, courage and joy in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Responding to listeners' questions from across the globe, she offers ways to talk to your children about their emotions, keep focus during the crisis and help those working on the front lines. (This virtual conversation is part of the TED Connects series, hosted by head of TED Chris Anderson and current affairs curator Whitney Pennington Rodgers. Recorded March 23, 2020).
A professional training course - Thanks to https://www.protiviti.com/UK-en with sponsorship from Laura Moore https://www.linkedin.com/in/laura-moore-0a280039/ and Mark Peters https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-peters-69020a4/ and inspirations from D. Kahneman "Thinking fast and slow" - this was an evening spent understand how "politics" is no more than organisational influence and how to be our best self as we achieve our goals.
Watch Dr Kahneman, Nobel Prize, in action here:
Success in Audit requires trust from the business, linking in the dots & taking advantage of organisational comparability. As for mental health in the workplace, knowing your limits and staying in the present were the key lessons of the January events!
The book we have chosen to be discussed is ‘The Social Entrepreneur’s A-Z: On Anxiety, Leadership and Getting Enough Sleep’, by Liam Black.
‘Worry – and its pernicious first cousin, self-doubt – have been long-time companions of mine. You are in unknown territory and so your mind will play tricks on you. A big cog in my anxiety generator has been the habit of comparing myself with others perceived as more successful, creative, happier, productive famous. Try not to do this. Everyone’s success is unique.”
The event was in celebration of International Men’s Day, where Liam and a panel of senior leaders within Internal Audit who will shared their stories of success. The evening conversation focused on “success”, with discussion topics ranging from how success can be achieved whilst juggling the pressures of the changing landscape of financial services through to prioritising mental well-being. Andy Winterburgh, (https://www.linkedin.com/in/andywinterburgh/), a Managing Director in a recruitment consultancy firm in the City, had this to say about the event:
Our panel members for the night:
Liam Black: Co-founder and Chief Encouragement Officer of Wavelength
15 year CEO career including the Jamie Oliver Group and ten years running my own business (which I successfully exited in 2017). Today I am exec chairman of a mental health business, a mentor, impact investor, would be writer, and granddad.
Paul Marshall: Associate Partner EY, Banking and Capital Markets Internal Audit
Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1986 with a small firm in the North West before moving to Price Waterhouse in London. Worked in Abu Dhabi and moved to an internal audit role in 1993 with the National Bank of Abu Dhabi. Proud internal auditor having held numerous IA positions in major financial services institutions and consulting firms including QA Director for Barclays Internal Audit, Chief Auditor for the Old Mutual Group and member of the global IA leadership team for Citigroup.
Keith Burns: Head of Audit, Operations and Financial Crime, Santander
A lifelong Financial Services Internal Auditor, with a career spanning 19 years, the last 11 of these being with Santander UK where I went from generalist to credit risk specialist to financial crime specialist with general operations thrown in. Prior to this I spent several years at EY, travelling regularly and serving a wide range of large FS firms, along with some other large corporations. I also had just over a year at Barclays Internal Audit where I worked with other notable members of the Internal Audit Book Club circle.
Chris Greenway: Director of Internal Audit, Cooperative Bank
Chris has been Director of Internal Audit at The Co-operative Bank since June 2014. He has over 20 years’ internal audit experience in financial services. Before joining The Co-operative Bank, he held a variety of roles in internal audit, most recently as Head of Audit at the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). Prior to that, he spent four years in leadership roles across the audit team of Barclays Bank PLC, including time with the legal and regulatory compliance, Barclaycard and UK retail banking audit teams. Before Barclays, he worked for Bank of America, Ernst and Young and Aviva.
Colin Newham: Strategy, Risk and Support Audit Director – Lloyds
Colin joined Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) in November 2016 as the Audit Director for Quality Assurance & Methodology and has more recently taken on the role of Strategy, Risk & Support Audit Director. Colin has over 20 years of international experience in leading global Financial Services internal audit teams across multiple banking disciplines at Citi, UBS, Mitsubishi UFJ (formally Sanwa Bank) and Credit Suisse. Mandates have included Private Banking, Asset Management, Investment Banking, Operations and Fiduciary. Roles have been based in the UK, US and Singapore. Colin is a Chartered Accountant (qualifying with Ernst & Young in 1996) and a member of the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors.
Tom Lewis: Managing Director, Head of Quality Assurance and Professional Practices, BIA
Tom Lewis is the Global Head of Quality Assurance and Professional Practices for Barclays Internal Audit. Tom has been responsible for BIA quality assurance and professional practices since 2016. In this role Tom owns the design and implementation of BIA’s auditing methodology to meet professional and regulatory standards, and is closely involved in BIA’s relationships with regulators. Tom also oversees the design, delivery and reporting of BIA’s learning and quality assurance and programmes. Prior to his current role Tom held internal audit leadership positions at Barclays focused on conduct risk, compliance, HR and retail financial services. Outside Barclays, Tom was the FSA-authorised Head of Internal Audit for GE Capital’s UK Mortgage Business. Tom is a Chartered Accountant, and is active in the internal audit profession as a member of the Financial Services Advisory Panel for the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors.
Taking inspiration from Grit, by A. Duckworth, we spent a great Morning at Protiviti discussing how talent on its own does not guarantee success. Effort, resilience and perseverance are equally important. And hearing the inspiring stories of our keynote speakers, all having achieved success on their own terms.
Huge Thanks to Hannah Chung, (https://www.linkedin.com/in/hannah-chung-ca-pior-03a87b/) and the Credit Suisse Audit Team for sharing how they have become a catalyst for change and enablers of a strong corporate culture.
Last event before the summer and we went out with a bang! Define what Balance means for you and pursue it! Thank you to our speakers Shuvo (www.linkedin.com/in/shuvo-banerjee-7b37b63/), Steve (www.linkedin.com/in/steve-sanders-aca-cams-00673926/), Louise (www.linkedin.com/in/louise-studden-acca-4a35a91b/) and Lucy (www.linkedin.com/in/lucy-curling-5350058/)
Interested to hear about mental health in the workplace and beyond? Join us on the 20th of June (PM) and hear from www.sparksupport.co.uk on how to ignite the conversation about mental health.
Reading list: Maybe you should talk to somebody, L. Gottlieb.
Thank you Sorina Anastasiu (Albany Beck) for hosting us!
"Resilience is really an interesting concept: what enables some individuals to bounce back from adversity quickly?" This month we heard from Mark Corfield www.linkedin.com/in/mark-corfield-80671b45/ and Peter Nicholas on this.
An interview with Jo Reynolds, the first female UK firefighter, a motivational speaker & renowned twitter.
Ahead of our April event on Breaking Barriers, Ian McDowell, one of our funding Trustees and CEO of Power Patient Medicine (http://www.patientpoweredmedicine.com/), jumped on a train to Norfolk, to meet with Josephine (Jo) Reynolds, our keynote speaker. A force to be reckoned with, Jo truly broke barriers by working at the fire station in Thetford, as the first woman firefighter in the UK. She applied aged 17 and after 15 months training she became a full time firefighter. In her adventure, she remained a woman among men.
Here is what she had to say:
On her boss: He was very calm, he just got on with it. Nigel - he was my blessing. Once I got through my training he recognized me as one of his own and told me to get on with the day job, as obviously I could.
On Grenfell Tower: I was in shock with the rest of the Nation. The feeling that you were absolutely helpless. I was interviewed about the incident, I knew that whatever happened the thing that would stay with everyone would be the people that couldn't be reached, despite the best efforts of the fire fighters. I remember the great dignity of the Chief at the time.
On the Book Club: very much looking forward to meeting all the people that will attend. Every time I get to a new audience, I am amazed by the participation and the questions and I can't wait to be there.
You can listen to the full interview here: