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Seven ways to close the gap between internal and external change

Eliminating, or at least minimising, the gap between external and internal change is key if organisations are to succeed, says Harvard Business School professor John P Kotter. The People Space asked seven experts how they would do this. Helen Ashton, founder Shape Beyond, believes that an agile culture within an organisation is the number one […]

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Will climate receipts change your buying habits?

At COP26, hungry diners were treated to a food menu that listed the carbon footprint next to each item available to order. Helen Ashton, founder of business consultancy Shape Beyond, says that the efficacy of climate receipts will be influenced by the demographic of the consumer. ‘For younger consumers, social and environmental issues are absolutely […]

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So, you’ve upgraded to the cloud…now what?

Shifting to the cloud is no mean feat, but success depends on what comes next. CIOs must balance technical demands with training needs After helping power fashion giant ASOS through several technological shifts, Helen Ashton credits success at ASOS to a full migration to the cloud. “However, the key to ongoing cloud success is to share […]

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Time for a rebrand? How to make a finance career more attractive

As the generational shift begins to highlight the differences in priorities and expectations in the workplace, can finance free itself from the traditional stereotype of long hours and transactional relationships to align with what the younger talent is seeking? “The accountancy industry has long been dominated by the older generations but now, as Baby Boomers […]

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The promise and pitfalls of digital operating models

Digital operating models can provide a host of insights into your firm’s performance, but prepare for unexpected surprises. Helen Ashton, chief executive at Shape Beyond, commented that a digital operating model (DOM) can only succeed if staff are empowered to make positive adjustments and give useful feedback. “Implementing a DOM isn’t just about the technology; […]

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Is a ‘Shop Out to Help Out’ scheme enough to boost UK retail?

With the vast majority of Covid-19 restrictions lifted, there have been calls for a ‘Shop Out to Help Out’ scheme – in the same vein as last year’s Eat Out to Help Out – to help the embattled retail sector. Retail Gazette speaks to experts to find out it would be enough to help high […]

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