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Ten years ago (it seems like only yesterday) we were simply a small group of experienced yet rather frustrated creative recruiters about to launch a brand new business. RedSofa. We were determined to show the world we could do a better job than the competition: and have fun at the same time.

Our philosophy was very simple only hire the very best and watch them and the business flourish. By 2014 we were proud to be acclaimed Europe's fastest growing and most respected Creative Recruitment Agency. A year later we opened our Berlin office.

Of course there are other elements to our success, passion, creativity and building long-term personal relationships, but working with the very best people will always be at the core of our being.

We now cover almost every area in our sector, ranging from junior art workers to global CEOs. Our expertise in every area is widely regarded as being unequalled. IMPRINT

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Senior Designer (11652)

London

Permanent

£40,000 - £45,000

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Whether its an event, exhibition product showcase, brand identity or web project, this agency prides itself on delivering projects to an exceptional standard. They work with some iconic brands which are instantly recognisable, they have been expanding rapidly over the past year due to the sheer success of winning a multitude of pitches and they continue to grow.

They are looking for a talented Senior Designer who has exceptional skills in crafting and illustration, they want to see a Designer who can add an artistic spin to branding projects, making them unique and different. Its safe to say they are looking for a Designer who thinks outside the box and pushes briefs. Its essential you come from a branding background having gained some experience in some well established studios.

You will be the type of Designer who enjoys a challenge and who is looking for a new agency where you will have the autonomy to deliver on briefs. I am looking to see clever thinking and a fresh approach to design from your folio, the idea and thinking process must be evident. You will have a strong portfolio which showcases your skills within branding and if you have worked on experiential events for some cool sporting brands then thats a massive plus.

If you want an agency that is forward thinking then this is it.

Posted by: Karan Kaur

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Business Development Manager (11635)

London

Permanent

£40,000 - £50,000

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Small but perfectly formed independent creative agency, making beautiful work – needs a talented Business Development Manager.

Offering clients uncluttered access to senior strategic and creative thinking, they work with a number of exciting accounts, in diverse sectors including automotive, entertainment and charity.

The role:

To support their ongoing growth, they are now looking for a full-time new business manager to secure new opportunities. Just as they bring in the best strategy and creative talent, they’re looking for a proven new business specialist to help – someone with demonstrable experience in driving new business for agencies. With the support of the four business owners, you’ll be responsible for all aspects of the new business programme from list generation, pipeline growth/maintenance and securing meetings.

The person:

Ultimately, someone who is passionate about building agency businesses, someone who is single minded about getting results and genuinely interested in the creative industry. The right person will have a good understanding of the industry, able to talk intelligently about different types of work and able to identify opportunities in a brand’s business where the agency offer may help. You’re not expected to be able to do the work, but you’ll need to talk convincingly about it to potential clients.

At the risk of sounding like something from The Apprentice, the person will also need to be something of a self-starter. This isn’t because you’ll be left to sink or swim (you won’t, promise), but there’ll be many occasions when you just need to get on with stuff and create your own work.

Posted by: Kate Kentish

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Midweight Designer (Advertising) (11643)

London

Permanent

£35,000 - £40,000

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A wonderful opportunity for a midweight designer, from an integrated advertising background, to join one of the fastest-growing and most exciting agencies in London.

The agency has grown from 8 to just under 60 in the last 6 months, the success is down to the agency’s founding partners, who both have excellent reputations and a clear vision which is swiftly being brought to fruition.

The agency has just appointed a new Head of Design, who is a leading figure on the design scene, to set up and oversee the agency’s first ever design studio. You will be the agency’s first pure designer and will work alongside the head of Design, overseeing and being brand guardian for the agency’s biggest account, as well as working across their other clients when required.

You will be used to working under pressure, in a fast-paced studio with the ability to take control of projects and see them through to final print without getting flustered. Working with the Head of Design and Creative Services Manager you will be a pivotal part of the team, able to add valuable design flair, conceptual input and technical prowess, you will be working on through the line campaigns, ranging from traditional ATL/OOH through to social and content.

Knowledge of After Effects would be a massive bonus as well as being well versed in using Illustrator and Photoshop to a high level. The client will be looking through your folio to see what you are capable of creating under tight guidelines, as well as getting a feel for your own personal styles, tastes and influences.

This is a rare opportunity to join an agency that is truly growing places, and coming on-board at a time of rapid and exciting growth.

Posted by: Daniel Poole

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Internal Comms Specialist (11633)

Permanent

£60,000 - £70,000

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My Client is a leading global Agency Network with approx 6000 employees working in the UK. They’re looking for an Internal Comms specialist to deliver their vision in a creative and culturally rich way across the Group.

The role requires strong organisational skills combined with a strategic mindset to understand the breadth of the business and how it should be positioned internally.

Key responsibilities:

Establish an internal communications strategy in conjunction with the Head of Communications
Ensure organisational initiatives and projects are successfully communicated to employees and stakeholders
Plan, edit and write content for a variety of internal communications mediums, including newsletters
You may also be required to work on the layout/design of content
Ghostwrite for CEO and CTO communications
Draft messages or scripts from senior executives for presentation to employees in written or spoken form
Deliver content for internal events
Help produce video and audio content for internal messaging
Ensure internal communications messages are consistent across all mediums and for different departments of the organisation
Ensure internal communication messages are consistent with external communication messages, working closely with the PR leads across the various Agencies within the group.
Handle the internal communication response to crisis situations which affect organisational perception and reputation
Manage all internal platforms/mediums and ensure the database is regularly updated
Advise senior executives of developments throughout the organisation, either face to face or through regular written communication
Manage an editorial calendar for internal communications, working closely with the external comms team

 

Key skills

Writing skills: you will need excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills as well as the journalistic ability to source stories from employees
Speaking skills: You also need strong speaking skills as you are likely to be called on to give presentations to staff. Internal communications managers need sensitivity to an organisation’s goals and values and the ability to relay them to employees
Interpersonal skills: You need good interpersonal and relationship-building skills in order to work with communications and HR departments. You also need to possess the confidence to deal with senior executives and explain communication techniques to them.
Creative skills: You need the creative ability to devise communication strategies
Digital skills: Familiarity with information technology, especially digital and video means of communication, is essential.
Design skills including photoshop and Indesign is a plus

 

 

 

Posted by: Sarah Houghton

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Mid/Senior Copywriter (11571)

London

Permanent

£40,000 - £50,000

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We have an exciting opportunity with one of the iconic integrated agencies in London, they have a need for a Senior Copywriter to join their creative team.

You will be a connoisseur of copy, a wrangler of words. Someone that can cross the t’s and dot the i’s in a way that has never been done before.

I am looking for someone who has ambition and drive, a lover of big ideas and copy. You will have experience of working for advertising agencies with global brands with ideally some digital experience. There is a great opportunity to progress to Head of Copy also so if you’re looking for an agency where you can progress, then this is the place for you

Posted by: Karan Kaur

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Packaging Designer (11622)

London

Permanent

£35,000 - £45,000

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I am looking for an exceptional Packaging Designer capable of designing, managing and art directing projects from conception to print/production for one of the most iconic packaging agencies in London.

For this agency its all about the concept and idea behind the brief, they produce work which is strategically and visually outstanding which keep them at the top of their game.

For this role you will need to have an impressive portfolio showcasing your packaging experience ideally for the drinks/luxury arena. You will have a great eye for typography and craft, which will be evident in your portfolio. This agency is one of the best so its safe to say they only employ the greatest talent.

Your ability to work as part of a team and on your own is very important, as is the ability to communicate effectively and work with creative energy and passion. A flexible hard work ethic is a must.

For you chance to really step up to your next challenge please apply now with a relevant cv and portfolio.

Posted by: Karan Kaur

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Account Manager (11617)

Berkshire, Harrow, Home Counties, Maidenhead, Middlesex, Slough, Uxbridge

Permanent

£28,000 - £38,000

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Fantastic creative marcomms role in Uxbridge!

Our client based in Uxbridge has an opening for an experienced Account Manager or Senior Account Manager. Agency or clientside marketing experience required. Generous salary and benefits. Please email your CV, especially if you live in West London or the Home Counties.

Job Summary

To join an established team looking after one of the agency’s largest global accounts, the Account Manager role is pivotal in the day-to-day management of the client’s business and the implementation of campaigns from brief through to execution. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on an account that pushes the boundaries when it comes to best in class global campaigns.

Key Responsibilities 

To oversee the day-to-day administration of all client projects. Ensuring that clients’ briefs are interpreted, all deadlines are met and projects are prioritised
To attend and actively participate in regular client and team status meetings both locally (UK) and globally (with overseas peers and clients)
To oversee all aspects of work carried out for the client in other departments of the agency
To develop strong relationships with all departments of the agency
To build and maintain strong relationships with clients and to be the first point of contact for the client on day-to-day matters
To have an in-depth knowledge of the client’s business and the technology sector in which they operate
To think proactively on behalf of clients and agency. Considering new marketing initiatives and forthcoming projects
To negotiate and gain approval from the client for all projects and creative work and to ensure that all work is carried out in line with these agreements
To ensure that all paperwork is kept up to date including all relevant account information (e.g. estimates, briefs etc.) and ensure that contact reports are produced and approved by clients
To maintain up-to-date knowledge of all aspects of marketing including new trends, tools and technologies
To both orally and in writing present the agency’s recommendations effectively, logically and concisely
To be responsible for the day to day management of finances – to monitor all pricing on jobs to ensure that all aspects of a project are produced on time, efficiently and on budget, ensuring that full approval has been gained before monies are committed (obtaining purchase orders).
Ensure prompt invoicing of all projects
To manage the work flow for Account Executive where you have responsibility
To deputise for the Account Director as and when requested when they are unavailable – both internally and with clients

Posted by: Richard Maddox

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Senior Account Manager – calling all cycling enthusiasts! (11616)

London

Permanent

£35,000 - £40,000

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A leading word of mouth Agency with a fantastic client list is looking for a Senior Account Manager to manage and grow accounts through strong interpersonal skills, the development of innovative creative ideas and excellent organisation.

Responsibilities

Consistently developing innovative and creative ideas and solutions for client campaigns
Building relationships with (senior) clients; listen and understand individual client requirements and consistently meeting if not exceeding their expectations;
Developing a clear understanding of your clients’ brand(s), category and customers
Leading a team to deliver effective Word of Mouth activity for a range of clients and/or projects
Leading and owning insights and monitoring projects with the team, ensuring insights are integrated with creative and strategy development
Working with the Creative and Engagement Strategy Directors to innovate and develop the strategic offering
Monitoring and understanding your clients’ markets; be aware of market issues and competitive activity
Keeping clients informed; ensure reports are on time and are kept in a central location so the rest of the team can locate if necessary
Assisting in creating project briefs; briefing in and working with members of the wider team to develop an idea, strategy or campaign tactic; presenting and selling that idea to the client
Working with Project Planners to develop effective project plans and project specification documents
Producing accurate costs estimates, and ensuring they are signed off by Account Director and the client before work proceeds
Ensuring all billing is completed on time
Ensuring that campaigns run to agreed client budgets and clients approve all expenditure before it happens, particularly unexpected expenditure
Assisting with the production of client reviews with senior clients
Overseeing and owning the overall quality of the final deliverables on projects that you manage
Ensuring your Account Director and / or Creative Director signs off all briefs and attends important project meetings
Maintaining a central file of essential client information

Key Skills

4-6 years account handling, creative development or client facing project management experience.
Able to effectively manage client relationships while delivering projects to the highest standard and on time and to budget
The ability to analyse and resolve problems quickly and effectively
Able to interact with people at all levels demonstrating tact, diplomacy, discretion and maturity
Must have strong listening skills
Have an understanding of social media and its impact on brand.
Excellent organisational and time management skills.
The ability to work under pressure whilst keeping an eye for detail.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Proficient in using Microsoft Office, in particular Word, Excel & PowerPoint

 

 

Posted by: Sarah Houghton

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Technical Delivery Manager (11480)

London

Permanent

£100,000 - £120,000

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This global media agency is looking for a technical delivery manager to join their London office.

Position Overview
The Technology Delivery Manager will be a critical resource in the definition, creation and delivery of all technology projects within the team. This role requires a pro-active individual with a strong technical background who is looking to move from a technical project / program / product management role. The successful candidate must drive and execute a vision and work well with others to deliver high quality outputs. It is important that this person has had a software engineering background and has engaged across full stack development. This role is an exciting opportunity to “wear many hats” and grow your capabilities – there is a heavy focus on being a “team player” and working with the Technology Senior Management team to deliver high quality outputs.

Key Responsibilities
The primary responsibilities of the position are:

  • Drive and manage the implementation of technology solutions.
  • Facilitates and drives a high level of delivery cadence across the team on a day to day basis, where appropriate – running daily calls, planning workshops and triage investigations
  • Working closely with business stakeholders and project managers to define the roadmap (features and data sources) for the technology initiative and make sure the rollout implementation schedules are managed on time and budget.
  • Work with client teams to scope and sell the platform to their clients
  • Hands on management of on and off-shore development and test teams to deliver the roadmap and client specific requirements
  • Working closely with the Partner for Software Engineering to ensure that the architectural principles of the solutions and global architecture standards are maintained accordingly.
  • Provide the best practices and guidelines to mentor the project management team to deal different levels of project complexity.
  • Provide hands-on support for all programme related activities.
  • Proactively contribute to and support the Software Engineering Team.

Experience and Knowledge
Essential Skills

  • Self-starter and motivator with the ability to work in an autonomous fast paced environment
  • Technical / data development background with experience in technical design and project management
  • Proven client / stakeholder management, including senior management/director level engagement
  • Requirements gathering, prioritisation and technical roadmap development
  • Experience designing, deploying and managing full stack solutions: REACT, Redux, Microsoft .Net Framework, SQL Server, SSIS and SSAS a significant benefit
  • Cloud solutions (AWS, Azure and Google Cloud)
  • Commercial experience of working within an agile or iterative development teams
  • Ability to manage budgets, timelines and scope
  • The ability to quickly learn and understand new business environments
  • The ability to achieve high quality results by paying attention to detail
  • The ability to work on multiple tasks/projects, work under pressure and meet agreed deadlines
  • A natural desire to share knowledge and teach others
  • Demonstrate the ability to influence groups of people to gain consensus
  • 10+ Years Experience Desirable Skills
  • Experience in the media or advertising industries
  • Knowledge of Master Data Management solutions
  • Programming languages (e.g. C# or VB.Net, Java, Python, C++, REACT, REDUX etc).
  • Technical writing
  • Product sales / marketing collateral creation
  • Experience working with teams across multiple physical locations
  • Understanding of the issues involved in designing, integrating and implementing data models
  • Possesses a good understanding of technology trends and movements
  • The ability to travel internationally (if required)
  • The ability to work with and present to senior management .

Qualifications
Bachelor degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, Software Engineering related discipline

Posted by: Neil Clements

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Senior Copywriter (11601)

London

Permanent

£45,000 - £55,000

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I’m working with a brilliant digital creative agency based in East London to source a Senior Copywriter. You’ll be happy to take the lead and set direction, working autonomously, taking initiative and managing your own time. You’ll be confident and comfortable presenting to clients and managing junior and freelance writers.

This is a varied role working on clients and different sectors with different needs. You’ll be working in teams with strategists, data planners, UX and CX specialists as well as designers and other creatives.

You’ll need:

At least 5+ years working in a similar agency or in-house
Knowledge of all things digital and experience writing for digital channels.

An understanding of brands and how to communicate brand messages in different ways and across different channels.

Experience and confidence in presenting your work to colleagues and clients.

Experience mentoring and supporting junior copywriters

Experience defining TOV for clients

A flair for narrative and storytelling and an understanding of the role copy plays in supporting wider project and business goals.

The curiosity and empathy to understand different audiences and how to adapt tone accordingly.

A range of work to show – anything from conceptual to technical to editorial. Ideally with a mix of long and short copy.

An understanding of SEO and how to write copy that drives action.

For the full brief and more information on the agency please get in touch.

 

Posted by: Raman Mohial

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Diet, Exercise, Sleep, Meditation. Four universal pillars for success.

Steve Buss 20th March 2019

Since the 2012 London Olympics I’ve been a casual student of ‘Elite Performance’ strategies. The phrase that grabbed my attention was ‘the aggregation of small gains’. Summarised, Sir Dave Brailsford coined the philosophy to do 100 things 1% better, which led to enough of an advantage for the British Cycling team to smash all their previous medal records.

 

Now, I am a Tech Recruiter not an Olympic athlete/coach, for me this topic is fascinating because part of my role is to help companies build teams of people that perform at their optimum levels. Any lessons or tips I can pass on to the candidates I partner with have the potential to boost their career options and improve satisfaction in a role.

 

There are a huge amount of transferable lessons from the world of sport into business, so I continued to pull at the threads of Elite Performance…

 

Simon Hartley, author of ‘Two Lengths Of The Pool’, was doing a talk at a FinTech recruitment event in 2013, he was discussing the psychology of performance to hundreds of C-Level professionals from the London FinTech market. In a nutshell, his patient, an Olympic level swimmer, would race to Olympic standards in practice, but freeze with ‘competition anxiety’ when it came to race day. After a couple of years of trying to solve the race-day problem, the solution was to focus on the actions the swimmer could control and forget about the result. Do the basics well, and the results take care of themselves.

 

Ben Hunt-Davis is a former British Olympic rower, Gold Medal winner and author of ‘Will It Make the Boat Go Faster?’, also did a similar talk to hundreds of C-level professionals seeking lessons to take to their businesses about high performance cultures, and similar lessons could be taken away. Ben’s story describes that traditionally, the British Men’s rowing strategy was to use their ‘best’ rowers in the smaller teams, but the Men’s VIII’s were no match for the other rowing power nations as they had the opposing strategy. They recognised they would have to implement a drastic philosophy to get anywhere close to being competitive and that’s where they devise a simple question that became the compass for every action “Will it make the boat go faster?”. This question put everything under the microscope, from diet, to sleep, to team disputes, to training, even the way they walked up the stairs. They focused on the basics and let the results happen, fortunately the result was a Gold medal in the 2000 Summer Olympics.

 

Taking it back to the real world, most people don’t have the resources to approach work like an Olympic or professional athlete, but from continued studies there seems to be a 4 pillars that are absolutely universal to under pin consistent levels of high performance; Diet, Exercise, Sleep and Meditation.

 

Diet:

It’s not uncommon for people to think of the word ‘Diet’ and think ‘losing weight’ or ‘gains, bro’ or some sort of temporary goal. In my opinion, diet and food should be something everyone learns about in pre-school. Imagine if kids were taught about nutrition and things like the impact a can of fizzy drink could make to their studies or their sleep patterns.

 

If you get your diet right to match your unique DNA and behavioural needs, your mood will improve, cognitive function will improve, performance and endurance will improve, there are also hundreds of studies that claim to prove a healthy diet will prevent diseases such as cancer, heart disease and many other diseases.

 

We all have our guilty food pleasures, I still love a Big Mac (I know, gross), but since reading ‘The Optimum Nutrition Bible’ by Patrick Holford it’s completely changed the way I look at food and recognise how my diet affects me. If you can improve your diet at least 50% of the time, it will be enough to notice vast improvements. It’s all about getting progress with a diet, it’s not about being perfect.

 

Exercise:

Keeping active can be really hard for the busy professional, especially for those with young families, or commitments outside of a 40+ hours per week career. Exercise doesn’t need to be preparing for a marathon or cross fit 5 days per week, but exercise as simple as raising the heart rate through exercise over 140 bpm at least 3 times a week for 15 minutes can have incredible effects on physical & mental health.

 

The Health Apps are great for tracking progress. The Nike Running app works a treat for comparing yourself to yesterday’s results. Signing up to exercise classes can give people the motivation to do more exercise. The trick is to find something fun. I get so bored just ‘pumping iron’ but I get my kicks from team sports and running, so find whatever works enough for a routine to develop.

 

Sleep:

Sleep, seems obvious. I mean, when have you ever just gone without sleep and not felt the consequences. It’s not something you can just forget to do, right.

 

If you’re like me though, I’ve always struggled to ‘get to sleep’, I have no problem staying asleep, but just switching off is a challenge. There are loads of little tricks that I’ve been testing and here are a few that have helped me.

 

  • Avoid mobile phone or laptops for 90 minutes before the intended time for sleep. If you have to use a laptop before bed, try apps like f.lux because it reduces the infamous ‘blue-light’ that has negative implications to sleep chemistry in the brain.

 

  • Keep a pen and paper near your bed, use it to write any light bulb ideas that pop into your head so you can clear them away and approach again the next day.

 

  • Try to keep your head at least 1.5 meters away from any power sockets or wifi devices. Could be absolute nonsense but seems to have a huge impact for me.

 

  • When your alarm goes off the next morning, get up. Do Not Snooze. The science behind it is beyond me, but the studies show a direct correlation between non-snoozers and fast sleepers.

 

  • Wake up to a light based alarm clock rather than noise only alarm clocked. Natural light or simulated sunlight wakes up the brain via the translucent areas in the skull, the brain uses small doses of adrenaline this way. Using a noise only alarm typically causes the brain to dump the stress hormone cortisol into the system, which is not a good way to start the day.

 

8 hours is the obvious recommendation, most people can cope with 6 hours, some people say they can function normally on 4 hours but anything less than 7.5 hours have negative impacts on cognitive function, mood and can lead to stamina crashes during the day. For those doing heavy physical training, aim for 10 hours minimum to avoid grogginess the following day.

 

Meditation:

 

Meditation, it seems to divide people; love it or think it’s a fictional pursuit of enlightenment. Regardless of where one stands on the subject, the scientific studies show outstanding positive results for those who meditate for just 15 minutes every few days.

 

I’ve recently returned from a Muay Thai retreat in rural Thailand, as part of the retreat we met Buddhist Monks and did some meditation under their guidance. The thing that hit it home for me was the analogy the Monk gave, which went something like this; ‘Our brains never switch off, even when we sleep, our brains are active. Imagine if you’re in a rush and have to button up your shirt, have you ever started doing buttons up, arrived to do the top button and realise the buttons weren’t aligned? Meditation helps prevent this misalignment’. Taking 10 or 15 minutes in the morning to completely clear your mind is like rebooting your computer.

 

The Monk went on to say that it took him about 8 years of practicing every day to have complete control over his mind, to clear all thoughts. The aim isn’t to stop all thoughts completely or to transcend to a higher dimension. The aim is to focus on being rather than thinking, allowing thoughts to come and seeing them go, focus on deep breathing and relax in a comfortable position.

 

Summary – Humans are capable of incredible feats. I truly believe that everyone has potential beyond their dreams, but being habitual and emotional creatures, we are often lead into routines that prevent us from reaching our goals. Whether you’re a software engineer, a project manager, a business director, in the C-suite or recent graduate, if you’re able to improve these four basic pillars for a consistent period, you’ll experience marginal gains in your professional and personal life leading to substantial progress.

 

Author: Danny Stewart

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