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Forum news

30 Sep 2022

Continued expansion expected

Firms expect continued expansion in activity levels, new work flow and headcount, according to the Forum's latest sector tracker. Many firms but few clients are seen to be on-track for Covid success. The top priorities for leadership teams are technology usage, developing a clear purpose and operational efficiency.

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16 Sep 2022

Impact of lockdown - one year on

69% assess the overall impact of lockdown on their firm as positive compared with just 14% a year ago. The general mood is far more positive with most relaxed about being in the office and much greater flexibility in working hours when in the office. Only 15% believe lockdown restrictions will be reimposed in the next year compared with 73% a year ago.

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15 Jul 2022

L&D immaturity

Few managers translate L&D into new behaviours or seek reasons for the gap between current and desired performance, according to a recent Forum poll. Learning transfer is seen as a bolt-on to traditional training, and little data is collected beyond happy sheets. 

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01 Jul 2022

Dramatic reduction in projected new work flows

The gap between expansion and contraction for projected new work flows has narrowed dramatically from 88% last quarter to 35%, according to the Forum's quarterly tracker - the lowest gap since December 2020; for activity levels from 89% to 50%; and for headcount from 76% to 50%. Other indicators show little change.

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A wide range of activities and locations

Re-tuning your Firm - full show

Re-tuning your Firm - Episode 63

Episode 63 of Re-tuning your Firm. Panel: Jeremy Beard of Haysmacintyre; Dana Denis-Smith of Obelisk Support; Anne Harnetty of Johnson Beaumont; and Francesca Lagerberg of Grant Thornton; Includes findings of poll on ESG maturity. Hosted by Richard Chaplin 

Date recorded: 12 November 2021

Transatlantic show

Re-tuning your Firm - Transatlantic - Episode 1

Episode 1 of Re-tuning your Firm - Transatlantic. Panel: Francesca Lagerberg of Grant Thornton; Dr Larry Richard of LawyerBrain; Larry Stroud of Korverge, and Sebastian Hartmann of KPMG. Includes findings of poll comparing the impact of lockdown between the continents. Hosted by Richard Chaplin 

Date recorded: 29 September 2021

Awards

Best solutions for clients - Awards 2021

Mark Grayson, COO at BCLP Cubed, on the winning submission for the Best Solutions for Clients category at the 2021 Awards. More

Date recorded: 10 June 2021

Summits

Fast-track Innovation™ - session 2

Fast-track Innovation - Session 2 - Where and how best to deploy design sprints (Ian Jeffery, Becky Shields, Rosemary Nunn, Marcus Dimbleby and Nigel Spencer)

Date recorded: 17 March 2021

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Events

Masterclass: social networks - the power of the informal organisation

Strategy & Marketing

Masterclass: social networks - the power of the informal organisation

Thursday 01 December 2022

In this masterclass we will cover the foundational principles of social networks and how leaders can harness their power to drive collaboration, innovation, and performance.
Structuring your business for the brave new world

People, Performance & Culture

Structuring your business for the brave new world

Thursday 08 December 2022

During this interactive session, Sam and Lucy will share theory and experience of supporting complex organisations to design and implement new structures, cultures and ways of working.

Invites are sent out approximately three weeks before each event. All events are online for the forseeable future.

Recent poll findings

Quarterly tracker

Firms remain bullish with 70% to 80% expecting expansion and few expecting contraction over the next year in activity levels, headcount or new work flow. Over 90% of people will be working from home for at least half the time.

Impact of lockdown - Transatlantic show

Europeans view the lockdown in more positive terms, are less panicked by Covid and more relaxed over returning to the office. Happiness levels decreased less at European firms, but more mental health issues surfaced.

Cyber security

Lack of expertise, poor communications and cultural resistance are the most common risk indicators. Ransomware attack recovery plans need a lot of work!

Usage of new technologies

Financial management has the greatest usage, followed by services delivered to clients, then marketing and new business generation, then influencing innovation, then knowledge management, then people management and finally strategy development.

The Forum Peer Groups are a rare opportunity to share on an informal but confidential basis ideas and experiences with fellow professionals facing similar challenges.

Jon Randall
Partner, BDO