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“I am keen to take on a leadership role in my next position but have limited management experience. What do you suggest I do to strengthen my case?”

“I am keen to take on a leadership role in my next position but have limited management experience. What do you suggest I do to strengthen my case?”    First of all, you might have more management experience than you think! Don’t overlook elements of your career where you’ve demonstrated leadership. For example, have you ever managed a project? or been involved in training new staff? Hav...

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New CPD courses

New CPD courses IOSH is set to pilot new CPD courses from October. IOSH Magazine spoke with the institution’s head of product, Jonathan Nobbs, about the courses.   For leading organisations safety and health programmes are a means of ensuring business continuity, brand equity, driving competitiveness and producing and creating new sources of value.   This, according to IOSH’s h...

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Leadership insight: Ruth Gallagher, safety improvement director, Heathrow

Leadership insight: Ruth Gallagher, safety improvement director, Heathrow Ruth Gallagher says her leadership style has changed over the past 12 months. She found the step up from ‘head of’ to ‘director’ to be quite a shift. It meant moving from “managing and doing” to “not doing very much and leading”. For someone who describes herself as “a bit of a control freak”, it has been a challen...

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Ask a recruiter: I’ve worked in construction for 10 years and would like to move to the Middle East. What should I emphasize in applying for jobs there?

I’ve worked in construction for 10 years and would like to move to the Middle East. What should I emphasize in applying for jobs there?   The construction market in the Middle East is one of the busiest in the world, however recent economic conditions have impacted this, which anyone looking to relocate should be aware of. Primarily in response to weakening oil prices, organisations were...

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CPD Stars: Mary Ogungbeje CMIOSH

IOSH’s research and development co-ordinator Mary Ogungbeje CMIOSH explains how a two-week work placement with London Fire Brigade benefited her professional development. One of my objectives for this year was to do a work placement to “develop an understanding for the practical application and challenges of delivering OSH within a workplace”. This really got me excited because, as ...

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Leadership insight: Dr Sayeed Khan, chief medical adviser, EEF

Leadership insight: Dr Sayeed Khan, chief medical adviser, EEF Dr Sayeed Khan says that good leaders are made through a combination of nature and nurture. “Your experiential knowledge is a stronger element than I ever thought was the case,” he says. “Because I’ve realised how many mistakes I’ve made and learned from them.” He explains that younger people promoted to senior positions h...

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Leadership Insight: Bill Gunnyeon, chair of trustees, IOSH

Leadership insight: Bill Gunnyeon, chair of trustees, IOSH Bill Gunnyeon has spent most of his career in senior management posts and says that setting a clear direction is critical. “Far too often people don’t know where the organisation is going. If you are going to lead people up a hill and you have a choice of three hills, then it’s fine to have a discussion about which hill with peop...

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Leadership Insight: Cormac Gilligan, vice president at PepsiCo

Leadership insight: Cormac Gilligan, vice president at PepsiCo Cormac Gilligan admits that one of the most important qualities he’s had to develop to be an effective leader is his “soft skills”. “I find building networks great, connecting with people is a strength to me. And on the flip side of that coin it’s when those networks are not working.” Collaboration is vital, he adds. Not o...

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CPD Stars: Ensuring CPD is up-to-date is a simple but vital task which brings huge rewards

James Bourne GradIOSH, health and safety manager at Green Frog Power, says ensuring his CPD is up-to-date is a simple but vital task which brings huge rewards for himself and his organisation.   The new postcards that IOSH introduced last year to help members with logging their CPD have been a great help for me. They really help you to focus your mind on the important things and avoid wr...

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Ask A Recruiter: I suffer badly from interview nerves. Is there anything I can do to reduce them?

First and foremost, we all suffer from interview nerves, there is nothing wrong with this. It demonstrates that you are passionate about the role you’re going for and care about the outcome of the interview. It’s wise, however, not to let these nerves get the better of you. We all have our own pre-interview rituals, but there are a few ways you can maximise your chances of success and keep tho...

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