AFC Bournemouth kick-off a new season of Engage and Jobshop UK director’s lunches

Engage Executive Jobs and Jobshop UK, has kicked-off the first director’s lunch of 2017 by welcoming AFC Bournemouth chairman, Jeff Mostyn, and commercial director, Rob Mitchell as its guest speakers.

The highly acclaimed lunch, attended by over 60 company directors and held at The Harbour Heights Hotel, Poole, saw Jeff candidly discuss his journey with the Premier League team, from when he first purchased the club in 2007 during what he described as, ‘a Victor Kiam moment.’

With an undeniable passion for football, Jeff has been an integral part of the behind the scenes improvements at the Vitality Stadium over the past 10 years, as well as proving himself to be an immensely well-respected figure both locally and within the game on a national level, due to his unparalleled football knowledge and commitment to the local community.

Talking about the club’s rise to the premier division, Jeff revealed that the town has benefitted from an estimated £100 million being spent as a direct result of AFC Bournemouth’s success.

Commercial director of AFC Bournemouth, Rob Mitchell, joined Jeff to talk about the club’s charitable interests and vision for success.  The club is dedicated to investing in projects and facilities for the area, has a vision to engage 4,500 people a week in sport and educational initiatives, and is passionate about inspiring diversity in sport, and preparing young people for work.

Launched in 2016, The Cherries Community Fund supports a number of projects for young people and vulnerable groups, as well as being involved in supporting community groups and charities.  Financed from the proceeds of the popular Matchday Draw and any other donations the club receives, the fund has so far donated over £21,000 to 33 projects ranging from football kits for schools, to sensory gardens for care homes.

Sally Bennett, executive recruitment director at Engage said: “The first director’s lunch of the year was a phenomenal success.  Jeff and Rob really engaged our guests who had lots of questions for them.  It was fascinating to hear about Jeff’s personal story with the club, as well as its involvement with the community and its charitable and social causes.  I often feel when people think of football they don’t realise what a club is putting back into the community or how having a successful club really does benefit the local area.  The next Engage and Jobshop lunch will be on June 7th with further details available shortly.”


Louise Southam of Beyond Belief Coaching announced as speaker for the April 27th HR Forum

We are delighted to announce Louise Southam, transformative life and business coach from Beyond Belief Coaching, will be our lead speaker at the April HR Forum.


Louise is an experienced life and business coach who uses a number of tools and techniques that encourage individuals to step into their vision as a leader and deliver the results they require to benefit their business as a whole.

Having worked with major global organisations, including BT and Merlin Entertainments,  Louise also has experience with working in a number of sectors, including Finance, Insurance and Healthcare.

Louise says: “My passion is in building the people, who build the business, who deliver the results.  I work with people who want to achieve lasting transformational change in their lives and business. I know from working with successful leaders and individuals that it is their limiting beliefs that hold them back.  By empowering people, I create outstanding results for both individuals and companies.”

We are really looking forward to Louise’s presentation on the 27th April at our usual venue, The Cliff, Ravine Road, Canford Cliffs, so to find out more or to book your space (and remember, book early as we are always full to capacity!) please contact Emily on 01202 674488 or

In the meantime, Louise has been kind enough to share this recent blog post from her website with us, please click on the link to be taken to Louise’s website where you can learn more about her to whet your appetite before the April HR Forum!

 Is your own energy ‘destructive’ on the people around you?

I reflected on a recent call I had with a fellow coach, we are both positive, energetic individuals who talk animatedly about the work we do and the difference we make.  Yet I found myself feeling very ‘flat’ on the last call I had with him.  We started in the usual way, we checked in with how each was doing in our worlds and we shared our upcoming work ventures, yet this time I felt totally drained at the end of our call and in need of recovery time and an energy boost.  Why?

I realise what had happened, although our energies where high, our energy frequency was at a different level, so one cancelled out the other.  If we were at the same frequency, then we would have had a ‘surge’ of energy and the call would have ended with us both feeling on a metaphorical ‘energy high.’

In physics, this is described as constructive or destructive interference.  Another way of explaining this is if you were to drop two pebbles into a pool of water at exactly the same time, at the point their waves meet, it would create a much bigger wave (constructive), yet if you were to drop them at slightly different times, at the point their individual waves meet, one would completely cancel out the other (destructive).  The same is true of how our own mood affects the energy of the people around us.  This is exactly what happened on my call.

How often in the workplace do we witness this destructive interference?  When a leader’s energy is out of alignment with that of their team, not only does it affect the mood of the team around them, it affects the bottom line.  Yet time and time again, we bear witness to leaders who behave in a way that drains the energy of the people around them without them realising it.  I recall my days in the HR corporate world, where as a team we would have brain storming sessions, all arriving full of energy and ideas, yet the leader thought he was being motivating with his booming voice and his ‘suggestions ’, totally unaware of the impact this hijacking had on our energy.  He didn’t even notice that his so-called enthusiasm had wiped out the enthusiasm of each team member.  All the body language clues ignored; the slouched postures, the dipped heads, the flushed cheeks, all signs that destructive interference had taken hold.  The result of these meetings was each trailing out one by one, demotivated, unheard and totally drained.

So I ask you, are you noticing your energy and the impact it has on the people around you?  Are your pebbles dropping at the same time or are you out of alignment with your team?  Match your energy with theirs and watch the big wave of energy construct and notice how much easier it is to drive engagement and performance just by becoming more aware.  It sounds simple, it can be!

The leadership work that I do with my clients is around increasing their innate charisma, energy being a key part, so that they operate at a higher frequency and have a positive impact on the people around them, which ultimately drives engagement and creates higher performing teams.

Harvard Business School cites, charismatic leaders are 68% more effective as well as happier and healthier.

The Charisma Connection is hosting a FREE taster session on leadership and engagement on 27th March in London.  This is a very unique approach to building engagement and incorporates neuroscience, cellular biology, quantum mechanics, subtle energy and behaviours.  It is the secret of engagement.