Dragonfish: Cracking your Culture Code to Transform Performance

Our friends at Dragonfish have very kindly written this fantastic blog just for us – ‘Cracking your Culture Code to Transform Performance.’  Dragonfish worked with our most recent HR Forum speaker, Niall Cluley, Global HR Director at Fitness First, who talked very candidly about the process involved in spearheading a global re-brand across different countries.  In this blog post, Dragonfish – a culture and engagement consultancy based in Southampton – attempt to demystify culture change and make it all less academic and more tangible for leaders tasked with improving business results. 

We will be welcoming Jo Kane from Trailblazers back to the HR Forum on 22nd September, where she will once again be taking an interactive approach to discussing resilience, mindsets and stress management.


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HR Forum Feedback – Emotional Intelligence with Joanna Kane

Sally Bennett

On Thursday 21st May, Engage Executive Search held their second HR Forum, and what a success it was.

At our first event back in February I explained our vision was to create a peer group of like-minded and experienced  senior HR personnel  who would  come together to share their experiences.  Our objective was to provide  informal, comfortable surroundings, sitting in smaller groups that allow discussion on a personal level.  One other vision …. no powerpoint!

Well I am proud to say so far so good; our second forum doubled in size and we are already at maximum capacity.  What was evident was that there are some great people out there and even though some are very experienced, they were keen to learn and share their skills and give examples of challenges they have faced.


We were lucky to have Joanne Kane from Trailblazers as our expert at this forum.  Immediately, Joanne’s honesty as she created a picture of her life as a successful, high flying career women in London, and what was really going on underneath her façade, made a connection with everyone in the room.  Her story then led to an overview of the very hot topic of Emotional Intelligence.   Contribution from the forum members was high and provided some great examples of experience for all of us to take with us.


Joanne was then followed by Malcolm Scott Walby from Scott Walby LLP.  Malcolm has agreed to be our legal expert and as the forums progress he will be available for a Q&A and to share the latest updates.  For those who don’t know Malcolm, he provides a very entertaining view of employment law and will not sit on that fence.

Danny,  Manager of The Cliff, yet again provided a great breakfast and ensured the smooth running of the event with all the ease  of an experienced host.

So here I am still on a high from the success of the event and reviewing what the Engage HR Forum has achieved  so far….


                                                Comfortable, informal venue                    tick

                                                No powerpoint                                            tick

                                                Inspirational speakers                                tick

                                                Discussion and debate                               tick

                                                Sharing experience                                     tick

                                                Learning from each other                          tick

                                                A room full of highly skilled, great,

                                                Participative, engaging people             one big fat tick



So what is next?

I am very excited to say we have a great lady called Sam Turner who is the MD of an organisation called Dragonfish.  In the true spirit of the forum we gave our members a choice of subjects that will navigate us around the enormous subject of employee engagement and customer satisfaction through our organisations people.

Members will receive their ‘save the date’ shortly with the result of that vote.  In the meantime if you are a HR professional and would like to hear more about our Forum and other events, please do not hesitate to contact me personally – sally@engageexecutivejobs.com