Academic Ian Tomlinson speaks to business leaders at Blackpool Business Expo 2017

By |25th November 2017|Categories: Change Consulting, Change Management, Education and Training, Performing your best|Tags: , , , , , |

Our latest guest blogger is Ian Tomlinson, an academic programme leader for UCFB, the first higher education institution in the world dedicated to the delivery of degrees in the football, sport and events industries.


With his background in sport and education, UCFB academic Ian Tomlinson was recently asked to speak at the Blackpool Business Expo 2017 as part of GuideDotYou’s “Protect Your Recruitment Investment With Employee Attachment” seminar. Ian was asked to present his ideas on the differences in employee attachment of sports individuals and those in the corporate sector…


Employee attachment typically gives an organisation a 120-day window to create a strong “bond” between themselves and a new employee, and act as the foundation for future trust and engagement.

That “trust” is built upon 20 drivers of attachment – developed by shc Bond. These drivers, such as orientation (where the kettle is in the office); performance objectives (setting clear goals for the individual and their team); and systems and processes (how to log an issue with the IT team), must be right at the beginning of an employee’s time with a company to maximise the individual’s potential in the workplace.

Simply put, within sport the attachment period is significantly shorter. This statement can be clearly defined using the framework of the thoughts of former Australian rower Bo Hanson, who now runs Athlete Assessments – a company that works with sports teams and organisations to develop athlete-centred coaching structures.

I adapted the framework first introduced by Hanson, who has previously set out eight clear lessons on employee attachment in sport and the subtle differences between that and the corporate world. Though core feelings resonate in both sectors – security, trust, acceptance, belonging – the added emotional attachment of being a leader or coach of a sports team eventually separates the two.

I explained how the same points identified can be used in non-traditional employee/employer relationships – e.g. associates, short contracts and secondments. The attendees also had the opportunity to raise questions around specific issues through an engaging Q&A session.

Find out more about UCFB academic Ian Tomlinson.

Photo by Peter Jefferson of Visionistic Photography.

H & N Magazine Charity Ball

By |10th October 2017|Categories: Growth Builder, Managing Transitions, Marketing, Social Responsibility|Tags: , , , , |

Join in H & N Magazine’s Charity Ball on 25th November.

H&N Magazine is supporting two charities through this year Charity Ball.


Cancer Support Yorkshire

A completely independent charity, originally set up as the cancer support centre in 1988 and provided a counselling service to those affected by cancer. 

Our vision was to provide a permanent base with space to grow and develop services.

We are delighted to now be able to offer our full range of practical and emotional support to people in Craven, Wharfedale and the surrounding areas as well as the existing Bradford & Airedale district. Today we are seeing over 3500 people per year and still offer all of our key services, we are constantly striving to meet the needs of our clients and are working hard through our fundraising drive to ensure that we can be here for another 25 years. www.cancersupportyorkshire.org.uk


Anthony Nolan

Every day, we match incredible individuals willing to donate their blood stem cells or bone marrow to people with blood cancer and blood disorders who desperately need lifesaving transplants. It all began in 1974. With her three-year-old son Anthony in urgent need of a bone marrow transplant, Shirley Nolan set up the world’s first register to match donors with people in desperate need. Now, we help three people each day find that lifesaving match. www.anthonynolan.org



To book your places at the ball please email: angela@madpublications.co.uk or Tel: 01274 420091.

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