Here's an amazing fact: RBS was briefly the largest bank in the world by assets in 2007. The problem: for banks, assets means money they're owed and well, the RBS downfall is now legendary. Subtitled "Fred Goodwin, RBS and the men who blew up the British economy" Iain Martin traces how things went so wrong for this once esteemed bank and its equally esteemed CEO. Worth reading? Yep - it's a pacy page-turner that reads like a thriller and gives the inside scoop on how RBS almost brought down the British economy.
I'm so delighted Mirna agreed to be my first interview for Moxie Rules. I got to know Mirna in Brussels back in the noughties (2000's) when we sat opposite each other in Euroclear’s legal department: she was a senior lawyer responsible for strategic projects, I was in compliance neck-deep in policies. However, a few years ago Mirna did what so many of us wonder about doing: she switched lanes and set up her own business as artist, coach specialising in burn-out prevention and conflict management, and lecturer. I wanted to know why Mirna changed careers, what challenges she sees people facing in the corporate world and how can we manage them, and where does creativity come into it?
“Control and patrol” roles— jobs in compliance, risk, audit and the regulators - are important, never more so than after the 2007-08 crisis. So why is there often that mixture of self-deprecation, humour and — yes — weariness by the good folk doing them? Having worked in regulatory and compliance roles for well over a decade, I’ve given this a good deal of thought and often chatted about it with contacts of mine who also do these jobs. DerivSource published my article which gives four reasons why I believe control and patrol roles throw up some specific challenges, but why it’s far from all bad. Find the link below.
Networking, schmoozing, self promotion, job interviews, appraisals… words that strike dread into many hearts, mine included: suddenly cleaning grout off bathroom tiles with a tiny toothbrush looks like a solid way to spend time. But, it’s gotta be done if we want to get on in our careers. The problem is, the author of this book on artful bragging notes, promoting ourselves is not something we’re taught to do. How do we fix that? Peggy Klaus, "bragologist", has the answer.
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Financial services regulatory consultancy, specialising in MiFID II: resources, training & tips