Now We Are Five: Our 5th birthday party is on May 3


We wanted to let you know that our 5th birthday celebrations are imminent and are taking place on Wednesday 3 May 2017 at Skyloft which is located on the 28th floor of the Millbank Tower offering stunning views across the Thames.


And if you think it doesn’t seem like a year since our 4th Birthday celebrations… you’d be right! Last year’s festivities, also held at Skyloft, took place on 29 June 2016.

The event is by invitation only, attendees will hear by email over the next week or so and we hope if you receive an invite that you can join us for yet another milestone in the 10Eighty story – a half-decade of “working hard, doing good and having fun along the way”.

For some instant nostalgia, here’s a few photos from last year’s bash:




We look forward to seeing our friends and colleagues in May  for our biggest celebration yet!

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International Happiness to the rescue


Happy International Happiness Day!  Today, 20 March 2017 is International Happiness Day, a United Nations global celebration coordinated by Action for Happiness, a non-profit movement of people from 160 countries, supported by a partnership of like-minded organisations.

The campaign believes that people are now recognising that ‘progress’ should be about increasing human happiness and wellbeing, not just growing the economy. Because of this growing interest, many governments, communities and organisations are using happiness data, and the results of subjective well-being research, to enable policies that support better lives.International-Day-of-Happiness

Happiness as a fundamental goal

When we think about human happiness, economists tend to emphasise the role of personal income; libertarians espouse personal freedom and autonomy; sociologists talk of social capital and trust in society; and political scientists look to constitutional order and control of corruption. Yet none of these disciplines do justice to the concept of happiness

In 2011, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution which recognised happiness as a “fundamental human goal” and called for “a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes the happiness and well-being of all peoples”.

At 10Eighty our motto is “work hard, do good and along the way have fun”. We firmly believe that the smart way to organise your career is to play to your strengths and if you find a role you love and it won’t even seem like working.

A workplace where people love their work and are calm, stress-free and happy is more likely to be productive. Laughter brings people together; we like to be with those who are having fun. Creativity, agility and flexibility are key to organisational success and a fun workplace is more productive, so it attracts people and profits.

Taking happiness seriously

Beyond a basic point, increasing economic growth loses the ability to lift happiness levels but there is a lot we can all do to make the world a better place.

Happiness is creative, proactive and constructive and is a state best achieved when shared. When you contribute to the happiness of those around you, you improve your own chances of happiness.

At a workplace level it may sound unfair, or even unprofessional, but it is nicer to work with people who are happy, likeable, positive, enthusiastic, and energetic. It is at least in part a function of our intention to be collaborative, appreciative, positive and self-aware.

Famously Bhutan measures the Gross National Happiness of their population. Traditional economic theory measures growth but doesn’t really look very hard at what is being grown. If you ask people what really matters to them and offer them alternatives such as family, spirituality, pleasure, responsibility, generosity, material wealth and career you will materialism ranking at the bottom of the list and family at the top. We know what makes us happy but that doesn’t necessarily stop the chase after money, power and status.

We can’t legislate for happiness but we can provide the conditions that help the growth of happiness. In the workplace this would mean an organisational culture that values and promotes, inter alia, trust, openness, collaboration, fairness and diversity.

The Action for Happiness pledge is: “I will try to create more happiness in the world around me”.

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Strengthscope® certified by British Psychological Society


We’re delighted to announce that Strengthscope® has become the first strengths assessment to achieve Registered Test Status with the UK’s British Psychological Society (BPS), which means it is the only strengths assessment in the world to achieve this highly prestigious status, obtained only after rigorous testing for reliability, validity and ‘fitness for purpose’.BPS standards are based on European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA) guidelines, which are recognised as a global gold standard. The BPS has confirmed that Strengthscope®:

  • Measures the 24 strengths in the model reliably over time
  • Predicts high performance at work
  • Measures what energises and motivates people at work in order to help them discover areas where they can achieve peak performance and high engagement (in this sense, Strengthscope® differs from traditional personality measures that help to explain behaviour and preferences).

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In addition, recent independent studies, including one by City University London¹, have shown that Strengthscope® is both a valid and reliable measure of work-based strengths and other studies show that the assessment measures strengths without bias across gender, age and ethnic group.

Dr Paul Brewerton, Joint Managing Director of Strengths Partnership and co-creator of Strengthscope®, said: “We’re delighted to have been recognised by the British Psychological Society. Achieving this ‘gold standard’ means that our customers can be certain that the assessment measures employees’ work-based strengths and energies fairly and precisely wherever they are in the world, and that Strengthscope® accurately predicts and activates peak performance at work.”

Strengthscope® was developed in the UK 10 years ago by Strengths Partnership founders Dr Paul Brewerton and James Brook, and is used by a wide range of organisations globally to energise peak performance at work. The cloud-based strengths profiling system powers employee development programmes for many leading brands including Sainsbury’s, EE, BT, PhotoBox, Channel 4, BOC and Genentech.

10Eighty has been partnering for several years with the Strengths Partnership.

¹External validation study of the Strengthscope® psychometric tool, Ashley Whitefoot & Dr. Antonio Pangallo, 2016

Learn more

If you would like to find out how Strengthscope® could help your organisation get the best out of your employees and boost business performance click here for more information or get in touch.

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Have you seen our new team page?


We recently updated Our Team page and wanted to make a bit of a song and dance about it!

Out are the purple-dyed pics. In are full colour photos, many of them taken at our Associates Day which we held at the end of November 2016. You can find everyone’s LinkedIn profile when your mouse hovers over their profile photo, then click on an individual photo to discover Team 10Eighty’s in-work and out-of-work passions.

10Eighty-Our-Team-Page-2017 As you probably know, at 10Eighty we’re big fans of the work-life balance, detailed in a few of our blogposts including The work-life balance trick and Work hard but maintain your work-life balance. The opening sentences of the latter blog nicely sums it up:

At 10Eighty our motto is “work hard, do good and along the way have fun”. We think that if you love what you do it often doesn’t really feel like work, and it is mostly fun. 

We certainly enjoy our work and the various disciplines we’re involved in have kept 10Eighty in shipshape shape for nearly 5 years now, but did you know that…

Nick LawsonNick Lawson (pictured) our Finance Director is also part of a Barbershop Quartet/Octet that perform in the Surrey area…

Hannah Moran, our Business Development Executive equally loves to race around Brands Hatch or cycle in her local park…

Joan O'ConnorSarah Jamodu, our Operations Manager is handy with a paper-cutting knife…

Joan O’Connor (pictured) our Head of Leadership Development adores amethysts, which had a big influence on 10Eighty’s branding…

Douglas Reynolds, our IT Translator is a St John’s Ambulance regular and fan of 80s electro-pop.

Find out more

For more information about the extensive experience of Team 10Eighty and some more interesting factoids head to Our Team page

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Director Liz featured in HR Grapevine’s 2017 Guide to Learning Technology


HR-Grapevine-2017-Guide-To-Learning-Technology We wanted to let you know that 10Eighty Director, Liz Sebag-Montefiore was quoted in the article “Treat employees like consumers when it comes to e-learning” which you’ll find on pages 6 to 8 of HR Grapevine’s 2017 Guide to Learning Technology.

The guide looks at advances in digital technology and how these are creating new opportunities in the learning industry. It also asks how L&D teams can treat employees more like consumers and take on the challenge of ‘on demand’ content that means we have information and entertainment at our figures thanks to likes of Netflix, Amazon and others.

The “Treat employees like consumers…” article suggests that we should start thinking about e-learning as an interactive, not a passive experience and Liz answers a question about how employers should go about selecting the right system or platform for your organisation’s e-learning.

It goes on to explore the best format for learning and the best methods for employees to gain new knowledge and skills and how best to personalise the learning experience.


Read the Guide to Learning Technology

You’ll find plenty of new ideas and insights into the ever-changing landscape of learning technology and can be viewed online if you click this link.


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We’re sponsoring HR Grapevine’s Magic of HR conference


We wanted to let you know that we’re sponsoring the HR Grapevine annual conference “The Magic of HR” on Thursday 16 March 2017 at The Brewery 52 Chiswell Street, Moorgate, EC1Y 4SD.

The full title of the conference The Magic of HR: The key to achieving is to get people believing and this year the event will explore HR’s magical role in the context of uncertainty and a constantly changing world that requires new ways of working.

“The rate of change may seem unmanageable, it is the magic of HR that will enable businesses to achieve the impossible. Whether in delivering performance through people, or ensuring the workforce is agile and adaptable enough to navigate the changing environment. In such a fast-moving world, HR needs to empower leaders, anticipate the future and inspire an entire workforce in order to allow for successful transformations.”


The key to achieving is to get people believing

Next month HR Grapevine is gathering a unique line-up of Board Executives and HR Directors to speak about the magic of the people function and how the key to achieving is to get people believing. This could mean fostering a belief across the entire workforce that the business can do the impossible, or getting those at the top to believe in the importance of the people agenda and its power to transform.

Here’s the agenda for the day:

7:45am to 8:30am – Registration and networking
8:30am – Conference Address
8:45am to 10:15am – Session 1: Change & Transformation
10:15am to 11:00am – Networking and coffee
11:00am to 12:30pm – Session 2: Performance & Productivity
12:30pm to 1:30pm – Networking session + Cocktails and Standing Starters
1:30pm to 2:30pm – Gala Lunch
2:30pm to 4:00pm – Session 3: Belief & Inspiration
4:00pm – Conference Close

And here’s the 10Eighty advert that you’ll find in the conference pack:


It’s not a supernatural thing. HR’s abilities are founded in astute strategic planning and can be adopted by any practitioner – not just the blessed few.

So we hope you can join 400 senior HR professionals at this year’s event for inspiration, lively debates and networking. A ‘magical lunch’ is also promised, but nothing will be revealed until 16 March…

Join the conversation

If you’re going, or even if you can’t make it, you can join the conversation about magical HR on Twitter on the day using #HRGV2017

Book your place

Tickets are still available which you can book on the HR Grapevine website.


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Achieve performance excellence with our strengths-based approach White Paper

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Strengthening Workplaces 10Eighty White PaperWe wanted to let you know that we recently launched our latest White Paper ‘Strengthening Workplaces’ which asks the question ‘Do you know how your organisation can achieve performance excellence?’

Numerous HR gurus and experts will provide a million and one answers to this slightly rhetorical question. Our White Paper provides a multitude of reasons why a strengths-based approach to talent assessment and development is being used by some of the leading companies around the world and is one of the fastest growing trends in the HR world.

Our new 32-page White Paper provides a myriad of insights into strengths-based working – the history, theory and practice. As we outline in the report many organisations have experienced a huge impact by taking the strengths-based approach.

Here’s an overview of our ‘Strengthening Workplaces’ White Paper:

  • A brief history of the strengths-based approach
  • The value of the strengths-based approach
  • How focusing on Strengths boosts performance
  • Optimizing and stretching strengths
  • Common myths about the approach
  • How to integrate the approach in the DNA of your organization
  • Talent management and strengths: The next 10 years.

StrengtheningWorkplaces-White-PaperDownload our new White Paper

If you would like to download a copy of our Strengthening Workplaces White Paper just click here. Within a minute or two a PDF of the report will arrive in your inbox.

Take a look at our other White Papers

‘Strengthening Workplaces’ is our 10th White Paper. You can find out more about our other 9 White Papers (and collect the set!) and download them here.

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Save Time, Save Money, Save Stress: Make Mediation Work for You


We wanted to let you know about an event on mediation Save Time, Save Money, Save Stress: Make Mediation Work for You that’s taking place on Wednesday 1 February 2017 between 3.15 and 6.15pm at The Old Library, Lloyd’s of London, 1 Lime Street, EC3M 7HA

This interactive conference will include audience polling and is focused on helping you sell the benefits of mediation and facilitation within your organisation. You will get tips on:

  • Raising awareness amongst staff of workplace mediation
  • Success factors and challenges in both its introduction and its take-up
  • Encouraging management participation
  • Using workplace mediation as an integral part of your grievance procedure
  • Proactively addressing workplace disputes
  • The role of mediation in future employment litigation.

Agenda & costs

Registration – 3pm
Conference – 3.15pm – 6.15pm
Drinks reception to 7pm

Cost is £40 + vat per person and all guests are required to provide a valid photo ID.

Click here to book your place



The conference will share important insights into the process of making mediation the default option in workplace and employment disputes. CMC Workplace and Employment group Chair, Caroline Sheridan, is pleased to confirm that the speakers will include:

  • Sir Alan Ward, Chairman, CMC
  • Sir Brendan Barber, Chair, Acas
  • Professor Paul Latreille, Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor for Learning & Teaching, Sheffield University
  • Pete Hodgson, Head of Employee Relations, Tesco Stores
  • Orla Tierney, Head of Employee Relations and Reward Director, BBC
  • Dr Jurgen Klowait, Former Counsel, E.ON
  • David Whincup, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs

Who is this conference for?

This workplace mediation conference has been designed for in-house counsel, HR, line management, trade union or work representatives and to show you how to use mediation to get the results which will make your Board sit up and take notice.

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DS Smith interviewed about CareerCENTRE in HR Magazine

We wanted to let you know that 10Eighty’s CareerCENTRE™ was featured in an article ‘Q&A DS Smith on its 10Eighty CareerCENTRE values tool’ in the most recent edition of HR Magazine.

Claire Barraclough, DS Smith’s learning and development manager was interviewed and answered questions including ‘Why did you choose CareerCENTRE?’. ‘How does it work?’, ‘What are its best features?’, ‘Who would you recommend it to?’ and ‘What’s been the result?’


Download the article as a 2-page pdf

You may remember an article that we published back in September that explained how 10Eighty’s CareerCENTRE™ supported an Engaging Managers initiative that was implemented by DS Smith, a global provider of sustainable packaging operating in 36 countries.

The aim of ‘Engaging Managers’ was to help managers learn how to articulate the direction of the business, increase employee engagement and become role models for these corporate goals and was achieved by focusing on values.

Learn more

If you’d like to find out more about 10Eighty’s CareerCENTRE™ please get in touch.


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It’s beginning to feel a lot like… the 10Eighty Xmas Party!



We know it feels like you’ve just returned from your summer hols… but this week Jack Frost is biting at your toes, Christmas Day is just 46 days away and the 10Eighty Christmas Party is even closer – 20 days and counting.

The festivities begin at 6pm on Monday 28 November 2016 at The Royal Exchange, London, EC3V 3DG


It’ll be an excellent time to reflect on successes in 2016, goals for 2017 and celebrate the end of another eventful year with your friends at 10Eighty.


Plenty of fizz, incredible canapés, short festive speeches and great company are all guaranteed.

We look forward to seeing everyone for (probably) one of the first festive events of the season!

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Takeaways from Scott Moeller’s talk ‘Why M&A deals fail and how to rescue them’


We hosted a successful 10Eighty event last Thursday at The Beaumont Hotel, Mayfair ‘Why M&A deals fail and how to rescue them’ when we were delighted to welcome guest speaker Scott Moeller. Scott is Professor in the Practice of Finance and Director of the M&A Research Centre at Cass Business School and the former CEO and Director of Executive Education.


And we wanted to share some takeaways from this engaging evening event.

Our CEO Michael Moran said: “Having heard Scott it re-emphasises the importance of getting the people dynamics of a merger/acquisition right. Knowledge workers have choice. You need to win the hearts and minds of those you are acquiring. All too often we forget it is people that create shareholder value.

Accountants can see the undoubted benefits that economies of scale can create often forgetting that without those who add value at the front end of the business there is no business. Scott’s story about HP’s acquisition of Autonomy should serve as a lesson to all those who acquire without regard to the people dynamic.”

Director Dave Harrison, was also in attendance and told us: “The key learnings for me were: ‘It’s not all about the financials, don’t forget about the people as they are the ones that will make (the business) successful. Be open, be transparent. With regard to the people, act fast too. Don’t draw it out'”

Watch a video of the event…

We produced two videos from footage shot throughout the evening. The Coffee Break/Highlights version which is 4 minutes and the Lunch Time/Full version which is 11 minutes. Take your pick!

… and read the article too

Katie Jacobs of HR Magazine was one of our guests, and she wrote an article on Mergers and Acquisitions titled: Focus on the people agenda to avoid M&A derailment which quotes Scott on the many things that can cause an M&A deal to go wrong.

As well as engaging discussions, delicious food was also on the menu:

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why-deals-fail-how-to-rescue-them-scott-moellerEveryone got a signed copy of Scott’s lastest book Why Deals Fail and How to Rescue Them: M&A lessons for business success available from Amazon (other book retailers are available!).

The 3 Big Mistakes of Dealmaking

Michael Moran’s LinkedIn Pulse article, published today, M&A: When soft stuff becomes hard stuff goes into more detail about Scott’s talk, in particular the 3 Big Mistakes of Dealmaking – planning, communication and people

Planning: Moeller says that if you do not have a clear and detailed deal strategy, no planning for integration will suffice, because the two are so closely intertwined.

Communication: We all recognise communication as a good thing, but it’s crucial to understand exactly why. Good communication is, crucially, a reflection of a well-prepared, well-aligned combined management team.

People: Closest to 10Eighty hearts. Moeller says poor communication and a lack of understanding of a new culture leads to the third failure: to appreciate, evaluate and consider the value of people.

Scott’s points, especially the last of these, goes to the essence of what 10Eighty believes. It even reflects our name – all mergers and acquisitions stand or fall on how you work to inspire the 10% of highly talented individuals and the 80% of employees, who are the bedrock of the business.


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We’re at the SDF Conference 9-10 November


As regular readers will have noticed we’re having an event-tastic November and will be attending the SDF Conference ‘Future Fit’ on Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 November at Mercure Sheffield St Paul’s Hotel and Spa.

sdf-conference-future-fit-1If you’re attending the event on Day One or Day Two look out for Director Dave Harrision and Business Development Director Emma Mitchell at the 10Eighty.

Ask them about 10Eighty’s CareerCENTRE™ and how it could help you or your organisation to become ‘future fit’ by providing a solid platform for career planning, allowing forward thinking and an strategic approach towards succession and talent planning.

This year’s SDF conference will explore the question; Are we as staff/organisation development practitioners and providers fit for the future? To answer the question the conference will look at:

1. the role of learning and development in HE in the future
2. the impact L&D can have by showcasing the excellent work that goes on already within the sector as well as identifying the impact L&D could have in the future, and
3. in light of the above an understanding of the implications for everyday practice.

These themes will be explored through plenary sessions, debate, workshops and conference exhibitors from a variety of industries and professional capacities.

Click here to download the SPF Programme for more details on the 3 Keynote speakers and the wide range of activities that are taking place.



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Watch today’s guest speaker Scott Moeller speak on CNBC


Scott-Moeller-10Eighty-M&A-EventA 10Eighty event ‘Why M&A deals fail and how to rescue them‘ is taking place today (Thursday 3 November) and we’re delighted to welcome guest speaker Scott Moeller.

Scott is Professor in the Practice of Finance and Director of the M&A Research Centre at Cass Business School and the former CEO and Director of Executive Education.

He teaches Mergers & Acquisitions in the MBA and MSc programmes and has taught ‘Business Intelligence and Social Networking’ in the MBA programme and ‘Corporate Finance’ in the executive education programmes. He has been a visiting lecturer at Imperial College (London) and Oxford University, and is an accredited executive coach.

Scott is a frequent commentator on business issues on television (BBC, CNN, Bloomberg, CNBC) and in the press (Financial Times, Sunday Times, Independent) and has written for the Wall Street Journal, the BBC and other publications. His most recent book received an award in the United States as one of the top 30 business books of the year in 2008.

Watch Scott on CNBC

As a teaser trailer for today’s event we’ve just got hold of this video of Scott speaking on CNBC earlier this week, ‘Spin-off deals can be a win-win: Academic’.

If you’re coming along tonight we hope you enjoy the evening and Scott’s insights.

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We’re sponsoring HR in the City 2016 on 9 November

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We wanted to let you know that we’re sponsoring the HR in the City conference which is taking place on Thursday 9 November from 9am to 4pm at Painters’ Hall, 9 Little Trinity Lane, London EC4V 2AD

This year’s conference HR: Making the world of work better for employees is for a wide range of HR and employment professionals including HR Directors, HR Business Partners, Organisational Development Professionals, Resourcing Specialists, Employee Relations, HR and Career Consultants, Employment Lawyers, Reward Specialists, Change Managers, Mediators.


Highlights include:
The role of leaders, industries and professions in setting strategy, culture and standards on the foundations of transparency and fairness – Sir Brendan Barber, Chair of ACAS and Deputy Chair of the Banking Standards Board, Keynote Speaker

Managing the business and people agenda in times of uncertainty: change management as a conduit to better working lives – Stuart Davies, Chief Executive, Sompo Canopius

The power of networking and connectivity – a utility for both employers and employees – Julia Hobsbawm OBE, Author, Broadcaster, Academic and Founder of Editorial Intelligence

Brexit, the economy and people challenges for City employers – Expert Panel and Discussion Group

What makes a good day for employees in financial services – Professor Ivan Robertson, Director of Robertson Cooper, showcases research for the Bank Workers Charity on well-being and mental health within financial institutions, Keynote Speaker

Practitioner Insights – Wellbeing and Mental Health – with Alisa Hamzic, the Bank Workers Charity; James Hartley, Regional HR Director, EMEA Swiss Re

Talent Management re-defined: Motivation to Mindfulness (some insights from practitioners in financial services)

Find out more

It’s not too late to book just click here to register online

Just click here to download the programme

And here’s a sneak peek of our Christmas advert (only 53 sleeps to the Big Day!) which will be featured in the magazine that all conference delegates will receive next week.


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We’re going to the HPMA UK Conference this week


We’re exhibiting at the 2016 HPMA UK Conference & Exhibition ‘Improving Health through People’ which is being held at The Mercure, Holland House Hotel and Spa, 24-26 Newport Road, Cardiff on Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 November.

The event includes keynote sessions, workshop breakout sessions, best practice showcases, a Brexit debate and much more.

The conference promises to “address the big issues in healthcare HR whilst giving you time, space, expert input and development opportunities”. The 10Eighty stand will be focusing on the 10Eighty CareerCENTRE™ and career management.


Programme highlights include:

  • Brexit: Leading people through change
  • Developing the HR profession
  • HPMA 2016 Award Winners
  • People Strategy

Join the conversation or join us!

If you’re planning to go along (or even you’re not) you can use #HPMA_National to connect with other conference goers on social media.

Here’s our stand. If you’re at the conference today or tomorrow come on over and say ‘Hi’ to Hannah (not pictured…) our Business Development Executive and ask her about 10Eighty’s CareerCENTRE!


If you’d like to make a last minute booking click here

Download the latest programme and Click here for more details on the breakout sessions

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Global Talent for Competitive Advantage

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