Interview with Patrick Thorpe. Part 1

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  • 24 Aug, 2016

Interview with Patrick Thorpe: my first years as an Interim Manager  

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After exploring what it takes to move from being an Employee (you have a job) to Self-Employed (you own a job) and further to Business Owner (you own a system and/or people work for you) in the articles Are you dreaming of becoming your own boss?   and  Moving from self-employed to business owner , I wanted to bring to life these concepts by interviewing people who have actually seen, done, got the T-shirt and get some more tips.

First interview of the series is with Patrick Thorpe of Corexis Consulting Limited .

Q1   Why did you decide to become an interim? What benefits you thought it would give you and the challenges you would face?

A1   The interim market has really chosen me – after leaving a blue-chip Facilities Management (FM) service provider though redundancy, I set up my own company to offer consultancy, project work and bid management within FM. After undertaking a number of projects within business development, it has now morphed into interim operational management for a world-renowned higher educational establishment.
A clear benefit to me is the freedom of working for yourself. You do become the master of your own destiny and you are free to make absolute decisions about what work you want to go after and when. I firmly believe that when you work for yourself, it gives you a different mindset and drive about attaining success in everything that you do – and trying that much harder to ensure that you achieve it! There are clear challenges in setting up your own company and deciding what the best modus operandi is – formation of a limited company or an umbrella organisation. Both options have benefits dependent on your business activity and for me the incorporation of  Corexis Consulting Limited  has been the perfect option for combating the majority of challenges.


Q2   What was your career path?

A2   I am an ex-hotelier and started my career path working for the ‘J. Lyons and Co.’ at their subsidiary, Strand Hotels Limited. After working at the Cumberland, Kingsley, Strand Palace and Regent Palace Hotels in London, I moved on to work for Holiday Inn in Kuwait. On my return to the UK, I joined a contract catering company that prompted my career to move out of the catering sector into the world of facilities management. After a new career working for top FM companies – Sodexo, Compass Group, Johnson Controls and, finally, Balfour Beatty Workplace in both operational and business development roles, the opportunity came to form my own company and start a new chapter in my working life.

Q3   As you move through your journey to become/be an Interim Manager, what key skills did you find useful?

A3   There are an abundance of new skills that are there to be learnt in the Interim market – and here  are 4 that are fundamental to future success in my opinion :
  1. Planning  – for a new career move and understanding that all the decisions taken at this time may have a significant effect on your future place in this market place
  2. Salesmanship  – in learning to market yourself, your company and defining the product that you are bringing to the market
  3. Financial management  – in understanding and planning for ‘downtime’ in work activity (as it will happen!) to ensure that a financial ‘buffer’ is maintained to keep you and your company solven
  4. Contact building and networking  – sweat networking assets, especially through social media, as these are powerful channels to exploit for future assignment opportunities.
Join me tomorrow for Part 2 and more insights from Patrick...

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By The Alchemist About Town 22 Sep, 2017
I am so utterly delighted that my book is now out, available to order both on paperback and on Kindle edition just in time for Business Women's Day - YES!!!!!! :-) 

STOP IT! It's all in your head   is my labour of love and my way to encourage, inspire and empower women to achieve what they want professionally and not be confined by societal, religious, family paradigms of what " women should do/are like" and, most importantly, the restrictions in their head.
If that is being CEO of a Global Company or a stay-at-mum or Director of Paperclip ( whatever grabs your fancy) so be it.

Writing this book was also a personal challenge ( the 30 days thingy) which confirmed to me once and for all that you can really do whatever you set your mind to, if you really want to that is.

Couple of tips for writing a book from me:
  • write about what you are passionate about, you know more than you think.
  • free-write about the parts/chapters in the book you like the most and you are most interested in first - that will give you a great boost at the beginning - you can edit and add the boring bits later - by then most of the book will be almost there
  • keep your own voice - write as you speak so to speak ( people do need to understand you though..)
  • keep an open mind, ideas will flow into you mid-way through the project
  • a deadline and going public is good to beat procrastination ( but if that stresses you out too much don't do it) - the deadline certainly helped me.
You can do it too!!!

If anyone would like to be part of the book launch, the event is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it- I hope to meet you soon, in person or through the pages of my book.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



By The Alchemist About Town 19 Sep, 2017
The time is getting closer and closer to the release of   STOP IT, It's all in your head   my new book ( 22 September for Business Women's Day - US) .

I have now  received the proof copy of the paperback which looks absolutely fabulous: a couple of things to correct but overall I am super happy with the result.
A lot of marketing to do now between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ ( which is PS: looking like more work than the actual writing of the book).

The book event/launch/talk is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



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