I’m in Charge! No, I’m in Charge!

Following his first Cabinet meeting after having become First Lord of the Treasury, the Duke of Wellington opined that he “gave them their orders and they wanted to stay and discuss them.” Such was the reaction of a man used to being in total command succumbing to the realisation that power in civilian life isn’t wielded nearly as straightforwardly as on the battlefield.  Humans often overestimate the impregnability of their position. Whether it’s thinking themselves…

Trolling and Career

I came across a comment on LinkedIn the other day, which I found quite offensive. It was a comment that marked the writer out as a judgmental, miserly and unsupportive troll, and it served no purpose other than to make someone else feel bad and inept, wrongly and deviously in my opinion. The temptation was to comment on the comment in turn, saying something to put this person in his place, but I stopped myself…

Lies, Damn Lies, and Recruitment

One of my favourite writers once penned a metaphor I’ve always been fond of: a man crawling through the desert dying of thirst sees an oasis. Racing towards it, he sinks to his knees at the water’s edge and begins drinking furiously, only to discover that the oasis is a mirage and he’s drinking sand. Instead of spitting it out he continues to drink regardless of it being neither what he needs nor wants. The…

Breakfast Events and Talks in 2018

We are excited to announce a series of breakfast talks for 2018. Victoria will explore the topical gender equality debate, sharing quick tips on how to ‘manage’ performance review and compensation conversations in a confident manner. Please find below our speaking schedule. Let us know if you would like an invitation! 22 MARCH 2018 “Compensation Gap or Confidence Gap – which is it?” – a breakfast talk by Victoria Wall JULY 2018 “Mindfulness: Transcend the…

Moving to our sister company…

Having spent almost seven years working for Victoria Wall, I have now fully moved over to the Consulting arm of the business, Victoria Wall Consulting. We are an Executive Coaching and Leadership Development consultancy founded twenty-four years ago and made up of a highly experienced team of Occupational Psychologists and HR Consultants. Our approach is based on rigorous psychological research and is tailored to clients’ needs; we are an entirely distinct business, separated by a…

‘Appy New Year!

How do we look back on 2017, what will be our abiding memories? Such a question is inevitably a very personal one, driven by our beliefs and values and, indeed, by whether we were caught up in any of the extreme events of last year. What can be said is that it was very eventful across the globe. Take your pick from the terrorist attacks in Manchester or London Bridge, the liberation of Mosul, the…