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CEB in London: Collaborating and Competing

12 August, 2016

During the last week of July, CEBers in London came together through a series of daily events (and competitions!) called “Life @ CEB: Experience London” to participate in professional development opportunities and events to help them build on CEB’s culture and celebrate everything that makes CEB great. In this article, I’ll share some of those experiences, what other CEBers thought, and how “Life @ CEB: Experience London” changed their perspectives on work and life.

Being the Best We Can Be

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At “Business Question Time” attendees learned more about CEB’s corporate performance. Dean, an Executive Advisor was an excellent host making small jokes and helping the whole crowd feel more comfortable. Participants felt at ease asking Kerry Ghize, Market Region Lead for EMEA, questions across a number of topics including talent, CEB’s digital strategy, and the impact of Brexit on members. By the end of the session, attendees had a clearer sense of how CEB’s values are brought to life through individual CEBers and in partnerships with members.

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Alongside CEB’s performance, attendees saw a number of exceptional performances throughout the week. Whether competing as an individual or a team, Sports Day and Beach Rugby provided the perfect backdrop for CEB to show its athletic prowess. Connor, Senior Business Development Specialist and CEBer since 2014, stole the show for a second year running at the Sports Day whilst Team CEB narrowly missed the final with BNP Paribas at the Beach Rugby.

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Our Future is CEB’s Future

As CEBers strive to remain stewards of exceptional talent, a number of events helped attendees think about their own careers, what to watch out for and how to be their best. Attendees found the “External Perspective Panel: Inclusive Leadership” particularly useful in helping us to spot biases, master moments, and be the change. Meanwhile, the “Career Progression Ted Talks” were inspirational helping attendees realize that careers and progression genuinely rests in their own hands.

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Feeling Proud

At the week’s close, CEBers joined colleagues for a happy hour to reflect on experiences from the week. Some attendees had a better sense of where they are going and how to get there; others saw how much of a difference they could make in the lives of others by not being afraid to communicate new ideas.

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For many, however, it was the work of three special CEBers that was particularly inspirational. Powered by Global Corporate Citizenship, Aisling McKeon, Julia Valentine, and Jashiccah Arasilango were selected as corporate citizens to help aged people from a small town in Peru. The team shared their experiences and how they were able to make such a huge difference to the lives of so many in a single week (Find out more about the corporate citizenship Peru trip in part one and part two of their reflection stories.); several attendees can’t wait to find out about other similar initiatives and how to make an impact.

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