Our Ethos as described by Theodore Roosevelt

“The Man In The Arena” from Theodore Roosevelt’s Citizenship in a Republic speech delivered at the Sorbonne in Paris on 23 April 1910.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Alumni Union launches!

Alumni Union 500 x 378After nine months of planning, my business partners and I are please to announce the launch of Alumni Union today. It’s a free members-only service that helps university alumni and students as well as their families and friends purchase a variety of services. We negotiate group discounts and offer incentives to our members, creating better value.

We’ve put together a number of exclusive Insurance, Financial Services and Travel & Leisure offers and group discounts, and are introducing AXA PPP healthcare to provide simple, affordable healthcare insurance to Alumni Union members. Please take a few minutes to explore our great offers and join today! We’ll keep you up to date with topical information and a curated selection of alumni events in our monthly newsletter, and we’ll share more great deals for you, your family, friends and fellow alumni in our monthly benefits and discounts newsletter!

Business leaders discuss the benefits & challenges of bilingualism

Though English is the global language of business, many organisations and most professionals find it increasingly difficult to know what good Business English really means. Employers are grappling to understand the levels of proficiency their teams and individual roles need for their company to be more competitive, more productive, and to be truly successful.

At a recent @PearsonEnglish conference I attended on bilingualism in the workplace, i.e. #englishforwork, Financial Times management columnist @andrewtghill set a new agenda for Business English and productivity. Watch the short video below for highlights of the conference where some business leaders discuss the benefits and challenges of bilingualism in the workplace.