Thursday 20 February 2020

Charting your course: How to define success and achieve it!

This full day workshop help delegates to explore what it meant to them to be successful; the psychology behind goal setting; how to set goals they could achieve and how to quieten negative thoughts.

In November 2018 Suzanne Ross from 2thrive, delivered positive and interactive session at the East Midlands PA Conference. The session was inspired participants to ‘define success for themselves and achieve it’. This full day workshop will expand and build on the session held in November 2018, helping delegates to explore what it meant to them to be successful; the psychology behind goal setting; how to set goals they could achieve and how to quieten negative thoughts.

The workshop will cover;

Charting your course

  • What does it mean to you to be successful?
  • Where have you come from? Where are you going?
  • Understanding your values
  • Setting goals

Setting the scene on how we define ‘success’ followed by an activity where participants consider defining moments/critical incidents in their lives and how that shaped what success means to them.  Values exercise to align success to their values.  Revisiting the psychology of goals.

Delivering value; owning your success

Success is about delivering value. In this short session, we explore how participants deliver value and how they communicate the value they have delivered. We will also explore how they communicate their success when we are conditioned to be humble! Communicating and sharing success is important as firstly it ‘anchors’ the feeling and secondly, it enables decision-makers to understand their achievements when reviewing for example, performance, career progression or development opportunities. Research demonstrates that women don’t tend to ‘claim’ their accomplishments.

Maximising effectiveness

  • Getting heard
  • Social styles
  • Focus: the hidden driver of excellence

In this session we will explore how to get heard in meetings, when influencing and when managing stakeholders. This will lead into an exploration of social styles and how these impact how we relate to and influence others. Understanding the neuroscience behind how we focus and pay attention will help participants look at ‘time management’ in a new way! 

Staying on track

  • Locus of control
  • Learnt optimism
  • Work/life choices
  • Emotional Intelligence

This session provides tools for helping participants to remain focussed on their goals even when life gets difficult. Emotional Intelligence is a very broad area. The focus in this very short session is in helping participants understand ‘emotional ‘hijack’ and how to avoid it.


Pera Business Park, Nottingham Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 0PB

Date and times

Wednesday 12 June 2019, 10am - 4.30pm


  • £150 - for delegates that attended the EM PA Conference in 2018
  • £175 for EMC members
  • £210 - associate members
  • £250 - non-members

All prices are subject to VAT.

How to book

Places at this event are limited, please use the link below to book online and secure one of the places available. 

About your facilitator

Dr Suzanne Ross, MSc, BSc

Consultant, facilitator and executive coach

Suzanne has over 20 years global experience in high performance practices, talent management, leadership and team development. She has worked internationally across Europe, Middle East, South Africa and India (EMEAI) in both emerging and established markets, as well as globally with experience in North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific.

Suzanne spent a number of years with Experian the FTSE100 leading global information solutions provider in a range of business management roles before moving into learning and development and talent management. As Talent Manager EMEAI, Suzanne was responsible for the identification and development of talented experts and specialists, emerging leaders and high potential leaders. Suzanne also worked strategically with leaders to improve their team performance in order to deliver ambitious business growth.

In 2010, Suzanne founded 2thrive Consultancy. 2thrive combines research based solutions with practical and pragmatic strategies helping individuals, teams and organisations achieve success by developing leadership capability, engaging diverse talent and adopting high performance practices that deliver results. Suzanne also developed the Women Trailblazers programme helping women define success for themselves and achieve it! She is currently launching a Resilience Project helping leaders build resilience and Emotional Intelligence.

Suzanne is a part-time Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Business School (NBS) part of Nottingham Trent University (NTU). She teaches on the Executive and Full Time MBA programmes and MSc in Management and Leadership, where she leads the following Modules: Personal and Professional Development for Leaders; Strategic Change and Change Management; Managing and Leading People and Organisations. She also engages in consultancy and research projects across all sectors and a wide range of industries and works with leadership teams and Boards of Directors helping then to develop cohesion through team coaching.

Suzanne has worked across a range of sectors and industries including: Financial Services, Cosmetics, Retail, Pharmaceuticals, Technology, Engineering, Construction, Information Solutions, Social Enterprises, Government Organisations, Higher Education and Software Services. She has contributed to The Conversation, The Telegraph, Management Today, The Guardian and The Sunday Times on leadership, emotional intelligence and women in leadership and is featured in the Nottingham Women Expert journal.

Suzanne has a PhD in leadership talent, success and derailment. She is a qualified, experienced and accredited Executive Coach; a Member of the International Coaching Federation; a Master Practitioner of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council; a Member of the Institute of Directors and a Professional Member of the Association of NLP. She is accredited in a range of psychometric tools including MBTI personality preferences; E-Qi Emotional Intelligence Inventory, Emotional and Social Competency Inventory and the Hogan Leadership Suite.

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