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Tracey Gilby

Training Consultant

Tracey Gilby

Tracey’s career has centred on human resources, education and business management consulting. Her earlier years centred on recruitment and personnel services, until she later developed a passion in education and management. For the next 15 years, she was a regional director for student programmes, a governor for three schools and for a number of years ran a Learning Achievement and School Improvement programme. During this latter appointment, she consulted with schools and governors, identified gaps in service and skill and worked to address them and lift school performance.

Tracey is passionate about learning and talent development, and about enabling learners to maximise their own potential and achievements. She has a dynamic and energetic style which encourages participation and enjoyment in the training. She encourages participants to share knowledge with each other and to consider ways of putting their training experience to practical use in the workplace.

Tracey specialises in a range of business focused areas including change management, client service, conflict management, individual appraisals, project management, recruitment and selection, training needs analysis, human resource management, business writing, report writing, job descriptions and building effective work relationships. Tracey holds qualifications in teaching and humanities.

What three adjectives best describe you?

  • Enthusiastic
  • Adaptable
  • Committed

What attracted you to become a consultant?

I have always believed in education being the key to confidence and success and therefore lifelong learning in the workplace is an extension of that.

What most excites you about the learning process?

I love sharing the moment when someone realises they have achieved something beyond their expectations through the learning process.


  • Embrace change

    08 02 2015 Sunday UAE

    The long-held received wisdom is that people don’t like change. As Niccolo Machiavelli said in The Prince, “There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the…

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  • Happiness Means Good Business

    08 08 2016 Monday UAE

    Research proves that happiness leads to better business outcomes and a healthier bottom line. Companies can easily implement initiatives that reap the benefits of workplace happiness.

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  • Women in leadership can boost profits by up to 15%

    23 10 2016 Sunday UAE

    Research of 22,000 companies proves that promoting women into senior leadership drives bottom line results. Taking steps to develop women has proven benefits for company leadership.

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  • Expatriates staying ahead

    13 04 2015 Monday UAE

    Expatriates are often skilled at making things happen. More often than not they are recruited because of competences (attitudes, skills and knowledge) that are not readily available locally. They arrive and get straight on with the job. At the same time, they…

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  • Mentoring for talent development

    10 06 2015 Wednesday UAE

    With population and unemployment figures on the increase, attracting and retaining talent would be should be getting easier. However, some startling statistics suggest otherwise.

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  • Motivation myths

    03 08 2015 Monday UAE

    What makes people behave the way they do? Why do some people seem to be motivated to do well in their work, while others do not? The study of motivation is endlessly fascinating as it concerns the driving force within individuals by which they attempt to…

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  • Selection matters

    29 09 2015 Tuesday

    Mark is the CEO of an SME in the engineering industry. He has just recruited a key member of staff, John, and is beginning to regret it. Instead of getting on with the job the new recruit seems to be needing an awful lot of Mark’s time – time that is…

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  • Targeted training brings many benefits

    19 11 2015 Thursday

    It is sadly common for some companies to look at the cost of training and not see the numerous benefits stemming from it. Some take a short-term view and see training purely as a cost. Others see training as an investment in the future that derives many…

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  • Does leadership philosophy matter?

    01 02 2016 Monday UAE

    The Global Financial Crisis was the worst market correction since The Great Depression. So devastating was its impact, after seven years it is still an event from which many economies are still struggling to recover. It’s common knowledge that the…

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  • The Leadership Challenge: Interview with Jim Kouzes

    06 03 2016 Sunday UAE

    Jim Kouzes, co-author of The Leadership Challenge, sat down with Focus' David Brennan to discuss leadership in the 21st Century, the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership, what it takes to be a truly great leader and if leadership is different in the rest of…

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  • Keeping the team on track in challenging times: grief and change management

    21 03 2016 Monday UAE

    Challenging markets can often mean cost optimisation of which staff reductions may be required. Whilst the process of realigning the staff profile is relatively clear, moving the remaining team forward is less so. Dealing with the grief of losing colleagues…

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