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Karen Thomas-Bland, founder at Seven, regularly writes and speaks on the subjects of business transformation, M&A integration, executive boards and leadership. We also contribute to leading business websites and publications.

England’s Lionesses show the secret to building a successful team

England’s Lionesses show the secret to building a successful team

Karen Thomas-Bland, founder of Seven Transformation, talks to Raconteur about the success of England’s Lionesses in the recent World Cup, how the key drivers to this were team building and culture and the lessons businesses can learn from this. 
What’s a good (and bad) way to leave your job?

What’s a good (and bad) way to leave your job?

Karen Thomas-Bland, Founder of Seven Transformation, speak to Naomi Shragai, business psychotherapist and author of ‘The Man Who Mistook His Job for His Life’, about good (and bad) ways to leave a job.
Signs that you need to transform your business and how to do this

Signs that you need to transform your business and how to do this

The cost of getting a transformation wrong in all these scenarios ranges from lower growth, reputational damage and job loss. With only 30% of business transformations achieving their intended outcomes, the stakes couldn’t be higher. So how do you do this?.
Leading by example

Leading by example

Karen Thomas-Bland, Founder of Seven Transformation, a business transformation consultancy based in London, talks to us about her career so far, her management philosophy and how she equips her staff with the necessary skills and knowledge.
How to avoid technology being an afterthought in M&A integration

How to avoid technology being an afterthought in M&A integration

As mergers and acquisitions deals become more complex, technology integration becomes critically important. Despite its underpinning role, it’s often an aspect of integration that isn’t prioritised early on, is under-resourced and is an area where costs can quickly spiral out of control.
Leading by example

Leading by example

Karen Thomas-Bland, Founder of Seven Transformation, talks to Intelligent CXO about her career so far, her management philosophy and how she equips her staff with the necessary skills and knowledge. 
Ego, culture and learning: three critical factors to an M&A deal

Ego, culture and learning: three critical factors to an M&A deal

As the M&A environment remains hot, traditional banks are facing increasing disruption from private equity firms and digital-native banks. In the article below Karen Thomas-Bland explores the three critical factors in an M&A deal: Ego, Culture & Learning.