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Post-Brexit planning

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We are delighted to feature a guest post from Michael Moore, former Cabinet minister. Michael is a Senior Adviser at PwC, working on Brexit and the implementation of devolution across...

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What makes an intelligent CEO?

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David Sole OBE, will be discussing the four different types of intelligence critical to successful leadership at a School for CEOs breakfast event in Edinburgh on 19th January.

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Look to The Future now

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The School for CEOs has just published a compelling new research report, Future-proofing the CEO. We have interviewed 66 CEOs, Chairs and HR Directors to hear their views on the future of business and the ways CEOs can prepare themselves for that future. The interviewees include some of the most experienced business-men and -women in the UK, people like Dame Louise Makin (CEO of BTG), John Allan (Chairman of Tesco) and Kerry Christie (Global Head of Human Resources, Aberdeen Asset Management). Together, they give us powerful insight into the concerns and hopes of today’s business leaders.

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Future-proofing the CEO

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How should today’s CEOs prepare themselves for the challenges they may encounter tomorrow? This is a question we asked 66 CEOs, Chairs and HR Directors from a range of quoted...

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Bringing the CEO On Board

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Chief Executives don’t last all that long. The average tenure of FTSE100 CEOs, the women and men running Britain’s largest companies, is just 5.25 years (according to City AM). If you’re the HR Director of a big firm, there’s a decent chance you’re going to be responsible for bringing a new Chief Executive on board, helping them adjust to life in their new role and hit the ground running.


But how can the HR Director best help the new boss? Life at the top is so complex, and so different from any other role, it can be hard to know where to start.

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Recruiting for Breadth

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Time was when applicants for a job would put all sorts of personal information on a CV – their age, gender, a photo. For some time now, it’s been realised this may lead to people being selected out of a recruitment process early, due to conscious or unconscious biases. Including this information is no longer seen as best practice, and a good thing too. More recently, some employers have taken this idea one step further, removing home addresses and the names of schools from CVs. Now some are going even further, removing the applicant’s name from their CV as well. The idea, as before, is to make the recruitment process as fair as possible.

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How to get that golden ticket...

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Non-executive directorships are increasingly sought after by talented executives looking to broaden their learning and experience outside of their current organisations.

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What makes a CEO successful?

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At the School for CEOs we carry out research into what makes CEOs successful. The results help us develop our innovative development programmes.

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Why astute CEOs must pay attention to employee’s mental health

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The following article was written by Geoff McDonald, who will be joining the School for CEOs for a breakfast seminar on 14 September in London.

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An Eton Mess

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“You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!” was Sarah Vine’s reaction on the morning of the EU Referendum result, channelling Charlie Croker (Michael Caine) in The Italian Job.

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