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The Coaching Leader

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New Leadership Modules

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School for CEOs are launching new Leadership Series modules to address major themes emerging from existing programmes, research and coaching conversations.

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10 minutes with Karen Boswell OBE, Managing Director at Hitachi Rail Europe

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What does your typical day involve?Typical, pleasingly, is not a word I would ever use in describing my day! Commuting daily if I am in the UK means I enjoy...

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What Makes a Chief Executive?

5 Qualities Blog

If you’re looking for advice on what makes a successful CEO, whether female or male, there’s plenty of it about. There are lots of lists of the qualities required, all of which capture one or many aspects of the CEO’s job and the particular qualities that are associated with success. My list has five elements to it. The five items, in my view, determine whether you’re going to make it to the top job and be successful once you’re there.

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Women in Leadership

Women currently make up 11% of FTSE 100 executive directors (Hampton-Alexander Review, 2016).

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Exponential Technologies...face into them or face extinction?

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This week a fellow alumnus from January’s Executive Programme at Singularity University shared an article. It was about a ground-breaking operation in India where doctors rebuilt part of a woman’s...

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Make the Decision Right

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Taking decisions is hard at the best of times. Even apparently simple questions can quickly descend into a myriad of competing factors which you try to take into account, whether consciously or unconsciously. And you do need to take decisions. Business thrives on action. You can’t stand still, because the external environment is constantly changing. Customers’ needs and expectations move on. New technology comes along. Competitors come up with new products and services. Regulators change their minds. The business that thinks it’s standing still is really going backwards. Like sharks, we all need to keep moving ahead.

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When The Rebels Win

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Rebels are often seen as heroes: charismatic, energetic people who shake up the accepted order and free the people from the tyranny of The Establishment. But what happens when the rebels win and themselves become The Establishment? Suddenly, they’re the bosses – and life changes. Now they find themselves being rebelled against in turn. Sometimes they adapt; sometimes they don’t.

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Could your bias be costing you customers?

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We are delighted to feature a guest post from Hayley Barnard co-founder of MIX Diversity Developers.

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More Risk? More Planning!


Just when you thought it was safe to go back to work … everything has changed. At the start of 2016, the political environment looked set fair. The economy was recovering, at least in the UK, where we had a majority Government after five years of a sometimes fractious coalition. Foreign and economic policy were conducted within a long-established and well-understood framework. The USA and NATO acted as a strong military protector, guaranteeing geopolitical stability. The EU delivered a stable and reliable single market, enabling barrier-free trade across the largest single market in the world. Prosperity was rising after a difficult few years. What could possibly go wrong?

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