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Business leaders join School for CEOs for the first Runway programme of the year

3 March 2017

Delegates from a range of sectors including financial services, sport, oil & gas and waste management heard David Sole OBE, co-founder of School for CEOs and co-author of 21st-Century Networking, deliver a session on the importance of having a good network, with key insight on how to develop and leverage both personal and business networks.

The group also heard from Andy Higginson, Chairman of Morrisons, who shared some of his own experiences including serving on the Tesco board as finance director and chief executive of the grocer’s online and bank divisions. He spoke about the importance of values and honesty as you develop your career; “one of the most important pieces of advice I could give any leader is to be true to yourself and your values and to make sure that your values align with those of your organisation.”

In a workshop session, the group worked through the results of a self-assessment and shaped their own development plans for the next 3-5 years, using the School for CEOs' Dimensions framework.

Other speakers during the Runway programme were Guy Beresford, Independent Search Consultant and Andy Houghton, Managing Director of Wholehearted Consulting and former HR Director at British Gas. Following his session, Andy commented, “It was a pleasure to join the School for CEOs once again to talk about succession planning. For any candidate looking to step up to a higher role, it is crucial to balance confidence in your ability with humility and authenticity.”

At the completion of programme David Sole said: “we could not have asked for a better group of delegates for our first Runway of the year. Engaging yet reflective, participants challenged and supported each other throughout the day, and there was a great energy in the room.”

Delegate feedback included:‘Great peer to peer coaching’ ‘Just right for a 24 hour programme. Lots to digest, not overwhelming’ ‘Good use of tools/framework to frame thoughts’

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