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First School for CEOs programme scores highly

28 September 2012

The evaluations for the first programme run by the School for CEOs are in – and they’re very positive! 10 delegates gathered in central London last week to take part in the two-day residential Vital Few programme. They came from a range of businesses in a variety of sectors and currently hold positions ranging from CEO, COO and FD to divisional MD, functional head and entrepreneur. This first programme was taught by a strong roster of accomplished businesspeople. In addition, Olympic gold medallist Katherine Grainger – a School for CEOs Faculty member – spoke at length at the delegate dinner.

The programme was highly appreciated by the delegates. The speakers achieved a score of 91% while the programme sessions themselves scored 92%. Overall, the length and content of the programme were each rated at 95% while the programme flow scored 85%. The venue was rated at 93%.

The delegates also commented on their experience, for example:

• “Fantastic mix of speakers”

• “All speakers incredibly open”

• “Fantastic input”

• “Refreshing to have the opportunity to hear leaders with experience and engage with them”

• “An excellent two days. Fast paced, engaging with great learning in a relaxed environment”

• “Presentations were crisp and to the point”

• “Taking home more than expected”

• “Overall excellent – did not know what to expect but am leaving happy”

• “Great speakers and good prompts to cause us all to reflect. Now it’s all about execution”

Naturally, the delegates also highlighted some areas for improvement including more on building key alliances, a little more structure in certain parts of the programme and more time with a couple of the speakers.

Patrick Macdonald, Chairman of Reconomy, former CEO of John Menzies plc and a co-Founder of the School, said “The feedback is very strong and indicates that we’ve got the programme largely right. I’m pleased there are also some new ideas we can incorporate into the structure.”

Co-Founder David Sole, business coach and former international rugby captain, said “I’m really pleased we’ve delivered such a good experience for our delegates. This excellent feedback gives the School a great platform for the future.”


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Notes for editors: The School for CEOs is a new concept in senior executive education. It was founded by Patrick Macdonald, Chairman of Reconomy and former CEO of John Menzies plc, and David Sole, business coach and former international rugby captain, in 2011. The next programme will take place in central London on 1/2 May 2013. The 2-day residential programme will be taught by practitioners: current and former business leaders. It aims to provide senior businessmen and women with the awareness, insight and tools they need to become and remain successful CEOs.

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