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School for CEOs launches new Runway Programme

11 November 2014

Today the School for CEOs, where aspiring business leaders are taught by experienced practitioners, launched their new executive leadership programme Runway.  Using insight gained from its research publication, Stepping up to CEO, the School has developed a one-day programme to address the needs of today’s aspiring business leaders.

The non-residential programme started with a delegate dinner in central London last night, where delegates met School for CEOs partners Patrick Macdonald and David Sole OBE, and programme director June Boyle. Ian Coull, Chairman of Galliford Try and former CEO of Segro, joined the group for dinner where he talked about some of the challenges of CEO recruitment in an entertaining and lively discussion.

Today, delegates worked through a series of modules titled Managing Up, Managing Down, Managing Out, and Managing In, providing the cornerstones for the School’s 4-Dimensional Leadership™ framework. Delegates also explored a 5th dimension, Managing Across.

Using a detailed self-assessment questionnaire as the base for discussion, delegates reflected on their own strengths and development areas, with support and guidance from each other as well as the School for CEOs leadership team.

Joining the group for lunch, Sue O’Brien OBE, CEO of Norman Broadbent and a leading headhunter, engaged the group in a conversation about Board Practice recruiting. Sue shared personal experiences to provide real-life context and examples, bringing the discussion to life.

Kate Guthrie, HR Director for Culture, Capability and Engagement at Lloyds Banking Group, delivered an engaging session on Succession Planning, understanding what the Board are looking for, and highlighting key pitfalls and derailers.

Following the programme, School for CEOs co-founder Patrick Macdonald said, ‘I am delighted with the first Runway programme. Using the 4-Dimensional Leadership™ framework, delegates have reached outside their day-to-day work, identifying their key development needs to help prepare themselves for the lead role.’

Patrick’s enthusiasm was echoed by co-founder David Sole OBE who reflects on the programme launch, ‘we have established the foundations of another fantastic leadership programme, suitable for ambitious business leaders from all backgrounds, from start-up businesses to FTSE 100 companies.’

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Notes for editors: The School for CEOs is a new approach to senior executive education. It was founded in 2011 by: Patrick Macdonald, Chairman of Reconomy and former Chief Executive of John Menzies plc; and David Sole, business coach and former international rugby captain. The next 2-day residential Vital Few programme will take place on 18/19 March 2015. All programmes are taught in London by accomplished business leaders and expert practitioners, and aim to provide senior businessmen and women with the tools they need to be successful leaders.

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