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The Scotsman publishes article about School for CEOs

27 October 2016

Kristy Dorsey, Business Journalist at The Scotsman, has today written about the latest research report released by the School for CEOs, where aspiring and current CEOs learn from experienced business leaders.

The article highlights the research finding that that 79% of current business leaders believe the corporate landscape is shifting at a quicker rate than ever before.  She also mentions technology as the primary driver of change; 71% identified this as the main force of change.  Although just four out of ten said their company was currently prepared for digital and technological advancements.

The article is in the printed newspaper and on the web here 

Future chiefs face digital test, argues David Sole by Kristy Dorsey


Technology and the digital revolution are driving an increasing pace of change that future chief executives must master to succeed; a new report argues.

The research from School for CEOs, the executive coaching group co-founded by former Scottish rugby internationalist David Sole, found that 79 per cent of current business leaders believe the corporate landscape is shifting at a quicker rate than ever before.

The majority also pinpointed technology as the primary driver of change during the next five to ten years. Just four out of ten said their company was currently prepared for digital and technological advancements, though 71 per cent identified this as the main force of change. That was more than double the next-highest rated category – globalisation – at 35 per cent.
This was followed by a number of other factors ranging down to the natural environment, which came bottom of the list at 5 per cent. Sole – who set up School for CEOs with former John Menzies chief executive Patrick Macdonald in 2011 – said that represents a shift from three years ago when severe winter flooding cost the UK more than £1 billion in damages and disruption.

“While technology featured highly and at the forefront of respondents’ minds, what was perhaps more surprising was that, given the profile of climate change and renewable energy, only 5 per cent of our respondents considered that it is a key driver of change over the next ten to 15 years,” Sole said.
The research was based on responses from 66 chairmen, chief executives and human resources bosses across several sectors. Other forces of change cited included politics and regulation.

Notes for editors
The School for CEOs is an innovative concept in executive education. It was founded in 2011 by: Patrick Macdonald, Chairman of Reconomy, Chairman & Chief Executive of Inenco Group Ltd and former Chief Executive of John Menzies plc; and David Sole OBE, business coach and former international rugby captain.

The next School for CEOs programme is the 1-day non-residential Runway programme on 2nd March 2017 in London. The next Vital Few programme will take place in London on 29th and 30th March 2017. 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 insights and experience they need to be successful in CEO and other senior leadership positions.

For more information and to apply, call 0131 225 5886, go to www.schoolforceos.com or email gemma@schoolforceos.com

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