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My leadership style with Phillip Jones

Thanks to Blake Morgan for hosting our Leading Success series, Phillip Jones gives an insight into his correlative leadership style.

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Leading Success podcast with Tom Sheridan

Listen to Tom Sheridan, co-founder of 7IM, talks about setting up a business in our Leading Success podcast series, with thanks to Blake Morgan.

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Self-assessment

When was the last time you read a book? A broadsheet newspaper? A report or briefing? The chances are the last two were probably read in a digital format, on the screen of your computer, tablet or phone. The way we learn and how we access and digest information has changed, what place does reading

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How to recruit a great team

Finding the right person for your business, with the skill set and attitude you need and like, is seldom an easy task. Fitting them into a growing, multi-faceted team? Well, that’s even more of a challenge. The ideal candidate needs to be right for you, and be complimentary to your team as a whole. It’s a bit like trying to find a new boyfriend or girlfriend, but with your entire extended family in on the process too.

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Running the family business

Having the opportunity to run a family business is often a great privilege but also be fraught with problems. Here are our ten tips to help you out.

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The Future CEO – Raconteur report

With the current geopolitical uncertainty and ongoing digital disruption, the role of the CEO is inevitably changing. This report explores the development of the role, and the requisite skills and qualities for an effcient future CEO.

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Presenting the World’s best one page action plan (27 June 2017)

We are launching our Entrepreneurs & Inspired Directors Group on 27 June (12 noon – 4pm) at Captains Club and are looking for at least 6 founding members to start the group.

Our launch event will leave you feeling enthusiastic for knowledge applicable for your individual business, trust that The Academy ‘does as it says on the tin’: Unlocking potential for ‘Future Fit’ Leaders with our life-long learning programme.

 

More about the meeting:

Many business leaders feel isolated given their position and responsibilities, often facing a multitude of ever more complex issues. Where can you go to for the learned advice, support and the development you and your business needs, without exorbitant consultant fees?

Why come?   We live in an unfair world. Ideally, the best people should win….the most qualified, the most experienced, the better product…but they rarely do. As business leader’s we need to be ‘future fit’ in this world of uncertainty.

This is a unique opportunity to experience the Academy at an inspirational session at Captains Club Hotel & Spa, Christchurch on Tuesday 27 June, with renowned speaker Pete Wilkinson presenting the World’s best one page action plan.

Gráinne McGuire-Ferrari Chairman of Dorset and Salisbury would like to invite you to organise an initial 15 minute telephone call with her to explore more, with a view to you attending (at no cost) if there’s a potential fit both ways.

Please contact Gráinne’s Deputy Chair, Sarah, (see booking information for more details) to arrange a convenient date and time to talk.

Conversations for success – London City (5 July 2017)

There’s an opportunity to experience the Academy at an inspirational morning session at Eight Club Moorgate, 1 Dysart Street, London with guest speaker, Claire Croft, on Wednesday 5 July 2017 from 8.00am to 4.30pm, while also engaging in a peer group board session with other leaders like you.

Charles McLachlan, Group Chairman of groups based in London City and East would like to invite you to organise an initial 15 minute telephone call with him to explore more, with a view to you attending (at no cost) if there’s a potential fit both ways. Please contact Charles directly (see booking information for more details) to arrange a convenient date and time to talk.

More about the meeting:

The objective of the meeting is to give you an insight into how membership works and the benefits it brings to you and your business. You’d get a taste of what life is like being an Academy member, all distilled into a session with Claire Croft, who is helping clients to create high performing leadership teams, develop inspiring leaders (both current and future) and establish the right cultural conditions for talent to thrive. She is achieving it through a mix of consulting, coaching and training.

This is great opportunity to experience the peer group first-hand and what it delivers, attendees come along with a genuine business challenge and see how a variety of opinions, experiences and different perspectives can really impact on your decision making, direction and growth.

The 7 principles of building a high performance culture (5 July 2017)

There’s a unique opportunity to experience the Academy at an inspirational session at the Mill House Hotel, Swallowfield, Reading RG7 1PT on Wednesday 5 July 2017 with David Smith presenting his masterclass The 7 Principles of building a high performance culture while also engaging in an afternoon peer group board session with other leaders like you.

You will also participate in The Board You’d Love to Afford ®, a confidential peer group board session where you will have the opportunity to seek advice on a challenge, opportunity or dilemma from other leaders.

Jim Odell, Chairman of groups based in Berkshire and Cornwall would like to invite you to organise an initial 15 minute telephone call with him to explore more, with a view to you attending (at no cost) if there’s a potential fit both ways.

Please contact Jim’s PA, Sue, (see booking information above for more details) to arrange a convenient date and time to talk.

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More about the meeting:

The objective of the meeting is to give you an insight into how membership works and the benefits it brings to you and your business. You’d get a taste of what life is like being an Academy member, all distilled into a day session.

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David Smith – Masterclass : The 7 Principles of building a high performance culture

Re-engaging a disillusioned or demotivated workforce is a key issue in many businesses, as a consequence of organisational change; cost cutting or downsizing. In some cases, it may be the need for higher performance than at present.  Your challenge may be to gain better productivity from your workforce in a period of increasing business growth.

Many CEOs are wrestling with the ‘how to’ of motivating their workforce to consistently higher levels of performance. David Smith’s Masterclass on the 7 principles of building a high performance culture, gives a fascinating insight into the case study of the Asda business turnaround from near bankruptcy to world class performance. There is much learning for businesses of all sizes, with inspirational stories to back up the principles. Size of business comparators is irrelevant, since this is a masterclass about the practicalities of managing people well, whether you lead 10 people or 10,000 people.

 

Objectives

  • To confirm the link between culture and business performance
  • To provide simple steps to build a high performance culture
  • To suggest key practical tools and takeaways for engagement

 

Content

David’s approach is to tell stories. He uses no PowerPoint, and will engage the audience in discussion of his content. The approach is learning by debate and discussion, with a practitioner who has been there/done it/has the battle scars, and is willing to share what he has learnt in a very engaging way.

 

Takeaways

At the end of the session, participants will have personalized action plans to meet the needs of their own business context. David asks individuals to form their plan as he is speaking. He recognizes that Executives generally respond badly to a ‘one size fits all’ solution, and asks them to utilize the tools and ideas which strike them as right for their own business context.

 

To experience the peer group first-hand and what it delivers, attendees come along with a genuine business challenge and see how a variety of opinions, experiences and different perspectives can really impact on your decision making, direction and growth.

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