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How the Academy works with Chairmen Stephen Salt

We understand it’s lonely at the top. Who do CEOs and MDs turn to for fresh ideas, leadership skills or board level expertise without regularly recruiting to your board or paying high consultancy costs?

How the Academy works with Chairmen Stephen Salt

David Thomas – how being a part of the Academy speaker community has changed him

Academy speaker David Thomas talks about his experience of working with the Academy at our Westminster dinner on the 23rd February 2017.

David Thomas – how being a part of the Academy speaker community has changed him

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Why leaders speak like leaders

Fear isn't something we expect to feel by routine. But in survey after survey, the number one thing that wets the palms and dries the mouth, is public speaking. Unlike the rest of the Top Ten of Terror (spiders, death and clowns all feature), speaking in front of other people really is something we can expect to do every day. Yet speaking to others is what makes us human. So why the fear? And what difference does it make when the other people aren't just people - they're an audience?

Why leaders speak like leaders

How to build a team to deliver a win – every time

Last year we wrote about how Eddie Jones had turned the England rugby team from a team who lasted just 16 days at the World Cup to a team who won a series against Australia in Australia just 9 months after taking over, for the first time ever. Since then Eddie Jones has made England

How to build a team to deliver a win – every time

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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.

Running the family business

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.

The Future CEO – Raconteur report

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Unlocking potential – world class teams (28 March 2017)

Join us to get an insight into how to grow both your business and your leadership skills. Whether you’re aspiring to take your business to the next level, struggling to keep up with fast pace of change or wanting to develop the leaders in your organisation, discover how the Academy for Chief Executives can support you.



Sir Clive Woodward OBE

Best known for guiding England to Rugby World Cup victory in Australia in 2003, Clive has plenty of business heritage from his days working at Xerox and running his own finance and leasing company. He is a firm believer that creating a winning culture is essential if a team, company or department is going to deliver the tasks the board has given them. Clive will share insights from his career as a businessman, athlete and coach.


“Sporting lessons for business”

Jeff Grout

Jeff was Managing Director of Robert Half International, the largest specialist recruitment consultancy in the world. He built up the UK operation from two offices and 12 staff into a business with a domestic turnover of £65 million, 19 offices and over 360 staff.  Jeff was also Business Manager to Sir Clive Woodward from 2002 –2006. He is listed in the ‘100 Best Business Speakers in Britain’.


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Transform your leadership and your team (4 April 2017 or 5 April 2017)

There’s a unique opportunity to experience the Academy at an inspirational day session at ASE, Rowan Court, Concord Business Park in Manchester on either Tuesday 4 April or Wednesday 5 April 2017 (from 7.45am to 4.00pm) with renowned international speaker Giles Miskin, while also engaging in a peer group board session with other leaders like you.

Mark Fuller, Group Chairman of groups based in the Greater Manchester area 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 Mark’s PA Gill (see booking information) 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 day session.

The morning starts with our speaker:
Giles Miskin’s interactive session is an opportunity for members to consider the strengths and areas for development of their own leadership style using a simple, memorable and well-established colour model of behaviour and supported by a 23-page Insights Discovery profile following prior completion of a 15-minute online questionnaire.

Followed by the afternoon peer group session:
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.

Personal power – self improvement in and out of the workplace (5 April 2017)

Experience Academy membership at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Kenilworth Hotel in London on Wednesday 5 April (8am to 4.30pm). Join renowned speaker Marcus Child for his workshop “Personal Power” along with other successful leaders who are members.

Glenn Watkins, Group Chairman of groups based in West Central London, Harrow & Watford 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 Glenn’s PA, Lizzie, (see booking information for more details) to arrange a convenient date and time to talk.

More about the meeting:
Marcus specialises in enabling corporate change through people and has an impressive reputation for helping people in management and service embrace change positively and successfully. Marcus’ work nurtures and invigorates resourcefulness in individuals, positivity between colleagues and trust between organisations and their customers. His emphasis on people exploiting the workplace as an environment for self-improvement as well as commercial success means that the new habits he trains are practised in the minds and relationships of people – within and without work – long after his programmes are complete.

The Academy for Chief Executives helps business leaders to grow their organisation by giving them expertise and insight into running a world class business. There is no cost to attend the meeting – which is designed to give you a flavour of what membership provides – you will leave the meeting with ideas you can use immediately to improve your business performance.

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