Academy groups 45 raise £21,000 for local charities

Late in 2016 Chairman Kevin Kerley and his two groups decided to give back to the local community by taking on a CEO of local Charities in each group. They would only charge the leaders the delegate fee for attending meetings and no charge would be made for coaching. This would give the charities the

Academy groups 45 raise £21,000 for local charities

Budget 2017: What does it mean to you and your business?

Co-founder and Head of Corporate Development at 7IM, Justin Urquhart Stewart, shares his key takeaways from the Budget with Academy Members. The Big Picture Being completely honest, the 2017 Budget was astonishingly dull. The Chancellor played it safe by predictably increasing the so-called ‘sin taxes’ (alcohol, tobacco etc) which no-one ever disagrees with and announcing

Budget 2017: What does it mean to you and your business?

The human connection

Q: It may not appear to be an obvious connection but what do Christmas, cyber-crime prevention and social networks have in common? A: They all rely on human interaction to be a success. With only days until most of our businesses close over the Christmas holidays, can you imagine spending the build-up, Christmas or New

The human connection

Five minutes with ACE members Seven Feet Apart (and a special offer!) 

It was the make of cars (mainly Jaguars and Aston Martins) in the car park at an ACE taster day back in 2015 that for one MD, Matthew Bagwell, was a sign an Academy membership might not be quite right for him. He says, “Being honest it felt a bit out-of-touch, especially coming from the

Five minutes with ACE members Seven Feet Apart (and a special offer!) 

What is the hidden ROI of mentoring? What you need to know – with Mark Fritz

Mentoring is a fantastic way for you to speed your growth, whether you are the mentee or even the mentor too. In fact, there is a hidden ROI for both the mentee and the mentor, and both can end up realising the impact of the ROI for a long time after the mentoring relationship has

What is the hidden ROI of mentoring? What you need to know – with Mark Fritz

The Future CEO

In recent months, I’ve written not only about the importance of taking time away from our day-to-day work to reflect on our businesses, but how we as leaders need to develop in order to successfully run them. Of course, the Academy provides its members with regular opportunities for such reflections, with our unique offering of

The Future CEO

What are the key issues facing UK SME’s in 2018? A survey of Academy for Chief Executive Members – September 2017

If the media were to be believed, the only issue facing UK businesses right now is our country’s departure from  the European Union. But, does the Brexit chatter covered by TV programming, online media outlets, and newspaper column inches accurately reflect what the leaders of the UK’s SMEs are actually thinking right now? Following a

What are the key issues facing UK SME’s in 2018? A survey of Academy for Chief Executive Members – September 2017

MSP doubles its UK Operation 

Metrology Software Products Ltd (MSP) is a global, dynamic, innovative organisation, committed to the research, development and installation of world class precision software and part manufacturing solutions based right here in the UK, in Alnwick, Northumberland.   After success worldwide, this pioneering software company proudly announce their most recent expansion – increasing their development facilities in the United

MSP doubles its UK Operation 

Identifying Talent as Business Leaders

The Academy regularly asks its regional chairs for the outlook of its members over the upcoming 12 months and what are the big challenges facing their businesses. Despite the prominence of Brexit, the low pound and red-tape in the business headlines, the issue that’s regularly given as the most critical is ‘Talent’.  How do we

Identifying Talent as Business Leaders

Do you know how to cut an avocado…? Top 5 digital learning resources with Ken Allison

The other day I noticed an icon in the top right-hand corner of my #LinkedIn page, labelled ‘Learning’ (LinkedIn Learning has actually existed for a year, but I had not noticed the icon before). It opens up a whole new world of learning content. Largely from the US, but presumably it will diversify over time. I shall watch with interest, but seeing this

Do you know how to cut an avocado…? Top 5 digital learning resources with Ken Allison

Five minutes with Malcolm Miller

Malcolm Miller is the MD of the automotive learning and development company, RTS group. He’s been a member of the Academy for Chief Executives for three years, as part of Jon Penn’s Bristol, Bath and Swindon region. The Chippenham based company operates in 41 different countries and has just opened its first office in Beijing.

Five minutes with Malcolm Miller

10 years since the financial crisis: where to now?  

Ten years ago, markets were beginning to experience the start of what would become the Global Financial Crisis.  It all arguably began with the default of two of Bear Stearns’ hedge funds that were mainly invested in the secondary US mortgage market i.e. mortgages resold by the originating bank to raise further profits. But the acceptance by Bear Steams about the drop in values of these investments meant every other firm had to re-evaluate their own investments in similar vehicles. While the firm took a further six months to decline before its bail out by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and its sale to JPMorgan Chase, the nails in the coffin of a second investment behemoth, Lehman Brothers, were beginning to be hammered home. But who cares about two pure investment banks? 

10 years since the financial crisis: where to now?  

The bigger picture

While September may feel like a welcome return to ‘business as usual’, after time away from the office over the summer, are you keeping to your vows to keep the curative and restorative nature of a break going, while back at work? For many of us, it takes just three weeks to fall back into our old patterns of behaviour and if you’re already lamenting a loss of energy and the longer, darkening evenings, how are you going to re-establish those plans made on holiday to remain fresh and rejuvenated, while the memories of your break begin to fade?

The bigger picture

Community

Since writing a few weeks ago, we have seen an unprecedented level of violence and horror across the UK. As each new situation unfolds, we each experience our own, personal reaction to such large-scale loss of life. Many among us begin to question the motives and causes of these seemingly incomprehensible events.

Community

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

Self-assessment

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.

How to recruit a great team

Black box thinking with Matthew Syed

Matthew Syed is one of the world’s most influential thinkers in the field of high performance and cultural change. In his book, Black Box Thinking, he contrasts the aviation industry with healthcare. In aviation, every near miss and every accident are systematically interrogated to learn the lessons. Each aircraft is equipped with almost indestructible black boxes to facilitate this process. This is a key reason why aviation is so safe. In 2014, for the major airlines, there was only one accident for every 8.3 million take-offs.

Black box thinking with Matthew Syed

Top tips for improving how you sleep

Feeling tired can have a direct impact on our mood, focus and motivation. All of which seem like small problems when you’re more concerned about the three deadlines you’re facing this week and a presentation due next week. During these times it might be worth asking yourself how productive you can really be when you’re struggling to stay focused and motivated?

Top tips for improving how you sleep

5 ways to make communication the key to your success

As leaders we all know communication is the most vital skill to have in any workplace. However, if not used effectively our communication skills, or lack of, can play a pivotal role in under-performing. Whether it’s losing our staff, our clients, or our motivation, what we say and how we say it will often determine our success

5 ways to make communication the key to your success

Two lessons on how to gain referral business

It has been proven time and time again that once you are referred to someone, you are 90% on the way to closing the business - unless you turn up with three heads of course!

Two lessons on how to gain referral business

What CEOs need to know about web design trends

Trends in web design move faster than in almost any other kind of media, in part due to advancement in the underlying technology but also the huge range of devices used for browsing on which it’s essential that a website looks good. While a ‘following the crowd’ mentality isn’t always best, it has to be said that a lot of the current trends are borne from the desire to make websites intuitive and more interesting to use. This involves using some level of familiarity, especially with navigation.

What CEOs need to know about web design trends

Should you re-evaluate your UK investments?

8 May 2017, Chris Darbyshire, Chief Investment Officer This article has been prepared exclusively for the Academy for Chief Executives by 7IM.   It’s a month to go before we’re in the polling booths to vote in the next UK Government, but only a few days since we marked ballot papers in local (and mayoral)

Should you re-evaluate your UK investments?

Decision time: a time to reflect on our own leadership choices

In less than a month's time we’re once again voting in a General Election. While political and media debates about the suitability of each candidate intensify, it could be a vital opportunity to consider our own decision making processes.

Decision time: a time to reflect on our own leadership choices

Ian Price in interview with Speaking Business Magazine

The ‘Speaking Business Magazine’ published by one of our very own Academy speakers David Hyner, recently enlisted our CEO Ian Price to give his views on what the Academy is, does and delivers. Click on the button below to read the full interview in this extract from David’s magazine: Ian Price is Chief Executive of the

Ian Price in interview with Speaking Business Magazine

Kevin Kerley on making a good impression with First For Business Magazine

The 'First For Business' March 2017 edition recently enlisted one of our Managing Directors for the Academy: Kevin Kerley to give his advice on making a good impression in a new role.

Kevin Kerley on making a good impression with First For Business Magazine

Academy for Chief Executives branches out

Not content with Unlocking the potential of business leaders, the Academy for Chief Executives is now sponsoring football teams!

Academy for Chief Executives branches out

How to finance my company’s growth

When you start to grow your business, the extra sales delivered don't necessarily translate into excess cash, either not at all, or not as quickly as you may like. Basically, this means you need to plan in advance where you can, to allow you flexibility and choice in funding options. Where you have to react quickly these choices are often, well, "take it or leave it" frankly.

How to finance my company’s growth

Leadership during uncertain times

As leaders we’re currently confronted by both change and uncertainty and the challenge is responding with transformation that benefits both ourselves and our teams. This means focusing not just on improving our own cognitive development but also on our emotional intelligence. Both must be delivered with increased flexibility and agility, in order to fully develop our own potential.

Leadership during uncertain times

7 essential steps to making customer experience your competitive advantage

Here are 7 essential steps to making Customer Experience your competitive advantage. (The alternative is to let Customer Experience be your competitive downfall!)

7 essential steps to making customer experience your competitive advantage

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

Ten minutes with Sir Clive Woodward, OBE

Sir Clive Woodward is best known for leading the England rugby team to World Cup glory in 2003 and as Director of Sport for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics, where the team won 65 medals. His own international rugby achievements (21 England caps in the 1980s) coincided with a successful career at Xerox

Ten minutes with Sir Clive Woodward, OBE

The season for growth and opportunity

It may sound like a cliché but stopping for just a few seconds to appreciate the new life that’s emerging around us, is always a physical reminder of the benefits of stepping away from our businesses every month. Academy members regularly tell me of their own ‘light bulb’ moments when they first joined and saw

The season for growth and opportunity

Leadership – a new approach to nature-nurture

How we lead needs to radically change in a world that is itself constantly changing. The world is changing, often unexpectedly or unpredictably. So is business. And therefore not surprisingly so is leadership. Or is it? It certainly should be. Shouldn’t leadership be leading, ahead of the game? Visionary. But recently history and precedent suggests

Leadership – a new approach to nature-nurture

Do you need a critical friend?

Why do so many of us find it hard to ask for help? Could it be that as we grow up self-sufficiency and independence seem to be what we aspire to as part of being grown up? If so, is this a blind spot that keeps us from unlocking our full potential? As leaders in

Do you need a critical friend?

How do I prove to myself that I have ‘arrived’?

If you’ve ever found yourself asking this question internally, you’re not alone. Whether you’ve been a CEO or MD for months, years or decades, what keeps us challenging ourselves is our underlying ambition to succeed, usually combined with a healthy dose of self-doubt. Whatever the size of this fear (rational or irrational) it’s often the driving force behind our on-going desire to grow, accept bigger challenges and push ourselves and our business forward. If we fail to recognise and acknowledge self-doubt as a real fear, it can often dominate our lives but also overshadow our personal and professional relationships.

How do I prove to myself that I have ‘arrived’?

Ten minutes with Kriss Akabusi

It’s not difficult to pinpoint the reason people warm to Kriss Akabusi; his familiar laugh, energy, enthusiasm and openness come at you in waves when you’re talking to him. It’s over 25 years since he won Gold in the 400m hurdles, at the European Championships in 1990. Since then, the athlete has gone on to study for an MBA, become a sought after Keynote Speaker and Training Facilitator, working with business leaders across the country.

Ten minutes with Kriss Akabusi

Setting the pace

As the first snowdrops and bulbs burst into view, the momentum inside the Academy is reflecting the energy of early Spring. Many of us are planning, or have already been on an Academy group retreat. They’re a vital part of our calendar where we take time out, to look forward and set objectives for the next 12 months. I was delighted to attend the South Downs and Solent retreat in the New Forest, along with one of the Academy’s co-founders Sue Cheshire. Not only was it a great opportunity to explore the themes of Personal Resilience and Mastery but a real chance for some self-reflection, so easily overlooked when running a successful company.

Setting the pace

A New Year means fresh opportunities

A very Happy New Year to you. For those of us who’ve had a fortnight away from office, have you managed to step away completely? As business leaders we often don’t switch off from our day-to-day schedules and look at the wider issues and challenges ahead. A New Year can be a symbolic way of starting afresh and implementing new ideas, while looking for great opportunities. Focusing on how and where we might learn new lessons, allows us to develop both our teams and ourselves.

A New Year means fresh opportunities