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

Political risk continues to dominate investment markets

Prepared exclusively for the Academy by Ben Kumar, Investment Manager – Seven Investment Management | If you just look at the top level numbers for financial markets, 2016 could be viewed as a conventional year. Healthy economic data in the UK and the US translated to the stock markets - the US, in particular, saw the Dow Jones and S&P 500 equity indices reach all-time highs. Europe and Japan were slightly more sluggish, but their markets ended the year in positive territory. However, you would be hard-pressed to find anyone who would denote 2016 as ‘conventional’.

Political risk continues to dominate investment markets

Boosting efficiency with your fingertips

A huge and successful (billion dollar) industry has been built around increasing our productivity and ‘improving’ our time management. If 2017 is the year you’ve resolved to spend less time sorting your email inbox, then why not embrace technology and cut the amount of time you spend on simple tasks?

Boosting efficiency with your fingertips

Developing your Execution Muscles

A recent survey of 1526 business professionals commissioned by the American Management Association found that only 3% of respondents felt that their organisation was ‘very successful’ at executing strategy. In conversations I have had with Academy members, many echo these sentiments, citing strategies and initiatives that have not been implemented yet to a standard that

Developing your Execution Muscles

My Academy – Jon Hiscock

Fundamentals is a high-quality manufacturer of voltage control systems for electrical power grid infrastructure. It is a Swindon-based family firm – Dr Jon Hiscock, son of one of the founders, is the current chief executive. We asked him what he sees as the key to the current expansion of his business and what he can

My Academy – Jon Hiscock

Are you Cyber-Aware?

How to protect your business from cybercrime? It starts with #thinkrandom When was the last time you used your child or partner’s name as an online password, or shared your password with someone else? Was it last week? Last month? Last year? Or, is the honest answer that you just can’t remember! You’re not alone.

Are you Cyber-Aware?

Life – it’s a Team Sport

This year’s Academy speaker list has included some quite exceptional individuals, including gold medal-winning Olympic athletes Matthew Pinsent and Kelly Holmes. One of the things we learnt from them is that whilst media coverage will always focus on the individual, behind each winner is a winning team. When we interviewed rower Matthew Pinsent for our

Life – it’s a Team Sport

Major showcase in high-profile Times CEO supplement secured by the Academy for Chief Executives

Academy for Chief Executives Press Release 1 December 2016 The Academy for Chief Executives has taken a significant step to raise its profile by supporting a major national newspaper supplement about ‘The Future CEO’. The 16-page Raconteur produced supplement, run in The Times newspaper on 1 December, features the Academy in a prominent position on

Major showcase in high-profile Times CEO supplement secured by the Academy for Chief Executives

Budget Wish-List

Philip Hammond has some difficult choices to make in Wednesday’s Autumn Statement, his first budget speech as Chancellor. So amid a background of ominous economic forecasts and continuing post-Brexit uncertainty, we asked our Academy Chairs what they would like to see him do.  Here’s what they had to say.   Justin Grace is the Academy

Budget Wish-List

Recommended Winter Reads

1. Great Answers to Tough Questions at Work (Michael Dodd)   Difficult questions can be thrown at you from your first job interview through to challenges you get when you’ve made it to the top. If you find yourself on the firing line on a regular or occasional basis this is the perfect go-to guide

Recommended Winter Reads

The Digital Imperative

Guy Levine is a well-known digital strategist and marketer and has been a popular Academy speaker for more than 10 years. We asked him about the key factors Academy members should bear in mind when they think about digital innovation. 1. Not all businesses are tech start-ups or fashion labels. So is there a place

The Digital Imperative

My Academy – Eleni Renton

Eleni Renton, founder of Leni’s Model Management, discovered the Academy at just the right time – even if it started as a misunderstanding. She’d met a networking group organiser called Hilary Rowland on a trip to New York, so she assumed it was the same Hilary Rowland who then invited her to the Academy shortly

My Academy – Eleni Renton

Advice clinic: performance anxieties

  “I know I won’t be the only Academy member who has a bit of a blind spot when it comes to performance appraisals, particularly when that means sitting down face-to-face with someone. But equally, it’s obviously vital for any business that we can establish how well individuals are performing and how they’re contributing (or

Advice clinic: performance anxieties

Want to learn more in 20 minutes?

At the Academy we are passionate about reading, learning, personal development and helping people become the best versions of themselves. I am delighted to announce that we are offering all our members a year’s subscription – starting from 1 November – to Joosr, the mobile learning app. All you need to do is to activate

Want to learn more in 20 minutes?

The Price Advantage

Understanding your customer’s thinking helps you get a better price, says David Abbott. On 23rd October Microsoft announced it is increasing its prices by up to 22% following the fall in the value of the pound. Whatever your views on Brexit, if your business costs depend upon imported goods or services then you face a

The Price Advantage