Towards a Digital Detox

Treat September as the start of a new year, and press pause If everybody is addicted to their smartphone, nobody individually feels like an addict

Towards a Digital Detox

Is Technology the Answer to your Productivity Problems?

The fact is, Britain has a productivity problem. The average German worker could clock off early on Thursday afternoon and have matched - in terms of meaningful work completed - their British counterparts’ entire forty hour week. French and American workers would have to put in a full day on Thursday, but they could still take Friday off and get just as much done as we do. Our productivity has risen and fallen over the last decade, but the troughs are generally lower than the peaks are high. Why does it happen? What do we do differently with our work time that means we take so much longer

Is Technology the Answer to your Productivity Problems?

The Benefits of Adequate Sleep

Adequate sleep on a regular basis is as essential to well-being as the air we breathe. Proper rest is necessary for maintaining cognitive sharpness, emotional balance and the efficient functioning of all our physical systems. Wake up refreshed, ready for new day. Overall improved sense of wellbeing. Increased mental awareness, concentration, focus. Increased resilience and

The Benefits of Adequate Sleep

Five Minutes with ACE member, Marie Kirbyshaw

Marie Kirbyshaw was approached directly by Stephen Salt, Chair of the Home Counties region, about joining the Academy for Chief Executives. Marie became the Chief Executive of Luton Culture 10 years ago, just as the charity was about to lose £1m funding. Luton Culture delivers engaging arts and cultural programmes across art centres, museums, libraries

Five Minutes with ACE member, Marie Kirbyshaw

Know where you are with GDPR – 10 Key Steps to Compliance

GDPR – the General Data Protection Regulation – comes into force this week on the 25th of May. Because it’s citizen-first legislation, it covers what we in the UK do with the personal data of people in the EU, so will remain important even after Brexit. Failure to comply with the new consent-driven laws carries

Know where you are with GDPR – 10 Key Steps to Compliance

Business Networking – do or die? – with Andy Coote

In tough times, there is always more pressure on business budgets and businesses begin to strip non-essential expenditure out of the mix. The budget for marketing is an area that often comes under intense scrutiny and there is a temptation to reduce expenditure that seems to have no clear hard benefits attached. There is an

Business Networking – do or die? – with Andy Coote

Five Minutes with ACE member, Vicky Hesson

It’s just over a year since Vicky Hesson joined the Academy for Chief Executives. As the Managing Director of Gladman Developments, which specialises in the promotion of land for development across the UK, she was looking to find some like-minded business leaders, “You do your day job and you don’t actually know if it’s always

Five Minutes with ACE member, Vicky Hesson

Leadership – with Ian Price

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous”? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing

Leadership – with Ian Price

Five minutes with ACE member, Samantha Poole

Samantha Poole has been an MD for over a decade. She signed up to the Academy for Chief Executives 18 months ago, joining the newly established Manchester and Lancashire region. “Meeting the new ACE group was really interesting. At first I was thinking, ‘I’m really busy, have I got the time?’ but it’s proven so

Five minutes with ACE member, Samantha Poole

Are business coaches a waste of time and money? – with James Phipps, Business Leader columnist

I am constantly pestered by business coaches that are offering to almost guarantee to grow my business, help with employee engagement and make me more money. For a day rate of X or for a “special discount” delegate rate of X you can attend their seminar, they can impart all of their knowledge, experience and

Are business coaches a waste of time and money? – with James Phipps, Business Leader columnist

Feeling satisfied?

As a CEO with a successful business, a strong management team and a strategy for continued growth, are you surprised to find yourself with distinct feeling of dissatisfaction, or a lack of motivation? Do you wake up thinking, “Is this it?” or, “Is there something missing?” For many business leaders who spend their early careers

Feeling satisfied?

Five Minutes with ACE member, Emma Hollis

At the start of the recession Emma and her business partner Andrew decided to launch their company Pyramid8, in a highly competitive industry – recruitment – without any previous experience. Fast forward 10 years and the fact the company is thriving is testament to Emma and Andrew’s drive and determination. “We knew we wanted to

Five Minutes with ACE member, Emma Hollis