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

How getting involved in philanthropy can have a direct impact on your bottom line – with Michael Maynard

Michael Maynard wears a lot of hats, figuratively speaking. Not only is he a Director of the business he co-founded 30 years ago, Maynard Leigh Associates, which specialises in management and leadership development, he’s an award-winning business speaker and is also now the Chair of The Funding Network. Michael said: “I wanted to step back

How getting involved in philanthropy can have a direct impact on your bottom line – with Michael Maynard

What are you missing out on?

Let’s start with a question; are you on track? It may be more than six weeks since you set out your business targets for 2018, at the beginning of January. Perhaps you set them in public, with fellow Academy members, or to your Board in private? How about your personal goals? Those you want to

What are you missing out on?

Academy Group to hold event for children and young people on How to Pass Your Exams

The Academy for Chief Executives Group for London West will be hosting a workshop for children run by David Thomas, the Guinness record memory expert and Academy speaker. He memorised Pi to 22,500 decimal places without error using some of the techniques he will explain. The event will be hosted on Saturday 3 March 2018

Academy Group to hold event for children and young people on How to Pass Your Exams

‘SMART’ goals don’t work – why you should NOT set New Year’s Resolutions – with David Hyner

Yes… That’s right, I said it! The much taught, ‘realistic and achievable’ goals are, to quote Tim Watts, ceo and founder of one of Europe’s largest recruitment companies, Pertemps, “setting people up for mediocrity… AT BEST!” Many of us complain about how we are “missing something” in our lives, or not fulfilling our potential in some

‘SMART’ goals don’t work – why you should NOT set New Year’s Resolutions – with David Hyner

Targets and Goals

We’re already well into the New Year, so let me start by wishing you a happy and healthy 2018. I’m sure, like me, you’re already back into the business cycle so let’s just take a second or two to stop and reflect on how you’re really doing. Are you managing to stick to any, or

Targets and Goals

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