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 achieve in sport, at home, or for your own well-being by the end of the year. Are you where you need to be to succeed?

Often, it’s not until we spend time with others and compare ourselves to them, that we really examine if we’re achieving our goals. For some, it can be an embarrassment to admit to comparing ourselves to others, it might feel competitive but often it can be a useful way of setting benchmarks: Where are you now? Where do you ultimately want to be?

I’d urge you to read the online interview with Academy member Emma Hollis. She discusses being inspired to sign up to the Academy last spring, after hearing members openly talking about where they wanted their businesses to be by 2020. She found the trial session with the Leeds, Halifax and Bradford group so refreshing, she simply had to find out more from her fellow members and Chair, Richard White.

Whether you turn to an old friend, a business associate, or your peers at the Academy for Chief Executives, it’s often not until we scrutinise the successes of others, that we truly start to analyse our own performance and progress. Only then do we start finding out what we might be missing out on, in our own bubbles, as we become bogged down in the running of our businesses. Just listening to and absorbing the challenges faced by the outstanding speakers at our World Class Leadership Summit 2018, provided me with fresh sources of inspiration, a boost to power me on to achieve my targets. Hearing the experiences of the former head of MI5, Dame Stella Rimington, polar explorer Ann Daniels, former jet fighter pilot and Executive Officer of the Red Arrows Justin Hughes, around the world yachtsman Brendan Hall and former SAS Major Floyd Woodrow, was very informative and insightful. It also left me exhilarated, and has given me lots to consider. There’s plenty of room for me to achieve more and to develop myself further.

Ian Price is Chief Executive of the Academy. He has a reputation and track-record for growing profitable businesses rapidly. His affable demeanour and relaxed style of working hides an exceptional talent at being able to focus on what makes a business tick.

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