Tags: CEO

James Brook: Five top tips for leaders under pressure

An ever increasing number of stories in the media reveal the unprecedented pressures leaders face today. British newspapers recently covered a story about Paul Flowers, the former Co-op Bank Chairman who was filmed allegedly buying cocaine. In a similar story, the Mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford admitted to having smoked crack cocaine, apparently as a…

Ian Davidson: The Russian Billionaire’s story

I was watching a fascinating program on TV this week on the lifestyle of Russian Billionaires in London. What caught my eye was a pair of ladies from a concierge service that had been sent to buy sound system loudspeakers for their Russian client. They purchased a couple of speakers. The cost was slightly less…

Bev White: Challenges for Leaders ‘Always on Show’

With open plan offices being the norm, today’s leaders are inevitably ‘on show’ around the clock in a constantly connected world. Operating in a highly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous business world, leaders are subjected to a barrage of challenges which threaten to overwhelm their mental, emotional and physical faculties. A leader that is able…

Why do powerful people do stupid things?

Whyt; like the rest of us, they’re only human and therefore susceptible to the same character flaws, temptations and failings. Such calamities understandably create newspaper headlines; not least because of the eternal interest from a general public in any story with high levels of Schadenfreude. But they are of particular fascination to people in my…

Surprisingly, 10% of FTSE100/250 CEO’s did not attend University

The average FTSE 100 and 250 CEO is a 46 year-old male, who attended Oxford or Cambridge University, according to research and analysis into individual CEO background and profile information by QlikTech (NASDAQ:QLIK), a leader in Business Discovery – user-driven Business Intelligence (BI). These are just some of the key findings of Where Do CEOs Come…

Broadening the CEO selection pool – where will our future leaders come from?

A STAGGERING 83% of HR Directors never get promoted to the role of CEO, a new report has found. In the UK’s most comprehensive study into broadening the CEO selection pool, Mullwood Partnership [www.mullwood.com] have found that despite 63% of HR Directors harbouring ambitions to become chief executive, only a fraction of those interviewed work…

Number of women CEOs up by a quarter

There is increasing diversity of employment within the most senior positions of UK companies, new research has revealed, with women now making up a greater proportion of appointments. A study carried out by Pearfinders, the results of which were published this week by the Daily Telegraph, found that the number of women in chief executive…

UK and Ireland CEOs’ views on employees

A new study of more than 1,700 Chief Executive Officers from 60 countries and 18 industries worldwide illustrates that companies are seeing a trend toward more open, team-based working environments, with UK and Ireland CEOs believing that collaboration is key to employee success; UK and Ireland CEOs look for collaboration and flexibility as key personal…

New learning resources reveal the secrets of leadership from two strategic masterpieces

Video Arts is distributing two comprehensive leadership development resources which highlight the business lessons, and the practical insights for personal success, from Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince and Sun Tzu’s The Art of War. Called The Mind of a Leader I and II, the new resources feature video interviews in which the sensitive and controversial issues…

Training Budgets Look Optimistic Despite Economic Doom and Gloom, Claims SkillSoft Research

A staggering 93 per cent of British business leaders plan to either maintain or increase their training budgets over the next 12 months, according to research published today by global e-learning giant SkillSoft. Furthermore, the research highlights the importance that businesses place on their training needs, with just 3.6 per cent of businesses planning to…

Are men receiving significantly more support to reach board positions than women?

A new report out today (Tuesday 20 March 2012) shows that more men than women who aspire to reach the boardroom are likely to be offered support by their employers. Praesta, which coaches 450 top executives a year of whom 120 are senior women, has published research into the issues that top females discuss through…

Fitting brakes to the pay merry-go-round

It’s no longer just protesters outside St Paul’s Cathedral who want something done about high executive pay. Prime Minister David Cameron has spoken of the “excessive growth” in pay and a “failure” of the market to deal with it. He said he understood why it made “people’s blood boil”. Calls for pay reform gained traction…