Category Archives: Chief Executive

2015 has not been a good year for many businesses from Ashley Madison to VW. In this blog I wanted to explore why that might be and some of the lessons that can be learned. When the great recession started is a matter of debate, according to the US National Bureau of Economic Research it ...

The time between Christmas and New Year is a real gift of down time from work. Yes there is all the busyness of Christmas but there is time to do some thinking about the things that are important, as opposed to all the urgent things that we spend our days on. When I talk to ...

One of my favourite stories about how the world is changing is of the CEO of one of our leading technology companies being shown round a classroom. The great man stopped by the desk of a young girl using an iPad. “Who taught you how to use that” he asked? She looked at him in ...

I mentor a number of ambitious, driven senior executives and there are a number of questions that come round again and again. The one I want to talk about today appears in many guises, but can be summed up as “what is enough?” (I will look at some of the other themes that appear regularly ...

One of the most frequently recurring themes among my mentoring clients is “how do I get a seat on the board?” Some clients are looking to take the next step up to be Executive Directors, others are looking at NED (non-executive director) roles. Neither is an easy step to make and few people really think ...

There are a number of themes that run through my mentoring work but one of the most common is “How do I get a Non Executive Director (NED) role”? Senior leaders have two reasons for wanting to be an NED: 1. To get another viewpoint on board governance and to understand what NED’s need from ...

My colleague Victoria Tomlinson sent me this great blog she had written on how to chair board meetings and it set me thinking about what chairing skills are timeless and what skills we will need in the future. I’ve spent a lot of time sat around board tables, as a member of the executive team, ...

One of the difficulties about the future is predicting time-scales for change. There is no doubt that the world is changing faster than ever before but getting leaders to think about the future never gets any easier. It’s the short term that is the most difficult. 50 years is not a problem, 10 is much ...

Stephen Hawking has always been one of my heroes, not just because he has a brilliant mind, but for the way in which he has never let adversity get in the way of what he wanted to achieve.  He has also managed to maintain a sense of humour through all the problems that he has ...

In my last blog, the 5 things nobody tells you about being CEO, I looked at what nobody tells you about until you get the job. I’ve learnt them from my own experience as a CEO and also from mentoring smart and successful CEOs.  What I want to do here is share my (and their) ...

One of my roles is mentoring chief executives of businesses and other organisations.  They are smart, hard working, experienced.  They have finally got to the top of the organisation or they may have been brought in from outside.  If they are new to the CEO role then I can guarantee one thing – they won’t ...

Image of Motorway at night.

Driving down the A34 yesterday I kept passing car transporters filled with Land Rovers and it set me wondering – have the boardrooms of Ford and BMW ever analysed why Tata Motors is now manufacturing and selling Land Rovers profitably, when they could not? Having sat on boards for years and mentored chief execs, I ...

Lauren Yecies

The question of whether you can ‘make’ an entrepreneur, as opposed to being born one, must be one of the most hotly debated topics in business schools and government policy-making teams around the world. Over the years both Cranfield School of Management and Bradford University School of Management have asked me to add my own ...