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The future of business growth

  I’ve seen the future… and it’s beautiful. Lisbon is also beautiful. This gloriously creative and friendly city hosted The House of Beautiful Business alongside Web Summit, the world’s largest tech conference dubbed ‘Davos for Geeks’ by Bloomberg. The House of Beautiful Business is a pop-up community for meaningful conversations about technology and humanity in collaboration with BCG Henderson Institute and …

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Fast Forward Female: Three success strategies for women at work

  If a cursory glimpse at the headline news over the last few months hasn’t been enough to crush your spirit, (Doctor Who aside), try typing ‘women/work’ into Google and brace yourself for a slew of discouraging statistics. As a working woman you are less likely to get the first, critical promotion to manager thereby minimising your chances of getting …

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It’s Time For Automotive Brands To Re-Think What It Means To Be A Car

  We are on the cusp of a seismic shift. The whole world of automotive transport is about to be turned upside down. Automotive brands will need to re-invent themselves or face a serious danger of extinction. They will have to fundamentally change their proposition, from product to service orientated brands. And they will have to ditch their obsession with …

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The Uber-Lesson for leaders

  Here’s a question for you: should we stop thinking about the idea that people are ‘born leaders’? Or, put another way, do you think great leaders are always just naturally brilliant people who are consistently able to cope with the challenges they face? Leaders are not ‘born great’; but they can become great with help. ‘This is the first …

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How do you lead a super team to success?

  Our guest blog this month is by Owen Slot, Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Times and author of The Talent Lab, which tells the remarkable story behind the rise of Team GB as an Olympic superpower. There was a point on their journey to becoming Olympic gold-medallists in 2016 that was absolutely crucial to the GB women’s hockey team, and …

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Hallmarks earn you high marks

  Poor old British Airways. Knocking our once esteemed national carrier seems to have become an annual event. Take the most recent problem. Not many of us really know what happened with the IT system, precisely why it failed, why there didn’t seem to be an adequate back-up in place or whether it really was connected to the decision to …

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Want a competitive advantage? Send the lift back down…

  I believe in positive capitalism; I have spent my life and my career meeting people in the corporate world who have principles and believe that making a positive impact in the world is not incompatible with professional success and business profitability.  There are examples where greed and following the money have led to appalling stories and an understandable cynicism …

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What price your purpose?

  Last week, Unilever rejected a £115bn takeover approach from Kraft Heinz. It persuaded its shareholders that such a deal was not in the interests of the company, especially its long-term interests. ‘Long term’ is the key phrase. Unilever’s purpose includes a commitment to sustainability. Not just environmental sustainability, but also economic and social sustainability. It wants to protect and …

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Do the right thing, right away

  Decisions are quicker and better when you follow your purpose. Within hours of President Trump’s Executive Order banning all visitors to the USA from seven mainly Muslim nations as well as all refugees from anywhere, AirBnB offered to house immigrants in its properties. Explaining its decision, it cited its purpose to give people a sense of belonging not just …

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RESPONSIBLE & RESPONSIVE LEADERSHIP CHINESE STYLE

  This week is a momentous one –  we are witnessing the shift of global leadership from the West to the East. This week, right now. In the eleven hours I have been in the air flying back from China to the UK this Tuesday 17 January, all the political and economic leadership just went 5,715 miles in the opposite …