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What can Alibaba's Jack Ma teach us about succession planning?

What can Alibaba's Jack Ma teach us about succession planning?

The tech boss has already done the hard work of letting go, says Simon Hayward....

How Tata Chemicals Europe survived its energy costs doubling

How Tata Chemicals Europe survived its energy costs doubling

The ex-ICI soda ash business faced a make-or-break hike in its costs.

The importance of good manners in business

The importance of good manners in business

It costs nothing to say please or thank you - but it can be costly...

How London Doctors Clinic manages its growing pains

How London Doctors Clinic manages its growing pains

The private GP has gone from one to 11 clinics in four years.

Business transformations: Why pre-emption is better than cure

Business transformations: Why pre-emption is better than cure

'Fortune is of sluggish growth but ruin is rapid.' There's truth in the great Seneca's...

Rejection can be the best thing that ever happened to you

Rejection can be the best thing that ever happened to you

Lord Smith of Kelvin reflects on how setbacks lead to opportunities.

How this company went from sheet metal to robotics (via advertising)

How this company went from sheet metal to robotics (via advertising)

The Tharsus Group has a long history of diversification in the face of crisis and...

When workplace feuds are a matter of life and death

When workplace feuds are a matter of life and death

Rudeness at work reduces performance. Go figure.

What SAP's youngest regional president has to say about impostor syndrome

What SAP's youngest regional president has to say about impostor syndrome

Q&A: Brian Duffy, SAP's EMEA North President.

How the TALL Group avoided 'chequemate'

How the TALL Group avoided 'chequemate'

Faced with the decline of its core business, the UK's leading cheque printer has had...

How Carrington Textiles came to dress the world's workforce

How Carrington Textiles came to dress the world's workforce

Pragmatism and continual innovation has enabled the Lancashire manufacturer to take its work wear global....

How this company pivoted from concrete to software

How this company pivoted from concrete to software

After over 100 years as a manufacturer, construction products company Elecosoft decided its future was...

How executive coaching became an industry

How executive coaching became an industry

Group therapy for CEOs? Stranger things have happened.

Death as a leadership tool

Death as a leadership tool

Facing up to your own mortality helps you to focus on the most meaningful things,...

Demystifying Alibaba - with UK MD David Lloyd

Demystifying Alibaba - with UK MD David Lloyd

Profile: Alibaba's British boss on selling to China, being in an office minority and arts...

Why you've got financial forecasting back to front

Why you've got financial forecasting back to front

Basing plans on last year's revenue is a recipe for disaster.

Business lessons from Rupert Murdoch

Business lessons from Rupert Murdoch

Irwin Stelzer spent 35 years advising Rupert Murdoch. Here he reveals the method behind the...

Is the youth hostel industry finally growing up?

Is the youth hostel industry finally growing up?

PROFILE: Generator CEO Alastair Thomann has a €300m war chest to professionalise and expand the...

3 ways to incentivise long-term thinking

3 ways to incentivise long-term thinking

New ideas about executive pay, the role of index funds, and how the stock market...

How to achieve cultural consistency

How to achieve cultural consistency

It's a mistake to try to force an identikit culture on a global organisation.

Sir Nick Clegg: 'Business leaders must speak up over Brexit'

Sir Nick Clegg: 'Business leaders must speak up over Brexit'

Privately, chief executives speak of disaster ahead. They must make their voices heard, says ex-Lib...

The dangers of consensus

The dangers of consensus

Making sure we're all on the same page can result in harmony - of the...

Can Steve Rowe save M&S by shutting stores?

Can Steve Rowe save M&S by shutting stores?

No one can accuse the Marks and Spencer CEO of lacking boldness.

'There aren't many people in this business that act like me' - Ian Rand, CEO, Barclays Business Banking

'There aren't many people in this business that act like me' - Ian ...

A career in the military taught Ian Rand how to lead. But the boss of...

Could a CYBG and Virgin Money tie-up threaten the big banks?

Could a CYBG and Virgin Money tie-up threaten the big banks?

Without a focus on agility, the plucky challengers risk turning into the very banks they're...

Courage is the essential virtue for business success. Discuss

Courage is the essential virtue for business success. Discuss

Momentous things tend to be scary, but conquering fear may not be enough.

What we can learn from Facebook's terrible memo

What we can learn from Facebook's terrible memo

The memo is a powerful thing - use it better than Facebook did, says HR...

3 ways to ensure your culture supports your brand

3 ways to ensure your culture supports your brand

Leaders play a critical role in shaping their company's real values.

Russ Shaw: London's biggest tech cheerleader

Russ Shaw: London's biggest tech cheerleader

After a career spanning American Express, O2 and Skype, Russ Shaw left the corporate world...

How success undermines purpose and why it doesn't have to

How success undermines purpose and why it doesn't have to

It's far too easy to forget why you're in business in the first place.

Life after a leader

Life after a leader

How can a business move on after a central figure like Martin Sorrell departs?

Sir William Sargent, Framestore: The CEO who made British movies magical

Sir William Sargent, Framestore: The CEO who made British movies magical

Boardroom briefing: The founder of the world's first digital visual effects company on Brexit, #metoo...

Catching confirmation bias before it catches you

Catching confirmation bias before it catches you

It's far too easy to jump to conclusions. Fortunately, there are ways of counteracting your...

WPP will miss Martin Sorrell

WPP will miss Martin Sorrell

Sorrell's hasty, late-night departure will leave a significant hole.

The MT Interview: Sir Martin Sorrell

The MT Interview: Sir Martin Sorrell

FROM THE ARCHIVE: WPP's founder has confounded critics for decades, as this long read explored...

What CEOs are reading: April 2018

What CEOs are reading: April 2018

Books on people power, risky business and virtual reality will be in the top ten...

The 3 virtues of great leadership

The 3 virtues of great leadership

Mindfulness, selflessness and compassion are all essential - and they can all be learned.

When should you fire the boss?

When should you fire the boss?

Deutsche Bank sacking John Cryan says as much about the board as it does the...

Ignore intangibles at your peril

Ignore intangibles at your peril

Your brand, your tech and your relationships are sources of great value - and therefore...

Only 20% of turnarounds succeed. Here's why

Only 20% of turnarounds succeed. Here's why

Think like an outsider, says BCG.

Why great leadership doesn't require formal authority

Why great leadership doesn't require formal authority

The best leaders catalyse performance, wherever they are.

How this meeting hack can save you from terrible decisions

How this meeting hack can save you from terrible decisions

The first words you say in a meeting can make a big difference, say Chris...

Less sleep does not make you a better leader

Less sleep does not make you a better leader

We'd never encourage leaders to drink alcohol to increase their productivity, so why do we...

Your gender pay gap doesn't matter - what you do about it does

Your gender pay gap doesn't matter - what you do about it does ...

Employers should see gender pay reporting as an opportunity, not a curse.