176. A group of CEO Level executives get together to share their wisdom and experience and the best tips that they were given this includes:
Brian Hayworth: Co-Managing Partner of Lansdowne Partners,
Mark Fleiner: President of Malvern Panalytical,
David Harney: President and COO – Europe at Canada Life Group,
Emma Kane: CEO SEC Newgate, (remotely)
Leigh Bowman-Perks: CEO Inspiring Leadership Trust
Tips included: Never have AOB on an agenda – best way to get ambushed in a meeting – circulate agenda in advance and ask for all items to go on or if not covered will be picked up in next meeting. Never ask a question you don’t want to hear the answer to Never say I’ll give you a call or let’s do lunch if you don’t intend to do so. Always focus on the red lines on any transaction at the beginning and not the end of a deal – it saves a lot of time and money. If certain things are deal breakers and you will never get over them find out fast. Hire for attitude not for ability to purely pass exams – job or career. you can train people but you can’t change their soul.
Pick your battles – you don’t have to win every point. Never be late for a meeting – it is rude and you are saying I am much more important than you are. Focus on the things where you add value and hire people to do the things you are not good at and invest in the very best people you can afford Listen to the podcast for more great tips and practical hard fought lessons learnt