What do CEOs need from CFOs?

Written by Paul Mendelssohn on Dec 07, 2016

As businesses become more agile and innovative the requirements of many roles are likely to change in 2017 and beyond. With the ever-evolving economy, the uncertainty of Brexit and the new challenges of rising commodity prices and volatility in the FX markets, CEOs need a new type of CFO.

They need a blend of both a FD and CFO who can not only be a commercial leader but can be highly agile and adapt to the modern landscape – it’s a vital partnership.

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Creating an Agile Workforce for Success

Written by Craig Elvin on Dec 01, 2016

Since joining the world of commerce over 12 years ago, I cannot recall a time in the industry where agility has been as fundamental as it is today. Agility is at the forefront of many successful business agendas and plays a key role in business performance.

Looking closely at the agile businesses I work with on a regular basis, it is clear to see they all have a few things in common that have led them to become highly adaptable, flexible and influential.

Most importantly all of these businesses have overcome obstacles that have now set them up to encounter the new challenges that face the business world in 2017 and beyond.

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6 Practical Steps for Getting Your Work Life Balance Right

Written by EO on Nov 28, 2016

Your work/life balance can sometimes seem elusive, and at your busiest times, a far flung fantasy.

However, like all things in life, having a clear goal and a plan of how to accomplish it is the best way to make progress.

To help you get closer to the work life dream, we’ve put together some highly practical steps so you can manage both your professional and personal life in a more balanced way.

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Leading a 'Culture Club' - Using great culture to attract top talent

Written by Andrew MacAskill on Nov 21, 2016

Anyone looking to grow a business with a team of over 10 in size should be spending at least 10% of their week on the attraction of top talent. Why? Because the people with the best people will generally win.

To attract top talent you are going to need a couple of well-connected and trusted head hunters (my contact details are in the footer below) and a compelling employee value proposition (EVP). Developing an EVP as the board in an SME can be an intimidating task. You may not have the resources to offer gym facilities, free food and drink, extensive branded welcome packs or an office bar, so what can you do to gain competitive advantage?

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5 Top Tips For Smooth Leadership Succession

Written by Andrew MacAskill on Nov 15, 2016

Successions can be a tricky affair and history throws up some intriguing leadership succession stories. Tim Cook taking the reigns at Apple was initially met with heavy scepticism, and last year Pandora Media took a leap in announcing a full technology leadership succession.

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Taking the Plunge

Written by Ben Walton on Nov 09, 2016

Building a business from scratch can be challenging at the best of times, but breaking into a new and unfamiliar industry takes the challenge to a new level. 

Working with numerous start-up's ranging from fintech (payments and challenger banking) to SAAS and e-commerce, I have been fortunate enough to see many exciting and disruptive businesses develop at a rapid pace. With the emergence of so many ground breaking technologies and the genuine opportunities to disrupt existing sectors, it is unsurprising that so many people are excited by the prospects of taking the plunge and landing their own start-up.

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What I learnt from my first day volunteering in the third sector at Suited & Booted

Written by Andrew MacAskill on Nov 08, 2016

Through the introduction of a business contact I have recently started supporting a wonderful London charity called Suited & Booted run by the passionate Dr Maria Lenn and her team of talented volunteers.

The team and I at EO have always been looking for ways to use our skills to deliver some positive social impact. Recruitment as an industry tends to get compared culturally more to Wolf of Wall Street than Comic Relief so when the opportunity came up to use my executive search skills to coach those in need I jumped at the chance. 

It was a rewarding experience and I am back in with the team tomorrow to offer support – for others in the corporate world considering this type of work, I wanted to share some of my learnings below.

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The Five M's of Modern Leadership

Written by Andrew MacAskill on Nov 04, 2016

Modern, progressive leadership is changing and is an ongoing matter of personal refinement, balance and adjustment.

Organisations are flatter, traditional hierarchies are being demolished and change is the new business as usual. You can no longer just wield a big title or “pull rank” in your communications as your direct reports are assessing your capability as much as you are theirs.

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9 Leadership Lessons From Gates, Buffett And More

Written by Andrew Nicholas on Oct 31, 2016

Every industry has men and women who combine vision, ambition and pure determination to build new companies, save failing ones from the brink of extinction and better others by inspiring and leading.

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The Culture Challenge

Written by Mike Fisher on Oct 25, 2016

Over the last four years Executives Online have provided senior Executives to Challenger Banks of all sizes. Ranging from small start- ups at seed funding stage, through to those with a banking license and high growth, these banks have one thing in common... people that thrive off a driven culture. 

Often founded by HNW individuals or PE / VC backed, Challenger banks are growing at a rapid and advancing pace, but this success it not without hard work and determination. There is often a perception that starting your own business will give you a better life balance and allow you to work less hours. If you think that your're in for a big surprise. Every successful start up I have worked with have proved to be highly driven, work at great pace and put in the extra hours.

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