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Life at the Centre of the Arena: Coaching the CEO

Life at the Centre of the Arena: Coaching the CEO

by Jock Encombe

A Developing Leaders Quarterly article
Issue 18: 2015

The performance expectations placed on CEOs are immense and can be overwhelming, even for the most robust individual. Jock Encombe's article for the Developing Leaders explores the need for effective CEO coaching and tries to identify what is distinctive about this type of training. The article draws on the author’s experience and interviews with three leading UK-based coaches.

Advanced Boardroom Excellence announces appointment of Jackie White as Chief Operating Officer

Advanced Boardroom Excellence announces appointment of Jackie White as Chief Operating Officer

Advanced Boardroom Excellence (“AB Excellence”), the leading Board and Individual Director Effectiveness Company, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jackie White to Chief Operating Officer.

Hr NETWORK National Awards Gala Dinner winners announced

Hr NETWORK National Awards Gala Dinner winners announced

This year's winners were announced at the special Hr NETWORK National Awards Gala Dinner which took place at the Glasgow Hilton on Thursday 13th November 2014. Watch as our very own Helen Pitcher announces the Chief Executive of the Year award.

Diversity in the Executive Pipeline

An article by Advanced Boardroom Excellence for the LexisNexis Company Secretary’s Review, Vol 38, No. 16, Published on 19 November 2014

In this article Helen Pitcher from Advanced Boardroom Excellence considers the need for diversity in the executive pipeline, and the important role played by non-executive directors.

As we consider the future of boards and reflect on past failings and misadventures it is important to remind ourselves of the capabilities and skills that non-executive directors (“NEDs”) are designed to bring to a company.

Take care of the board amateurs

Take care of the board amateurs

An article by Carly Chynoweth for The Sunday Times originally published on 26 October 2014

When some non-executives are elected as ‘lay’ directors, the chairman may need to fill in gaps in their knowledge and stop top-level bullying.

IMAGE: Lesley-Anne Alexander, chairwoman of Acevo, where most of the board is elected by the members, says she appoints extra directors to fill any gaps (Akira Suemori)

Excitement builds for the HR NETWORK National Awards 2014

Excitement builds for the HR NETWORK National Awards 2014

The shortlisted finalists for this years Hr NETWORK National Awards 2014 will soon be announced ahead of the Nominees lunch taking place in October. Advanced Boardroom Excellence are sponsoring this year's CEO Award. 

The Hr NETWORK National Awards are the largest and most prestigious HR awards in Scotland. Launched in early 2007, the awards are designed to recognise, acknowledge and reward the champions of the Scottish HR profession.

Are you on the crest of the diversity wave – or struggling to catch up?

An article by Advanced Boardroom Excellence for INFORMED, the quarterly magazine of The Investor Relations Society, Autumn issue 2014, no 84.

Ensuring that the board has a good response to external questions about diversity is a vital part of the IRO’s work. Helen Pitcher looks at the issues involved in this area.

Lack of women in senior roles can harm productivity

Originally published on Friday 19 September 201 at www.heraldscotland.com

BUSINESSES have been warned that excluding women from senior jobs is not just hurting their employees' career prospects - it can be harmful to the company's productivity.

Despite a series of efforts from firms and the Government to improve the prospects of women in the workplace, many companies treat it as a gender issue instead of a problem for the business, consultancy group Advanced Boardroom Excellence (ABE) suggests.

The lack of women in senior roles in UK corporates is not just a women’s issue

The lack of women in senior roles in UK corporates is not just a women’s issue

Advanced Boardroom Excellence, leading advisers in developing individual and collective director effectiveness, has today published a research report on diversity, with a focus on female talent in organisations.

The Report looks at this diversity agenda through the eyes of 70 successful women leaders and provides an insight into the extraordinary waste of female talent being overlooked.

And just who is responsible for diversity?

 And just who is responsible for diversity?

An article by Advanced Boardroom Excellence for HR Networks magazine

The change in the diversity environment is notoriously slow and ponderous. Here Helen Pitcher Chairman of Advanced Boardroom Excellence, a Board Effectiveness Consultancy ponders the speed of change and suggests we are at a significant point in the business cycle with regard to diversity.

Gender pay gap: female bosses earn 35% less than male colleagues

Gender pay gap: female bosses earn 35% less than male colleagues

An article by Simon Goodley for The Guardian 

Originally published on Tuesday 19 August 2014 at www.theguardian.com

Four decades after the Equal Pay Act, male company directors take home £21,000 a year more than female counterparts.

RI Europe 2014

RI Europe 2014

The 7th annual RI Europe 2014 was held in London at The Tower Hotel from 3rd to 5th June 2014 and was attended by 500+ delegates. 

Helen Pitcher, Advance Boardroom Excellence’s chairman, spoke at the investor-corporate summit on the 4th and 5th June on board diversity and gender: Are today’s corporate boards fit for a fast-moving, mixed economy?

The RI Europe 2014 Post Conference Report is now available (PDF 3.2MB)

The International Women’s Forum (IWF) is granted ‘Special Consultative Status’ to the United Nations

The International Women’s Forum (IWF) is granted ‘Special Consultative Status’ to the United Nations

The International Women’s Forum (IWF) announced to it’s members that, on the recommendation of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), it has been granted ‘Special Consultative Status’ to the United Nations on the issue of the protection and growth of women's leadership.

As part of its Special Consultative Status, IWF and its selected representatives located in UN headquarters in New York and offices in Geneva and Vienna will be asked to:

  • Provide expert analysis in the field of women's leadership
  • Serve as consultative advisor on critical issues affecting women's leadership
  • Help raise public awareness of relevant issues relating to women's leadership
  • Play a major role in advancing United Nations goals and objectives in regards to women's leadership

Remuneration Committee Aspects of Board Effectiveness Reviews

An article by Advanced Boardroom Excellence for the Executive Compensation Briefing

Boardroom effectiveness consultancy Advanced Boardroom Excellence looks at how the principles of board effectiveness reviews apply to the particular challenges faced by the remuneration committee.

KidsOut Big Day Out - Drayton Manor

KidsOut Big Day Out - Drayton Manor

Joanne Writtle reports for BBC Midlands Today

A day out is something we all love but for children with poor health or other issues a visit to somewhere such as a theme park can be really special. The KidsOut charity has been organising trips for disadvantaged children for 25 years. Its largest gathering took place today with three and a half thousand children invited to Drayton Manor Park near Tamworth.

The Board's Strategic Succession Imperative

The Board's Strategic Succession Imperative

An article by Advanced Boardroom Excellence for Governance

First published by Governance, May 2014, Issue 239

Helen Pitcher argues that succession planning needs to be broader than simply board level appointments and should include identifying the talent pipeline within.

'… succession needs a 20-year horizon not the limited three- to five-year horizon that spans a typical CEO’s tenure. Interestingly, organisations that have focused in depth on such matters have had long-standing CEO’s, stellar performance and a clear and deeper focus on their talent, providing both formal development, stretch assignments and exposure to the board.'

External Board Evaluations

An article by Advanced Boardroom Excellence for the LexisNexis Company Secretary’s Review
Vol 37, No. 23, Published on 26 February 2014

Last month a new draft Code of Practice on independent external board evaluations was published. Seamus Gillen from Advanced Boardroom Excellence explains the reason for producing the draft Code, sets out the contents of the Code, and considers what will happen next.

Who Evaluates the Evaluators?

Who Evaluates the Evaluators?

An article by Advanced Boardroom Excellence for Governance

Helen Pitcher looks at the emergence of the external independent board evaluation market and a new draft Code of Conduct for the industry.

'Recognising true board effectiveness is not just a matter of governance, important though that is, but of addressing boardroom behaviour at an individual and collective level.'