Success calls for stamina: can you go the distance?

Thursday. Aug 3, 2017 / Simon Hill

Where business people once might have talked about golf — the sporting pursuit that essentially combines a gentle stroll with gossip, dealmaking and conviviality — they now want to signal proficiency in solitary endurance eventing. This is no accident because, as the entrepreneur Bruce Eckfeldt argued in an article for Forbes last year, training for […]

Doomed to fail? HSBC’s hunt for new chief executive

Friday. Jul 7, 2017 / Simon Hill

Mark Tucker, the incoming chairman of HSBC, is in a hurry to find a successor for Stuart Gulliver as chief executive of Europe’s biggest bank by assets and plans to announce the board’s choice this year. While its board of directors is under no obligation to bring in an outsider, HSBC has instructed several headhunting […]

Three moments that made UK management great

Wednesday. May 31, 2017 / Simon Hill

Business has been transformed but its hard-won excellence is under threat. Its really great to see how we have moved on in the last 30 years. See the rest of the story in the FT at

MK Ultra – Who is in control?

Monday. Mar 20, 2017 / Simon Hill

Simon Hill, Managing Consultant of Hill Coates Associates and Chairman of the Athene Dance Trust attended the premier of Rosie Kay Dance Company’s MK Ultra at Birmingham Rep on 17th March. An excellent review can be read at The production is now set to tour the UK and will be at LABAN in Greenwich for its London […]

Leadership skills from the bottom up

Tuesday. Feb 28, 2017 / Simon Hill

We commend the Financial Times for extolling the virtues of Mission Command, something practiced by the British Army for over 30 years. “Jim Collins’ ideas have shaped leadership thinking for more than two decades. As author of bestsellers such as Good to Great, he introduced managers to “Big Hairy Audacious Goals” — lofty targets to […]


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