How to Lead

Monday. Jan 29, 2018 / Simon Hill

Sometimes leadership is simply a matter of thorough alignment between management and workforce on the vision and the plan as well as financially. Since the Frank Appel became chief executive of Deutsche Post DHL in 2008, he has sought to make the German postal service and international courier an engaging place to work. The humdrum […]

Leadership in his genes?

Tuesday. Jan 23, 2018 / Simon Hill

Leadership is a much over-used word but it seem to us it has never been more relevant in making employees align with the task in hand, both in large companies and small. In this article in the FT, Rupert Soames tells how he volunteered for the job of leading Serco, whose public-sector contracts include running […]

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


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