Here at Rambutan, we’re big fans of top tips – examples of best practice, frameworks or new approaches to various business topics (we even produce our own series!). Mark recently discovered a brilliant new online resource of top tips from the BBC called ‘CEO Secrets.’ Here’s what he learned…
As a leader or an aspiring leader, we should always be on a journey of discovery, self-development and learning. That’s why taking the time to learn from others is so important. When other people share their knowledge, we should welcome it and think carefully how to apply lessons learned by others, to our own organisations or business circumstances. At Rambutan, we’re always happy to share our experiences of working with hundreds of CEOs, MDs and other leaders through our top tips series. So when we discover other brilliant free resources, we’re more than happy to share and publicise them.
The BBC’s online video series ‘CEO Secrets’ has a growing library of short and inspiring stories and tips from CEOs and entrepreneurs across numerous sectors. I’ve watched them all and here are a few of my favourite secrets from the series:
“My CEO secret is to encourage your team to bring themselves to work and then they’ll bring their true personalities. They give a better customer experience and that equals more sales.” James McMaster, CEO of Huel.
“I was very much thinking of myself as a general leading an army. The sense of needing to win a war, you think, might lead to better performance from people, but actually, the more fearful, the more tunnel-visioned they are, the less likely they are to spot opportunities that come along.” John Vincent, CEO of food chain Leon.
“Don’t go chasing the accolades and neglecting the business or you won’t have a business.” David Moore, CEO of restaurant chain Pied a Terre.
“The moment you step out of your sector or what you do really, really well, you could find yourself in a minefield.” PJ Farr, CEO of UK Connect.
“The way that I’ve been able to be taken seriously as a leader at a young age is by never pretending to know more than I did.” Amy Golding, 31-year-old CEO of Opus Talent Solutions.
“The best lesson I’ve learned in business is to fall in love with the problem and not fall in love with the solution.” Sean Petterson, CEO of StrongArm Tech.
You can find more business tips by following the series on the BBC News app and adding the topic ‘CEO Secrets’ in ‘My News’.
And finally, one secret from Rambutan’s own ‘top tips on being an inspiring leader: “Many leaders come unstuck through inconsistency – frequently changing tack and being seen to be easily swayed by persuasive others. You need to make sure that people know that you’ll take decisions when you need to and stick to them consistently.”
We’d love to hear YOUR leadership secrets, so do contact us and share your wisdom.