• It has become something of a taboo in our society to say you don’t want to be a leader — especially if you are one. Richard Hytner, a former CEO at the global advertising giant Saatchi & Saatchi, experienced it firsthand and is trying to break that stigma.

    - Lillian Cunningham, Editor, On Leadership, The Washington Post
  • Hytner notes that talent development, for example, is crucial to companies now, so the lack of a great track record for hiring, inspiring, and keeping star employees sometimes trips up aspiring CEOs.

    - Anne Fisher, Fortune Magazine
  • He argues convincingly that a great team of a chief executive and a number two is a more successful proposition than a solitary leader. Mr Hytner describes the various types of consiglieri – lodestones, educators, anchors and deliverers, according to his segmentation.

    - Luke Johnson, Financial Times
  • Richard Hytner, deputy chairman of London-based advertising giant Saatchi & Saatchi, thinks corporate understudies are too often overlooked. He’s set out to burnish the reputation of the second-in-command…

    - Adam Auriemma, the Wall Street Journal
  • It’s a trove of advice about how to be a great deputy and principal adviser, a calling that has brought out the best in people as varied and admirable as Warren Buffett’s Charlie Munger, Anna Wintour’s Grace Coddington, Abraham Lincoln’s William Seward, and Henry VIII’s Thomas Cromwell.

    - Frederick E. Allen, Forbes

Cool-Headed Confidants and Cunning Consiglieri Reflect the Best, and Worst, in our Leaders Seconds rarely come first. If media coverage is a reliable indicator of public interest, however, seconds in command are currently top of the show, not the postscript but the story itself. Those who advise, assist, check, and even, on occasion, usurp their […]

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Review – Real-world Consiglieri

Tony Nicholls reviews Consiglieri. Review found at: http://tonynicholls.net/2017/02/12/real-world-consiglieri/    I was recently gifted a book titled Consiglieri: Leading from the shadows¹. It was a present from my Mother-In-Law who was told about the book by her friend, who is herself the Mother-In-Law of the author, Richard Hytner. By this circuitous, in-law-laden route I am pleased to […]

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Check out tips for how to win in 2017, my own and those of my esteemed faculty colleagues from London Business School, Europe’s No. 1 business school. Read the full article on london.edu

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By Sathnam Sanghera. The Times, Friday, December 16 2016. “I was struck, on the way back from the US this week, by a piece in The Wall Street Journal bearing the headline: “Vodafone Is Satisfied Staying in Second Place.” It reported how Vittorio Colao, chief executive of the world’s second-biggest mobile carrier by subscribers, aims […]

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“Invest some time in figuring out your real story and you’ll be happier, less stressed and in the right job. What’s your story? Your real story, I mean. Not some carefully curated version of yourself designed to impress friends on Facebook or to look more employable on LinkedIn, useful shortcuts though these social media provide […]

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“Being creative isn’t an abstract concept or a pursuit for an exclusive minority. It’s simply a way to think through problems and do things differently – and everyone must take ownership, says LBS’s Richard Hytner. Most people rely on proven theories and models to make sense of the world and to help them predict outcomes. […]

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