• 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

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High Performance Conference, Scotland

High Performance Conference, Scotland

On the Road to Rio, Sport Scotland, the national agency for Sport, gathered stakeholders in Scottish Sports’ success in Dunblane to focus on driving high performance.

The New Horizons event was attended by national coaches, performance directors of governing bodies of each of the major sports, including cycling, rugby, tennis, judo, snowboarding, bowls, hockey, netball, swimming, golf, curling, triathlon; key staff from British governing bodies; and other national sporting organisations like British Olympic Association and Commonwealth Games Scotland. Also participating were a plethora of performance providers, including physiotherapists, exercise physiologists, psychologists, strength & conditioning coaches, performance lifestyle advisers, and sports medicine doctors.

Not the environment in which to over index on the carbs.

Richard never made a first team at sport (according to his personal trainer, former javelin thrower Matt Bamford, this might be true of many coaches) But he can identify with some of the sacrifices coaches, support acts to elite performers, have to accept: less cash than their protagonists, less status, almost certainly less job security (the caddy is typically the first to go after a succession of lousy rounds) and, depending on the character of their performer, less courtesy too.

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