• 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

Media Article

Wolf Hall and how to be a fixer fit for a king – Financial Times

Wolf Hall and how to be a fixer fit for a king – Financial Times

On the Financial Times’s Management channel, Luke Johnson explores an recently acclaimed series performed in London. While providing key insights into the performances, based on the Hilary Mantel novels, Johnson ties a thread through Cromwell, Henry the VIII, and Richard Hytner’s recent publication, Consiglieri: Leading from The Shadows. What’s more, Johnson describes the types of consiglieri per Hytner’s taxonomy and guide to the second-in-commands. Namely, the four Cs that help identify specific roles for readers, whether they be lodestones, anchors, deliverers, educators or a multiple or combination of those.

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