In the annual 50 Highest Rated CEOs in Britain survey, carried out by company review platform Glassdoor, only four women made the final list.
Some ten years ago, Caffeine opened its doors to stimulate growth for its clients. In that decade, we have worked with impatient leaders from companies of all sizes and sectors, done interviews for several books we have published and, of course, run a business which has in its own humble way grown steadily since we started.
After a series of publicised problems, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced he would be taking a leave of absence. News promptly followed that the company was planning on addressing its toxic workplace culture.
The business world is changing rapidly – and companies failing to test the boundaries of change will soon struggle to compete.
With a staggering 5.5m businesses in the UK and 99 per cent of these being classed as SMEs (employing 0-249 people), it is vital these companies avoid mistakes when recruiting.
Over the past few years, large companies have scrapped traditional annual appraisals, citing it as outdated and irrelevant. These organisations discovered continuous performance reviews are a better fit for millennials – a demographic you cannot afford to ignore.
Oft-cited startup hubs, apart from Silicon Valley, include London and Berlin. But a new community has blossomed somewhere colder: Nordic countries Sweden, Denmark and Finland are quickly becoming “best in class”.
There is no one size fits all approach for getting corporate culture right, not least because it will be truly unique to each organisation. That said, there are ways to tackle it head on.
Future law firms will need to put purpose before profit, offer a distinctive service and build a culture to sustain that distinctiveness.
Small companies are the bedrock of the UK economy, accounting for over 99 per cent of private sector businesses last year, and employing nearly 16m people. But there is a problem holding most back – the late payments culture.
While San Francisco rightly attracts attention for its role in cultivating fast-growing businesses, Oakland is building a community of entrepreneurs happy to be out of the limelight.
In today’s competitive landscape, the best CFOs help corporate leaders make more informed decisions. As such, their role has evolved.