Episode 150: 18th February 2021

The Empty C Suite, Big Management Theories, Why We Sleep and Henry Engelhardt.

We’ve talked many times about the changes made to the work environment since the start of Covid19 and the idea that the hybrid workplace is going to become the way we mix and match work and life in the future but this week we take a very specific look at what this means for the senior executives in business. The people who reside in the C Suite.  This article we spotted in Strategy and Business in January asks how this might look in practice and what employers need to be mindful of if they want to retain their big hitters.

It’s a two for one bonus in our review section this week as Tracy sneaks a surprise review into the conversation. Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker may have been sitting on Heather’s bedside locker for several months but for Tracy it has totally changed the way she is currently thinking about sleep. If somewhat flies in the face of last week’s 5am Club by suggesting that getting up early might not be the best thing for all of us, depending on our circadian rhythm.

Putting sleep aside the book we were originally reviewing this week is The Little Book of Big Management Theories by James McGrath and Bob Bates. I think it’s fair to say we both love it. In fact we aren’t entirely sure why we didn’t already own copies. If you’ve ever wondered how to  make sense of the various management theories and perhaps more importantly how to incorporate them into your business then this book is easy to follow, packed full of information and advice and gets a big thumbs up from us.

And finally, our profile this week is of billionaire businessman and philanthropist Henry Engelhardt. Founder of Churchill insurance, Admiral Insurance and Compare The Market, Engelhardt before his retirement from the board headed up Admiral Insurance for 25yrs and his management style has consistently ranked them amongst the Sunday Times Best Companies To Work For for many years.

Tracy & Heather

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