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In the BBC's CEO Guru, we bring you interviews with 90+ executives of companies that have led their industry and the business world. From Sir Richard Branson (Virgin) to Meg Whitman (HP), these household names have wisdom, insights, predictions and anecdotes which they share with our host Steve Tappin.

 

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Videos in the BBC CEO Guru Series

BBC CEO Guru: The challenge of steering a company in a new direction

eBay CEO John Donahoe discusses communicating change; Cardinal Health CEO George Barrett talks about communicating plans for change; Founder of BYD Wang Chuanfu shares his thoughts on company growth.

 

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BBC CEO Guru: When firms get together: the secret of success

When acquiring companies and making deals, CEOs need to be mindful of the strategic benefit of the deal. Steve talks to four titans of mergers for their very best advice.

 

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BBC CEO Guru: Meg Whitman: Why I decided to shrink Hewlett-Packard

CEOs and experts give their view on the benefits and disadvantages of growing companies, including the occasional need to separate companies and the potential for negative growth as a result of adding more staff.

 

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BBC CEO Guru: The tech know-how that'll get you to the top

As technology shapes and directs the world, CEOs are increasingly having to engage and get to grips with tech.

 

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BBC CEO Guru: How do chief executives make big decisions?

Part of the job of being CEO is to make the big decisions. In conversation with several high-profile bosses, Steve uncovers some of the essentials to the role.

 

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BBC CEO Guru: What does it take to be a successful leader?

Ethics, being real and being yourself are important in the leader's job.

 

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BBC CEO Guru: Is exercise key to success?

Ensuring you are fit of body and mind is essential to completing the marathon that is the CEO's job.

 

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BBC CEO Guru: Short term or long term gain?

Timescales differ across the world – you might be building trust over a project or planning for the next 30 years. How might the West compare with the East in this respect?

 

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BBC CEO Guru: Why you may never be able to leave school

The agile approach is spreading from software into other areas. From teams working collaboratively to test the market to reimagining your career every day, this episode delves into agility.

 

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BBC CEO Guru: The company bosses sleeping outside in midwinter

Hundreds of CEOs are camping out with homeless people to raise money, showing compassion and solidarity. The key to success here is for everyone to be involved – and that starts with and includes the leaders.

 

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BBC CEO Guru: Could your robot go to work instead of you?

Could you do all your work remotely? Scott Hassan describes how being able to communicate eye-to-eye is essential while in Silicon Valley artificial intelligence is the buzz word.

 

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BBC CEO Guru: Is Australia really 'the lucky country'?

Now Australia's mining boom has ended, has Australia's luck finally run out and how can it bring the luck back? Could expanding out of Australia into Asia and then going global be the solution?

 

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BBC CEO Guru: The challenges of going global

When the US, Europe and Japan are slowing, China, Brazil and Africa are the only choices says General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt. He recommends leadership that is physically located in those regions. How do timezones play into this?

 

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BBC CEO Guru: Firm faith: The company bosses who pray

What's the role of spirituality in companies? What are the limits? How do attitudes compare across the world?

 

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BBC CEO Guru: Doing business the Chinese way

Guanxi is more than just your network – it's relationships, gained over time, drinks and banquets. While the West might view the word as a negative, there's a much more positive business and personal side to the concept.

 

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BBC CEO Guru: Unmasking China: Winning in the East

What you've learned in Western business schools might not help you in business in China. With many expats staying in Westernised residential areas, getting to grips with Chinese culture has passed many CEOs by – to their peril.

 

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BBC CEO Guru: Why it's important to be yourself at work

Diversity is a hot topic – not just of your workforce, but of your customers as well. More than a box-ticketing exercise, diversity can be a source of inspiration.

 

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BBC CEO Guru: China's Billionaires Club

In 2006, a highly exclusive club comprised of China's top entrepreneurs was formed off the back of Liu Donghua's magazine. Formed to foster an environment of candid discussion and information exchange, the combined revenue of the companies represented is now in the hundreds of billions of dollars.

 

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BBC CEO Guru: The Thai women bucking the global trend

From start-ups to boardrooms, Thailand is one of the few countries where the company boss is just as likely to be a woman as a man.

 

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BBC CEO Guru: Will not criticising make you a better boss?

How can you prepare to be a CEO? Most learning takes place on the job – but this episode contains some great advice to get started.

 

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BBC CEO Guru: Can you really be yourself at work?

Whereas in the past the business would do as the CEO said, nowadays CEOs are concerned with supporting their people and their company.

 

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BBC CEO Guru: Could wearing a suit harm your career?

People of influence have long known that how they dress has an impact on those around them. Moving away from fixed dress codes, CEOs have recently been creating styles of their own. How should modern business leaders dress?

 

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BBC CEO Guru: Why businesses may need to start hiring biologists

Big organisations have enormous sway and buying power, making them obviously attractive. But what are the forces that play against you in business when you're a big player?

 

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BBC CEO Guru: How to have a life beyond work

In the rush to succeed at the top, many things – such as family and friends – can get left behind. But smart business leaders know there's more to life than slaving away 24/7. So, what's the best way to achieve balance in all aspects of their lives? We visit South Korea to research.

 

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BBC CEO Guru: Seoul traders: Swapping job security for start-up thrills

In South Korea, business had been dominated by conglomerates for years. But recently, new ideas and energy are coming to the fore. We find out what's happening – new brands, new technology and global ambitions.

 

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BBC CEO Guru: Top bosses reveal their secrets for getting things done

The CEO's job comes with great power but also great responsibility. Everyone has a view on how they should be doing the job. So how do CEOs ignore the distractions and stay focused on their mission?

 

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BBC CEO Guru: How do you manage a unicorn firm?

In France, new tech companies are springing up all over and becoming unicorns. What's the best way to lead a unicorn business to success?

 

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BBC CEO Guru: The mother of nine pushing for boardroom equality

You don't see many women in boardrooms. When the vocabulary of business is dominated by masculine terminology, female executives are under pressure to modify their behaviour.

 

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BBC CEO Guru: Chinese tycoon Guo Guangchang

What are the drivers behind the best of China's decision-makers and how is business changing in the modern world?

 

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BBC CEO Guru: How to overcome a terror of public speaking

Public speaking is a part of the CEO's job – communicating what it is you have to say and keeping your authority. Engaging, informing and inspiring your audience is an art. Top CEOs tell us how to achieve this.

 

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BBC CEO Guru: Firms adopting to a more 'purpose-driven' generation

The last century has been dominated by top-down command and control thinking. Today, though, things are different – millennials don't want to be bossed around, they want to shape their own destiny. And if they can't, they'll move on.

 

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BBC CEO Guru: Should bosses tweet? The do's and don'ts for executives

Despite the powerfulness of instant communication platforms, some are finding this technology to be a double edged sword.

 

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BBC CEO Guru: Bosses striving to make work more than just a job

90% of value statements are all the same: customer, people, integrity, blah blah blah. The leaders aren't living the words they put on paper. Values need to add value and be put at the heart of your company.

 

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BBC CEO Guru: Firms battle to recruit and retain best staff

As urban populations boom, the pool of talent from which to choose is growing also – but leaders are finding it increasingly difficult to retain staff. How do you recruit – and keep – the best and brightest?

 

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BBC CEO Guru: Why those at the top still need a helping hand

Managing hundreds of thousands of people isn't something a CEO can do alone – they need executives around them. But to inspire their executives is no easy task...

 

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BBC CEO Guru: How can big companies keep the sparks of innovation?

Entrepreneurs working side-by-side on their start ups is makes for an atmosphere of inspiration and innovation. However, as a company grows and scales, that innovation can quickly be lost.

 

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BBC CEO Guru: What my dad taught me: Top bosses reveal parents' influence

What advice did the today's business leaders get from their parents many moons ago?

 

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