The Director magazine September issue is out now in print, on iPad, Android, mobile and desktop. Editor Lysanne Currie previews what’s inside the brand new edition
Nine months ago the IoD piloted a new idea – the IoD 99, a network of young entrepreneurs that the institute would nurture as they grew their businesses.
It has been a huge success and in late August, as we celebrated our 500th member, I joined over 120 bright, energetic 99ers at Google’s London campus to network and watch the speakers (each had 40 seconds to pitch).
Over pizza and beer, we talked to these entrepreneurs who have developed their businesses in the past year with the IoD’s help – whether it’s been using premises, asking expert advice or meeting mentors and non-execs. It’s a great initiative and the enthusiasm of the 99ers is infectious. Read more about how you could get involved on p94 and watch video highlights of the event below.
And as we return from summer and go into strategy season, it makes sense that this issue of Director focuses on new ideas and new ways to approach planning. Matthew Syed kicks off the Opinion section (p21) by arguing that business leaders need to learn to interrogate failure to build their strategy, while Iqbal Wahhab talks about the one question people should ask themselves when a great business idea emerges (p25).
Also inside Director magazine September
Meanwhile, young entrepreneur Jessi Baker asks our virtual board how she can take her software start-up to the next level (p41) and Green & Black’s founder Craig Sams looks back on his life as a serial eco entrepreneur (p36).
We also look at the need for all leaders to think of themselves as players on a global, rather than local, stage. On p74, Mindjet’s Matt Chapman suggests five ways for more established companies to innovate like start-ups in order to stay nimble and internationally competitive, and former British Business Awards Entrepreneur of the Year winners, Ed Holroyd Pearce and Dan Nivern, explain on p34 how they’re linking UK businesses with China.
International growth has also been key to the success of our cover star, Anya Hindmarch (p30). She got the idea for her luxury handbag business on a trip to Italy, aged 18, and now has 41 stores worldwide. Hindmarch joins a glittering cast of speakers at next month’s Annual Convention – I look forward to seeing you there. Enjoy the issue!