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Look to the Future but Don’t Forget the Past

March 29th, 2016

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by Ian Price

It can be all too easy to forget what we’ve learned from the past as we try to future-proof our businesses and plan for what comes next.  In my new role as Chief Executive, I am aware that the Academy has an important heritage based on our twenty years of history.  So it seems appropriate that the Academy will celebrate its 21st birthday – and its coming of age – in 2016, which is set to be an important year as we decide our future in Europe.

There was much talk at the World Economic Forum at Davos last month about the potential impact of artificial intelligence. Will robots eventually take over from humans or will they herald a world where people can instead focus on adding value and being creative? It’s a moot point, but it’s worth remembering that even in today’s digital world where virtual communication has become the norm, that direct human contact remains far more powerful than a pixelated experience.

That’s why the opportunity Academy members have to meet in person each month and share their issues in a trusted environment is more important than ever. It’s so much easier to deal with the challenges we face as business leaders when there is a supportive community on hand to help navigate the change.

As I reflect on the legacy of the Academy and look to the opportunities ahead, it is clear to me that we must continue to build upon the solid foundation already in place and our philosophy of `leaders learning from leaders’. At the same time, we need to challenge the status quo, identify new opportunities and approaches, embrace innovation and expand our horizons. This means combining the best of both worlds as we look ahead, but without forgetting the past.

Ian Price

Ian Price became Chief Executive of the Academy in February 2016. He has a reputation and track-record for growing profitable businesses rapidly. His affable demeanour and relaxed style of working hides an exceptional talent at being able to focus on what makes a business tick.

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