On location in Davos, for the World Economic Forum, Heather caught up with Edie Lush to discuss careers, the importance of building your network, and learning to say no...

28 November 2016

The November graduation ceremonies are well under way, with Edinburgh and Dubai now done and Malaysia (due for December 4) coming up soon. I am afraid that I was only present in Edinburgh, but next year I hope to be at every graduation. 

My own preparation for graduation started the week before the Edinburgh ceremony, when I was sent the list of names that I would be reading out – 196 of them...

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17 October 2016

Are you reading this in Dubai, Malaysia or Japan? If so, I will be in all those places in the next few weeks and would love to meet students and alumni from EBS, please do get in touch with Dave Kelly in our marketing team for more details.

Last week we welcomed two different sets of scholars to Edinburgh Business School. The 19 ‘Silver Scholars’ are the winners of the scholarships the EBS board awarded to students in Scotland to celebrate our 25th anniversary, and I had the pleasure of meeting them and talking about careers, at the very start of their course...

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3 October 2016

How should you approach getting a pay rise? This was the subject of my session this week at the Women At the Top conference held in London by the Financial Times; conferences, which are a core part of any academic’s life, are for all of us an opportunity to share ideas, meet new people and reinforce our relationships with those we already know...

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26 September 2016

I have been testing my ability to operate on very little sleep. Going up from London to Edinburgh last week I travelled on the overnight train, branded the Caledonian Sleeper, which leaves Euston Station in London at 23:50 and arrives into Edinburgh at 07:20. This gives me the chance to attend a function in the evening in London and still be at EBS in plenty of time for my first meeting...

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16 September 2016

How often is something a ‘problem’ for you?

Earlier this month, at a meeting of Heriot-Watt University’s leadership forum, we watched a short video of the TEDx talk given by Professor Mushtak Al-Atabi, the university’s new Senior Deputy Principal Malaysia, who will join next month. In it, he challenges us to replace the word ‘problem’ with the word ‘opportunity’ or ‘challenge’. I went on that day to have several meetings where I found myself counting the number of times I heard the word ‘problem’, and mentally replaced it, before continuing the dialogue. Watch the video and try it for yourself!...

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9 September 2016

Succession planning is really important, and so I chose it for my final Mrs Moneypenny column in the Financial Times this week. In it, I mention Joseph Bower, author of The CEO Within, and a long-time faculty member at Harvard Business School.  He believes companies that take succession planning seriously invest heavily in recruiting, mentoring and training. In his view, this includes offering outside management education and giving future leaders exposure to managing operations, planning, and budgeting. All of which, of course, we offer at EBS!...

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7 September 2016

FT Irreverent Questions with Professor Heather McGregor

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Professor McGregor and her FT editor interview the world's most successful people in business, media, arts, entertainment, finance, academia and politics. Fielding irreverent questions about serious topics from capitalism to work/life balance, they offer up a fair dollop of sometimes-humorous, but rarely-solicited career and management advice along the way.
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2 September 2016

Yesterday, 1st September 2016, will always be a special day to me.  I am enormously honoured to become the Executive Dean of such a prestigious business school. 

Before anything else, I want to pay tribute to Keith Lumsden, the founder of EBS. Professor Lumsden was a visionary before his time, and he gave us the basis of a great school. Now it is up to us to take it to the next chapter...

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