Bob Keiller CBE is one of the most highly regarded and well respected figures in Scottish and British Business. 

He is the former Chief Executive of Wood Group, a multinational energy services company which generates in excess of $10 billion in revenue, employs more than 55 thousand people and operates in over 60 countries.

In December 2015 he assumed the role as Chairman of Scotland’s national economic development agency, Scottish Enterprise, a role which he served for three years, stepping down at the end of 2018.

He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2017, for services to business and entrepreneurship, and in addition to a host of previous accolades such as Entrepreneur of The Year, Scottish Businessman of the year, and being inducted into Entrepreneurial Scotland’s Hall of Fame, he was named as Scotland’s “icon of the year” in the 2018 Barclays Entrepreneur Awards.

He’s a TEDx speaker, a LinkedIn Influencer with more than 155,000 followers, Chief Storytelling Officer at The Lens, and he now acts as a Business Advisor through his consultancy firm, AB15, where he works with companies, ambitious leaders and social enterprises, with the focus of inspiring others to succeed. 

00.00 Trailer

00.12 Introduction

01.50 Bob’s early life

05.30 Bob’s career path

11.50 How did Bob evolve from someone managing 2 people to managing over 40,000

13.50 How did Bob navigate his way to the position of CEO?

16.50 Who was Bob’s best boss?

18.10 Why are core values so important?

19.50 Do core values define culture?

20.30 Delineating and implementing a businesses values

23.00 Should people be dismissed if they don’t adhere to values?

24.00 How did Bob’s specialities become his specialities?

27.00 Helping people and businesses on a pro bono basis rather than taking a position on a board

28.20 Bob on not being driven by ego

29.50 How Bob became an Influencer on LinkedIn

32.40 First things a new business should do

35.00 Using technology to grow a business

36.30 Business in Scotland

39.00 Geography as a limitation to funding a startup

41.30 Bob on his personal values

43.20 Bob on his purpose

45.50 Bob’s approach to business storytelling

49.10 What does the future hold for Bob?

50.30 Bob on his legacy

51.30 How does Bob define success?

52.30 Best piece of advice

55.00 Speaking to 20 year old self

56.20 Changing the world

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