Horizon37 continually and proactively invest in research in order to stay at the forefront of leadership coaching.

Our goal is to help entrepreneurs, executive teams, investors, mentors and board members to improve their performance during the scale-up phase, while also discovering which interventions make the most difference – so that we always deliver the most impactful and effective coaching possible.


The Leadership Proliferation Threshold: Lead or Lose

Join us to explore the practical implications of the Leadership Proliferation Threshold (LPT)
Tuesday 14 December 10am to 12pm, The Bradfield Centre, Cambridge

With our research partners from Cranfield School of Management, we are proud to invite you to this interactive workshop, generously hosted by The Bradfield Centre and supported by The Cambridge Angels – many of whose members have participated in the research.  

Emerging from the deep structured interview findings with highly experienced leaders in the ecosystem, the LPT provides a brand new insight that, for the first time, sheds light on the challenges and very specific success factors for leading the scale-up of an innovation business at a critical stage in growth. 

We will present a short summary of the research findings, after which, guests will be invited to take part in a short diagnostic survey to assess your readiness to succeed in the LPT – whether as an exec or non-exec leader. Horizon37 coaches will then support small breakout group exploration sessions to select practical actions to prepare in your own businesses. 

This event is for you if you lead or invest in innovation scale-up business in the UK. 

Let us know if you would like to attend in person or remotely here:

Born or Made?

Can founders always lead scale-up businesses? How can we tell when the founder has what it takes to lead their radidly growing business?

With 50% of founders not making it past the three year mark as CEO, and an average UK business survival rate of just 41%, the statistics reflect the size of this leadership challenge.

We interviewed a cross section of current and former start up and scale up CEOs, investors, advisors, and those who interact with them to ask ‘Can founders lead scale up businesses?’. As coaches, we also asked what interventions make the most difference.

Can successful CEOs be ‘made’, and if so, how? – Read the full report here

Villains vs. Value

What really works on scale-up boards? Can “villains” be valuable board members?

Villains vs. Value provides a conceptual framework for directors to serve effectively on a growth business board, including the most effective behaviours and ways of thinking.

We ask provocative questions about ‘villainous’ board behaviour, and other significant behavioural styles – both good and bad – observed in general management.

A major finding from this research is that how members behave and contribute can make the biggest difference between value creation and value destruction (even if the right people are doing the right things to achieve the right purpose, boards can fail spectacularly). This research goes a step beyond defining how to behave, and helps members assess their motivations and mindsets to challenge their behaviours.

Which scale-up board archetype best describes you? Read the full report here

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