Nicholas Bate is MD of Strategic Edge, a consulting company. He has worked with major international corporations such as HSBC, Microsoft, BBC and Marks & Spencer. In demand as an inspirational and pragmatic speaker, Nicholas speaks and teaches around the world including on the MBA course at Warwick University. He also runs his own pioneering courses: Personal Excellence; Brilliant at the Basics; Personal Presence and Leadership Excellence. He is the author of twelve books and his blog www.nicholasbate.typepad.com has an international following.