My week: Stephen Bubb is trumped by Condi Rice

Monday: Wake up to the Today programme and the Bishop of Reading giving away egg timers to commuters. His point is that we all need to take time out for reflection. It's an excellent message for any busy third sector chief executive.

Stephen Bubb
Stephen Bubb

And this week will be hectic: it's the culmination of Acevo's anniversary celebrations. I've three speeches to make, perhaps the most nerve-racking in front of the Prime Minister.

A meeting with Greg Clark, the Tory sector spokesman. He's a dynamic and sharp thinker who believes in a growing role for the sector. We talk about what sector leaders want to see in developing Conservative policy. We are contributing.

I have dinner with directors from Insead, the top European business school at Fontainebleau in France. We are developing an executive leadership programme that will bring together our sector chief executives and colleagues across Europe. Leadership development is core to the Acevo task.

Tuesday: I am upstaged by Condoleezza Rice. We are at No 10, where the Prime Minister is holding a reception to mark Acevo's 20th anniversary. TB makes a great speech, praising Acevo's role in making the sector "more organised and more dynamic". He says: "I can see a horizon for this sector that is immensely exciting for the future." Just as I am about to reply, I see frantic waving from Jonathan Powell, TB's chief of staff, at the back of the room. Condi is waiting in a video conference call. He goes. It's a shame to waste a speech, so I make it anyway. Members seem to enjoy it.

A surreal moment occurs when, outside on the parade ground, one of the guards' bands strikes up Behold the Lord High Executioner during TB's speech.

Wednesday: Our anniversary ball. We have a tribute from Gordon Brown, but the real key to the evening is the series of speeches from some of the sector's great chief executives and Acevo founders. And a comedian. And dancing.

Thursday: It's our annual summer forum, which we limit to chief executives. We keep the politicians and pundits away and concentrate on hearing from our own leaders about their experiences of leadership. Jill Pitkeathley reminds us of the days without email and when governments treated us with contempt. We've just published a book on how sector leaders' work makes a major contribution to the wellbeing of our nation. My own wellbeing is sorely tested by the conviviality of the previous evening.

Friday: Off to Glasgow. I am visiting a wind farm. But what a great week. It's an honour to lead our 2,000 brilliant and dynamic chief executives.

- Stephen Bubb is chief executive of Acevo.

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