Participants in future Conversations

Here is an up-to-date list of participants in our Leadership Conversations September to December 2019.

Details of Fellows joining us are available on the Agenda page for each Conversation.

 

Themes for Conversations through to May 2020

Below we set out the dates and themes of our Leadership Conversations through to May 2020.

As you will see, Background Papers and Agendas are available for Conversations through to December 2019.

Some Conversations are marked “Fellows only” because attendance is restricted to Leadership Fellows. Others are marked “Fellows+” because we are very happy to welcome Fellows’ nominees, such as a member of their top team or a key business partner.

 

Leadership Conversation
37
Disruptive leadership - YOUR way
From 6.00pm on Thursday 12th September 2019 until 3.30pm on Friday 13th
This Conversation will build on the insights arising from February’s Conversation on disruptive leadership: “ Taking on the Dementors”. We will ask what your personal strategy is for avoiding burnout when you encounter resistance in the face of disruptions that you favour as necessary to your own organisation becoming that much more customer-centric. How should you marshal the arguments in favour of disruption, to maximise support and enable teams to see the positive objectives that the disruption will enable you to achieve. When you find yourself facing opposition from blockers, how do you avoid mirroring their negativity and draw on your “inner Patronus” to keep yourself focused forward, whilst reassuring the doubters that you will be mindful of their anxieties and concerns as you follow through the change process? Fellows +
One-day Leadership Conversation fee: £745
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Leadership Conversation
38
Leading an all-star top team
From 6.00pm on Monday 23rd September 2019 until 3.30pm on Tuesday 24th
Building on the outcomes of a previous Conversation on Leading a Winning Team (Nurturing Wisdom, Volume 1, Chapter 9). This time we ask each Fellow joining us to identify those aspects of your top team that most hold you back from becoming exceptional. We compare notes and then support each other in tackling those key behaviours that detract from team performance. In the second part of the Conversation we focus on our own roles as team leaders, and what we should be doing to help transform our team into an all-star top team. Fellows +
One-night Leadership Conversation fee: £745
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Leadership Conversation
39
High performing leaders: going for the stretch
From 6.00pm on Sunday 13th October 2019 until 11.15am on Wednesday 16th
This is our second three-night residential for high performing leaders who are really committed to building your sense of confidence and purpose to be able to step forward as top performing leaders. Inspired by our first 3-nighter in March, that was our most exciting and stretching Conversation until then, we set our discussions with the framework of our new three-stage model that is designed to build trust and momentum as we go through the three days together. Please click on the agenda for an explanation of how we expect the three days to develop. You will see that we build up to “personal leadership walks” on the morning of October 16th. These draw on the life-changing moments that a group of us experienced on the final morning of our two-night Conversation in May 2019. Fellows +
Three-night Leadership Conversation fee: £1325
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Leadership Conversation
40
As a leader, do I "tone myself down" too much?
From 10.30am until 4.30pm on Tuesday October 29th 2019
At a previous Conversation (Nurturing Wisdom, Volume 3, Chapter 3) we agreed that we should challenge ourselves more often about whether we are “toning ourselves down” too much and in the process limiting our offer as leaders. Hence this one-day Conversation to support you in thinking through what you might do differently in those situations where you tone yourself down too much, as well as those situations where you might be toning yourself UP too much! How should we aim to become more consistent across our lives as leaders - and could there be such a thing as a self-balancing model of leadership? This looks set to be a really fascinating Conversation, as you will see if you click on the Agenda below.
Fellows only
One-day Leadership Conversation fee: £400
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Leadership Conversation
41
Leading with humility
From 6.00pm on Sunday 10th November 2019 until 11.15am on Tuesday 12th
Many of us like the idea of demonstrating greater humility as leaders. Yet various fears hold us back. Will some interpret humility as weakness? Can we really be humble AND firm at those times we need to be? What do we see as the main characteristics of a humble leader, and how can we apply them to ourselves so that we can truly empower others more and model the ways we want them to behave? By the end of this Conversation we hope that everyone joining us will have your own personal strategy for embracing humility as part of your wider style as a leader, with greater clarity about how this should enable you to increase your impact – and enrich your legacy – as a leader. Fellows +
Two-night Leadership Conversation fee: £995
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Leadership Conversation
42
From good to great: creating your own fast track
From 6.00pm on Monday 25th November 2019 until 3.30pm on Tuesday 26th
Draws on previous Conversations supporting Fellows in developing your personal strategy for moving from good/ v good to great as a leader. We assess ourselves against 11 key qualities of exceptional leaders. Given that moving from good to great is “a constant state of movement rather than a state of being”, how can we each best move forward more quickly? We hope that every Fellow joining us will end up with your own personalised strategy for fast-tracking your leadership from good/ very good to great. As you can see, we have an exciting agenda for a very powerful theme! Fellows only
One-night Leadership Conversation fee: £745
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Leadership Conversation
43
Achieving your top priorities in 2020
From 10.30am until 4.30pm on Tuesday December 10th 2019
This Conversation is now FULLY BOOKED. Please click on the agenda button below for the participants list.
One-day Leadership Conversation fee: £400
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Leadership Conversation
44
Managing conflict in teams
From 6.00pm on Thursday 23rd January 2020 until 3.30pm on Friday 24th
This Conversation will build on our July Masterclass on Strategic Ideas-building as well as last November’s Conversation on Creative Conflict (report on the Leadership Insights page, in Volume 4 of Nurturing Wisdom from April). Your role in handling conflict within your team is key to you achieving really high levels of trust AND candour. How can you manage conflict in ways that are real and open, so that you reassure conflict averse team members without diluting the “raw edges” to conflict that are essential to achieving creative outcomes? How can you avoid conflict becoming too personal without depersonalising it in ways that cover up the personal dimension to conflict that is nearly always there? And what groundrules are essential to you managing conflict as well as possible? This Conversation is especially designed for those Fellows whose instinct is to AVOID conflict whenever possible! It will be challenging and edgy - and there might even be a little conflict! With smiles on our faces ... Fellows +
One-night Leadership Conversation fee: £745
Leadership Conversation
45
The persuasive challenger
From 10.30am until 4.30pm on Tuesday February 4th 2020
In a world where many leaders are either too challenging or not challenging enough, we will ask what sort of challenger you most want to be. We will assess the range of options, with the indignant challenger at one end of the spectrum and the light-hearted teasing challenger at the other. In-between we will assess the merits of the barrister challenger who is always after “the truth”, the calmly assertive challenger who never gets riled (there aren’t enough of them around!) and the parodying challenger who makes people laugh whilst also making a serious point. Whether your challenges are too heavy or too light, too quick or too slow, we will create new options with you. Throughout the day we will support each other in becoming more versatile and less predictable as challengers - and always persuasive! Fellows Only
One-day Leadership Conversation fee: £450
Leadership Conversation
46
Becoming more courageous as leaders
From 6.00pm on Monday 24th February 2020 until 3.30pm on Tuesday 25th
At just about every Leadership Conversation we discuss the importance of courage in leadership. Most of us say that we need more of it, to influence our ways of leading on a day-to-day basis. How should we develop our mindset as leaders, so that we constantly replenish our inner reserves of courage and feel more confident drawing on them? What are the most common moments when we let ourselves down and need to make sure that we step forward more confidently? How can we best engage with our closest confidantes and invite them to tell us if and when they feel we have let an opportunity pass and failed to show the courage required of us? What might we do to reciprocate and support them in finding their courage in moments when they would like to step up more? When they show courage, should we acknowledge this openly - and if so, how? Personal courage, team courage and organisational courage: these will all come to the fore as we assess the challenges we should set ourselves if we are to become more courageous as leaders.
Fellows +
One-night Leadership Conversation fee: £745
Leadership Conversation
47
Crafting your story as a leader
From 10.30am until 4.30pm on Thursday March 12th 2020
More and more of us feel under pressure to tell our stories as leaders. We are reluctant to come across as self-centred and egotistical and yet we know that we are required to offer some sort of summary of our personal leadership journey. Should we expect to share some of our previous leadership experiences in order to establish our credentials for our current role? Or is it good enough sometimes to concentrate on our current role and how we would hope to develop it in future? If we share some of our past experiences, how much should we be prepared to say about things that have gone wrong for us as well as those that have been a resounding success? Should we, perhaps, have one all-purpose personal story for any audience, and another which offers some real vulnerability for those we want to let up close? We will engage with all of these challenges as well as supporting each other with crafting the core phrases and propositions in our personal leadership stories. Fellows +
One-day Leadership Conversation fee: £450
Leadership Conversation
48
High trust leadership: driving up performance
From 6.00pm on Sunday 22nd March 2020 until 11.15am on Tuesday 24th
Many of us proclaim the virtues of high trust leadership because we believe it to be right in principle. However, we can be rather slow in turning it to advantage in driving up performance. Hence this Conversation, designed for Fellows who see yourselves as high trust leaders and want to develop new ways of placing a commitment to higher performance at the heart of your culture. We will ask everyone joining us to bring one or two specific examples of how you have encouraged a high trust, high performance culture. Once we have swapped notes, we will pick out a small number of the most effective practices that you have adopted and ask how we might best ramp them up. We will draw on our commitment to very high trust working in Leadership Conversations to stretch our own performance as far as we possibly can! The result will be a raft of challenging propositions for achieving a very high performance culture, made possible by a commitment to high trust working driven by yourself and other members of your top team. Fellows +
Two-night Leadership Conversation fee: £995
Leadership Conversation
49
Strategic Ideas-Building: Facilitation Masterclass
From 6.00pm on Thursday 30th April 2020 until 3.30pm on Friday 1st May
Building on the outcomes of our July 2019 Masterclass on strategic ideas-building, we will take some of the best ideas coming out of that session and move them on to the next stage. We are hoping that some of those Fellows who are part of our July Masterclass will return to share with us how you have moved forward in your own practices as facilitative thought leaders, renowned for your ability to draw out the creative energies of colleagues and partners in ways that they find both empowering and stretching. We will ensure that we give quality time to supporting each other in developing our distinctive styles as leaders whose own enjoyment of strategic ideas-building becomes infectious in the eyes of others! This is incredibly important if we are to support those colleagues who don’t naturally gravitate towards anything with the label ‘strategic' attached to it, and require engaged leadership on your part if they are to take on board the principles of self-challenge and risk-taking that are so essential to successful ideas-building. Fellows +
One-night Leadership Conversation fee: £745
Leadership Conversation
50
At No 50: our top 10 leadership insights
From 6.00pm on Sunday 17th May 2020 until 11.15am on Wednesday 20th
At this Leadership Conversation we will ask what are our top 10 leadership insights emerging from our first 49 Conversations for Leadership Fellows since we started this series in October 2016. Two weeks before the session Pete will circulate a paper suggesting what he sees as the top ten insights across the series. We will then assess them in turn, asking which ones are most useful for you and why. In the final stages of this Conversation we will ask what we as a group see as OUR TOP 5 INSIGHTS, and how we might each draw on them to maximize their impact on our performance as leaders. A special publication will be issued by the House based on the outcomes of this landmark Conversation. Fellows only
Three-night Leadership Conversation fee: £1325
Leadership Conversation
51
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From 10.30am until 4.30pm on Tuesday June 2nd 2020
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One-day Leadership Conversation fee: £450
Leadership Conversation
52
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From 6.00pm on Tuesday 16th June 2020 until 3.30pm on Wednesday 17th
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One-night Leadership Conversation fee: £745
Leadership Conversation
53
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From 6.00pm on Thursday 9th July 2020 until 3.30pm on Friday 10th
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One-night Leadership Conversation fee: £745