Participants in future Conversations

Here is an up-to-date list of participants in our Leadership Conversations and Breakthroughs + Dinner from February to June 2019.

Our February 25/26 Conversation, March 14 Conversation and April 25/26 Conversation are now fully booked and you can see the details of Fellows joining us on the Agenda page for each Conversation.

 

Themes for Conversations through to January 2020

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

As you will see, Background Papers and Agendas are available for Conversations through to July 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
28
Embracing the challenge of disruptive leadership
From 6.00pm on Monday 25th February 2019 until 3.30pm on Tuesday 26th
This Conversation is now fully booked, and the list of Fellows joining us is on the Agenda page (link below).
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Leadership Conversation
29
Becoming more effective as a thought leader
From 10.30am until 4.30pm on Thursday March 14th 2019
This Conversation is now fully booked, and the list of Fellows joining us is on the Agenda page (link below).
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Leadership Conversation
30
Outstanding leadership: five key elements
From 6.00pm on Sunday 24th March 2019 until 11.15am on Wednesday 27th
The first time we will be offering an intensive three-night residential exploring the core elements of five different themes that have each been the subject of separate Leadership Conversations, and together sit at the core of outstanding leadership. These are trust, courage, integrity, championing others and striving for exceptionalness. For each theme, the Leadership Insights from a previous Conversation provide our starting point. This Conversation will support you in re-evaluating how you define yourself as a leader and empower others, truly modelling the behaviours of outstanding leadership that you seek from those around you. It will be pacy, challenging and stretching, with some innovations in our process to enable breakthroughs in our thinking about how best to become outstanding leaders. Fellows +
Three-night Leadership Conversation fee: £1475
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Leadership Conversation
31
Stepping forward as leaders of culture change
From 6.00pm on Thursday 25th April 2019 until 3.30pm on Friday 26th
This Conversation is now fully booked, and the list of Fellows joining us is on the Agenda page (link below).
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Leadership Conversation
32
Maintaining the courage to reach for the stars
From 6.00pm on Sunday 12th May 2019 until 11.15am on Tuesday 14th
This Conversation is designed for those Fellows seeking at least one significant breakthrough in your thinking about your own journey from “good to great". We will start by asking you to step into a “spaceship” and take yourself forward in time by three years to a leadership role of your choosing. By some means, you have landed in May 2022! As you bring to life this possible future, we will ask what excites you about it and also whether you feel it might be a step too far. From this standpoint of self-challenge, we will support each other in exploring those greatest strengths of ours that are key to us achieving the future that we want. We will then invite you to step back into your “spaceship” with the option of charting a very different sort of journey, fuelled by your personal courage and sense of higher purpose. Our discussions from then on will depend upon where you choose to land second time round! Fellows +
Two-night Leadership Conversation fee: £1145
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Leadership Conversation
33
Role-modelling integrity in leadership
From 10.30am until 4.30pm on Tuesday June 4th 2019
Building on the outcomes of last September’s Annual Gathering and follow-up Conversation on Integrity in Leadership. We will ask what steps are proving to be most successful in establishing a workplace culture in which individuals’ integrity is regarded as a value that truly drives behaviours. What are our key challenges in role-modelling high integrity leadership as individuals and also members of our wider top team? What are the key dimensions that we need to foster in our organisational culture if we are to set the "integrity bar" ever higher? Fellows only
One-day Leadership Conversation fee: £400
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Leadership Conversation
34
Being decisive AND fair: managing the challenge
From 6.00pm on Thursday 20th June 2019 until 3.30pm on Friday 21st
At this Conversation we hope to break new ground in engaging with one of the greatest challenges facing many leaders: managing the tension between our desire to be fair AND decisive. The Background Paper tells the tale of a mythical CEO to bring to life the issues that we will engage with on June 20/21. We will ask how much our desire to be fair to close colleagues mean that we avoid difficult conversations and end up compromising our integrity as a leader, by not always “speaking our truth”. Should we be more decisive in challenging under-performance, even if this results in us being called unfair and ruthless? If the answer is a tentative yes, what is the best way of establishing our case? The Background Paper suggests some key principles. Fellows +
One-night Leadership Conversation fee: £745
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Leadership Conversation
35
Goodbye Workaholism!
From 6.00pm on Thursday 11th July 2019 until 3.30pm on Friday 12th
Follows up our 2018 Conversation on Rebalancing our lives as leaders, which was regarded by pretty well all of us involved as a truly life-changing experience (Nurturing Wisdom, Volume 3, Chapter 6). We intend to develop practical strategies for supporting the workaholics among us in ensuring that we no longer marginalise our family and other non-work time through over-investing in our leadership roles at work. This will be a lively Conversation in which we ask for full authenticity on the part of everyone joining us! Fellows +
One-night Leadership Conversation fee: £745
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Leadership Conversation
36
Strategic ideas-building: Facilitation Masterclass
From 10.30am until 4.30pm on Wednesday July 31st 2019
Designed for Leadership Fellows who occasionally facilitate key strategic events where you know that outstanding leadership on your part can have a major impact on what you achieve together. What is the best way to “tee up” the session in the first few minutes? Should you create your own version of the Guiding Principles that we use for our Leadership Conversations? How can you best engage the group so that they feel they are shaping the key strategic choices with you? How should you handle the potential snipers, hijackers and blockers that could so easily trip you up unless you are ahead of the game? This will be practical, challenging and cutting edge. Fellows Only
One-day Leadership Conversation fee: £400
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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 our 28th Conversation on February 25/26 on “Embracing the challenge of disruptive leadership”. We will start by challenging ourselves as to how we each see disruptive leadership. Is it a short-term tactic to achieve some specific goals or a chosen leadership style that we wish to adopt over the long-term to help keep our organisation on its toes? We each then think of one moment over the next few months when we would wish to see ourselves acting as a “disruptive leader”, and ask what we would want the outcome to be. Would we see this as a solo activity or a team effort that we take on with senior colleagues? If we favour senior leaders more widely having licence to be disruptive, should we set some boundaries to define what is acceptable disruptive leadership and what is a step too far? Or would that be seen as an attempt to “tame” disruptive leaders in a way that makes disruption too safe - and not disruptive enough? Fellows +
One-day Leadership Conversation fee: £745
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 the two or three aspects of your top team - at corporate or divisional level - that hold you back from being able to see yourselves as truly top performers. We compare notes and then support each other in tackling those key behaviours that hold our teams back from becoming exceptional. In the second part of the Conversation we focus on our own roles as team leaders, since the primary responsibility for poor performance on the part of any team rests with the team leader. What is the most effective thing we could each do to kickstart rapid and significant development among our team to help transform them into an all-star top team? Fellows +
One-night Leadership Conversation fee: £745
Leadership Conversation
39
Outstanding leaders: five keys to driving change
From 6.00pm on Sunday 13th October 2019 until 11.15am on Wednesday 16th
This is our second three-night residential exploring five different elements of outstanding leadership. At our 30th Conversation in March 2019 we explored trust, courage, integrity, championing others and striving for exceptionalness. This time we will explore five keys that outstanding leaders use to drive change: ambition, authenticity, culture, challenge and courage. As we consider each of the five keys and how we might use them to maximum effect, we will draw directly on the insights gained through five previous Leadership Conversations. Our process will be designed to enable breakthroughs in thinking among ourselves as a group in a way that we hope will be truly inspiring. Our aim is that by 11.15am on 16th October everyone joining this Conversation will be more confident and determined in the ways in which we step forward as drivers of change, inspiring others around us to step forward in their own way too as outstanding leaders. Fellows +
Three-night Leadership Conversation fee: £1475
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 what do our answers tell us about our personal brands as leaders? We will challenge ourselves as to how much we would still feel a need to tone ourselves down occasionally if we were completely happy with our personal brands as leaders. What do our answers tell us about how much we need to “re-engineer” our personal brands? Fellows +
One-day Leadership Conversation fee: £400
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: £1145
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 the 11 key qualities of exceptional leaders identified in Chapter 3 of Volume 3 of Nurturing Wisdom. Give that moving from good to exceptional is “a constant state of movement rather than a state of being”, how can we each best move forward more quickly? We support each other in identifying three key aspects of our leadership styles that could enable us to move forward with pace and “maintain our courage to reach for the stars” (building on our May 2019 Conversation). 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. Fellows only
One-night Leadership Conversation fee: £745
Leadership Conversation
43
Achieving your top priorities in 2020
From 10.30am until 4.30pm on Tuesday December 10th 2019
Summary details to follow
One-day Leadership Conversation fee: £400
Leadership Conversation
44
Crafting your story as a leader
From 6.00pm on Thursday 23rd January 2020 until 3.30pm on Friday 24th
Summary details to follow
One-night Leadership Conversation fee: £745