Due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation, St George’s House is closed to the public until Tuesday 30th June.

This will be regularly reviewed and if you are due to join us for a Conversation in the coming months we will keep you updated

 

Themes for Conversations through to December 2020

Below we set out the dates and themes of our Leadership Conversations through to the end of the year.

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
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Your role as a culture change leader
From 6.00pm on Thursday 9th July 2020 until 3.30pm on Friday 10th
Building on the insights arising from five previous Conversations on this theme, we focus now on how each Leadership Fellow joining this Conversation wishes to develop your personal role as a leader of culture change. How have you defined this leadership role of yours so far, and what have been the key barriers in the way of you achieving what you want? As always, we will gain so much by drawing on the wisdom and experiences of other Fellows, learning especially from what hasn’t worked, and the lessons learnt, as well as what has worked well. We hope that each Leadership Fellow joining this Conversation will end up with a clearer personal strategy for developing your role as a leader of culture change, more confident than before that this will put you in a better position to achieve a real groundswell of support for your approach, with unified visible support on the part of your wider leadership team. Fellows +
One-night Leadership Conversation fee: £745
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Leadership Conversation
54
Evaluating our success as leaders
From 6.00pm on Monday 7th September 2020 until 3.30pm on Tuesday 8th
Building on the insights in Chapter 5 of “Raising our performance as leaders”, in which we explore some of the tensions between our success and happiness as leaders. We will start by asking how many of us regard ourselves as successful leaders. For those who say yes, what are the key achievements or symbols that enable us to say this? For those who say no, do we have a sense of what we would need to achieve to be able to say yes? When we focus on the prize yet to be won, how realistic is it - or is it one of those things that is almost within reach and never quite there? We will end up asking what stretching goals we would each like to set for ourselves in September 2021 that would enable us to see ourselves as truly successful. Would their achievement make us happier than we are now, or might they compromise our happiness in some way? How much can we view our success and happiness as leaders as one? Or is there something about how we view leadership that means we can't let ourselves enjoy the two together? Fellows +
One-night Leadership Conversation fee: £745
Leadership Conversation
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Leader in the mirror!
From 6.00pm on Monday 21st September 2020 until 3.30pm on Tuesday 22nd
In his famous song Man in the Mirror, Michael Jackson sung "if you want to make the world a better place ... take a look at yourself and then make a change”. That will be our cue for this Conversation focusing on SELF-LEADERSHIP and our personal strategies for making better leaders of ourselves. What have been Fellows’ most effective strategies for self-leadership so far, and what are the key lessons that we each take from the stories that others share? Specifically, what changes should we each be making in our habits as leaders to make us more effective in persuading others to follow suit? By the end we hope to have sharpened up some general principles for getting tougher on the leader in the mirror, as well as supporting each other with sharpening up specific resolves in relation to our SELF-LEADERSHIP. Fellows +
One-night Leadership Conversation fee: £745
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Leadership Conversation
56
Achieving more purposeful connection as leaders
From 6.00pm on Sunday 11th October 2020 until 11.15am on Wednesday 14th
This three-night Conversation will draw on three powerful themes in our series so far: achieving a deeper CONNECTION with others through the principle of "connect not convince”; developing a keener sense of our personal PURPOSE as leaders, that is so key to how we focus our energies and define success, and achieving this all with a real sense of HUMILITY and desire to become ever more empowering of others. We will use this special time to make it possible for everyone involved to achieve multiple breakthroughs as we each review and refresh our own thinking about how we would most like to develop our future journey as a leader. Our aim is that by the end our personal strategies for achieving more purposeful connection as a leader over the coming year will be sharper and clearer than ever. Fellows +
Three-night Leadership Conversation fee: £1325
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Leadership Conversation
57
Creating the right TEAM TONE
From 10.30am until 4.30pm on Tuesday October 27th 2020
We often talk of how we occasionally need to tone ourselves down - or up - to ensure that we achieve our true purpose as leaders (Chapter 3, From good to exceptional). As well as working on our own tone as leaders, shouldn’t we also be working on the tone of our top team? Whilst a good number of CEOs pride themselves on being tolerant, flexible, inclusive and consistent, quite a number of their teams are seen by many staff to be intolerant, inflexible and guilty of double standards, for example colluding with poor performance by other Directors whilst not tolerating this from senior Managers. How can you best challenge your team to create with you a more unified TEAM TONE? How should your TEAM TONE reflect core principles such as transparency, accountability and mutual trust? What are your top three personal priorities to enable you to lead your team through the process of creating a more positive and harmonious TEAM TONE? Fellows +
One-day Leadership Conversation fee: £450
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Leadership Conversation
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The humble disruptor
From 6.00pm on Monday 30th November 2020 until 3.30pm on Tuesday 1st December
This draws on our theme around disruptive leadership as well as the outcomes of various Conversations that have engaged with humility in leadership. Our stereotype of the disruptive leader tends NOT to be one in which we associate that leader with a high degree of humility! Imagine that you could combine a readiness to be more disruptive, and to say some things that others don’t particularly want to hear, with a desire to demonstrate humility, for example by encouraging others to push back if they are not persuaded by your proposition. Would this make you more effective as a disruptor? What sort of disruptive leader would you most like to be, and which other qualities would you most like to draw on to maximise your impact? As well as exploring humility within disruptive leadership, we also want to explore the disruptive side to your humility. How might you best demonstrate your humility in a way that encourages some of your disruptive colleagues to keep their own ego on a tighter rein? Fellows +
One-night Leadership Conversation fee: £745
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Leadership Conversation
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2021: Taking on our inner postponer!
From 10.30am until 4.30pm on Wednesday December 9th 2020
Every December we have a one-day Leadership Conversation in which we ask what your priorities are for the coming year. It has always been booked up 6 months beforehand, so please don’t delay too long if you want to join this one! This year we want to make things even more difficult for ourselves by asking which among our top priorities for 2021 we are most likely to postpone and - knowing ourselves as we do - keep on postponing. We will then explore what we might each do to ensure that in 2021 we TAKE ON OUR INNER POSTPONER! We hope that we will each end up with two or three resolves that we might ordinarily try to postpone and now intend to act on decisively in the early weeks of the New Year. Fellows Only
One-day Leadership Conversation fee: £450
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