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

The Leadership Insights arising from our first thirteen Leadership Conversations are now available on our Leadership Insights page.

There are three price bands for our Conversations:

  • One-day Conversations, from 10.30am to 4.30pm, including lunch and refreshments, facilitation and support and a product within 8 working days. Fee: £300 (VAT exempt)
  • One-night Conversations, usually from 6.00pm on day one (after the option of Evensong in the Chapel) until 3.30pm on day two, including accommodation in the House, all meals and refreshments, facilitation/support and a product within 8 working days. Fee: £745 (VAT exempt)
  • Two-night Conversations, typically running from 6.00pm on day one until 11.00am on day three, including overnight accommodation, all meals and refreshments, facilitation/support and a product within 8 working days. Fee: £1245 (VAT exempt)
Leadership Conversation
15
Think today, reflect tonight, act tomorrow
From 6.00pm on Thursday February 8th 2018 until 3.30pm on Friday 9th
This quote, from one of our speakers at our first Gathering for Fellows, was quoted more than any other on feedback forms as the most powerful phrase used during the whole evening. At this Conversation, we will discuss what we each need to do to transform our lives as leaders to make this a reality. How do we create more time to think with our teams? When should we insist that decisions are tentative so that we build in time to reflect? How do we set a faster pace converting decisions into actions? Fellows +
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Leadership Conversation
16
Driving up Board performance
From 10.30am until 4.30pm on Tuesday March 20th 2018
In this Conversation we will ask what more Boards should be doing to raise Board performance. For example, on key issues should CEOs involve the Board more when ideas are still half-baked? Should there be more joint reporting by Execs and Non-Execs? Should you create more space to explore disagreements before taking them “offline”? Should there before more “task and finish” groups and fewer standing sub-committees? Fellows +
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Leadership Conversation
17
Leaders as facilitators
From 6.00pm on Tuesday 24th April 2018 until 3.30pm on Wednesday 25th
This Conversation is for Fellows who are already good at chairing meetings and now want to become that much better at drawing people out and really stretching the creative capacity of your team. It builds on one of our most successful Conversations in 2017, that is captured in Chapter 7 of Nurturing Wisdom, Volume 1 and focuses on two aspects of your role as a facilitator - as pace-setter and “permission-giver”. These are explained in the Agenda and we hope that if you click on it and scan it you will want to join us in April for what has been described as the best Masterclass in Facilitation that you will find anywhere. Fellows +
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Leadership Conversation
18
Charting your path from good to exceptional
From 6.00pm on Sunday 13th May 2018 until 11.00am on Tuesday 15th
Asking how you should stretch yourself as a leader in charting your path from good/ very good to exceptional. We will support each other in defining our greatest strengths as leaders and the key weaknesses linked to them that require the support of colleagues to keep them in check. We will then focus on possibly the greatest single challenge for top leaders: being tough in dealing with under-performance on the part of colleagues with whom we work most closely. Agenda in December. Fellows only
Leadership Conversation
19
Leading with integrity
From 10.30am until 4.30pm on Tuesday 5th June 2018
We like to believe that we lead with integrity. How do we challenge ourselves to ensure that we are holding ourselves to the highest standards? Do we do enough to challenge others when we see them compromising the truth in some way for the sake of the organisation's “reputation”? Do we work hard enough for a culture in which people say difficult things about others to their face rather than behind their backs? Do we really do all in our power to insist that our word is our bond - and if anyone doesn’t keep a promise, they volunteer this rather than hoping that no-one will notice? Agenda in December. Fellows +
Leadership Conversation
20
Achieving our higher purpose as leaders
From 6.00pm on Thursday 21st June 2018 until 3.30pm on Friday 22nd
For each of us, how do we define our higher purpose - our "True North" - as a leader? Do we think that we share this enough - with our close colleagues, and staff and partners more widely? If we don’t, what holds us back - and if we do, what more should we be doing to forge closer partnerships and alliances based on shared purpose? Can we pool our energies to come up with some not-too-difficult means of occasionally assessing our own performance as a leader in relation to our higher purpose? Agenda in January. Fellows +
Leadership Conversation
21
You as a leader - in July 2021
From 6.00pm on Thursday 19th July 2018 until 3.30pm on Friday 20th
Building on the high levels of trust achieved so far in this series, we start by asking you to go forward by three years to July 2021 and picture yourself as a leader then. Which image most excites you, and how far removed is it from your leadership role today? If you need to take radical action to position yourself better to achieve that role, what might that be? A unique opportunity for Leadership Fellows to think through your leadership ambitions and sharpen up your options within an atmosphere of complete confidentiality and trust. Fellows only.
Leadership Conversation
22
Challenges of becoming a global leader
From 8.45am until 3.30pm on Wednesday September 12th 2018
This Conversation follows on from our Annual Gathering for Leadership Fellows, in St George's Chapel the previous day, Tuesday September 11th from 6.15pm. It will pick up on the main themes developed during the Annual Gathering and we expect it to be our best attended Conversations of the year. Rooms will be available in St George’s House for some Fellows to stay over after the Annual Gathering, and at this stage we are just reserving rooms for international Leadership Fellows who are planning to join us on September 11/12. Further details of the Gathering and Conversation will be available in March.
Leadership Conversation
23
Chief Executives as Chief People Developers
From 6.00pm on Tuesday 16th October 2018 until 3.30pm on Wednesday 17th
This Conversation is designed for CEOs and Executive Directors to explore what more you should be doing to champion and challenge your people. We will focus on your options for the future, in a format that is pacy and radical. Should you develop your talent-spotting role and “reshuffle the pack” more often, to stretch your best people more and re-energise those who have got stuck in a rut? Is it time to rethink your culture for teams, so that you view them more as “hot-houses of talent” in which there is more space for your best people to grow and flourish, linked to “succession escalators” of emerging talent? Fellows +
Leadership Conversation
24
From a good double act to a top class act
From 6.00pm on Sunday 18th November 2018 until 11.00am on Tuesday 20th
So many successful organisations have a strong double act at the top: a Chair who works very well with their CEO, or a CEO who works exceptionally well with one of their Exec Directors. If you’re part of a double act, this Conversation is designed for you (either solo or together). We will ask what works really well for you and what is getting in the way of you becoming even more effective as a double act. How can you become better still WITHOUT creating greater jealousy among others? Should you be ready to let go of your double act for the sake of a more unified top team? Could a smaller top team become a top class act - and where would this leave your double act? Fellows+
Leadership Conversation
25
Achieving your top priorities in 2019
From 10.30am until 4.30pm on Wednesday December 12th 2018
Designed for Fellows who are asking yourselves what are the top priorities that you most want to achieve as a leader in 2019. Once you have identified your top three, we will ask what it it is about YOU as a leader that is most likely to hold you back. We will then compare notes and ask how much we have in common, and what we can take from each other’s stories that could enable us to tackle some of our own self-limiting behaviours. We will then support each other in developing personal strategies for mobilising our inner resources as leaders to make 2019 the year when we no longer get in our own way, and nail our top priorities sooner rather than later. Fellows only
Leadership Conversation
26
Trusting yourself more as a leader
From 6.00pm on Thursday 24th January 2019 until 3.30pm on Friday 25th
This is a follow-up to our Conversation in December 2017. Commentary to follow.

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