Category Archives: Conference Facilitation and Keynote Topics

The 3 Key Ingredients You Need for New Thinking to Occur

There is plenty of evidence around us that demonstrates us we are living though some unprecedented challenges to our conventional way of thinking. Just about the only thing we can say for certain about the future is that what will happen is uncertain. So, now more than ever, we need to stop and think about the way we think about…

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Mobilising a Complex Multi-Discipline Project – a case study

Mobilising a complex project – getting a multi-disciplinary project off to the best possible start. The Client – A global world-class infrastructure and services business with a turnover of c£10 billion. The bid director asked us to help him mobilise a £16m regional infrastructure project that had ‘preferred bidder’ status. The project was to design and build 16 Fire Stations across the North West of the…

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DNA of a Champion

Sir Clive Woodward Speech at IOD NE Region Annual Dinner 20th March 2013 The talk explained Clive’s views on what it takes to be a champion using a simple 4 tier model and a lot of emotive clips taken from the Olympics and England’s rugby world cup win back in 2003. Talent – The starting point for any champion is…

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‘Reflections from an Indian Village’

Last month I was lucky enough to be asked back to Mumbai to work with the leadership team of one of India’s largest and most successful companies. This was the 3rd consecutive year they have asked me to help design and facilitate their annual strategic retreat and it was heartening to see the progess they have made since I first…

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I see what you’re saying…..the power of visual stories

I have been fascinated by Stephen Fry’s new series on BBC2’s ‘Planet Word’ that sets out to explain the origins of words and language and how we attach our emotions and in some cases our very identity, to the words and phrases we choose to use. “Be careful of the words you say, keep them short and sweet. You never…

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Up and down the land leaders and their assistants are scanning You Tube, Google Images and the like, seeking video clips and photographs that can help them  find a way to bring their contribution to this years conference to life. Yes, it’s that time of year again: the ‘Conference Season’ is creeping onto the horizon and onto the ‘to-think about’ list for…

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What are you talking about? 5 critical conversations that matter in your organisation….

There is a critical but largely ignored aspect of leadership success, the conversations that leaders have that are designed to engage, enthuse, direct and motivate their work colleagues to deliver improved results. The quality of conversation in an organisation is an accurate barometer to the quality of the thinking and the quality of the work that gets done and in…

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