Following on from the success of our first event of the year featuring Tim Harford (The Undercover Economist) and Freek Vermeulen (Professor of Strategy at London Business School), Benchmark For Business have now finalised their full conference programme for 2012.
This event will take the form of an exclusive Q&A style masterclass limited to around 100 people with audience participation ensuring that the subject matter is relevant to those who are in attendance. Charles Handy is one of the greatest management thinkers of our time and this event will provide an opportunity to discuss his life’s work and topics including; the future of leadership, the changing workplace and the elusive question of achieving happiness.
Dan Heath & Steve Martin will unpack some fascinating research into the science of communication, influence and persuasion. They will examine questions like "Which messages and communications are most likely to lead to effective and sustainable change?", "What will make your ideas 'stick' with your customers?" and "How can you most effectively influence your peers?"
As well as being acclaimed authors, Jim and Barry developed the highly acclaimed Leadership Practices Inventory, a 360-degree questionnaire for assessing leadership behaviour, which is one of the most widely used leadership assessment instruments in the world.
In their presentation they will examine The Leadership Challenge. The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership resulted from an intensive research project to determine the leadership competencies that are essential to getting extraordinary things done in organizations. They will explain how successful leaders, aside from having differing approaches, all share common patterns of behaviour such as challenging processes, enabling others to act and inspiring a shared vision for the organisation.
Patrick will utlise his knowledge and experience of working and advising in the field of organisational health. Explaining how leaders tend to look for a ‘silver bullet’ solution to organizational challenges in the areas of strategy, technology, product design, marketing and finance. While all of these components are critical to a company’s performance, aspects of an organization’s health are actually a better determinant for future success. Healthy organizations capitalize on their intellectual property and their ability to work as a team, engage in healthy debate, make sound decisions, nimbly navigate change, set and communicate direction and permeate a culture of accountability and results.