Decoding Leadership for a Changing World

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For inaugural June 2020 Virtual Summit
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Two days and a brilliant line up of speakers

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BC4LEADERS Virtual Summit

Our inaugural summit is now over but…

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Day One — Thursday, 11 June 2020

Speaker — Dr Margaret Heffernan

Leaders were brought up on a simple model of management: forecast – plan – execute. It worked well when most of life was fairly predictable. But it doesn’t work in a world where complexity, uncertainty and ambiguity reign. So how do leaders lead now?

Join Margaret in our Opening Keynote and Q&A to Decoding Leadership for a Changing World.

Webinar: 11 June 2020 @ 8:30 am (London BST, GMT+1)
3:30am New York | 11:30am Dubai | 1pm New Delhi | 5:30pm Sydney

Speaker — Tricia Duffy

It’s both a cliche and a fact: leading or experiencing change is one of the greatest certainties of our careers. Organisations are organic, they evolve and develop through the inputs and outputs of the people, the decisions and the uncontrollable environment they operate in.

With a focus on transparent process and communication to expertly navigate disruption, we unpack the 3 types of changes leaders should prepare for:

  • Reaction to significant events, from pandemics to leases expiring
  • Realignment of business requirements and resources to match business goals
  • Growth, changing at the top of your game

Our debate will weigh up the theoretical approaches to change — which tips to always follow and which are optional — as well as the benefits of a methodical approach to stakeholder management and comms and the notion of “least worst”.

Webinar: 11 June 2020 @ 9 am (London BST, GMT+1)
4am New York | 12pm Dubai | 1:30pm New Delhi | 6pm Sydney

Speaker — Sehaam Cyrene PCC

We can have a seat at the top table and still not feel influential. We’ve put in the long hours — and yet it doesn’t feel like our peers or our team really listen to us. Along with feeling undervalued or even irrelevant, it’s hard to know what to talk about with our peers.

Leading a discussion on influential leadership, Sehaam Cyrene PCC will share:

  • The real reasons people are not listening to you
  • The human science of inspiring and creating deep emotional connections
  • How to stop derailing your own efforts at influencing others
  • 3 things to start doing instead to secure your seat at the table

For many, leadership is full of politics, stressful and draining. It’s time to upgrade (or discard) our decades old structures and models that many of us have entered the workforce with. Isn’t it time to connect with our own leadership style that matches who we are and how we’d like to lead?

Webinar: 11 June 2020 @ 10am (London BST, GMT+1)
5am New York | 1pm Dubai | 2:30pm New Delhi | 7pm Sydney

Speaker — Gail Sixsmith

In our increasingly ‘tech’ dominated world, and especially now that we are operating in isolation or living and working remotely, there has never been a greater need to connect. But how do we lead and inspire in these new and challenging conditions? Perhaps we need to champion everything that makes us fundamentally HUMAN and different from machines.

Gail will explore and lead a discussion on Why the Body Matters:

  • The importance of reading the body – off and on screen
  • Compelling Presence – What is it, how do we find it?
  • Self Love is Powerful: Breath, Grounding, Tension, Mood, Expression

Bring your observations, insights and questions to Gail’s webinar.

Webinar: 11 June 2020 @ 11 am (London BST, GMT+1)
6am New York | 2pm Dubai | 3:30pm New Delhi | 8pm Sydney

Speaker — Glenn Martin

Recruitment has become more fractured with the introduction of social media, new technology platforms, systems and software, and the changing requirements and expectations of the candidate market has made it more challenging to hire talent. 

Glenn Martin will lead a discussion on how to successfully navigate Recruitment 3.0, offering a new frame of reference for hiring people and getting the best fit for your business and culture, including:

  • The role of leaders in attracting, engaging and retaining talent 
  • How to build a referral culture in your business 
  • Building a culture that attracts talent 
  • How to make the the best hiring decisions in a virtual world

As a leader, securing the right people starts with the recruitment model you deploy as you scale your business and how present you are in the process of attraction, engagement, assessment through to offer stage. The question for all leaders is, how can we consistently hire the best people for our business to thrive? 

Webinar: 11 June 2020 @ 1pm (London BST, GMT+1)
8am New York | 4pm Dubai | 5:30pm New Delhi | 10pm Sydney

Speaker — Ben Miller

A successful transition to the future hinges on us being able to understand ourselves, others, and our relationship with the planet better. The same thinking that led to the rise of mental illness, intelligent machines and ecological collapse will not solve them. Whilst these crises provide us with an opportunity to change, real transformation occurs when fringe ideas, outlooks, and voices are integrated into the mainstream.

This is an introduction to cognitive diversity and the important role it played in human evolution, and how it will shape our future.

  • We have one brain but two takes on the world – what are we missing?
  • Are people thriving today – what lessons can we glean from our past?
  • What are the clues in emerging trends about thinking in the future?

This is a story about how Diversity Changes Minds. Please join me in understanding how this relates to leadership in the 21st Century.

Webinar: 11 June 2020 @ 2pm (London BST, GMT+1)
9am New York | 5pm Dubai | 6:30pm New Delhi | 11pm Sydney

Speaker — Rob Stephenson

As we emerge from the Covid-19 crisis, a pandemic of prolonged mental ill-health has the potential to unfold. Organisations will no longer have the luxury of treating the mental health of employees as a box-ticking exercise.

Rob will provoke a discussion on leading on the mental health agenda and how:

  • Vulnerability and authenticity are essential in creating psychologically safe workplaces
  • One simple question can transform the way we think and act about mental wellbeing
  • We should treat employee mental health and wellbeing as a strategic priority

How we choose to lead through this mental health crisis will define future engagement as employees remember how you made them feel.

Webinar: 11 June 2020 @ 3pm (London BST, GMT+1)
10am New York | 6pm Dubai | 7:30pm New Delhi | 12am Midnight Sydney

Speaker — Andrew Tarvin

Let’s face it, humans are the hardest resource there is to manage. They can’t be programmed, don’t come with error messages, and have “emotions” and “feelings.” In this session, Andrew will share how to build the right team, maintain a positive working environment, and lead toward better results. You’ll leave understanding:

  • Why leaders use humour at work
  • What makes for appropriate humour
  • How to build a culture of productive humour

Whether you’re in the corner office or the back office, leadership is required in every position in every company.

Webinar: 11 June 2020 @ 4pm (London BST, GMT+1)
11am New York | 7pm Dubai | 8:30pm New Delhi | 1am (next day) Sydney

Join us for Day 1 Summit Happy Hour Networking

We’ll go into randomly assigned rooms of smaller groups to get to know each other. Separate access details will be provided to registered attendees closer to 11 June.

Webinar: 11 June 2020 @ 5pm (London BST, GMT+1)
12pm New York | 8pm Dubai | 9:30pm New Delhi | 2am (next day) Sydney

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Day Two — Friday, 12 June 2020

Speaker — Mark Walmsley

Very few leaders are comfortable with the idea of self-promotion and networking, never mind actually doing it. And yet, making a good impression on someone has very little to do with having an elevator pitch or an important sounding job. In fact, it has more to do with how you make the other person feel.

As someone who loves talking to people and has always been able to speak to anyone, however famous or important, Mark will share with us:

  • A story or two about self-promotion and networking
  • Some simple things we can do in room of new faces to relax and distract ourselves
  • How to get comfortable talking about yourself in ways that makes people listen

So take a deep breath and relax. Join us in kicking off Day Two of the BC4LEADERS Virtual Summit with a ‘coffee’ in hand and comfortable spot at your ‘desk’.

Webinar: 12 June 2020 @ 09:00 am (London BST, GMT+1)
4am New York | 12pm Dubai | 1:30pm New Delhi | 6pm Sydney

Speaker — Tricia Duffy

The coronavirus pandemic has left businesses reeling. Some have thrived but many have barely survived. We have necessarily put all our energies into dealing with the impact the virus has had on our employees, our customers and our operating model. But there is another significant crisis, one we’ve known about for a while and it hasn’t gone away.

We discuss how to keep climate change and sustainability on the business agenda, with particular focus on:

  • Check facts first — let’s confirm the science and legislation
  • Strike a tone — creating space for the debate in the face of a pandemic
  • Sustainable futures — creating a realistic climate strategy

Join the discussion and take away practical steps for prioritising sustainability with your leadership stance and in your organisation.

Webinar: 12 June 2020 @ 10 am (London BST, GMT+1)
5am New York | 1pm Dubai | 2:30pm New Delhi | 7pm Sydney

Speaker — James Alevizos

For many of us, where we work has changed forever but how we work was already changing. COVID-19 has enforced the accelerated adoption of digital transformation and new technologies in support of reconfigured supply chains, remote working and remote learning. This includes the accelerated adoption of intelligent automation and digital workforces.

But what is intelligent automation? What does it do? How will we be impacted? And what does it mean for the types of conversations that leaders need to be having now in order to prepare their people and their organisations for the future? 

James will lead a discussion to cover: 

  • A primer on intelligent automation — and what should we be concerned about
  • How to understand your digital workforce
  • How intelligent automation and a digital workforce will benefit and impact your teams
  • What conversations leaders will need to be having

Walk away better informed about the realities and opportunities as well as an informed point of view from a leader’s perspective.

Webinar: 12 June 2020 @ 11am (London BST, GMT+1)
6am New York | 3pm Dubai | 4:30pm New Delhi | 9pm Sydney

Speaker — Amali de Alwis MBE

Founders of start-ups and scale-ups can soon find themselves pulled into two seemingly opposing directions — one to nurture high growth and maintain a collaborative culture and the other making some tough business decisions, as many are experiencing in this COVID19 world. The tension between the two can leave many feeling like a failure.

Herself an entrepreneur and now MD for Microsoft for Startups UK, Amali will share with us her own learning and that of the many founders she and her team support, including:

  • How to balance fast growth on a small budget with building strong business foundations
  • How to remain passionate and supportive of your people in the face of challenges
  • How to hold enough distance to make tough calls and still be human

Webinar: 12 June 2020 @ 1pm (London BST, GMT+1)
8am New York | 4pm Dubai | 5:30pm New Delhi | 10pm Sydney

Your Host — Sehaam Cyrene

We’ll be reviewing the key themes coming through from all our attendees during the two-day summit.

Webinar: 12 June 2020 @ 2pm (London BST, GMT+1)
9am New York | 5pm Dubai | 6:30pm New Delhi | 11pm Sydney

Guests — Dr Bettina Palazzo & Dr Devin Singh

Bettina’s point of view — Ethical leadership has been flying under the radar for too long. Other labels like “transformational”, “servant” or “humble” have had better publicity because they are sexier and less demanding than ethics. But if you take a closer look, all these concepts are implicitly ethical. Unfortunately, most leadership theories do not take a critical look at the obstacles to ethical leadership like time, performance pressure or the effects of power. Leaders need a better awareness of how their leadership behaviour influences the ethical behaviour of their followers and how they can be credible ethical role models.

Devin’s point of view — It’s been said that a crisis reveals who we are. Times of intense pressure test not only our character but our ethical commitments. Ethical leadership during crisis is a result of how we’ve prepared ourselves and our organisations to make ethical decisions a habit, so that we can react ethically even when there’s little room to breathe or think.

Bettina and Devin will guide us through a discussion on ethics in leadership and how we might play our positions more consistently.

Webinar: 12 June 2020 @ 3pm (London BST, GMT+1)
10am New York | 6pm Dubai | 7:30pm New Delhi | 12am Midnight Sydney

Your Hosts — Ben Miller & James Alevizos

Ben and James will lead a thought-provoking discussion on what the future holds and how leaders can best prepare for seismic shifts in their roles and responsibilities.

Webinar: 12 June 2020 @ 4pm (London BST, GMT+1)
11am New York | 7pm Dubai | 8:30pm New Delhi | 1am (next day) Sydney

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Meet Our Speakers

Passionate, seasoned professionals and entrepreneurs in leadership, media, technology, talent and diversity, operations, sales, marketing, diversity, mental health, performing arts, ethics, and more.

James Alevizos

Commercial & Operational Scaling

A successful entrepreneur and NED to tech scale-ups, James has been associated with three company exit events in his career to date, the most significant being the acquisition of a software testing and quality assurance company he founded in 2001 which was acquired by Capgemini in 2008.

James on LinkedIn

Sehaam Cyrene

Influential Leadership & Team Cultures

Founder of Better Conversations, Sehaam is an Executive Coach (PCC). She believes in the power of coaching cultures to raise leadership influence and team productivity through emotional connections. Sehaam is the creator and course tutor of Leaders Who Coach and hosts the Better Conversations Podcast.

Sehaam on LinkedIn

Amali de Alwis

MD Microsoft for Startups UK

Former CEO of Code First:Girls, Amali serves on a number of tech and diversity boards including Founder’s Academy and Institute of Coding. Voted Computer Weekly’s “Most influential Women in UK IT” and BIMA 100, her commitment has earned her an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list 2019 for ‘Services to diversity and training in the Tech Industry’.

Amali on LinkedIn

Tricia Duffy

Strategic Business Development & Change Management

Tricia is experienced in strategic business development and growth, business efficiency and change management. She has deep expertise in large scale, complex operating model change and restructuring and particular interest in the way organisations and leaders react to change.

Tricia on LinkedIn

Margaret Heffernan

Author, Mentor & Teacher

An award-winning author, former Chief Executive now mentoring CEOs and senior executives of major global corporations, journalist and radio producer, and many-time TED presenter with over twelve-million views, Dr Margaret Heffernan’s is known and loved for her straight-talking counsel and insight into the skills and challenges of leaders. Her latest book is Uncharted: How to map the future together.

Margaret on LinkedIn

Glenn Martin

Talent Acquisition & Retention Strategy

Glenn partners with start-up and scale-up companies to create the foundations of their Talent Acquisition and Recruitment function. He helps companies define their employee value proposition, and their values and culture in order to attract, engage and hire the best talent for their business. Glenn is co-host on The Social Recruiting Show.

Glenn on LinkedIn

Ben Miller

Cognitive Diversity

Ben is passionate about the transformational role cognitive diversity will play in the future, and works with leaders to unlock the power of originality. He believes different outlooks, experiences, and thinking styles are vital for creating sustainable and productive ways to live, learn, and work in the future.

Ben on LinkedIn

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Bettina Palazzo

Business Ethics Consultant & Speaker

Bettina is an award-winning author, consultant, and lecturer in business ethics. Through her engaging speaking style, she shakes up your approach to ethics by focusing on the grey zones of ethical decision-making and the psychological dynamics that lead to unethical behaviour.

Bettina on LinkedIn

Devin Singh

Executive Coach & Associate Professor of Religion

Devin is an internationally recognised thought leader, author, speaker and coach. He brings over 15 years of experience training and coaching high performing leaders, and speaks and writes on leadership, philosophy, ethics, and social issues. He is the founder of Leadership Kinetics and Associate Professor of Religion at Dartmouth College (USA).

Devin on LinkedIn

Gail Sixsmith

Physical Leadership Presence

Gail is a freelance Movement and Creative Consultant specialising in the Expressive Body and Embodied Communication. Her experience spans 30 years working as a performer, director and educator. Her somatic approaches unlock greater self-awareness and congruency of physical presence, gestures and posturing — essential for effective, articulate potent leadership.

Gail on LinkedIn

Rob Stephenson

Mental Health Campaigner

Rob is an international keynote speaker, campaigner and leadership team advisor who is on a mission to help create happier, healthier and higher performing workplaces. He experiences bipolar disorder personally. Rob is the Founder of social enterprise, InsideOut and CEO of Form, a technology solution and mental health movement.

Rob on LinkedIn

Andrew Tarvin

Humour Engineer

Andrew is the CEO of Humor That Works, a leadership development company that teaches professionals how to use humour to achieve better business results. He has partnered with top organisations — including IBM, the UN, and the FBI — to solve human challenges with humour solutions.

Andrew on LinkedIn

Mark Walmsley

Founder of Chufd.com

A prolific networker who thrives on talking to people, Mark is a brand, digital, marketing and business development consultant. Through his love of stories, he helps his clients think more creatively about their challenges. He is Founder of Chufd, the social enterprise that operates as a creative, design and marketing agency.

Mark on LinkedIn

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Leadership is a
job all on its own.

  • How often do we think about our leadership style?

  • How could we be thinking about leadership differently?

  • What should we feel confident talking about?

  • How could we use our voice for driving positive change?

Come, listen and share your perspective on leadership.

Leadership is a job all on its own.

  • How often do we think about our leadership style?

  • How could we be thinking about leadership differently?

  • What should we feel confident talking about?

  • How could we use our voice for driving positive change?

Come, listen and share your perspective on leadership.

BC4LEADERS started online as a LinkedIn Group and expanded to an offline gathering of likeminded collaborators who came to the same conclusion…

When do leaders ever have the chance to reflect on what being a leader really means?

So we designed this virtual summit to be a leader’s event — your event.

We talk about what being a leader can mean in easy human language that helps us quickly get each other. Let’s avoid the paralysis of corporate jargon and buzzwords. Let’s cut across industries, functions and geographies.

Let’s find a human way to talk about our responsibilities, pressures and opportunities in leadership.

We hope you take away some new and useful insights that help you achieve the best leader version of yourself.

Join #BC4Leaders on LinkedIn
James, Tricia, Glenn, Ben, Gail & Sehaam

BC4LEADERS started online as a LinkedIn Group and expanded to an offline gathering of likeminded collaborators who came to the same conclusion…

When do leaders ever have the chance to reflect on what being a leader really means?

So we designed this virtual summit to be a leader’s event — your event.

We talk about what being a leader can mean in easy human language that helps us quickly get each other. Let’s avoid the paralysis of corporate jargon and buzzwords. Let’s cut across industries, functions and geographies.

Let’s find a human way to talk about our responsibilities, pressures and opportunities in leadership.

We hope you take away some new and useful insights that help you achieve the best leader version of yourself.

Register — Day ONE
Register — Day TWO
James, Tricia, Glenn, Ben, Gail & Sehaam

Interested in speaking at future summits?

Drop an introductory email with your bio and a brief proposal to summit@betterconversations.co.

Please ensure your proposal aligns with our mission.