When Organisational Values Challenge Your Own

By Professor Ben Laker Leading culture is one of the most difficult of executive challenges because it comprises interlocking sets of values and assumptions that sometimes differ from our own. This is incredibly difficult when external pressures such as the coronavirus crisis are affecting our emotional resilience and outlook. Teams need a fusion and myriad…

Adding purpose to our internal dialogues

By Dr Tatiana Rowson How our internal conversation drives our behaviour, especially during periods of transitions, has always fascinated me. Understanding this internal process was the main reason I went on to study psychology and trained as a psychotherapist. This is still a featured topic in my teaching and research today, from various perspectives such…

Democratised leadership or dependency?

Professor David Pendleton The U.K. government seems to be feeling the absence of its leader.  At the start of the coronavirus emergency, a slew of actions were taken that seemed decisive.  Information flowed, lockdown was announced, vast sums of money were put aside to help, all in a succession of actions that were designed to…

Coping in a crisis: routine, routine, routine

By Dr Rebecca Jones I have always been a big fan of routine. I generally find that having a routine helps me to form healthy habits and to get things done, therefore making me as efficient as I can be. Having a routine around things like exercise makes it easier to consistently achieve my goals…

A sad story

My nine year old came home from school today and said he was very upset.  He told me that a group of his friends had been having a party at the house of a very posh friend and a few of them had been telling stories when one of the group started mocking another kid…

AI in industry: A talk from BP

The first BP Corporate Patrons talk took place on 10th October, about artificial intelligence in industry today. The guest speakers were greatly informative and did a great job of keeping everyone intrigued. Learning about how AI is used in industry and at home was so interesting, and encouraged me to go home and learn more…

Why many Brits love Boris but hate Donald

How cultural differences shape the perception of leadership styles The Brits have had no mercy for Donald Trump. Thousands of them took to the street to protest against his visit to the UK. The pictures of the balloon depicting him as a huge orange baby have travelled around the world. A 16ft sculpture of him…

Calm in the first Brexit cyclone

Brace for collective leadership for the post-Brexit cyclone! Professor Bernd Vogel After the recent high action-high octane months last week felt like a breather on Brexit. MPs were asked to use the Easter break to reflect. I have never been in the eye of a storm, but the situation read a bit like the calm…

Through the Telescope: Work and Leadership in 2028

Sometimes it is wonderful how an exciting and thought-provoking piece of work can simply land on your desk. Deutsche Telekom and Detecon International asked me and Obiageli Heidelberger-Nkenke at the Henley Centre for Leadership to partner with them and explore how work and leadership might look in 2028.  Our investigations have resulted in a report…