Algorithms

Dr David Pendleton, Professor in Leadership Algorithms are in the news.  An algorithm is a set of rules or a procedure for solving a problem.  Who would have thought that such an esoteric thing as an algorithm would be getting so many people so hot under the collar?  We all use algorithms all the time,…

Light at the end of the tunnel: Leading with hope through Covid-19

By Dr Amal Ahmadi A frog started to climb a tree with the goal to reach the top. Other frogs repeatedly jumped and shouted, “it’s impossible, it’s impossible, you will fall”. Yet the frog successfully reached the top of the tree despite the negative noise. How? It was deaf, and instead, thought that the other…

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…

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…

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…

Are we succeeding in leading digitally or in digital leadership? How to tell…

In an earlier post, we considered how leading digitally differs conceptually  from digital leadership within an organisation. Needless to say, both concepts are necessary to fully navigate the complex challenges organisations face in our increasingly digital world. One important question that has emerged from that post is, how do we know we are succeeding in our use…

Machines (Back to Humans) or: Who leads whom?

At this year’s Henley Global Masterclasses, I was immediately pulled in by the motto “Championing humanity in a Digital World”. That’s due to two factors: I recently submitted my Henley MBA on the impact of digitisation on the music industry with its benefits (data transparency) and threats (staff redundancies) and the need for freelance or…

The postgraduate field trip experience!

Our Marketing postgraduate students are currently on a study field trip in Lugano, Switzerland. We caught up with Maria-Anna, one of the students, to find out how she is finding the opportunity to work with international companies… What preparation did you have to do before the trip? We had to prepare for two presentations; one…

We don’t need another hero

The very word ‘leadership’ conjures up images drawn from history and Hollywood. Historical accounts of leadership describe uncommon individuals, usually men. These characters seemed possessed of extraordinary perception, vision, drive and wisdom. Henry the Fifth, according to Shakespeare, matured almost overnight from a tear-away youth to a visionary King who re-established the dream of Albion…