Well-being and adaptability: are you ready?

Last week, we hosted our World of Work conference exploring the future of work in the light of technological advancements.  Common themes among the speakers included disruption, agility, diversity, humanity and well-being, and my talk was no different, as I chose to look at the relationship between adaptability and well-being. After many years of studying…

Attitude of Gratitude in Leadership

I was recently browsing The Five Minute Journal, a tool developed to inspire us to reflect on the things we are grateful for at the start and end of each day. Its creators envision increased happiness and better relationships through this form of journaling (Intelligent Change, 2018). This got me thinking of gratitude in the…

Where is the world in the World Cup?

Ahead of the semi-finals this week, Professor Adrian Bell, Head of the ICMA Centre and football finance expert, reflects on the World Cup so far… Don’t get me wrong, I have loved this World Cup, and perhaps for once this is a universal feeling, but there is something missing, and it isn’t the lack of…

The Map that is your life – doing an MBA (part 3)

Is it what you know or who you know? As part of my MBA Blog triptych, this final instalment deals with the part of my MBA journey that included researching, writing my dissertation and implementing my newly-found know-how into my daily life (yes, not just into my life as a solopreneur, but also areas that…

Can we gain leadership skills from great works of fiction?

What a privilege it was to attend a conference of around 100 global leadership scientists, the 3rd Interdisciplinary Perspective on Leadership Symposium – and even more so when it is held in a warm week in spring on the beautiful island of Crete. But now, what can one offer back to a community of managers…

Having time to contemplate – and the contradictions that arise

Research and practice on energy, resilience or well-being tell us that stepping away from the treadmill of work for a distinct period helps us recharge our batteries. And this is crucial in order for us to thrive, enjoy, find purpose and perform well in the long run. All fine, but what to do if you…

Once in a lifetime – doing an MBA (part 1)

Are you smart enough? I spent more than 10 years in C-suite jobs in the music industry. I didn’t get there by being smart, or using my know-how alone. A lot of it involved using my heart, not just my head, trusting my gut and also a little sprinkling of luck.  Being in the right…

Universities Business Challenge: the Grand Final

This article was written on the day of the final by Dr Carol Padgett, Head of Undergraduate Programmes at Henley Business School. The journey to the final began at the start of the autumn term when I met students to tell them about the benefits of competing in the Universities Business Challenge. I promised them…