Choosing Henley Business School for my Masters study

By Janelle Benedict, MSc Digital Marketing student I knew coming from a city-based university in the Midlands to a campus-based university in the South-East would be different; but I was pleasantly surprised to find it was different in all the best ways. You can go from shopping in a Korean food shop to getting a…

COP26, silence of the leadership development, and the band on the Titanic!

By Professor Bernd Vogel, Henley Centre for Leadership It is the last day. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, at the opening of COP26 said, “Enough of killing ourselves with carbon. Enough of treating nature like a toilet.” Compare that to conversations amongst leadership development academics, practitioners, or clients. I often feel like a member of…

The Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Agenda

By Cheryl Hurst, Lecturer • Leadership Organisations & Behaviour As a diversity and inclusion researcher with an interest in fulfilment and a background in organisational psychology, I am sometimes asked to speak at events and conferences specifically to HR professionals. It can be difficult because you never know the type of room you’re walking into…

Career sustainability and the purpose of education

Dr David Pendleton, Professor in Leadership, Henley Business School Eight years ago, I was sitting at a large dining table in a private dining room in the St Louis Club, having just arrived from the UK via Chicago.  I was surrounded by 20 of the great and the good from that fabled midwestern city who…

Why should we stop playing down ageism at work?

By Tatiana Rowson I was recently part of a diversity conversation, and the issue of age was brushed off as too complex to be part of the discussion. I agree that age (and ageism) at work is a complex subject, and this is not only a diversity issue but an occupational health and wellbeing issue…

Are you an authentic leader?

I was privileged to be on the first cohort of the MA Leadership at Henley Business School between June 2016 and April 2018.  It was an amazing experience having the opportunity to study leadership and implementing my learning in my organisation.  The biggest takeaway for me personally though was learning how to lead authentically, in…

Fragile – Resilient – Anti-fragile

We hear a lot about building resilience, whether that is in organisational systems or individuals.  Resilience, in the dictionary is defined as ‘the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity’.  For a person, it is defined as ‘the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness’. Resilience means knowing how to…

Friendship bracelets, necklaces and crowns

Lockdown has been a challenge for all of us.  Those with children at school have had to double-up as teachers while finding time to do the day job at night. Whatever we have done has been achieved under exceptional circumstances. Annual appraisals have needed an approach to evaluation much like diving is marked in competitions:…

Before, now, and after: The pandemic impact on working mothers

Mother’s Day was observed in the UK on Sunday, but one wonders: have working mothers in Britain many reasons to celebrate? In late January, Chancellor Rishi Sunak said in the House of Commons: “We owe mums everywhere an enormous debt of thanks for doing the enormously difficult job of juggling childcare and work at this…