Leading Clever People – Masterclass

The event will be held in Trinity House, Trinity Square, Tower Hill, London EC3N 4DH on 20 May 2009

A highly participative day where Gareth and Rob drew from over 25 years of research, consulting and first hand leadership experience to offer convincing arguments for the importance of this area, and how getting it right is an imperative for successful businesses.

Who is it for?
This 2009 Masterclass was for those looking for a deeper understanding of how culture, leadership and the challenge of leading clever people are fundamental to business success. This included HR/OD Directors, Heads of Talent, L&D Specialists, and others with responsibility for strategic input to developing culture, leadership and talent.
Outline
A highly participative day where Gareth and Rob drew from over 25 years of research, consulting and first hand leadership experience to offer convincing arguments for the importance of this area, and how getting it right is an imperative for successful businesses.
Content & outcomes
What holds today's organisations together if the traditional elements of hierarchy, governance and command and control no longer work? How does a deep understanding of our organisation's culture better equip us to understand the requirements of leadership? And how does this enable us to lead the stars in our business - the ‘clever people'?
Rob & Gareth described their two earlier pieces of research on "The Character of a Corporation - how your company's culture can make or break your business" and "Why Should Anyone be Led by You - what it takes to be an authentic leader?" They then shared their new material about leading clever people, teams and organisations.
Attendees worked with others on the key topics of
how do you define your culture?how can you achieve authentic leadership within your business?how do you harness the talents of clever people, individually, collectively and organisationally?They had the opportunity to discuss, debate and challenge Rob and Gareth, and worked with each other on what can really make a difference to their business. Numerous case study organisations were profiled to highlight the key areas to focus on, whilst recognising the unique requirements that exist in different businesses.
Leader Profiles
Rob Goffee - LBS
Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School. Rob has led significant executive development and corporate change initiatives in Europe, North America and Asia. His work has covered a range of industries with a focus on leadership, change and corporate performance. His consulting clients have included Anglo-American, Axa, Electronic Arts, Heineken, InterContinental Hotels, KPMG, Legal and General, MLIM, Nestlé, Roche, Singapore Airlines and Unilever.
Rob has published ten books and over seventy articles in the areas of entrepreneurship, managerial careers, organisation design, leadership and corporate culture. He is a recipient of the McKinsey Award for best article in Harvard Business Review and contributes regularly to TV and radio business programmes. His latest book, "Leading Clever People", co-authored with Gareth Jones, will be published by Harvard Business School Press in 2008.

Gareth Jones - LBS
Currently Visiting Professor at the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid and a Fellow of the Centre for Management Development at London Business School. Previous top HR roles at Polygram and the BBC are part of a career spanning both the academic and business worlds.
Gareth's research interests are in organisational design, culture, leadership and change. He has published several books, including "The Character of a Corporation - how your culture can make or break your business" and "Why Should Anyone Be Led by You?" both with Rob Goffee. Their latest article, "Leading Clever People", appeared in the March issue of HBR, and deals with the special challenges of leading in the knowledge economy.