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Some interesting stimulus ahead of Wavelength USA 2016!

Wavelength USA is one of our two annual study tours. Wavelength USA gives our participants unique opportunities to get inside some of America’s most pioneering and successful businesses and into the heart of the digital revolution in Silicon Valley.

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Some stimulating reading and videos ahead of Wavelength USA Tour 2015!

Wavelength USA is one of our two annual study tours. Wavelength USA gives our participants unique opportunities to get inside some of America’s most pioneering and successful businesses and into the heart of the digital revolution in Silicon Valley.

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Ever have days when you can’t be arsed? Hear what Greg Dyke, Jude Kelly and Martin Narey have to say….

At On Your Marks in 2013, one of our members was brave enough to ask what we all want to know… it’s easy to stand up and talk about leadership but surely there are days when even our first class speakers lack a little motivation of their own?

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What types of organisations will benefit or lose out in a digitally disrupted world? A discussion with Colleen McCreary, Lisa Gansky and George Anders

Sometimes our speakers have differing views on a subject but in this case all three are unanimous. All industries will be affected in this digitally disrupted world and in order to survive everyone must be willing to embrace change.

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Panel discussion on how can employees can affect change within their company

After reading previous posts you may well be thinking, “That’s all well and good but what exactly do I need to do to bring about culture change in my organisation?”. This amusing panel discussion should give you some ideas.

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Mark Allan from RSA and Grahame Price from St Paul’s Way Trust School talk about instigating culture change from the top down

In this video on culture change we hear from two leaders working in two very different areas. They explain to us what culture change means to them, share with us some of the mistakes they have made in trying to bring it about and then give us advice from their personal experiences.

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Colleen McCreary, former Chief People Officer at Zynga, talks about hiring in Silicon Valley

ZYNGA hires about 200 graduates a year.  However the marketplace is unbelievably competitive.  All the applicants come from similar backgrounds and are on the same recruitment circuit.  Most software engineer candidates would also have offers from Google, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft.  Pay is not the differentiator.  So how does ZYNGA encourage the candidates to accept their offer not those of their opposition?

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Geoff McDonald, Former Global VP HR Marketing, Communications, Sustainability and Water at Unilever asks: Does your company matter to people?

Unilever is on a journey, you could even say a leap of faith, to make the world a better place.  This talk by Geoff McDonald, Global VP HR – Marketing, Communications, Sustainability & Water at Unilever, makes us believe the world, despite the environmental and social challenges it faces, will be OK.

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Sam Conniff, Co-founder of Livity talks about embracing diversity & human connection

In this heart-warming video Sam Conniff, Livity, Co-Owner and Chair, tells the story of an extraordinary young woman called Shanize.  He goes on to use the story of her success as an example for why all organisations should be making use of more diverse pools of talent.

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The Century of the Generals and Sustainability

Lisa Gansky, Silicon Valley Entrepreneur, Angel Investor and Instigator, has been an entrepreneur for about 20 years, specialising in internet related businesses.  She draws on this wealth of experience to talk to the new Connect 2014 delegates about the shift in the way that organisations are run in the 21st Century.

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What’s the biggest challenge facing leaders today?

No-one said leadership is easy.  In this video various leaders from different types of company around the world discuss some of the main challenges facing them in the current business climate.  It’s interesting to note how many of these leaders talk about the new challenges they now face in this digital world of the internet and constant communication.

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WL USA – Day 1: Culture, Storytelling and How to Hire at Southwest Airlines

Yesterday, Wavelength went to Southwest Airlines in Dallas to meet the top leaders, the employees and frontline staff to find out what makes this company best in class. In this video, Liam Black and Matt White talk about what they learnt about culture, storytelling and hiring the right people for the job.

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Dave Ridley from Southwest Airlines on How to be a Chief Encouragement Officer

Dave Ridley, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Southwest Airlines says to be a great CEO we need to recognise “people need to be reminded more often than they need to be instructed”. Watch Dave talk about being a Chief Encouragement Officer, and the power of being told you’ve done a good job.

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The Myths & Realities of Africa & Technology: Erik Hersman Explains

In this 9-minute video, Erik Hersman talks about his background. His parents were linguistic missionaries in southern Sudan, giving him access to computers before many around the world, despite living in Sudan and Kenya. He continues on this theme, showing that Africa is far more nuanced, and far more technology centric than we generally hear.

Greg Dyke on Cutting Through the Crap to get Things Done

Greg Dyke is Chairman of the British Film Institute and former Director General of the BBC. In this short video Greg talks about how to get things done as a leader. He touches on the introduction of Freeview and a referee’s yellow card with “Cut the Crap” written on it. This card was distributed to employees in the BBC with the intention of making meetings more meaningful.

Carole Stone on the Joy of Networking

Carole Stone is a master networker. Previous producer of BBC 4’s flagship programme “Any Questions?”, a freelance journalist, broadcaster and media consultant. In this short video Carole give us some useful tips on networking, how to run your own sessions, how to walk into and work a room and reinforces the benefits of bringing people together.

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James Timpson talks about Timpson as a Retail service Business

James Timpson is Managing Director of Timpson, one of the UK’s largest retailers. Timpson has over 900 stores across the UK and Ireland. James is a straight talking, no nonsense individual. In this video James gives us an insight into Timpson, his leadership style and their upside down management structure. Alongside this, hear how Timpson use the Mr Men Model in recruitment and the importance of recruiting for personality.

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