What’s the biggest challenge facing leaders today? The shit’s hitting the fan – what keeps you going? These are the questions we asked some of the attendees at Oxygen.
After two days digitally marooned in the beautiful Berkshire countryside, surrounded by 90 leaders keen to discuss the challenges faced by those who want to change the world for the better through business, coach and social entrepreneur Lily Lapenna-Huda reflects on Oxygen and on her own leadership.
“I didn’t make things worse.”
This is how Sir Martin Narey described his time as Director General of the Prison Service of England and Wales during one of our Leadership Masterclasses. Not what one ordinarily hears from a leader but then Sir Martin is no ordinary leader. He’s an inspiring individual and an accomplished storyteller, and the core narrative he uses to describe this chapter of his leadership story – the last-choice-for-the-job, unheroic, lonely leader failing to make the difference he so passionately aspires to – is compelling but it’s also a fiction. A fiction in the way that all stories purporting to be about reality are fiction. Because creating coherence from the raw mess of lived life involves choosing what to include, what to exclude and what framing will best martial the chaos.
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?
A great discussion from three of Wavelength’s good friends. Taken from On Your Marks 2013, this will get you thinking about what makes a great leader. What do you think – are they born or made?
I arrived at Sheepdrove, the first venue of my Connect year, with the final leg of the journey being a beautiful drive through a misty countryside. Reassuringly, the signal on my Blackberry disappeared just as we arrived. Always a bitter sweet moment.
If the leaders of your organisation are not going to implement any change, how else might it occur?
Sir Martin Narey, Government Advisor and former CEO of Barnardos, tells the 2013 Connect delegates to be open-minded and never underestimate the capacity to learn from other organisations, even if they appear to have nothing to do with what they do.
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.
How often do you hear leaders honestly sharing their mistakes and what they learnt from them? As one of the contributors says in this film: “People always learn more from other people’s mistakes then from their triumphs.” Some of Wavelength’s speakers reveal their deepest secrets – always fascinating, sometimes shocking, it’s compelling viewing!
Martin Narey, Government Advisor and Former CEO of Barnardos was kind enough to share his 9 rules of Leadership with our Connect members at On Your Marks 2013. Here is rule no.3 – Relentless Implementation!
Author and journalist, George Anders has been hunting for leadership guideposts on surviving tough times for years – his hunt finally paid off at On Your Marks 2013 (part of our Connect programme) when he found inspirational speaker Sir Martin Narey. Click to read George’s …
Sir Martin Narey, former CEO of Barnardos and Former Director General of the Prison Service shares his leadership tips – how to say thank you, love loneliness and being OK with self-doubt.