Connect

Connect is a six month programme bringing together 95 leaders from a diverse range of sectors and industries, who have the ambition and authority to make a real difference in their businesses. With clients from large corporates, social enterprises, charities and the public sector, we bring together a diverse community of top leaders to learn alongside and from each other.

"If you get the chance to join Connect, grab it with both hands!” Sundar Baharadwaj, Head of Strategy & Business Change, Vodafone UK

Connect 2017

Connect is our leadership programme. It provides unequalled inspiration, education and connectivity through our highly participatory and experiential approach to learning.

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Connect gives you unique access to speakers and companies including:

Why Connect?

In these complex uncertain times, leading has never been tougher.

People have lost faith in business leaders. Consumers and investors demand more for less. No business model or industry is immune from software accelerated disruption yet technological change offers exciting new opportunities to engage audiences and customers.

The political landscape shifts all the time. Climate change and social inequality pose profound questions about the role and purpose of business. Today’s leaders carry heavy loads. Looking inwards to understand our purposes and motivations and outwards for fresh ideas and inspiration has never been more necessary.

Leading change and finding new directions requires vision, resourcefulness, resilience, an ability to innovate ceaselessly, and new tools and connections.

Connect is designed to provide these – helping leaders not just to survive but to thrive through change.

Visits to Best in Class Companies

We take you behind the scenes at some of the world’s best known and most successful businesses. Unique insights into how leading brands are responding to disruption and shaping their markets. Our hosts have included: Four Seasons, Apple, Jaguar Land Rover, Waitrose, LEGO Group, IKEA, Red Bull and Metro Bank.

Personal Leadership Masterclasses

Informal, off-the-record sessions with successful leaders from a wide range of sectors – business, sport, the military, social entrepreneurship. No hyperbole, no retrofitted leadership legends, just straight talking and top tips. They have included: Andy Street, MD, John Lewis Partnership, Max Conze, CEO, Dyson, Sir Martin Narey, Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, and Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus.

 

Highly Participatory Events

We gather speakers from around the world to address our themes of service excellence, digital innovation, employee engagement, organisational and personal change and purpose. Recent speakers include senior leaders from the Southwest Airlines, Unilever, LEGO, The Guardian, Google, Tesla, and Silicon Valley game-changers, entrepreneurs and commentators.

 

Extracting the Value

But, we don’t do purposeless inspiration. We want Members to lead differently as a direct result of what they learn on Connect. That’s why we provide so much practical support for Members’ learning and action: from team workshops before and after the core programme to online resources. And we asked over 600 of our Alumni what real impact we have had in their lives and leadership behaviours. Read our Report here.

Overall, how useful has Connect been to you as a leader?

What our clients say

Connect is a Gatling gun of inspiration! The best leadership programme I’ve been on. It had a real impact on the way I lead and two years on I still use the stories and insights.

Tom Lane, Chief Operating Officer, RBS Busines Banking

Connect helped me navigate a time of profound change – for my industry, my company and for myself. It could not have come at a better time, and proved to be a real anchor and inspiration in a time of immense uncertainty

Suzy Hay, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Guardian News and Media Group