Our wonderful illustrators, Matt and Danny, produced these illustrations live at On Your Marks as our speakers were speaking. A wonderful record of the stories and insights each speaker shared with us. Click on each to view a larger image and enjoy!
Connect 2015 is off to a flying start with On Your Marks 2015. Back at Sheepdrove – our spiritual home – we started our year-long journey together connecting, learning and sharing. Check out photos of our time together here.
It’s easy not to fail. Just keep your head down, take the easy path and hey presto, you will probably get along just fine. So, why doesn’t that sound appealing? At Connect, one of the most powerful messages we received was about being aware of the ripples from our actions. Taking this analogy a little further, to create a ripple you must first have the courage to throw the stone. Letting go of the stone means that you have to be prepared to fail. My experience is that the fear of failure is the greatest barrier to success in any aspect of life.
Three days with 120 people on an organic farm in Berkshire.
Three packed days hearing from: British, American and Danish serial entrepreneurs; an eye surgeon from India; a Baroness who earned her title through service to sport; UK MD of a global furniture retailer whose most popular product is named Billy; evangelists from an airline that’s been profitable for a straight 43 years and from a luxury hotel chain with “Ladies and Gentlemen” not employees; the Co-Founder of the first funky business magazine, Fast Company, and former talent champion of the number one business oriented social networking site LinkedIn; and from the sustainability and partnership lead in a company innovating to reduce cows’ flatulence (among other planet-positive things).
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.
Roy Disney once said “It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are”.
We’re sad to say it’s our last event of Connect 2014 – but what a day it was! We looked back over our Connect year together, thought about our future beyond Connect and discussed how to keep ourselves resilient when the going gets tough.
What is Resilience and how can we improve it? A summary of Wavelength’s Reconnect 3 event from Diana Man
Reconnect 3, the final event for the Wavelength Connect 2014 Members. And what an event it was! The theme of the day was Resilience. As the Members get ready to fly the Connect Nest and head out into the big wide world putting everything they have learned into practise, they will certainly need it!
Hire slowly, fire quickly – that’s the advice from Colleen McCreary, former Chief People Office of ZYNGA.
Colleen McCreary, former Chief People Officer, ZYNGA believes a thorough interviewing process leads to more successful hiring which in turn means a better-functioning workforce.
Conventionally we tend to think it is the job of a leader to make decisions. In this thought provoking clip Alan Webber, Author suggests that actually a leader’s role is to make sense.
Better late than never! Here are some beautiful photos from Reconnect 2 at Sheepdrove Farm a few weeks ago. The Indian summer seems a long time ago now….. Want to know more about Connect? Click here
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.
‘Implementation of inspiration’, was the theme of Reconnect II, and it’s not an easy challenge. Inspiration is subjective, contextual and entirely dependent on people paying attention. Implementation, is even harder. An almighty line up of guests rose to the challenge …
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.
If the leaders of your organisation are not going to implement any change, how else might it occur?
How to change behaviour dominated discussion on day two of Reconnect II with real time challenges from the world of drink, FMCG and the BBC.
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.
What do 100 leaders from financial services, retail, social businesses and the media find to talk about on a sheep farm near Lambourn? Quite a lot as it happens!
Young people have very little leadership or life experience but they are the experts in what ZYNGA, a technology company, are trying to do. Colleen McCreary, Chief People Officer, ZYNGA says the key to success with a young workforce is to trust them to make the right decisions in their areas of expertise.
Varun Sahni, Managing Partner at Investment Impact Partners, talks about the failures in our criminal justice system at Wavelength Connect, On Your Marks 2014
Varun Sahni, Managing Partner, Impact Investment Partners and his colleagues believe that one of the greatest failures of our society is the criminal justice system. They are using the concept of information to help inmates become more integrated with society both while serving their time and upon release.
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?
This insightful video by Alan Webber, Author is about the uncertainty of change. However, what makes it so fascinating is that, although his main focus is on dealing with change within the workplace, his points are equally as valid in other areas of life.
Steve Horton, Transformation & Business Services Director, International Development Markets, Bupa tells us what he learnt from Wavelength USA
I’ve just completed a 5-day study tour of the US meeting some amazing people and companies in Texas, San Francisco and Silicon Valley. The tour had participants from across the world from companies such as TD Bank, RBS, Dyson, Standard Chartered, Save The Children, SafeLight, Fremantle Media (the company behind ‘Got Talent’, ‘X Factor’ and so on), KPMG, Eli Lilly, and, of course, Bupa! These are my thoughts on what I heard, learnt, and will be trying out back at Bupa.
Well Told Story uses various forms of media and a group of fictional characters to tell stories aimed at young people in Kenya. The message they are trying to get across is that each individual needs to step up and help themselves to build a better future.
Rob Burnet, Managing Director, Well Told Story is clearly passionate about promoting change in the country. Throughout this talk Rob explains why the concept has had so much success and shares a few examples. He is both entertaining and inspiring.
I’m sure you will all agree what a thoroughly great time we had at Reconnect 1. This was first time we were all back together after our Best In Class visits and you could really feel the energy in the room. We broadened our insights into what makes a Best In Class business and started to distill what we have learnt so far. Check out the photos here…
Wavelength USA is one of our two annual study tours to the USA. 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.
Charles Adler, Co-founder of Kickstarter.com and former Head of Design Water, is a web-designer. Here he gives us a very personal account of how Kickstarter began and at the same time urges us all to “Find our space in time”.
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.
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.
In this short, motivational clip Steve Cadigan, Silicon Valley based thought leader, advisor and coach will make you sit up and think, “Yes, you’re right. I should be making use of new technologies”.
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.
Watch this clip from one of Wavelength’s most engaging speakers about the importance of bringing out the talent in all your employees
In this video we hear three points of view on the importance of employee engagement with an organisation’s visions and values. All three agree – you cannot run a successful business without it.
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.
In this short extract from Baroness Sue Campbell CBE, Chair, Youth Sport Trust, she shares with us how someone she had helped returned the favour at her time of need.
Although long, this fascinating video by Henry Ashworth, Chief Executive, Portman Group is well worth a watch. He begins by telling us a little bit about his history and his perhaps unlikely journey into his current role in the alcohol industry before discussing in more depth what Behavioural Economics is and how it can be applied to help policy change.
The 19th Century author and humourist Mark Twain once said that “the two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Little did he know then that his simple but painfully exposing challenge would force some of Britain’s top leaders to contemplate the meaning of their lives, the importance of their work and the human values that drive them.
We kicked off our Connect 2014 programme in true style at Sheepdrove Eco Conference Centre last week. Here are a few of the photos to give you a taste of the greatness.
What I learned from the Day 1 of Connect 2014… In case you didn’t know, personnel has been consigned to annals of history and HR is so last century, it’s the war on talent that seems to have taken centre-stage in some of the worlds most impressive companies.
In this short film we hear two different views of what leaders must concentrate on as they try to guide their companies through these times of rapid change.
In this short, snappy and light-hearted film the dramatic impact of the digital revolution on the world we live in is clearly highlighted through eye-opening and extraordinary statistics.
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.
Wavelength rounded off Connect 2013 with a superb event on the subject of Resilience. We heard from John Steele, Diana Man and Garvis Snook. Check out the photos of the day here.