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.
What is ‘behaviour change’? Where do you start if you want to “move millions”? How do organisations equip themselves to effect lasting social change? This video begins the conversation with three perspectives on three fundamental questions from Joshua Gryniewicz, Cure Violence, Henry Ashworth, The Portman Group and Rob Burnet, Well Told Story.
Wavelength celebrated their 5th birthday in November 2013. And we certainly did it in style! We hired out the Paramount Bar at the top of Centre Point where we celebrated with a mix of friends, clients and suppliers from the last 5 years – all to the funky sounds of Lyle Charvas. It was a night to remember, or maybe forget…check out some of the dance moves….
One of the challenges all leaders face as they succeed in their careers is not to assume that past successes must inevitably lead to future successes. In this short video, Dave Ridley, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at SouthWest Airlines puts the case that leaders should “always be learners” about their leadership style and have the humility to recognise that they might need to change.
In this video, David Gram, Head of Business and Marketing Development, Future Lab, reveals how LEGO nearly lost it all, the challenges the organisation continues to face, and how they are innovating inside the larger organisation to ensure that they will “inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow”.
Baroness Sue Campbell, Chair, UK Sport Trust on culture change, leadership lessons and not just sitting on the bench
From PE college to a key figure in the London2012 Olympics, Baroness Sue Campbell reveals some of the leadership lessons she had learnt along the way that enabled her to drive culture change through UK Sport, and then down into 40 further organisations, resulting in the outstanding success of the UK teams.
In this video, Patrick Copeland, Senior Engineering Director, Google.org reveals his mission to create “disruptive technology for a better world.“ From tornado warning systems to the Kenyan elections, he and his team are live-mapping the world to empower people with information.
In this video, Patrick Copeland, Senior Engineering Director, Google.org unpicks why in just one year 80% of 2.5k new products failed, why 76% of new products are just ‘me too’ or incremental innovation, and why pretotyping is at the heart of true innovation.
Wavelength are just back from a short, sharp dose of inspiration and provocation in the USA visiting Ritz-Carlton Hotels and Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. Take a look at our great photos to see where we went, who we met, and what we learnt along the way.
Take a look at the photos from the second Reconnect event for Wavelength Connect 2013. Back at Sheepdrove Eco Conference Centre, this event focused on “Making Change Happen” – what are the tools you need to drive change through your organisation. These photos will give you a great sense of our events, and how we create stimulating and inspirational environments for our members.
Wavelength are just back from a week of inspiration and provocation in the USA. From Southwest Airlines to Zynga in the Valley, take a look at our great photos to see where we went, who we met, and what we learnt along the way.
Everyone expects innovation from Google, but how does a now vast organisation ensure that the inventive spirit is kept alive? It’s day three of Wavelength USA and Liam and Matt unpick some of the structures and processes by which Google keeps its’ intrapreneurial culture.
“You can have lots of smiles but unless you’ve got a system behind those smiles, those smiles won’t last very long.” It’s day two on Wavelength USA and Liam and Matt are back to tell us what they learnt about the processes behind great customer service from one of the premier hotel chains in the world.
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.
Take a look at the photos from the first Reconnect event for Wavelength Connect 2013. The event centred on “Extracting The Value”, helping members work through leadership challenges and consolidate learning from Connect’s previous events. It was held at Shoreditch Studios, London. These photos will give you a great sense of our events, and how we create stimulating and inspirational environments for our members.
Here we have gathered links to content relevant to the June tour. Some is specific to the companies we are visiting in June, other stuff is more general analysis/commentary about the Valley and ‘big data’. We don’t agree with everything collated …
Sustainability is a must to survive; it must be on business leader’s radars. Wolgang Gregor shares his thoughts on sustainable business at On Your Marks, Connect 2013.
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!
That’s the question we asked David Ridley, Senior VP and Chief Marketing Officer at Southwest Airlines, Martin Narey, Former Director General of the Prison Service and CEO of Barnardos, and Alan Webber, Founding Editor of Fast Company while they were with our Connect 2013 members at On Your Marks.
Zynga’s Chief People Officer, Colleen McCreary, tells us the history of Zynga. From FarmVille to Zynga Poker, over 240 million active users play online every month – but it has been a far from smooth ride…
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!
How do you keep your culture as you grow? How do you keep connectivity in a business of 49,000 employees? Dave Ridley of Southwest Airlines told us how they continue to do just that on a daily basis.