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Here's where you can find out what's going on in Wavelength's eco-system and the interesting conversations we think are important right now

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.

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Rob Burnet from Well Told Story – Promoting change by pointing people in new directions

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.

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Photos from Wavelength Reconnect 1 Event at MC Motors!

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…

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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.

On Your Marks 2014

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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Henry Ashworth of Portman Group on Behavioural Economics – the Science of Common Sense

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.

Henry Ashworth at Reconnect 2 2013

Nick Stace, CEO, RCVS asks: how much do we care?

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.

Nick Stace at On Your Marks, Connect 2014

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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Dave Ridley from SouthWest Airlines on Servant Leadership

In this short video, Dave Ridley, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at SouthWest Airlines, explains that Servant Leadership is nothing complicated or new.  It is merely an extension of the eternal principle – treat others as you would like them to treat you.

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Posted in: Dave Ridley Leadership

What are some of the principles underpinning behaviour change?

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.

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Wavelength’s 5th Birthday Bash!

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….

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Dave Ridley from SouthWest Airlines on the importance of humility in leadership

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.

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David Gram on how LEGO continues to invent the future of play through intrapreneurship

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”.

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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.

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Patrick Copeland of Google.org on risking the brand to empower people with information

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.

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Patrick Copeland of Google.org on why pretotyping is at the heart of real innovation

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.

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Inside Service Excellence

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.

Reconnect 2: Making Change Happen

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.

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Back home after Wavelength USA

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.

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Posted in: Photo Gallery USA

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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Wavelength Reconnect 1: Extracting The Value

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.

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What’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made in business?

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!

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On Your Marks Stimulography

Our Connect members were exposed to a vast array of great content and stimulus at On Your Marks 2013.  Here is our stimulography of some of the resources mentioned during the talks. Hawthorne Experiments Gerard Van Grinsven Marketing Myopia – …