Welcome to our ‘Shortcuts to Inspiration’ series where we share bite size nuggets of inspiration from Connect.
W.L. Gore & Associates, a $3 billion global business of 10,000 associates best known for its GORE-TEX® fabrics, is widely regarded as one of the world’s most innovative and fascinating companies. In the face of sector disruption, Terri Kelly, President and CEO, is driving change through an organisation that is already renowned as a Great Place to Work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The skill of reflection is vital to all successful leaders. Alan Webber, author, explains why this is so, why we often don’t do enough of it and how we can make sure we do more.
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.
“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.
Dave Ridley, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Southwest Airlines says to be a great CEO we need to recognise “people need to be reminded more often than they need to be instructed”. Watch Dave talk about being a Chief Encouragement Officer, and the power of being told you’ve done a good job.
In this 9-minute video, Erik Hersman talks about his background. His parents were linguistic missionaries in southern Sudan, giving him access to computers before many around the world, despite living in Sudan and Kenya. He continues on this theme, showing that Africa is far more nuanced, and far more technology centric than we generally hear.
Greg Dyke is Chairman of the British Film Institute and former Director General of the BBC. In this short video Greg talks about how to get things done as a leader. He touches on the introduction of Freeview and a referee’s yellow card with “Cut the Crap” written on it. This card was distributed to employees in the BBC with the intention of making meetings more meaningful.
Carole Stone is a master networker. Previous producer of BBC 4’s flagship programme “Any Questions?”, a freelance journalist, broadcaster and media consultant. In this short video Carole give us some useful tips on networking, how to run your own sessions, how to walk into and work a room and reinforces the benefits of bringing people together.
James Timpson is Managing Director of Timpson, one of the UK’s largest retailers. Timpson has over 900 stores across the UK and Ireland. James is a straight talking, no nonsense individual. In this video James gives us an insight into Timpson, his leadership style and their upside down management structure. Alongside this, hear how Timpson use the Mr Men Model in recruitment and the importance of recruiting for personality.