Baroness Sue Campbell’s masterclass was packed full of inspiration and insight on how to lead through change. If you missed it, catch up here.
Baroness Sue Campbell, now Chair of UK Sport Trust, was formerly Chair of UK Sport which is the strategic lead body for high performance sport in the UK. It invests Exchequer and National Lottery funds in Britain’s best Olympic and Paralympic sports and athletes to maximise their chances of success on the world stage. Sue was a key figure in the spectacular success of London 2012 when so many of the bets UK Sport made paid off to such world beating effect. A former England netball international, lecturer at the University of Loughborough and Chief Executive of the National Coaching Foundation, Sue is also Chair of the Youth Sport Trust. She received an MBE in 1991 and a CBE in 2003 and was appointed to the House of Lords to serve as a Crossbench Peer in 2008.
We recently completed Connect, our (eighth) annual six-month leadership experience for 90 people including senior leaders from engineering, media, financial services, housing, energy and retail. These are leaders on their way up, average age early to mid forties, bright, ambitious, keen to learn.
As I pulled in to Sheepdrove this week, I was instantly reminded of my time as a Connect member in 2014. The sense of excitement, anxiety and the re-emergence of that pesky imposter syndrome were instantly with me. It also recalled the friendships and connections that I had made at my On Your Marks and indeed the personal transition I have been through since; from Connect member to being part of the Wavelength team.
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).
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.
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.
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.