Martin Narey, former Director General of the Prison Service and first Chief Executive of the National Offender Management Service and CEO of Barnardo’s has spoken at every Wavelength Connect programme since it started over 10 years ago. He is one of the most remarked upon, most highly rated and respected presenters and one of Wavelength SpeakersHub most booked speakers.
After two days digitally marooned in the beautiful Berkshire countryside, surrounded by 90 leaders keen to discuss the challenges faced by those who want to change the world for the better through business, coach and social entrepreneur Lily Lapenna-Huda reflects on Oxygen and on her own leadership.
“I didn’t make things worse.”
This is how Sir Martin Narey described his time as Director General of the Prison Service of England and Wales during one of our Leadership Masterclasses. Not what one ordinarily hears from a leader but then Sir Martin is no ordinary leader. He’s an inspiring individual and an accomplished storyteller, and the core narrative he uses to describe this chapter of his leadership story – the last-choice-for-the-job, unheroic, lonely leader failing to make the difference he so passionately aspires to – is compelling but it’s also a fiction. A fiction in the way that all stories purporting to be about reality are fiction. Because creating coherence from the raw mess of lived life involves choosing what to include, what to exclude and what framing will best martial the chaos.
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.
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!