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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

Illustrations of the talks from Connect 2016 On Your Marks event

Our wonderful illustrators, Matt and Danny, produced these illustrations live at On Your Marks as our speakers were speaking. A wonderful record of the stories and insights each speaker shared with us. Click on each to view a larger image and enjoy!

Purpose, Flow and Letting Go

At our recent Connect event, former Director of Performance at UK Sport, Peter Keen CBE, ran an in-depth workshop with a small number of members exploring Putting Purpose to Work, Creating Leadership Excellence. The session received outstanding feedback from the lucky few who got to be part of it and we asked Graham Hodgkin, CEO, London’s Air Ambulance for his reflections on this session for those of us who missed out.

To Nudge or Not to Nudge?

Behavioural Economics is about “changing behaviour without changing minds”. It is about nudging individuals, groups or institutions toward desired actions without going down the well-worn knowledge = awareness = change route. For leaders it is useful not just to identify ways to shift behaviour but also to understand why, often despite best efforts, behaviours sometimes refuse to budge.

Stunning photos of our time back at Sheepdrove

In September 2015 we returned to Sheepdrove with the Connect members to spend two days immersed back in the countryside. With speakers from as far afield as Nairobi, Denmark and India we asked: how does change happen? Our speakers shared stories of changing behaviour, creating new business models, and inventing new products and services.

Beautiful photos from Reconnect at MC Motors

This June, our Connect 2015 members met at MC Motors in Dalston, London to explore further what it means to be a Best in Class organisation. With speakers from Emirates, Four Seasons, Pret a Manger, Livity, and Pets at Home and an expert in creating the most productive working environment, it was a hot but insightful day.

Ever have days when you can’t be arsed? Hear what Greg Dyke, Jude Kelly and Martin Narey have to say….

At On Your Marks in 2013, one of our members was brave enough to ask what we all want to know… it’s easy to stand up and talk about leadership but surely there are days when even our first class speakers lack a little motivation of their own?

Amazing illustrations from On Your Marks

Our wonderful illustrators, Matt and Danny, produced these illustrations live at On Your Marks as our speakers were speaking. A wonderful record of the stories and insights each speaker shared with us. Click on each to view a larger image and enjoy!

Connect 2015 member Suresh Mistry of Alquity on how to make Fearlessness live

It’s easy not to fail. Just keep your head down, take the easy path and hey presto, you will probably get along just fine. So, why doesn’t that sound appealing? At Connect, one of the most powerful messages we received was about being aware of the ripples from our actions. Taking this analogy a little further, to create a ripple you must first have the courage to throw the stone. Letting go of the stone means that you have to be prepared to fail. My experience is that the fear of failure is the greatest barrier to success in any aspect of life.

On Your Marks?

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).

George Evers shares his highlights of Wavelength Connect 2014

I arrived at Sheepdrove, the first venue of my Connect year, with the final leg of the journey being a beautiful drive through a misty countryside. Reassuringly, the signal on my Blackberry disappeared just as we arrived. Always a bitter sweet moment.

What is Resilience and how can we improve it? A summary of Wavelength’s Reconnect 3 event from Diana Man

Reconnect 3, the final event for the Wavelength Connect 2014 Members. And what an event it was! The theme of the day was Resilience. As the Members get ready to fly the Connect Nest and head out into the big wide world putting everything they have learned into practise, they will certainly need it!

What types of organisations will benefit or lose out in a digitally disrupted world? A discussion with Colleen McCreary, Lisa Gansky and George Anders

Sometimes our speakers have differing views on a subject but in this case all three are unanimous. All industries will be affected in this digitally disrupted world and in order to survive everyone must be willing to embrace change.

Panel discussion on how can employees can affect change within their company

After reading previous posts you may well be thinking, “That’s all well and good but what exactly do I need to do to bring about culture change in my organisation?”. This amusing panel discussion should give you some ideas.

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.

Colleen McCreery, former Chief People Officer at Zynga talks about dealing with a Young Workforce

Young people have very little leadership or life experience but they are the experts in what ZYNGA, a technology company, are trying to do.  Colleen McCreary, Chief People Officer, ZYNGA says the key to success with a young workforce is to trust them to make the right decisions in their areas of expertise.

Varun Sahni, Managing Partner at Investment Impact Partners, talks about the failures in our criminal justice system at Wavelength Connect, On Your Marks 2014

Varun Sahni, Managing Partner, Impact Investment Partners and his colleagues believe that one of the greatest failures of our society is the criminal justice system.  They are using the concept of information to help inmates become more integrated with society both while serving their time and upon release.

Colleen McCreary, former Chief People Officer at Zynga, talks about hiring in Silicon Valley

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?

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.

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.

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…

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.