Past Events


May 2006

Myself and More Important Matters: What do you value?
Charles Handy
Thu, 25 May 2006
Who are you? What do you believe in? Charles Handy didn't know the answers to these questions until he turned 60. For years he helped senior managers improve performance. Now Charles argues work is simply a means to an end, unless it is genuinely enjoyable or valuable to wider society.
Lovemarks: The future beyond brands
Kevin Roberts
Wed, 24 May 2006
In this exhilarating event, marketing guru Kevin Roberts presents his ‘Lovemarks’ theory. He argues that the best campaigns in the world today are those that make an emotional connection with consumers: "the role of great marketing is simply this: to create loyalty beyond reason".
World Cup Business: Winning strategies
Sven-Göran Eriksson
Clive Woodward
Thu, 11 May 2006
Reckon your management job is tough? Try steering one of England's sports teams to world cup victory. In this event, Sir Clive Woodward, who won the Rugby World Cup as England's manager, and Sven-Göran Eriksson, former manager of the England football team discuss their “Blueprint for Winning the World Cup.”
Business: A Q&A session
Alan Sugar
Thu, 4 May 2006
This extended question-and-answer session, provides the unique opportunity to quiz one of Britain’s biggest business heroes, Lord Alan Sugar. It reveals how both his professional and personal lives are governed by a profound set of values and a sense of duty towards the next generation of entrepreneurs.

April 2006

Leadership: Leadership lessons from MI5
Stella Rimington
Tue, 4 Apr 2006
Dame Stella Rimington was responsible for the most radical culture-change in the history of British intelligence. At this event, she shares how she turned the “closed, secretive and inward-looking” service into a “dynamic, thrusting and communicative” one.

March 2006

All Taxation is Theft: A taxation debate
Ian Angell
Nicholas Montagu
Tue, 7 Mar 2006
At this London Business Forum debate, Professor Ian Angell and Sir Nicholas Montagu debate the role of tax, providing piercing insights and outrageous opinions, with none left disappointed. Ultimately, Sir Nicholas persuades us that "taxes are the price we pay for a civilised society."
Swimming Against the Stream: Ten rules for creating businesses
Tim Waterstone
Thu, 2 Mar 2006
Tim Waterstone set up his chain of bookshops after being fired from high street newsagent WHSmith. Advised to quit the bookselling business, he did the exact opposite, set up a successful rival and sold it back to his erstwhile employer. At this event, he shares his entrepreneurial story.

February 2006

See, Think, Feel, Do: The power of instinct in business
Shaun Smith
Thu, 16 Feb 2006
Shaun Smith argues that many of today's leaders are risk-averse, dispassionate dinosaurs who disregard understanding their customers. "See, Feel, Think, Do" is a common sense process in which you break down any barriers that make you believe you can't offer the perfect customer experience.
London 2012: London's extraordinary Olympic bid
Sebastian Coe
Thu, 2 Feb 2006
In 2005, London secured the Olympic bid for 2012 - Lord Sebastian Coe was at the forefront of the project. At this event, he shares the inside story of the process, its difficulties and the desire to inspire a new generation, which kept him pushing to achieve the London Olympic vision.

January 2006

Monarchy: Leadership lessons from history
David Starkey
Tue, 24 Jan 2006
At this event, world famous historian Dr David Starkey recites a brief history of business, before specifically examining the leadership skills relied upon by the powerful monarchy of the last renaissance. He goes on to explore how such techniques are used by many of today’s chief executives.