Past Events


March 2006

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.

December 2005

Not Quite the Diplomat: Home truths about world affairs
Chris Patten
Thu, 1 Dec 2005
At this event, Lord Chris Patten impresses the audience with his deep understanding of history, recent and distant and its importance to international diplomacy. With particular focus on Britain and its relations with the rest of the world, his speech is instilled with a desire to impart knowledge.

November 2005

Bloomin Human: The power of inspiration
David Pearl
Wed, 23 Nov 2005
David Pearl pushes the boundaries of human comfort by engaging delegates in various untraditional activities such as martial arts and singing. At this motivational event, he argues "uncomfortableness is a sign of growth” and that “we forget the times we fell off our bike learning how to ride it.”

October 2005

The Master Strategist: Power, purpose and principle
Ketan Patel
Tue, 4 Oct 2005
Ketan Patel, former head of a Goldman Sachs thinktank, argues that too many people strategize for their own interests rather than the common good. He explores how this must change if we are to prevent business competition from generating major political conflicts and global corporate challenges.

September 2005

Winning: A business how-to event
Jack Welch
Wed, 21 Sep 2005
At this popular event, Professor Richard Scase questions worldwide business leader Jack Welch. Jack shares informative bites of business advice, including the importance of passion and transparency in leadership, before discussing his infamous strategy of “rank and yank”.
Coaching Peak Performance: Lesssons from the world's top coaches
John Buchanan
Frank Dick
Tue, 6 Sep 2005
John Buchanan, world renowned coach, impresses with his approach to coaching, which is simultaneously holistic and meticulous, bold and humble. Following him, Frank Dick, the ebullient Scottish coach, shares the heart of his coaching philosophy - the importance of a winning mind-set.

June 2005

Inspirational Leadership: Shakespearean business lessons
Richard Olivier
Tue, 21 Jun 2005
It doesn't get much more thespian than this: Richard Olivier, son of Sir Laurence, reciting speeches from Shakespeare's "Henry V" in the basement of the Globe Theatre in Southwark. Drawing on the play, new perspectives on very old management issues are presented with the added excitement of drama!