Past Events


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!
Trolley Wars: Battle of the supermarkets
Tim Waterstone
Thu, 9 Jun 2005
Leading retail expert, Judi Bevan, draws on her own research to prise open the two speakers: Tim Waterstone, founder of the book-shop chain; and Justin King, chief executive of Sainsbury’s. Tim’s key advice is “don’t be intimidated”, while King’s is to have a customer-focused culture.
Inspiration in the Square: An inspirational event
Heather Mills
Steve Redgrave
Thu, 9 Jun 2005
Heather Mills, Sir Steve Redgrave, Joe Simpson & Evelyn Glennie OBE share their experiences of overcoming barriers to become hugely successful. The resounding message is that no matter what awfulness you endure in life, you can be sure someone else has experienced worse and prevailed.

May 2005

BRAND Sense: BRAND sense
Martin Lindstrom
Tue, 17 May 2005
At this event, Martin Lindstrom, International business leader, reveals how the world's most successful companies integrate all five senses when building brands. Appealing to touch, taste, smell, sight and sound brings branding to the 21st century and provides significant results.
Quality, Quality, Quality: A passion for quality
Gordon Ramsay
Tue, 10 May 2005
Gordon Ramsay, internationally renowned chef, shares advice from his experiences in business that are applicable beyond the kitchen. From this event at the BFI Imax, Gordon’s tips include “avoid being trendy” and “never take customers for granted”.