Vistage Executive Summit London – InterContinental London – The O2 

Over 500 business leaders came together at this full day event to network, socialise and glean fresh perspectives from new faces, as well as learn and grow from 6 excellent keynote speakers and workshops.

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Opening Keynote Erin Meyer, ‘The Culture Map: Breaking through the invisible boundaries of global business,’ showed how as todays’ business world becomes ever-more global and virtual, executives and managers are expected to work harmoniously together with counterparts from a broad array of cultures and backgrounds, often without leaving their desks. But when you throw people together who come from starkly different backgrounds and cultures, the result can be interesting, even sometimes funny, but can also lead to misunderstanding and confusion.

Erin Meyer offered a highly practical and timely perspective on one of today’s most pressing business issues: how do different cultures influence the way to do business when working globally? Even those who are culturally informed, travel extensively, and have lived abroad often have few strategies for dealing with the cross-cultural complexity that affects their team’s day-to-day effectiveness.

Erin provided a new way forward with vital insights for working effectively and sensitively with one’s counterparts in the new global marketplace.

Seth Mattison: The Future of Work Today challenged conventional leadership thinking while introducing the super trends shaping the future of work. Supported with cutting edge research and category leading case studies Seth prepared audience participants to be able to compete and thrive in the changing landscape of work. How has leadership, strategy, curating and shaping culture changed in the Connected Age? How can we use knowledge and connectivity to manage vast amounts of information, maximise organisational relationships and optimise talent utilisation creating competitive advantages in an increasingly uncertain global economy?

Balaji Krishnamurthy: ‘Culture with Intent,‘ is known for his innovative and thought provoking concepts on corporate leadership and his work with CEOs to develop organic leadership through building their culture with intent and purpose. He showed delegates the difference between brand and culture. How the brand is the outsiders’ view of the company and it is the perception of your company as held by your customers. Brand is not what you say it is, it is what your customers say it is. In contrast, culture is the insiders’ view of the company. It is the perception of your company as held by your employees. Culture is not what you say it is, but what your employees say it is.
Instead ask yourself, what do you do – so unique and so different – that your employees are caused to talk about the purpose of what they do at work.

After a networking lunch and breakout sessions, Matthew Syed, author and Times columnist opened the afternoon session with his keynote on the Science of High Performance. Matthew, a well-known columnist for The Times and the author of two acclaimed books – Bounce and Black Box Thinking – is a former international table tennis champion, and he also regularly speaks to companies, sports teams and other organisations on psychology, performance and continuous improvement.

He has given keynotes about Black Box Thinking to pioneering organisations around the world. including a specially convened meeting of global finance ministers at Harvard University, the commanders and admirals of the British surface fleet, Britain’s Chief Constables, the Presidents of the medical Royal Colleges, the General Staff of the British Army, the global partners of Goldman Sachs, as well as the Arsenal first team and other top sports organisations.

The Talent Lab involved a Q & A panel and roundtable discussions based on the book the Talent Lab. Lead by Floyd Woodrow, former Head of Recruitment for the SAS, and with Simon Timson, who was responsible for the delivery of UK Sport’s performance strategy throughout the Rio cycle as Director of Performance.  The panel discussed how their stories translate to the workforce and specifically ‘how do you find talent’, ‘How do you turn around a failing business?’, ‘How do you build lasting continuity?’ and ‘How do you build winning environments’.

Closing Keynote, Simon Timson shared the story behind the Rio Olympic and the inside story of exactly how a smart-thinking army of athletes, coaches, talent finders, innovators, disruptors, analysts and psychologists utilised the cutting-edge insight of elite performance to succeed where other nations had failed – and turned Britain into an Olympic superpower.

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London Vistage Executive Summit - December 2017


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