Speaker Bio

Will Hopper

Will was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1929. A modern linguist by training and a graduate of Glasgow University, he has  been an active investment banker for over half a century, beginning his career as a financial analyst at W.R. Grace & Co. in New York in 1955, and then becoming personal assistant to Sigmund Warburg at S.G. Warburg in London, where he still lives.

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As a Director of, and then Adviser to, the bank Morgan Grenfell (1974-1984), he launched the first public issue in Western markets for an East European country after World War-II. This was a DM 100 million five-year note for the National Bank of Hungary. In 2010, and in his personal capacity, he helped to launch and fund a new kind of financial services company in Australia. He is an non-executive director of the new company, which is based in Sydney.

Will has also been active in public affairs. Founder Chairman of the Institute for Fiscal Studies in London, he is still a member of its Executive Committee. He entered the Guinness Book of Records in 1979 by spectacularly winning a ‘safe’ Labour Party seat for the Conservatives in the first elected European Parliament. Today a ‘deficit hawk’, he strongly supports the efforts of David Cameron and George Osborne to bring Britain’s fiscal deficit under control but has serious doubts about the way they are attempting to reform the National Health Service.

In his seventy-eighth year, and together with his elder brother Kenneth, Will achieved a degree of stardom by writing the best-selling book: “The Puritan Gift: Reclaiming the American Dream Amidst Global Financial Chaos”. This book has since gone through several  hardback and paperback editions and is about to translated into Chinese, Japanese and various other languages. The Chinese edition was issued by Oriental Press, the publishing house of the People’s Republic in Beijing in June 2011.

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Twenty-five Principles

This workshop looks at the twenty-five principles underlying good practice from the golden age of management – all with Puritan overtones as well as an interactive Q & A session with the author.

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Twenty-Five Principles

 

Overview:

Twenty-five principles underlying good practice from the 'Golden Age of Management' – all with Puritan Overtones.

In 2009 Will Hopper and his brother were ‘Writers in Residence’ at the Edinburgh book festival, celebrating the publication of their paperback, "The Puritan Gift: Reclaiming the American Dream amidst Global Financial Chaos".

This book was declared by the Financial Times to be one of the Top Ten of the Year 2007 and has since been brought up to date. It traces both the rise of America’s great managerial culture to a peak of excellence at the midpoint of the last century and its subsequent fall from grace, resulting in the credit crunch. It also describes how that culture in its finest form was implanted in Japan during the US Occupation (1945 – 1952), leading to the Economic Miracle.

Finally it analyses and describes that culture in terms of 25 principles of good management. William’s presentation on September 15 will discuss those principles in their social and business setting.
    
NB: To get the most value from this workshop, it is strongly advised for participants to read the book "The Puritan Gift" as there will be an introduction from Will Hopper followed by an interactive Q & A session with the author.

Twenty-five Principles

This workshop looks at the twenty-five principles underlying good practice from the golden age of management – all with Puritan overtones as well as an interactive Q & A session with the author.

Read more

 

Twenty-Five Principles

 

Overview:

Twenty-five principles underlying good practice from the 'Golden Age of Management' – all with Puritan Overtones.

In 2009 Will Hopper and his brother were ‘Writers in Residence’ at the Edinburgh book festival, celebrating the publication of their paperback, "The Puritan Gift: Reclaiming the American Dream amidst Global Financial Chaos".

This book was declared by the Financial Times to be one of the Top Ten of the Year 2007 and has since been brought up to date. It traces both the rise of America’s great managerial culture to a peak of excellence at the midpoint of the last century and its subsequent fall from grace, resulting in the credit crunch. It also describes how that culture in its finest form was implanted in Japan during the US Occupation (1945 – 1952), leading to the Economic Miracle.

Finally it analyses and describes that culture in terms of 25 principles of good management. William’s presentation on September 15 will discuss those principles in their social and business setting.
    
NB: To get the most value from this workshop, it is strongly advised for participants to read the book "The Puritan Gift" as there will be an introduction from Will Hopper followed by an interactive Q & A session with the author.

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