2022 event agenda

THE REALITIES OF LEADERSHIP TODAY

09:30

Welcome Remarks 

Welcome & explanation of key features of the digital platform from Management Today

09:35

HOW CAN BUSINESSES SUCCEED IN A MACROECONOMIC CRISIS?

Keynote Presentation

What are the key challenges faced by business leaders currently, and how can leaders continue to drive for profit and growth during challenging times and crises.

  • What are UK business leaders’ biggest challenges right now? 
  • How can times of crisis also be an opportunity for business? 
  • What characteristics of businesses build market share and profitability in crisis?
  • What is the best leadership response to times of crisis?
  • How can you make a profit in our current circumstances?

10:05

TURNING LOSSES INTO WINS

The Management Today Fireside Chat

  • How can leaders take a failed business and re-build it from the ground up?
  • What decisions did they have to make?
  • What aspects and traits are needed in a leader to bring a business forward?
  • What do leaders need to do to combat issues facing a struggling business?
  • How important is resilience in a leader?

10:35

VISION IS VITAL

How can leading with vision be a competitive driver that has a direct impact on your team and your entire organisation?

  • What does it mean to be a visionary leader?
  • What skills are required in a leader to lead with a vision?
  • How can this vision be a competitive driver for your team and business?
  • Why should leaders be held to account for their leadership?
  • What are the challenges with this form of leadership?

Rhonda Curliss, Co-founder, Grey Lemon

Victoria Firth, Co-founder, Grey Lemon

 

11:10

THE NEW RULES OF TALENT

How do you address the perfect storm of talent management, when good employees are scarcer and more expensive, and their expectations of their employers have shifted dramatically?
  • Are leaders’ corporate values and culture attractive to candidates?
  • Is talent management seen as a strategic concern or a tactical HR problem?
  • What do the best employers get so right?
  • Is the newer, short-term employment model here to stay?
  • What are the challenges with this form of leadership?

11:45

MORAL DILEMMAS – HOW TO MAKE DIFFICULT DECISIONS

How can you align the requirements of shareholders and markets with the growing importance of ESG and wider societal concerns?

  • What does a moral dimension for business look like in 2022?

  • How does being moral in business differ from more widely understood notions of morality?
  • How do we safeguard against moral transgressions in leadership?
  • Where do leaders get their sense of moral purpose from – and is this changing?
  • Is stakeholder capitalism incompatible with building a ‘moral’ business?

 

 

  12:30 -13:00 NETWORKING BREAK

Join the stream that is most helpful to you and your business needs. There will be two concurrent streams of content but do not worry as all of the sessions will be available on demand so you won’t miss out on a thing! You can also choose to switch between the streams if you would like.

STRATEGY PLANNING AND BUSINESS GROWTH

Growing through uncertainty: How to find opportunity in the chaos

This is a unique time for leaders. The pandemic has subsided in the UK but rages in much of the rest of the world, while variants threaten the vaccination programme. The economic recovery is rapid but indebtedness and deglobalisation could undermine it. The workplace is evolving but we can’t all agree on what we want it to evolve into.

Learn: 

  • How to drive a business forward during the swirl and storm
  • How to harness the exuberance of a reopened economy while staying grounded 
  • How to re-engage with your team after a year of significant upheaval
  • How to find opportunities the uncertainty
  • How to know what of the ‘new normal’ to keep and what to let go of

Matt Barker, Founder + CEO, MPB

Susan Martin, CEO, BSI

Simon Whitehead, CEO, Hill+Knowlton Strategies UK

Scott Parsons, COO, URW UK

EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT AND INCLUSION

The Big Question: How to Make Blended Working Work for Your Business?

  • The charity MIND has predicted a huge mental health crisis as a result of the covid-19 pandemic. How do you make sure you are doing everything you can to identify if colleagues and employees are suffering?
  • What support can be put in place?
  • How do you build resilience?

Nicola Green, Group Talent, Culture & Capability Director, Aviva

Ari Last, CEO and Founder, Bubble

Jo Owen, Founder, Teach First and Author, Resilience

 

  11:40 Technical break

 

  11:45 Break-out sessions

Join the stream that is most helpful to you and your business needs. 

STRATEGY PLANNING AND BUSINESS GROWTH

If You Want Growth, Remove Constraints

  • Why the key to productivity lies with the individual
  • How to let go so you can grow, building a culture of trust
  • How leaders can stop being part of the problem and become part of the solution

Lorna Helps, Founder,  Vibrant Thinking

EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT AND INCLUSION

Generational Challenges: How to Bring Your Team Together?

Ask the Experts

  • How do you onboard new starters in a hybrid workplace?
  • How do you foster team unity when everyone’s lives and concerns are so different?
  • How do you manage conflict remotely?

Dawn Moore, Group People Director, J.Murphy and Sons Ltd

Patrick Thomson Senior Programme Manager – Fulfilling work, Centre for Ageing Better

Zara Mohamed, Secretary General, Muslim Council of Britain

 

  12:20 Lunch Break & Opportunity to Network with other Attendees

 

  13:30 Roundtables

We will be running two round tables that delegates can join on specific business issues

Vision-Boarding

  • How do you reach the next level, no matter how successful you already are?
  • Why is ‘yet’ the most important word you can learn
  • How do you learn and move on from ‘failure’

Jo Owen, Founder, Teach First and author, Resilience

Driving Transformation to be Competitive

  • Finding your edge to make your business stand out
  • Keeping close to your customers – assessing their needs and being one step ahead

Ellie Prowse, Head of Finance, Astrid & Miyu

 

  14:05 Technical break

 

  14:15 Break-out sessions

Join the stream that is most helpful to you and your business needs. 

STRATEGY PLANNING AND BUSINESS GROWTH

Scaling Up – How Can You Grow Your Business Despite Uncertainty?

  • How should you fund a business during unprecedented times?
  • What is the future of government support for businesses?
  • What do you need to build into our plan to pre-empt uncertainty and to secure the business from future threats?
  • Are mergers and acquisitions your answer for scaling up?

Catherine Lewis La Torre, CEO,  British Business Bank

EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT AND INCLUSION

Mind the Gap: where are the FTSE Female Leaders?

  • Women’s progress in business has been put back by the pandemic – with them taking on the lion’s share of home responsibilities, what can you do to support your employees who have suffered from this?
  • Can a more flexible way of working now increase leadership opportunities for women?
  • How to keep equality on the agenda for business survival and success

Carol Rosati OBE, UK Inclusion & Diversity Manager, Shared Services, HR Services, GSK

Priya Dixit Vyas, Partner, Heidrick & Struggles

Ed Alford, Chief Technology Officer, New Look Retailers Ltd

13:00

LEADER BURNOUT – WHY NO-ONE CARES

Workplace attitudes are changing, but leader burnout remains an accepted cost of doing business. How can leaders be more mindful of their own mental health?

  • The extent of leadership burnout and its causes

  • How does burnout manifest itself, physically and emotionally?

  • How leadership burnout negatively impacts morale and growth
  • The trade-off between leading a successful business and the impact on health?
  • How can leaders be more mindful of their own mental health?

 

13:30

HOW TO BECOME A TRUSTED LEADER

This session will discuss why trust in leadership is so important for the overall performance and morale of your business, and why this is inextricably linked to success.

  • You can’t have transformational leadership without Trust. Trust is inherent to truly successful leadership.
  • Key principles of trust-based leadership are: a growth mindset, earning trust every day, healthy conflict, a curious mindset & mutual accountability.
  • But at the base of it all there’s self-leadership

Tia Castagno – leadership coach

14:05

‘ALLIES’ AND DIVERSITY. THE SOLUTION OR THE PROBLEM?

How leaders can be allies to groups and minorities within their business, and why diversity and inclusion is a business critical objective.

  • How do you communicate diversity as a business critical?
  • What are the benefits of allyship in promoting genuine inclusion?
  • Will empowering these groups future-proof your business success? 
  • Spearhead diversity programmes and balancing making the right decisions? 
  • Board diversity in the UK – how diverse boards can direct a message of allyship to the entire business community

14:50

Closing remarks & Summation from Management Today

Join the stream that is most helpful to you and your business needs.
Brand Reputation: How to attract new customers and outpace the competition
  • Making your brand shine to attract new customers through marketing initiatives
  • Investing in brand loyalty to increase returning customers and client engagement
  • Embodying your brand’s ethos and values to set the example for your organisation
How to attract top talent to supercharge growth
  • Recruitment strategies to attract the best talent
  • Enhancing your company brand and reputation to attract the very best talent
  • Empowering your executive teams to attract and retain talent
 

  14:25 Break-out sessions

Purpose vs Profit: How to be a force for good – and boost your bottom line
  • Focusing on sustainability and social impact to avoid reputational damage
  • Increasing trust in your brand to benefit your sustainability message.
  • Adopting purposeful and ethical practices that will enhance your brand value and profitability


Rupert Pick, Founder, Work for Good

The new work manifesto: How to boost productivity and engagement
  • Adopting newer and more flexible ways of working while achieving your business objectives
  • Making your organisation more attractive to talent, investors and stakeholders
 

  15:05 Afternoon Networking and Refreshments 

15:30

16:00

The Management Today Interview

Sally Bailey, former CEO, White Stuff

Interview by Adam Gale, Editor, Management Today

16:30

How Heritage Brands Stay Relevant

How do long-term established businesses stay competitive and highly desirable for today’s consumers? We hear from a luxury brand CEO on how to move your brand ahead without ditching your past. This closing interview will address:
  • Creating products and services that are relevant and successful in today’s markets
  • Embracing and embedding new technologies to promote your products effectively
  • The importance and impact of sustainability on achieving business success

LEADING INTO THE FUTURE

How can we finetune our skills to become a better leader and increase the performance of our business? Hear how CEOs and leaders have learnt new skills and how this has helped their business to greater results.

09:30

Welcome Remarks

Welcome and explanation of key features of the digital platform from Management Today

09:35

GETTING INTO THE PSYCHE OF YOUR CONSUMER

Keynote interview

The cost of living crisis is significantly reshaping business models in everything from retail to management consulting. What is the psychology of the new customer pandemic, and how should businesses respond?

  • What are UK business leaders’ biggest challenges right now? 
  • How can times of crisis also be an opportunity for business? 
  • What business characteristics build market share and profitability in crisis?
  • What is the best leadership response to times of crisis?
  • How can you make a profit in our current circumstances?

 

10:05

THE METAVERSE – SHOULD WE JUMP IN?

Is the metaverse the next step businesses need to take to drive their growth and sustain their profit for the future? 

With a look at how Management Today have taken their own step into the world of the metaverse with their very own publication, with a demonstration and discussion around what this has shown them.

  • Why should business leaders be interested in the metaverse? 
  • Can the metaverse reach new markets and areas of potential growth in crowded and competitive markets?

 

10:50

HOW TO LEAD WHEN EVERYTHING IS PUBLIC

With the power of social media, everyone is a reporter – which presents a new dimension for leaders today and for the future as their words and business decisions no longer belong only to them. This session will explore, through a number of case studies, why it’s imperative for leaders to be even more self-aware when it comes to their shareholder and stakeholder engagement, and what can happen when this communication goes wrong.
  • What can you do as a leader to build your diplomacy skills? What can this do for your business?
  • What happens when you get this communication and messaging wrong?
  • Do leaders of the future have a greater responsibility around this given the power of social media?
  • Do leaders need to be more proactive and transparent in their communications with stakeholders?
  • Why is self-awareness as a leader so important?
Allyson Stewart-Allen, Author, Advisor, Educator, Broadcaster, Speaker, Judge, Non-Executive Director International Marketing Partners

10:50

SHOULD BUSINESSES HAVE A POLITICAL VIEWPOINT?

After the invasion of Ukraine and regulatory measures to cease trading in Russia, businesses have a new, clear political dimension. So can, and should, business remain above politics?

  • What were the moral and practical implications of the moratorium on business with Russia, and in retrospect were the right calls made?
  • Does acting at the behest of a state in effect make businesses political, and if so is this a desirable position?
  • How should businesses factor future major political events into their forward planning?
  • Do we have to give up on the idea that businesses can exist above the political fray?

 

 

  12:15-12:45 NETWORKING BREAK

Join the stream that is most helpful to you and your business needs. There will be two concurrent streams of content but do not worry all of the session will be available on demand so you won’t miss out on a thing! You can also choose to switch between the streams if you would like.

PANDEMIC PROOF LEADERSHIP

Responding with Pace and Purpose

  • How can a sense of purpose aid clarity of thought and drive through business growth?
  • Why speed is of the essence and how projects can be completed despite obstacles and ever-changing rules?
  • How to embed a sense of purpose throughout your team?
  • Why climate change remains a top priority

Lindsay McQuade, CEO, Scottish Power Renewables
RESILIENCE

Ambitious Leadership: How to Grow A Successful Business and Stay Resilient

This panel discussion will speak to three successful business leaders who have each grown multiple businesses from mid-sized firms to multinational entities. This session will explore their secrets to success, the key ingredients to grow a business and talk about the importance of ambition in today’s climate.

 The panel will discuss:

  • What are your secrets to success when growing a business?
  • How do you implement a strategy for scaling up? How do you identify key growth areas?
  • How important is ambition in today’s economic backdrop?
  • How do you embed ambition throughout your organisation?
  • How do you work with partners to unlock your potential?
  • What’s your one key piece of advice for ambitious business owners looking to scale up?

Tracy Lewis, Non-Executive Director, Investor and Former CEO, Eveden

Martin McKay, CEO and founder, Texthelp

Gehan Talwatte, Non-Executive Chairman, Entrepreneur and former CEO,Ascend

Chaired by: Robert Jeffery, Editor-in-Chief, Professional Associations Group, Haymarket Business Media

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  11:45 Technical Break

12:45

DO SHAREHOLDERS STILL MATTER?

We are regularly told that stakeholder capitalism has overtaken shareholder capitalism as the key driver of long-term strategy. But is that true, or just a useful buzz phrase?

  • Can businesses really get away with taking a broader view? 
  • Or will it be their returns that always mattermost? 
  • Do your stakeholders now matter more than your shareholders? 
  • What impact does this have on your approach to business? 
  • Is this a temporary trend or a reality for the future?

 

 

  12:20 Lunch Break & Opportunity to Network with other Attendees

 

  13:30 Breakout Sessions

PANDEMIC PROOF LEADERSHIP

Surviving a Crisis: Effective Communication

  • Engaging with your customers; How do you adapt to their new priorities?
  • Making cuts – when is the right time?
  • Employee engagement – mistakes to avoid
  • Communication is critical: how do you do this effectively in a crisis?

Bob Tinker, Co-Author, Survival to Thrival book series

RESILIENCE

Building Resilience for You and Your Team

  • The charity MIND has predicted a huge mental health crisis as a result of the covid-19 pandemic. How do you make sure you are doing everything you can to identify if colleagues and employees are suffering?
  • What support can be put in place?
  • How do you build resilience?

Clive Lewis OBE DL, CEO, Business Psychologist,  Author 

14:00

Case Studies

Hear a case study  on Flexibility and the New Workplace

Remote working has become the main way of working for most organisations and employees. With hybrid and blended models appearing to represent the way forward, what does that mean for businesses who have previously been almost entirely office-based? How do you implement a return to the office if your employees aren’t on board? 

We will hear from one speaker about how this is working in practice for them, how they have started to put this in place in line with the wishes of their employees and how it can boost the performance of the business when employees are offered greater flexibility.

 

  14:00 Case Study 2

THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS?

  • Several leaders have described their biggest challenge of the pandemic as leading remotely. Is there an optimum way of doing this?
  • How can you know how your employees are feeling if you can’t see them every day? 
  • How should you support the new starters when you haven’t met them personally? 
  • How do you approach difficult conversations with your workforce?

Louisa Bench, Director Global Talent and Development, Human Resources, British Council

Chaired by: Robert Jeffery, Editor-in-Chief, Professional Associations Group, Haymarket Business Media

13:20

THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS?

We ask a panel of younger leaders and up-and-coming businesses of the future how they approach leadership differently. 

  • Companies founded during lockdown were created in a non-traditional climate. Did this make the founders ready as leaders?
  • How do the next generation of leaders undertake career development?
  • How do they view their futures of the future of leadership?

 

14:00

CLOSING REMARKS AND SUMMARY FROM MANAGEMENT TODAY