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Theme: Strengths Based Leadership

This event occurred on
June 30, 2016
12:00am - 2:00pm BST
(UTC +1hr)
London, London, City of
United Kingdom

Far too many organisations and businesses have become fixated with their employee's weaknesses, areas for development or limitations. Some progressive businesses have started looking out for the inherent strengths of each of their individual workforce members, and look to capitalise upon these strengths. The individuals benefit, their teams benefit and most of all, the organisation benefits.

When five-year old Johnny first goes to school, at the first meeting between his teachers and his parents, we hear the well intentioned teachers share that Johnny is not so good at adding things up, so they are going to give him extra arithmetic classes. Wouldn't it be wonderful if instead they said that Johnny is a natural at spelling, so we are giving him extra English classes?

René Carayol, Sally Bibb and Emmajane Varley will share their stories and views, in the inimitable TEDx style, short and inspiring sessions that may well open a whole new world of personal development for all attendees and the basis for building high performing teams and transforming the organisation at large.

Meridian Room, L41
HSBC Tower, 8 Canada Square
Canary Wharf
London, London, City of, E14 5HQ
United Kingdom
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Emmajane Varley

Group Head of Insight, Culture and CEO Communications at HSBC
The global team that Emmajane leads help people understand people better - and nudge their habits, beliefs and behaviours through insight led content and campaigns. They aim to understand the motivations, knowledge, aspirations, concerns and behaviours of the people that make up HSBC to enable better decisions, inform future policy and action, and assess business activity and strategy. Previously, Emmajane led communications across 73 territories worldwide for 90,00 employees within HSBC's Operations, Services and Technology; advising the Group Chief Operating Officer and leadership team on effective communications approaches for business transformation. Emmajane won the IABC Gold Quill Merit Award for HSBC Exchange in 2013 and The Economist Intelligence Unit Change Ambassador Award 2013: People and Culture for "Building trust through communication" and for her leadership skills in driving storytelling and HSBC Exchange within HSBC.

René Carayol

Business and leadership speaker, broadcaster, CEO of the Inspired Leaders Network, author of Corporate Voodoo and My Voodoo
René is an internationally renowned business speaker who specialises in leadership and culture; drawing on his experiences on the boards of top British and American companies. He has worked with Barclay's Bank, Tesco, BT, PA Consulting, Prime Minister's Delivery Unit, Scottish Enterprise, SAP, KPMG, IBM, Accenture. René was the presenter of BBC2's highly acclaimed "Pay Off Your Mortgage in Two Year"s; Channel 4's "The Man from the Met"; guest presenter of BBC2's flagship business series "The Money Programme", the BBC2 series "The Mind of a Millionaire" and the "Underworld Rich List"; and "Business 2025", shown on BBC World. René is the author of the best selling business books Corporate Voodoo and My Voodoo. René's new book SPIKE will be published later this year. Spike is a collection of stories - autobiographical exerts from an incredible life that has seen him as a leader in some of the world's most prestigious businesses to rubbing shoulders with some of the most powerful f

Sally Bibb

Founder and director at Engaging Minds, author, speaker
Sally Bibb is a specialist strengths consultancy with clients in the public and private sectors including the AA, the NHS, Olympics 2012, Saga Financial Services, Scottish Government, Starbucks and Unilever. She is the award-winning author of six business books, including The Right Thing: An Everyday Guide to Ethics in Business (2010), The Rookies Guide to Generation Y (2009), A Question of Trust (with Jeremy Kourdi, 2007), Management F/Laws (with Russ Ackoff & Herb Addison (2006), The Stone Age Company (2005), Trust Matters (2004 - winner of an MCA award). Sally has held global roles in BT, Cable and Wireless and The Economist Group, publisher of The Economist magazine. Sally describes the strengths approach as "creating workplaces that are based on making the most of people's strengths, as opposed to mitigating their weaknesses". Her new book Strengths-Based Recruitment and Development was published in May 2016.

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