This conference is an opportunity to examine the effectiveness of many of our institutions and organisations. In some sectors a “command and control” culture prevents whistle-blowing and curbs innovation. Other sectors have lost touch with their core values, leading to misaligned incentives or a myopic focus on tick-boxes and targets. And there is an ever-present concern that red-tape prevents organisations from achieving their goals.
Iain McGilchrist, author of The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World writes:‘From the Iraq war to the financial crisis, from the attempt to improve our hospitals to the revision of our education system, we are constantly surprised by having set off with one set of apparently good intentions and ended up producing a result which is far from, and in some cases the precise opposite of, what was intended.’
Is McGilchrist right? If so, why? The aim of the conference is to bring together those in senior positions in organisations to consider the findings of recent research in neuroscience concerning left/right brain thinking and how it relates to organisational behaviour in a wide range of contexts. Psychiatrist Iain McGilchrist and business commentator Margaret Heffernan have helped to devise this conference, and both will be taking part.
This conference will bring together leaders and senior figures from the judiciary, NHS, policing, the military, education, business and finance to compare notes on whether their organisational cultures are stifling. It will ask searching questions about how professional misjudgments are made and look at the underlying causes of poor decision making. It will examine how corporate responsibility and individual discretion should be best deployed. Ultimately it will offer the opportunity to help organizations to flourish.
Leslie Brissett, Company Secretary, The Tavistock Institute
Revd Dr Malcolm Brown, Head of Mission and Public Affairs, Church of England
Dr Priscilla Chadwick, Education Consultant
Sir Peter Fahy, former Chief Constable, Greater Manchester Police and CEO, Retrak
Sir John Gieve, Chairman, Vocalink and former Deputy Director of the Bank of England and Permanent Secretary, Home Office
Ronan Harrington, Director of Futures, Strategy and Animation at RPC, Legal Week's Law Firm of the Year 2015. Founder of Alter Ego, a gathering for personal and political transformation.
Margaret Heffernan, entrepreneur and author of Willful Blindness
General Sir Michael Jackson, former Chief of the General Staff, British Army
Shelley Lawson, Strategy Director, Frog Bikes (winner of Export Business of the Year, 2015 Start Up Awards)
Iain McGilcrhist, Psychiatrist and author The Master and His Emissary
Matthew Reed, Chief Executive, The Children's Society
Roz Savage MBE, First Woman to Solo Row Three Oceans, Executive Coach, Author of Stop Drifting, Start Rowing
Standard residential delegate: £205 This rate includes accommodation in a single occupancy room for the night of Monday 21 March and all meals for the duration of the conference
Student residential delegate: £85 This rate includes accommodation in a shared occupancy room for the night of Monday 21 March and all meals for the duration of the conference
Extended residential delegate: £304 This rate includes single occupancy bed and breakfast accommodation for the night of Sunday 20 March, single occupancy accommodation for the night of Monday 21 March and all meals for the duration of the conference
Extended student residential delegate: £134.50 This rate includes shared occupancy bed and breakfast accommodation for the night of Sunday 20 March, shared occupancy accommodation for the night of Monday 21 March and all meals for the duration of the conference
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