Futurism, wilful blindness and mindfulness for leaders

Are you scenario planning for the future of your institution, or looking for insights from both inside and outside of higher education?

Senior leaders are operating in increasingly complex and competitive environments, to address the need to be innovative and stay ahead, the Leadership Foundation are delighted to launch a series of Executive Masterclass. Each of the  Executive Masterclass will be led by an expert in the subject under discussion; which will include futurism, the development of legal forms, wilful blindness and mindfulness.

Each masterclass offers senior leaders the opportunity to refresh their thinking, reskill and tap into the newest thinking on key leadership insights on topics they’ve always wanted to find out more about.

Vijaya Nath, Director of Leadership Development, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, who will also co-present the Executive Masterclasses said: ‘We have launched our Executive Masterclass series at a time when senior leaders across all sectors including higher education face a new set of challenges. These challenges require new ways of thinking and an opportunity to test out adding new tools, skills and approaches with others facing similar challenges.
Executive MasterClass series has been designed through dialogue with senior leaders in higher education institutions and the Leadership Foundation’s senior leadership alumni.’

The Futurist Led by Richard Watson
Wednesday 11 October 2017, London

Richard Watson is an author of five best-selling books on Futurism, his impressive list of clients includes Arla Foods, IBM, KPMG, London Business School and the Ministry of Defence. Join Richard and Vijaya Nath (Director of Leadership Development, Leadership Foundation) through a lively and interactive masterclass which will enable you to plan future scenarios, discuss the risks and opportunities affecting you, your institution and higher education globally. Find out more here.

Legal & Organisational Forms Led by Smita Jamdar and Dr Jonathan Nicholls
Thursday 7 December 2017, London

Changing your institution’s legal form? The creation of university groups, federations and strategic partnerships as well as mergers and acquisitions are options that you might already be considering. This is a not to be missed Executive Masterclass that will assist you in your planning. Join Smita Jamdar, Head of Education, Shakespeare Martineau and Dr Jonathan Nicholls, Director of Strategic and Policy Services (Education), Shakespeare Martineau for a strategic-level workshop with practical case studies and group work activities. Find out more here.

Wilful Blindness Led by Margaret Heffernan
Thursday 15 March 2018, London

How do organisations think? Explore the all-too-human thought patterns including conflict avoidance and selective blindness, which can sometime lead organisations and managers astray. Find out more about Margaret Heffernan’s work on Wilful Blindness. Margaret Heffernan is a former chief executive officer of five businesses and author of the 2011 bestselling book Wilful Blindness: why we ignore the obvious at our peril. Find out more here.

Mindfulness Led by Byron Lee
Thursday 26 April 2018, London

Building on the success of the Mindfulness in higher education conference, which took place in June and included contributions from mindfulness from Harvard Business School, Unilever, Bangor University and Monash University (Australia). Byron Lee will explore the benefits of Mindfulness teaching for both staff and student wellbeing, productivity and creating cultural change. Byron is an educator, facilitator, coach and mindfulness teacher with 25 years’ experience working in the field of personal and organisational development. He is a Director at Happy City, a project aimed at radically changing the way institutions, cities and government’s measure and support what matters most to people in their lives. Find out more here.

A fifth Executive Masterclass will be added to the series later in the year.

Find out more
If you would like to join a Leadership Foundation Executive Masterclass, go to: www.lfhe.ac.uk/EM

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