FRED took to the international stage in London, England on October 11-13, 2011 with an eclectic group of leadership innovators from the corporate, social and government sectors, and other thought leaders. The FRED Forum convened at St. Martin-in-the-Fields to explore new thinking and tested solutions for elevating the quality of leadership in the world.
Global Forces & Trends: Implications for Leaders & Leadership Development
Gillian Tett, US Managing Editor and Assistant Editor at the Financial Times, will present her view of critical forces and trends in the world, including the lingering impact of the Global Financial Crisis. In table groups participants will identify key questions and observations about key implications for leaders, and leadership development. Finally, each group will highlight a key question for Gillian and for full group discussion.
> FRED Leadership Expeditions
Dr. Jules Goddard, Associate of the MLab, London Business School, will organize four teams to conduct field research at non-traditional organizations where there are significant things to learn about development and leadership through immersion in those organizations. Teams will share what they learn with the full group, and then the group will discuss key insights and how they can be applied to develop extraordinary leaders.
> Churchill War Rooms: Tour, Reception & Dinner
Our FRED group will be treated to a private tour of, and briefing about, the Churchill War Rooms offering an unparalleled opportunity to walk back in history. We’ll be taken inside the historic rooms, behind the glass that general visitors only look through, to see at close quarters where Winston Churchill, his War Cabinet and Chiefs of Staff met and worked during the Second World War. Following the tour and briefing, we’ll enjoy a reception and dinner together.
> Developing a Global Mindset
Henk den Dekker, a Partner at Trompenaars Hampden-Turner (THT), leads this session thatʼ s based on the belief that a critical aspect of a global mindset is cultural capability. In addition to discussing and illustrating key concepts of culture, a self-assessment using the Intercultural Competency Profile, will provide an assessment of our current competence. This session is aimed at improving our own cultural capability and also helping with our efforts to develop other leaders.
> Leadership Development Spotlight: US Military Academy at West Point
Col. Bernie Banks, Deputy Head and Director of Leadership Studies at the US Military Academy will lead a session on “Leadership as Identity”, the fundamental philosophy behind how the Academy develops leaders. He’ll present both their philosophy and core components of their leadership development system.
> Organization Spotlight: John Lewis, plc
This innovative business was founded in 1864 when John Lewis set up a draper’s shop in Oxford Street in London that developed into a department store. “The John Lewis Partnership’s 76,500 Partners own the leading UK retail businesses – John Lewis and Waitrose. Our founder’s vision of a successful business powered by its people and its principles defines our unique company today. The profits and benefits created by our success are shared by all our Partners.” Nigel Keen, Director of Property Services, John Lewis Partnership and Development Director, Waitrose will tell their story.
> Leadership Spotlight: Camila Batmanghelidjh, Founder and Director, Kids Company
Camila is being honored with the FRED Leadership Award. She is the founder and director of Kids Company. She founded Kids Company in six converted railway arches in London. Camila has created a unique and pioneering approach in delivering services to vulnerable children. She has always focused the organisation’s activities on the needs of the most vulnerable without making compromises in order to hit current trends or government priorities. Camila has become an advocate for vulnerable children, speaking regularly at conferences, contributing to numerous publications, and through her book, Shattered Lives: Children Living with Courage and Dignity.
About the FRED Leadership Forum
The FRED Leadership Forum gathers, connects, inspires and supports established and emergent leaders from across sectors and generations. It explores the “why” as well as the “how” of leaders’ work and serves as a nexus, catalyst and incubator for re-imagined leadership. The Forum’s most distinctive feature, a focus on moral imperatives for enriching the world as well as the bottom line, feeds the soul as well as the intellect, thereby cultivating world-shaping aspirations, expertise and skills.