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29 April 2021

Why should leaders defy proven strategies and embrace failure?

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Two lightning talks that will get you thinking - because it's time for different thinking. 

Join us for a thought-provoking hour and hear from our leading experts.

You will:

  • Discover what contextual intelligence is and why we need it for successful change
  • Develop a true understanding of who must tolerate failure and what that really involves
  • Draw upon our expertise and engage in our panel discussion


Reading Between the Lines – Contextual Intelligence and the Successful Leadership of Change

Contextual intelligence is one of the core competencies of leaders in uncertain times and key to successful organisational change. Too often leaders rely on tried and tested approaches that have succeeded for them in the past, rather than accurately diagnosing their context and using that diagnosis to craft a change strategy that will work in a new setting. This talk will identify the key elements of contextual intelligence, including the factors that often hinder our ability to think and act in this way. It will also identify the dynamic variables that typically combine to shape the change context. 

By Director of Executive Education, Professor of Practice, Tim Wray.


How to really build a failure tolerant organisation

Much is said about the need to tolerate failure if you are to develop an entrepreneurial organization which can explore and exploit new opportunities using agile strategy and lean startup techniques. What is necessary is a true understanding of who must tolerate failure and what that really involves. Drawing on extensive research, we identify the who, what and how, of building a failure tolerant organization from the ground up. We identify the key roles of leaders, of innovators, and champions, and the ways to overcome individual and collective fears of failure to boldly pursue new opportunities within established organizations.

By Dean, External Affairs and Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, James Hayton


Host and facilitator: Professor of Organisational Behaviour, Tina Kiefer

Professors Tim Wray, James Hayton and Tina Kiefer teach on the Warwick Executive Diplomas.




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// With

Director of Executive Education, Professor of Practice, Tim Wray

Tim is the Director of Executive Education at WBS, and has more than 20 years’ experience as a practitioner, consultant and executive educator specialising in strategic change, leadership, organisational communication and employee engagement.

A former Director of Executive Education at Nottingham University Business School in the UK, and the Irish Management Institute in Dublin, he has successfully delivered executive development programmes at senior levels for leading international companies in a range of sectors and has worked with the top teams of a number of large public sector organisations in both the UK and Ireland.

External Affairs and Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, James Hayton

James' research focuses on how human resource management practices foster organizations' capacity for entrepreneurship and strategic renewal. In a second stream he focuses on the influence of cultural and psychological factors on entrepreneurial behavior.

His research has been published in scholarly outlets such as the Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Human Resource Management, Organizational Research Methods, Multivariate Behavioral Research, R&D Management and several other journals and books.

Host and facilitator: Professor of Organisational Behaviour, Tina Kiefer

She is an organizational psychologist by background and received her MSc in Psychology and her PhD from the University of Fribourg (Switzerland).

Daily experience of ongoing change and innovation, positive and negative emotional processes at work, justice processes, cultural implicit leadership theories, leadership behaviours in change, toxic and harmful work experiences' implications of budget cuts for public sector employees.


// Where

Online via wbsLive

// When

Thursday 29 April 2021, 13:00 - 14:00

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