Innovating to meet challenges and changes your leaders, managers, and organisations face

Event details


26 March 2019
19 June 2019

We are here. It is 2019 and we are all entering an enormous period of uncertainty for organisations – large or small. Whatever the pathway, the UK will be out of the European Union on 29 March 2019.

Are you, your managers, your leaders, ready to compete? Is your organisation optimised and ready?

How will you adapt your organisation, and its leaders and managers, to succeed in the new trading world that is coming?

A great deal of research shows that British managers and leaders lag behind their European, American and Asian counterparts in both quality of effort and outcomes. Can you afford to under-invest in your capacity to lead and manage, at a time when you have to be active, out there, winning business contracts as a standalone economy?

At this time of massive change your leaders and managers must innovate, harnessing the power of collaborative effort and high performing teams. Getting it right is a challenge. Managers report ever increasing numbers of ineffective meetings and interactions, with minimal progress or real action. Rather, they experience disempowering vicious circles of endless debate, limited consensus and little change. Faced with this, your employees fall back on competitive, self-interested behaviours and organisations fail to innovate and adapt. We all know these things can happen when our people are under stress.

Our breakfast event will discuss three changes your organisations can face and deliver:

  • Adapting fast: Making rapid change within your organisation;
  • Winning internationally; Winning business in cross-cultural environments;
  • Leading through dialogue: Listening and learning during periods of massive challenge.

Each of these are, of course, linked by our capacity for genuine dialogue, collective commitment and the capacity to learn whilst doing.

Roffey Park is the UK’s leading, independent Leadership and Management Institute, developing your future leaders, managers and organisation. Drawing on our research, our client insight and expertise, we will explore these changes, offering you hope, tools and practice as you face the new reality.

If you are an organisational leader, or you lead transformational change, leadership or organisational development within your organisation, this event is for you. Join us and engage with tomorrow.

Outline Agenda

  • Breakfast and networking
  • Welcome
  • Three fast changes – with dialogue at the heart
  • Some here and now practice: Using the experience cube for managing conversations
  • Close and informal networking


Dr Robert F Coles, Chief Executive Officer

Dr Robert Coles has been deeply involved with human development over many years, most recently as the Co-Founder and Chair of The Centre for Alternative Leadership & Management – Place of CALM™, an academic research collaboration, think tank and consultancy. Prior to this, Robert has held directorships of three Executive Education practices and, in addition, was the European Director for one of the world’s ‘next 4’ global audit, accounting and consulting organisations. He has worked alongside many blue-chip organisations developing board and senior leadership teams, designing joint ventures from a relational and dialogic practice perspective, and developing his ideas and practices around Collaborative Competence™. He is a graduate of the University Oxford and Leicester, and holds a PhD in Collaborative and Confucian Leadership, and post-graduate degrees in Cross-Cultural HRD and Organisational Leadership. His continuing research interest is in collaborative mechanisms for promoting interdependent leadership and management, utilising AI tools. He is an Honorary Visiting Fellow in Post-Crisis Leadership and Management at the University of Leicester.

Ken Ingram, Head of Practice

Ken has been a learning and development consultant and facilitator for more than 25 years. Before joining Roffey Park, Ken worked for a number of organisations in a learning and development capacity including the National School of Government, Centre for Management and Policy studies and Civil Service Learning. He has broad expertise across a wide range of fields.  In particular, he majors in leadership and management development, facilitation skills, adult learning and evaluation. Ken has passion for blended and adult learning and has focused much of his career on helping individuals and organisations to develop their learning design and facilitation capability.  Ken is Course Director for our Personal Effectiveness and Power Programme and is also responsible for Roffey Park’s blended learning strategy and has a great deal of experience of developing and implementing online learning solutions.

Timings and fees


8.30 am to 10.30 am

Breakfast served on arrival


Great John Street Hotel, Manchester, M3 4FD

Victory Services Club, London, W2 2HF

Edinburgh venue to be confirmed.

Free of charge

Places are limited to organisational leaders or those responsible for leading transformational change, leadership or organisational development within their organisation.



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