Reinventing yourself, your leadership style and the leadership agenda

Following on from its first successful Seminar on The Future of Work in July 2019, acumen7’s second seminar in September 2021 featured five presenters. The first was Alan Watkins, CEO of Complete – a data-driven leadership development consultancy. Alan is also an author and global thought leader on human performance, complexity and well-being. He spoke about how to reinvent yourself, your leadership style and the leadership agenda. With the accelerating pace of change, this allows you to go further, faster. Alan also demonstrated how organisational network analysis can reveal profound insights into how companies function.

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The rise of the employee-centric business model

Michael Moran, CEO and Founder of 10Eighty, a pioneering consultancy focused on ROI and demonstrable improvements in organisational and people performance, presented at The Future of Work Seminar. Michael explored emerging and changing attitudes and values, and what these mean for future, more human-focused leaders. He also spoke about the death of scientific management, the rise of the employee centric business model, and the correlation between employee engagement, customer satisfaction, profitability and shareholder value.

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An introduction to people analytics

acumen7’s second session segued neatly from data analytics into people analytics. Dave Millner – aka the HR Curator – has a real passion for the transformation of HR functions. Dave spoke about the need for a more commercially focused response to client demands, and the role that analytics and new ways of thinking can help to change the perceptions of HR. Dave’s vision is to ensure HR teams fulfil the promise of being a commercially driven function adding true bottom line value to an organisation.

To share his expertise, Dave has co-authored the book: Introduction to People Analytics – A Practical Guide to Data-driven HR.

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Using neuroscience to develop exceptional human beings

Alan Watkins gave an illuminating insight into how his experiences as a physician and neuroscientist led him to start Complete, in order to expand the alleviation of suffering. By transferring his skills, Alan has been able to positively impact many more people. Showcasing how the Complete team challenges leaders to change, develop and accelerate to become exceptional human beings, Alan demonstrated that working at the forefront of advances in human development and academic research, ensures Complete’s methodology and approach are genuinely game-changing, using an approach that is integrated and sophisticated, and rooted in physiology and neuroscience. They work from the inside out – starting with energy and emotions – because it’s impossible to deliver real change unless you fix the core of who you are and what really drives you. Using a map and a play book, enables Complete to unlock new levels of capability in leaders, teams and organisations.

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An introduction to Phospheres

There was an enlightening and positive discussion at the first session of acumen7’s August meeting, following a succinct and informative presentation from Rémi Grosjean of Prospheres. Prospheres specialises in turnaround and company transformation, and has completed 160 restructures over the last 20 years. One of their key strengths is ensuring staff engagement and empowerment, leading to positive change and lasting results.

Rémi shared a number of challenges faced by Prospheres and members provided their feedback, some of whom have indicated interest in following up, further demonstrating our raison d’etre.

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Strategic alignment

At acumen7’s June virtual meeting, Maria Lambides of Alpha Phronesis explored the importance of alignment, and the value and impact it can have on an organisation. Maria revealed how misalignment between internal perceptions and customer results can lead to wasted resources, poor decision-making and under-achievement. It can be a case of too much data and not enough insights. 74% of businesses want to be data driven, but only 29% are successful at connecting analytics to action. The solution is to align the organisation around the customer understanding and the choices they make. Maria then showcased a study of a company, where Alpha Phronesis helped to define their competitive advantage, leading to a substantial increase in sales.

Maria also presented the results of a survey of current and potential acumen7 members to establish high importance factors and if there were any unmet needs. Two key strengths of the network emerged as its culture of trust, respect and willingness to support, and that it is a forum for agile thinking.

The second session of the meeting looked at how organisations can engender a strong company culture, now that many interactions are taking place over virtual platforms. The discussions acknowledged that with this set to be a key part of working life for the foreseeable future, it is important to look at the issue in relation to existing staff as well as new recruits, to ensure that everyone is aligned with the organisation’s culture.

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