John Knell is one of the UK's leading thinkers on the changing face of work and organisations. He is co-founder of Intelligence Agency which works with corporate and public sector clients on issues of leadership, employee engagement and the future of work. Prior to launching Intelligence Agency, John was Director of Research and Advocacy at The Work Foundation, where he played a key role in transforming that organisation into an authority on work issues. He has authored numerous reports on work, organisational change, and public policy, and is also a frequent commentator on workplace and public policy issues.
John began his career as an academic at the University of Leeds where he undertook his doctoral research, and he retains strong links with several leading research centres and universities. He is an Associate of Demos and a Fellow of the RSA. His work over several years has included a wide range of corporate clients, including Microsoft, Tesco, Astra Zeneca, Eversheds, Lloyds TSB, Manpower, and Siemens. At the Intelligence Agency, his current clients include Demos, Living Sport, Manchester International Festival, Manchester City Galleries, The RSA, Taylor Vinters, Skillset, and Watershed.
John's most recent client work has ranged across high level public policy work particularly in the arts and creative economy sphere, strategic reviews and strategy development, thought leadership development, top team facilitation, executive advice and support, and a wide range of public speaking and event facilitation activities.
John is the co-author of The 80 Minute MBA (with Richard Reeves) which has become one of the best-selling business books of all time and a presentation delivered to a wide range of private and public sector clients including ABTA, Allianz Insurance plc, AVN, Carlson Wagonlit, DSF International, Ogier and Simply Health. His remarkable ability to convey knowledge and insight into the major business issues of the day means that he is in great demand as a speaker both at keynote conference level and for seminars. He is acclaimed for his speech-making which is not only packed with insight but delivered with charm, grace and humour. John's messages help with innovation, breaking the bullshit of business, and changing the face of work and organisations.
John Knell travels from United Kingdom
- An Invitation to Innovate
- Crouch, Brace, Manoeuvre: The future of work and HR
- From Marketing to Conversation
- Beyond Bullshit: How businesses and their leaders can escape the traps they set themselves
- 80 Minute MBA
Topic SynopsesAn Invitation to Innovate
What drives businesses to innovate and how can they become truly innovative organisations? How is UK plc's innovation performance bearing up, and what is 'hidden innovation'? Drawing on a wider range of corporate examples, John explains how the future of innovation is networked, green, orchestrated by strong leaders, and on the customers' terms.
Crouch, Brace, Manoeuvre: The future of work and HR
We've just come to the end of the nice decade at work. The future of work and HR looks less rosy, as the clash of market flexibilities and lifestyle flexibilities deepens. What are the key future engagement challenges at work and is HR well placed to respond? John's answer is that HR Managers need to think of themselves as social entrepreneurs inside their organisations, and be a little clearer about where they stand and what they stand for.
From Marketing to Conversation
Old marketing is dying on its arse, replaced by...? Well, no one is quite sure yet, but the route through is to understand the movement from marketing to conversation. How can businesses master the art of conversation, powering the communities, partners and consumers that they depend upon?
Beyond Bullshit: How businesses and their leaders can escape the traps they set themselves
Businesses can easily become bullshit repositories - saying things they don’t mean and doing things they can't defend. What are the traps businesses set themselves - what's the bullshit that results, and how do they need to rethink their businesses if they are going to escape these pitfalls.
80 Minute MBA
You don't need an MBA to be Master or Mistress of the Universe. If you have a couple of years spare to sit in business school seminar rooms, no problem. If not, we bring to you the Reduced Shakespeare Company of the commercial world - Richard Reeves and John Knell - who have done the hard work for you. They bring you the very latest MBA 'key learnings' in this entertaining, high-energy, high-impact presentation.
Issues to be covered range from communication to finance, and from marketing to strategy. Find out whether charisma is an essential leadership ingredient, how to coach, and why execution is so much more important than strategy. Learn to transform your business in just 80 minutes!
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