Richard Gerver, author of the number one bestseller, Change: Learn to Love It, Learn to Lead It, offers a groundbreaking look into how the world is dealing with the challenge of unleashing human potential and embracing and leading change. Gerver, a former school principal and advisor to the UK Government, has taken innovation by storm. He has transitioned his global reputation for leadership in education and is now regarded as one of the most original and authentic thinkers around human leadership and organisational transformation in the world. He has been named UK Business Speaker of the Year in 2011 and has spoken at both TED and RSA events.
He now works with organisations at the forefront of global innovation and excellence, including Microsoft, Deloitte, Google, TUI, Morgan Stanley, Visa, Puig, Telefonica and Technicolor. He has also worked with some of the world's most iconic retail organisations, including Harrods in London. His unique experience and insight into realising human potential also sees him working in elite sport, with Olympic and Paralympic coaches, EPL Soccer coaches, England Golf and professional cricket teams. He is currently working in the music industry with Universal and Decca, helping them build capacity for dramatic yet sustainable change in a fast moving market.
He still works in Education globally and is recognised as one of the most significant voices in the field. His first book, Creating Tomorrow’s Schools Today (Now in its second edition), has become a seminal text around the world for those engaged in the transformation of education. His reach goes from Universities through to policy makers and school leadership. He recently provided consultation to the Hilary Clinton 2016 Presidential campaign team. He is the proud recipient of an Honorary Doctorate in Education from The University of Derby.
Gerver's unique insight into our development, from infants to adults, helps us to understand the nature of our personal and professional responses to risk, change, creativity and development. His ability to connect experiences across many seemingly different environments helps people to expand their thinking and their perception of their potential.
With his trademark humour and insight, Gerver shares his experience of cultural and organisational transformation, human development and management with groups around the world. Thanks to his story and his authentic first-hand experiences, Gerver has been described as one of the most inspirational leaders of his generation. He, however, argues that his work is focused on three words; communication, empowerment and impact.
Gerver’s highly anticipated third book, Simple Thinking: How to Remove Complexity from Life and Work was published in September 2016 by Capstone/Wiley to great acclaim.
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- Change: Leading and Sustaining a Culture of Organisational Change
- Culture Shock: How to lead organisational change
- From Hoodie to Hero – Harnessing the Power of the Next Generation
- The New Education Age: It's more about the future and less about the past
- Developing, Implementing and Sustaining a Culture of Innovation
- Lead Happy!
- Schools for the 21st Century
- Tiggernometry: Adding Bounce to Your Life
- Creating Tomorrow's Schools Today
- Leading into the Unknown
- Out of The Ordinary - The Grangeton Story
- Beyond the Pane
Topic SynopsesChange: Leading and Sustaining a Culture of Organisational Change
In this unique session, Gerver explores why change and uncertainty become so challenging for so many. Links to risk aversion and a need for safety, security and control, hamper and stifle so many people and organisations. Gerver argues that we must understand why it is that so many of us develop an aversion to change as we grow and how we must change our mindsets and motivations as a result. He explains why it is so important that we focus on developing the capacity of our people not only to accept change but to be active participants in it, if we are to evolve cultures of sustainable change and development. We need to develop cultures where responsibilities and accountabilities are shared, where ideas and momentum can spring from anywhere and where traditional hierarchies morph to facilitate self-leadership and real collaboration. Gerver will explore the importance of creativity, curiosity and confidence in understanding how to embrace change in uncertain times, and why we must shift the paradigm to understand that change is not a program or a strategy, but is ever present in the organic nature of the 21st Century.
He will use his unique perspective as an educator, a leader and a high-performance mentor to provoke new thinking about change, which he believes is a core factor in defining our future successes on human and organisational levels.
Culture Shock: How to lead organisational change
In a world obsessed with outcomes, where everything is high risk, high speed and high pressure; how can we even begin to lead our teams through times of accelerating change? How do we find ways to communicate, empower and explore new approaches? Richard will explore the key themes of future visioning, development and leadership, using his experiences of leading a complex organisation on the verge of failure through a massive cultural shift to a point of global recognition.
- Learn how to provide the vision and the rationale for change through effective leadership techniques.
- Discover how to help your staff regain their childhood creativity, imagination and enthusiasm.
- Find out how to create and maintain an energetic, dynamic, flexible and adaptable culture.
From Hoodie to Hero - Harnessing the Power of the Next Generation
Our children have been written off as knife-wielding drunks with a disregard for society, citizenship or hard work. This session explores the world our kids live in and examines the roles we play as educators and business leaders in making the most of their extraordinary potential. From Hoodie to Hero is essential for anyone parenting children or managing an employee under 25 years old. The future is better than we think!
The New Education Age: It's more about the future and less about the past
The mass education system that the vast majority of us experience was created for a different time and place; it was created to control and maintain structures, systems and stability. For generations it worked reasonably efficiently; people knew what routes led to what kind of lives; professional, blue or white collar. An education that led to a higher qualification guaranteed certain opportunities and life choices for example.
Times have changed; economic shifts, social and environmental upheaval and most importantly the rise and exponential development of new technologies have left society breathless and ill prepared for the challenges that face our local, national and global futures.
Education defines the success of a society's ability to control and manage change yet education has changed little since the extraordinary shift in the way life is led in the 21st century, as a result we are caught in a world where people are scared and often paralysed by the prospect of change, we are being overwhelmed by crises of global proportions around the economy, the environment and socio ethnic cohesion.
The world has created the most sophisticated generation of consumers we have ever seen; the 'on demand' generation. To them, much of what the formal education system offers is out-dated and irrelevant.
If we are to prepare our children for their futures, education needs to radically rethink its purpose, its approach and its values. In his keynote presentation, Richard Gerver will explore the challenges we face, the questions we need to ask and the routes we need to take if our legacy for our young is to be one of success and empowerment.
Developing, Implementing and Sustaining a Culture of Innovation
This one-day workshop will be focused on deepening attendees' understanding of innovation and creativity, particularly in the context of leading a culture shift that develops continuous and self-led innovation in an organisation. It will work on the three core principles of communication, empowerment and impact.
During the day, delegates will:
• develop a deeper understanding of why employees often resist change and innovation, regarding the process as something that must be 'endured' rather than embraced.
• learn how we can change that perception through the communication of vision into action.
• explore the nature of transformational leadership and transformational mindsets through people management techniques.
• learn how to reframe performance management and professional development structures to promote a culture of embedded innovation, shared ownership and accountability.
• learn how to stimulate and maintain a focus on future thinking and innovation when under pressure and scrutiny.
• learn how to sustain innovative cultures through the development of internal action research methodologies.
The workshop will encourage delegates to explore the human elements of organisational culture shift and change. It will show attendees that without focus on developing the contexts and capacities of people within an organisation to lead change and innovation, systems and structures cannot take root, embed or ultimately lead to sustainable transformation.
Richard will use his experience as an educator, leader and advisor to lead delegates through that process. He will help them to develop clear people management and development strategies that they can deploy immediately to implement a culture shift that will result in successful, creative organisations. Delegates will gain a number of insights into the mindsets and philosophies of business leaders such as Eric Schmidt and Steve Wozniak.
Ultimately the day will lead to a confident understanding that success starts with a focused investment in time, human capital and capacity.
Recent surveys of employee satisfaction in both the US and Europe show that most people see happiness rather than financial reward as the most important factor in their working lives, citing shared, clear and tangible vision and values as the crucial defining factors. At the heart of any successful leadership and management strategy must be a sense of empowerment felt by every member of the team; that starts with a strong shared and implemented vision. In this speech Richard shares his experience of leading and managing vision development and transforming organisations through employee empowerment.
Schools for the 21st Century
In his keynote Richard will urge us all to focus in on our moral imperative as educators; to prepare our children for their futures. He will explore the challenges that our students face now and in their adult lives, challenging us to look beyond conventional thinking and practice and to ask questions of a new paradigm; he will highlight the need for leadership, a new type of strategic thinking and a new professional mindset. He will look at the notions of creativity, risk, skills and knowledge and will share his thoughts on how we make learning matter to the most sophisticated generation of consumers the world has ever produced. Richard believes in practice not theory and as such, will also share some of the work he and his staff developed at the world famous Grange School. The keynote will explore new ideas and thinking linking the future of education with organisations such as Pixar and Harley Davidson. Provocative, amusing and dynamic; Richard's presentation will leave people with challenging and inspirational pathways for the educational journey ahead.
Tiggernometry: Adding Bounce to Your Life
How to stay positive in a negative world. The world is changing faster than ever. Keeping up is exhausting. A lot of people get stuck in moan mode - a rut of 'sameness' where the days and weeks flash by in a blur. Staying positive is a massive challenge. It requires energy. Tigger manages it and the good news is that it's totally achievable. And this session aims to tell you how! Richard can cover life, change, energy, habits, thinking styles, education, business and how to retain your bounce in a turbulent world.
Creating Tomorrow's Schools Today
This keynote, based on Richard's best selling book, explores the process of curriculum design, provoking the questions that schools need to generate if they are to develop curriculum approaches that are fit for the future. It explores skills based approaches that are rich in context and purpose. He can share his experiences of developing a curriculum that became a powerful model for the QCA reviews at KS3 and Primary, The 2020 report and The Alexander Report. The session can be tailored to focus on BIG THINKING or THE GRANGE MODEL including planning methodology or a mixture of the two. The sessions can be designed to be highly interactive and can also involve the opportunity for colleagues to question Richard about his experiences and the Grange Methodology. These sessions can also include insights into leading a community through Curriculum transformation.
Leading into the Unknown
This session explores the development of education systems fit for purpose in the future. It looks at the issues facing schools and colleges today: behaviour, standards, testing and curriculum. Richard offers his unique perspective and insights into the challenges that face us all in leading our children into the unknown.
Out of The Ordinary - The Grangeton Story
An inspirational journey that charts the phenomenal rise and transformation of Grange Primary School into one of the world's most celebrated education establishments. Highlighting the highs and lows, Richard shares his experiences and the innovations that lead to the school's extraordinary success; hear about the town run by the kids that includes a TV Studio, Radio Station, Café and Museum, The University and the Curriculum that is helping to define future models around the world.
Beyond the Pane
In a world where the last 20 years has seen the development of the internet, social networking and a rising fear for the planet and the economic future of its people. It has been virtually impossible for us to stop running long enough to take a breath and plan for tomorrow in a proactive and purposeful way. The impact of change on us has been exhausting. This session explores the future, our part in it and how we get the best from our people.