Peter Rea, VP integrity and ethics at Parker Hannifin
When workers at a factory in Tijuana Mexico were asked what could be done to make their lives better, their surprising request was that their leaders focus not on them but on those who lived in neighbouring areas in dire poverty.
Is this just a nice story or is there a business case?
It turns out that the relationship between engagement and financial results is well documented. The Tijuana team at Fortune 250 company, Parker Hannifin, had the highest engagement scores and financial results.
Parker now operates a business underpinned by character-based virtues to protect its culture and create competitive advantage. Virtues provide a forum to unite rather than divide people and people practice virtue not because they have to, but because they want to.
Gousto’s CEO and founder, Timo Boldt, will talk about how he has built the company from zero employees in 2012 to 500 people in 2019. He will cover what he has learnt about people and culture along the way, with a special focus on how to hire the right people for the right stage of business.
Gousto’s business is the home delivery of recipe kits. The company leads an industry with a unique blend of technology and food: more than half of their orders come from artificial intelligence-powered recommendations, for instance.
Marc Brackett founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
Emotions drive learning, decision-making, creativity, relationships, and health.
The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence uses the power of emotions to create a more effective and compassionate society. Its founding director is Marc Brackett, whose research focuses on the role of emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, creativity, relationships, health, and performance.
Hear Marc talk about practical ways in which we can develop our emotional intelligence and put it to work to improve our lives and those of others.
Creating psychological safety in the workplace for learning, innovation and growth
According to a 2017 Gallup poll, only three in ten employees, believe their opinions count at work. Even if a company hires creative individuals, innovative ideas will never have a chance unless people are encouraged to speak out without fear of being discounted or demeaned.
Drawing on 20 years of research and field work, Amy Edmondson sheds light on the crucial workplace factor of psychological safety: what it is (and isn’t); how it affects employee performance in wide-ranging organizations at every level; and what business leaders need to do to build it—and get it back when it’s lost.
Psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author Esther Perel is recognized as one of today’s most insightful and original voices on modern relationships.
Fluent in nine languages, she helms a therapy practice in New York City and serves as an organizational consultant for Fortune 500 companies around the world. Her celebrated TED Talks have garnered more than 20 million views and her international bestseller, Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence, became a global phenomenon translated into 25 languages.
Her newest book is the New York Times bestseller, The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity. Esther is also an executive producer and host of the award-winning podcast, Where Should We Begin?
Iris Bohnet, Behavioural Economist and Harvard Professor of Public Policy
Harvard behavioural economist, Iris Bohnet, combines insights from economics and psychology to improve decision-making in organizations and society, often with a gender or cross-cultural perspective. Her most recent research examines behavioral design to de-bias how we live, learn and work.
Professor Bohnet served as the Academic Dean of the Kennedy School, is the director of its research center, theWomen and Public Policy Program, co-chair of the Behavioral Insights Group, an associate director of the Harvard Decision Science Laboratory, and the faculty chair of the executive program “Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century” for the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders.
She is a co-chair of the Global Future Council on Behavioral Science of the World Economic Forum and serves on the boards or advisory boards of Credit Suisse Group, Applied, and Edge, as well as numerous academic journals. She is married and the mother of two children.
Adam Grant is Wharton’s top-rated professor and the best-selling author of Originals as well as Option B (to be published late April 2017) which he co-wrote with Sheryl Sandberg. He is a leading expert on how we can find motivation and meaning, and build cultures of generosity, creativity, and resilience.
Grant has been recognized as one of the world’s twenty-five most influential management thinkers and Fortune’s 40 under 40. His two TED talks have been viewed over 8 million times, and his consulting clients include Google and Facebook, the Gates Foundation, Goldman Sachs, the NBA, and the U.S. Army and Navy.
Originals is about how we can all become more successful in championing our best ideas; it has been praised by J.J. Abrams and Malcolm Gladwell, and featured in Richard Branson’s 65 books to read in a lifetime. Using studies and stories spanning business, politics, sports and entertainment, Adam describes the surprising ways that leaders can recognize good ideas, make them stick, and fight groupthink.
Dominic Barton, Global Managing Partner, McKinsey & Co.
There is a growing consensus among top executives that gender diversity is both an ethical and a business imperative. Yet progress is painfully slow. Despite modest improvements, women are underrepresented at every level of today’s corporations, especially in senior positions.
Why is gender inequality in the workplace so persistent despite growing attention from business leaders and the media—and what should we all do differently?
Drawing on research conducted in partnership with Leanin.Org, Dominic Barton will talk about what makes this such a stubborn problem and what practical steps can be taken to translate top-level commitment into a truly inclusive work environment.