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.
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.
New-York Times bestseller and UC Berkeley professor Morten T. Hansen has published a new management book — Great at Work — that for the first time uses a rigorous study of 5,000 managers and employees to answer the question: why do some people perform exceptionally well in their job, while others don’t?
The book shatters conventional wisdoms and sheds new light on what it takes to excel. Top performers work hard but “do less”: they painstakingly say no to requests and instead obsess over extremely few tasks. They don’t practice “10,000 hours to master a skill” but rather focus on the quality of their learning efforts. They are not trying to be nice in meetings and seek consensus, but instead push for heated debate.
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.
Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people.
A trained ethnographer and author of Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, Sinek has held a life-long curiosity for why people and organizations do the things they do. Sinek’s unconventional and innovative views on business and leadership have attracted international attention and have earned him invitations to meet with an array of leaders and organizations, including: Microsoft, MARS, SAP, Intel, 3M, the United States Military, Members of the United States Congress, multiple government agencies and entrepreneurs. His TED Talk based on Start With Why is the third most popular video of all time on TED.com, with more than 29 million views. His most recent book Together is Better was published in September 2016 following on from Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t (2014).
Sinek is an adjunct staff member of the RAND Corporation and teaches graduate level strategic communications at Columbia University.