Change Catalyst

Change Catalyst

Change Catalyst is our unique online programme focusing on the most relevant leadership challenges of today. The programme provides the inspiration, stimulus, and tools to think and lead differently in exponential times.

Six inspirational sessions
with global experts for a programme price of £1,849 per person.

Six inspirational sessions featuring thought-leaders such as Professor Damian Hughes, author and co-host of the High Performance Podcast, and the team behind The Chimp Paradox. This guided programme connects you to a global network of like-minded leaders, passionate about their development.

Join our latest global cohort starting April 2024 and be the Catalyst!

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Programme Masterclasses

Session 1: High Performance Leadership April 17, 2024
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Jamil Qureshi

One of the world’s most in demand experts in High Performance

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One of our most popular speakers, Jamil is a world-renowned practitioner of performance enhancing psychology and is an expert in developing high-performing teams. His work has covered a rich tapestry of both talented business and sports people, winning him a number of impressive accolades including being ranked within the top 100 most influential figures in British sport.

In business and industry, Jamil has worked from CEO and board level to middle management in a variety of sectors. He’s worked with business leaders and companies in over 24 different countries, helping teams to fulfil their potential by orchestrating change and performance programmes.

Jamil’s session takes us through a practical understanding of how to cultivate mindsets for optimising talent in a disrupted world. Using principles that have been shared with six people who utilised the ideas to become number one in the world in their chosen field, and with insight into the companies he advised last year, delegates will be taken through an insightful and entertaining look at how we can create positive change through obtaining different outlooks.

This session will give insight into:

  • How we can change behaviours by changing thinking
  • How we can create a culture of responsibility
  • How we can create a mindset for performance and growth
  • How we maintain motivation

Jamil Qureshi

Jamil Qureshi is one of today’s foremost practitioners of performance enhancing psychology and is an expert in high performing teams. Jamil has enjoyed working with a rich diversity of the most talented business and sports people and teams in the world, helping six individuals get to World Number 1.

He has worked successfully with 3 English Premiership football clubs, one of which reaching a record position from its halfway point in the season, as well as two Formula 1 racing drivers, David Coulthard and Eddie Irvine and the 2009 England Ashes winning cricketers.

In business and industry, Jamil has worked from CEO and board level to middle management in a variety of sectors. He has worked with business leaders and companies in over 24 different countries, helping teams to fulfil their potential by orchestrating change and performance programmes.

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Jamil has the special ability to connect deeply with delegates through an informal, fun and engaging style. His message about the ingredients of high performance is profound but he delivers it through stories which makes it highly accessible and relevant.

Session 2: EDI Leadership May 15, 2024
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Dr Asif Sadiq MBE

Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer for Warner Bros

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Dr Asif Sadiq MBE is the Chief Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer at Warner Bros. Discovery. He was previously the Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Social Impact at adidas and has a long and rich career in the diversity and inclusion space with senior executive roles at The Telegraph Media Group, EY Financial Services and the City of London Police. He is a board member for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and a member of the board of advisors for Hedley May. Over his 20-year career he has worked across Europe, North America, South America, Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Asif has been credited with impactful global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion activities and programmes across organisations, that have created a strong sense of belonging for all and resulted in truly diverse workplaces. He has been key in building synergies between internal and external D&I efforts within organisations, ensuring diversity and inclusion is embedded in all elements of a business, resulting in innovative, creative and inclusive products and services.

In his session, Asif talks about how Diversity and inclusion (D&I) is no longer a “nice to have” — it’s now a business imperative. He discusses the challenges and opportunities of the future of D&I, how organisations can instil a journey of learning through creating psychological safety for all and how leaders can transform the “why” for Inclusion by being authentic, vulnerable, and above all, simply human.

The session will explore:

  • The journey from Diversity and Inclusion to Belonging
  • Why DEI learning is a journey not a one off training
  • 5 D&I topics to discuss with your team
  • What leaders can do to promote Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the workplace

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Asif Sadiq has over fifteen year’s global experience in his impressive industry, having worked in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America. Seeing significant success in achieving strategic and operational targets as well as managing risk, change, performance and quality.

Asif boasts an impressive track record as the former Head of Diversity and Inclusiveness for EY Financial Services and former Head of Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Unit for the City of London Police. Moving from his position as Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging for The Telegraph Media Group in 2020, Asif was appointed as Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Social Impact for global sports brand adidas.

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Asif is an experienced diversity and inclusion practitioner who has a proven track record of creating and sharing best practices, advocating for sustainable, long-term solutions for long-term problems, and centering the lived experiences of under-represented groups. A powerful, compelling public speaker with contagious energy and enthusiasm for creating change.

Session 3: Neuroscience of Leadership June 12, 2024
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Stephanie Fairhurst

Thought leader and Psychological Skills Mentor at Chimp Management (The Chimp Paradox)

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Stephanie specialises in helping business professionals and companies improve performance and productivity, bringing about individual change in an organisational setting. She facilitates getting the best out of teams and individuals by helping them understand the human mind as a manageable machine and developing insight and emotional skills to improve performance through achieving greater happiness, success and confidence.

By attending this session delegates will gain leadership insights, tools and techniques to:

  • Understand the key elements of the “Chimp Model” i.e. The Chimp, The Human and The Computer
  • Improve self-awareness, manage your “Chimp” and understand the underlying elements of emotional intelligence
  • Reduce individual stress levels and achieve stable performance
  • Improve communication with both clients and team members
  • Improve your performance both personally and professionally
  • Develop strategy to improve your team’s confidence and performance
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Stephanie Fairhurst

Stephanie specialises in helping business professionals and companies improve performance and productivity, bringing about individual change in an organisational setting. She facilitates getting the best out of teams and individuals by helping them understand the human mind as a manageable machine and developing insight and emotional skills to improve performance through achieving greater happiness, success and confidence.

Stephanie’s business career has spanned marketing and business development in multinational organisations in manufacturing, professional services and IT, living and working in the UK, Europe, USA and South America for 15 years before founding and running her own companies in property development and construction for 10 years. Her international experience brings a deep understanding of the challenges faced in businesses large and small and provides the context in which she delivers her workshops, speeches and one-to-one coaching and mentoring.

Her deep interest and experience in different national and corporate cultures fuels her drive to help individuals realise their potential. Stephanie has a Bachelor’s degree in French and German and a Master’s degree in European Management from Cranfield University and is a former Territorial Army Officer in the Royal Engineers. She loves spaniels and enjoys competing, rather slowly, in triathlons.

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Great session, thoroughly enjoyed and Stephanie was fantastic in her delivery and facilitation of the Chimp model.

Stephanie has fantastic attention to detail and an ability to convey complex ideas in an accessible fashion.

Session 4: Digital Leadership & Future Human Behaviour July 17, 2024
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Thimon De Jong

World-renowned expert on the future of work and strategy

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Thimon de Jong is a behavioural expert specialised in the future of human behaviour.

In a turbulent, digitalising, uncertain world, making sense of the future is more important than ever. Thimon is a world-renowned behavioural expert who helps you understand what people are going to do next and what that practically means for leaders and organisations today. He works for clients like Morgan Stanley, Google, IKEA and L’Oreal and lectures at the social psychology department of Utrecht University.

On this session, leaders will learn:

  • What kind of leadership is needed in the 2020s where the world is in a state of ‘polycrisis’ (a time of great disagreement, confusion, or suffering that is caused by many different crises happening at the same time).
  • How to be a digital leader and leverage new technologies (e.g. AI, Metaverse) best while keeping human engagement and trust as high as possible.
  • How to manage the multi-generational work place where the youngest generation – Gen Z – is causing quite a bit of turbulence.
  • How to get their teams and themselves to embrace future (technological) change.

Thimon de Jong

Thimon de Jong runs WHETSTON / strategic foresight, a think tank specialising in future human behaviour, societal change and business strategy. These insights are then applied to leadership and business strategy. An experienced keynote speaker and leadership trainer, Thimon has worked for clients such as Morgan Stanley, Vodafone, IKEA, Novartis, Nike, Microsoft, Warner, Tetra Pak and L’Oreal. He is a former insights & strategy director at Trends Active, researcher at Freedom Lab Future Studies and editor-in-chief of RELOAD Magazine. His first book Future Human Behaviour – Understanding What People Are Going To Do Next was published in 2023 by Routledge.

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Thimon’s thoughts and ideas are engaging and inspiring while also grounded in reality with lots of real-life use cases and examples. His incredible positive energy combined with his ability to tell a story while at the same time breaking down the complex proved to be an intellectually provocative experience.

Session 5: Commercial & Strategic Leadership September 18, 2024
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Chris Brindley MBE

Award-winning business leader and former UK NED of the year

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A fantastic new addition to our programme, Chris is a high-profile business leader and a leading specialist when it comes to Customer Experience, Leading Teams, Employee Engagement, Performance Management and Sales Management particularly within organisations where change is on the agenda.

Chris has led businesses in different industries, as well as the world of sport. These range from large multi-national businesses through to start ups. He’s operated at Executive level, in growth phases and also more challenging times, such as the banking crisis of 2008 and more recently Covid-19. In more recent times Chris has operated as both Non-Executive Director and Chair of businesses in industry and sport, providing strategic direction and an in depth understanding of the commercial challenges ahead. As a business coach, Chris works with senior leaders to enable them to work “on the business” as well as in the business.

In his session, Chris will share a number of tools including:

  • An introduction to the Balanced Business Scorecard (BBS) to ensure a business is able to clearly measure whether its strategy is working.
  • Strategic planning tools to help understand factors critical in shaping a future proof strategy.
  • The 3 Revolutions that businesses will need to constantly review to ensure that they remain agile in a VUCA world.
  • Stakeholder management. Leadership is about building effective relationships internally and externally to ensure effective execution of the business plan.
  • How to create capacity as a leader to ensure regular strategic and commercial planning takes place.

Chris Brindley MBE

Chris Brindley MBE is an award-winning Business Leader who is former Sales and Marketing and Non-Executive Director of the Year. He is a leading authority on Sales Management, Customer Experience, Employee Engagement & Satisfaction particularly within organisations where change is on the agenda.

Chris delivers high impact workshops and presentations to staff at all levels. He inspires change through his comprehensive knowledge of the practice of Coaching and Leadership and utilises a Balanced Business scorecard approach to build compelling visions of the future for both organisations and individuals alike.

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Chris’ ability to engage the audience was remarkable, and his insights on handling the multitude of meetings that are part of our roles were incredibly practical and invaluable. His expertise shone through as he effortlessly held the audience’s attention, captivating everyone with his wisdom and experience.

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Hosted by Leadership & Talent Development Expert, Sarah Knight

Guiding your people through this transformative leadership journey, is the inspiring and award-winning culture and leadership expert, Sarah Knight. Sarah has spent the last 25 years building teams, developing staff and helping people reach their potential. Her coaching, consultancy and training experience provides hands on, practical and tailored learning that empowers individuals, helping them to develop their own personal styles; all beginning with their management mindset. This makes Sarah the perfect choice for bringing together the learnings of each session and ensuring your leaders get the most from their Change Catalyst experience.

 
 
 
 

Guided online programme of
six interactive masterclasses

Featuring inspirational thought leaders including the authors of global best sellers ‘The Chimp Paradox” and “High Performance”. With access to great minds and inspiring content, this programme will provide you with practical tools to take away and apply.

I love people and missing the physical connection I didn’t think I would get as much from a virtual programme – but I couldn’t be more wrong! I really appreciated mixing with different folk in the rooms rather than people just on the tables, the smaller numbers brought much more focused in depth (at some points) discussions. The polls were useful and something we may not have done in person. I felt really connected all the way through.

Sheryl Fenney
HR Director – Fanatics -UK

I left each session full of ideas, thoughts on new ways or working and inspired to learn and do more. And most importantly I’ve utilised more ideas, frameworks and thinking from Change Catalyst than any other training programme I’ve attended in my entire career. I would recommend the programme to any leader or aspiring leader who is looking to challenge their own thinking and improve their leadership skills. World class!

David Coleiro
Co-Founder and Client Relationship Director, Strategic North

What attracted me to Change Catalyst is the idea of being able to connect with people from different industries, exchange ideas and to hear from specialists in the area. I really like the speakers, I’ve heard about the majority of them and I was excited to also attend lectures from speakers I’ve never heard of before, so when I saw Change Catalyst and the opportunity came and landed on my desk I didn’t even think about it.

Elena Grigorova
Head of Process Simplification, Santander

As the name indicates Change Catalyst is truly an inspiring leadership catalyst. I was an international participant on Change Catalyst as I was spending time between India and the UK and it was phenomenally helpful to be part of a diverse group and exchange thoughts/ideas.

Valsraj Menon
Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences – India

Highly recommend! I am on the current cohort and love it. Some thought-provoking as well as inspirational content from a range of interesting speaker backgrounds.

Lots to take away from each session! Having measured the impact of the acquisition of learning from each one, on my own development, I feel something is shifting.

The progressive models covered in Change Catalyst are aimed at challenging the status quo. Great moments to build in self-reflection and peer discussions to challenge the way I usually lead. Thought provoking content and speakers who were action orientated and practical in their recommendations.

I feel that being at home made for a more relaxed environment where I was able to take in much more. I’ve been much more productive work wise as I’ve been able to work top/end and catch anything critical during lunch.

Sheryl Fenney
HR Director – Fanatics -UK

Change catalyst undoubtedly offers thought provoking insights and useful tools across key leadership domains and I always looked forward to the sessions.

Valsraj Menon
Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences – India

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