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Where leadership meets complexity - embracing uncertainty

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“The twenty-first century will be the "century of complexity"’ – Stephen Hawking

But what does this mean for leadership? Richard Atherton, a coach and consultant will take us through some of the latest thinking in how we might apply lessons from the complexity sciences to the art of leadership.

At a human level, we’ll explore leader-manager tactics for complex change, including:

• Leadership of the complicated versus leadership of the complex
• Leadership as orchestrating conflict
• Leadership as disappointing others

We’ll also take a look at Ralph Stacey’s characterisation of Transformative Causation and the latest developments in Dave Snowden’s Cynefin framework; specifically his ‘liminal Cynefin’ ideas.


Arrival and meet other attendees from 6:30pm, refreshments. Presentation 7pm with group discussion, networking and light refreshments afterwards.


Richard has been a consultant and coach for more than 15 years. In that time he’s cut code, written industry articles and designed change initiatives. He has coached development teams on lean and agile working methods, mentored senior leaders and managed major business transformations. He’s also helped to create twin boys.

His major interest is in how we can apply learning from the complexity sciences, neuroscience and psychology to art of leadership and management.

Richard has helped some major clients achieve significant breakthroughs. These include… The BBC, BSkyB, ITV, Universal Pictures International, Barclays, Global Citizen, Sainsbury’s and The Telegraph Group.