Keynotes

Tuesday
22 September
09:10-09:55 KEYNOTE: Good Decisions, Good Business
Rt Hon Dame Tessa Jowell, MP
Tuesday
22 September
16:20-17:30 KEYNOTE: Engaging and Collaborating (or Whose Moment Is It Anyway?)
Neil Mullarkey, Comedian and Actor
Wednesday
23 September
09:10-09:55 KEYNOTE: Being a Change-Maker
Nigel Chambers, Change Portfolio Director, Old Mutual Wealth
Wednesday
23 September
13:40-14:25 KEYNOTE: Black Swans and Butterflies - Dealing with Uncertainty in Poker, Business and Life
Caspar Berry, ex Professional Poker Player

Tuesday 22 September
09:10-09:55

KEYNOTE: Good Decisions, Good Business

Tessa Jowell

Rt Hon Dame Tessa Jowell, MP

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Keynote Outline

This Keynote will focus on the importance of building the circumstances that enable good decisions to be taken in a timely, transparent and value-led way. Where a bad decision has been made, it is rare that the basis for making a good decision can be retrofitted in order to improve the outcomes or mitigate the impact. Changing circumstances may require a reframing of the decision, but this is very different from retrofitting a better decision where there has been a bad beginning. Good decision making has to focus both on the content - what the decision is about - and the process of how the decision is reached. Subsequently, there is the third stage which focuses on implementation and follow through, to help ensure a decision stays true to its original objective.

This session will explore the importance of:

  • Making the right decisions from the outset. Good decisions can rarely be retrofitted.
  • Setting the right processes in place; these are vital for a successful project.
  • Building decisions for sustained long term impact.

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Tuesday 22 September
16:20-17:30

KEYNOTE: Engaging and Collaborating (or Whose Moment Is It Anyway?)

Neil Mullarkey

 Neil Mullarkey
Comedian and Actor

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Keynote Outline

What can business analysis learn from improvised theatre? Plenty. The roots of "Improv" are in Chicago in the 1920's. Viola Spolin, a social worker, was working with inner city children to enhance their communication skills. This led her son to create Second City Theatre in the 1950's, from which so many talented writers, performers and directors have graduated - not least Dan Aykroyd, Steve Carell, Tina Fey and Mike Myers. 

Improv is about listening, taking on board what others say, then using that as a springboard for your response, teamwork, coping with uncertainty, thinking on your feet, waiting for the best idea to emerge (wherever it came from), and, um, having fun. Business Analysts need to engage with the business, assert themselves, and co-create innovative solutions. Neil Mullarkey's unique, high energy, interactive style will guarantee that you will both laugh and learn.

You will Learn:

  • The key skills of improv theatre
  • How not to be stuck for words ever again
  • How to engage and influence people

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Wednesday 23 September
09:10-09:55

KEYNOTE: Being a Change-Maker

Nigel Chambers

Nigel Chambers
Change Portfolio Director
Old Mutual Wealth

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Keynote Outline

We hear more and more how organisations are in a state of ‘Transformation’, on a journey to a future state. But what does this actually mean and how does an organisation transform? In reality, it is people that transform and it is the change-makers amongst us who set the examples for others to follow. Transforming an organisation is often a cultural issue, where soft skills such as influencing, motivation, inspiration and passion mean much more than traditional analysis skillsets.

More and more we are being asked to be the change we want to see, but what does this mean?

This discussion will focus on the important soft skills required to be seen as a Change-Maker – a leader, role model, inspiration – in the eyes of others. Using real-life examples of recognised Change-Makers to provide a view on how we can all become Change-Makers in our own right and really make a difference in a business and personal environment.

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Wednesday 23 September
13:40-14:25

KEYNOTE: Black Swans and Butterflies - Dealing with Uncertainty in Poker, Business and Life

Caspar Berry

Caspar Berry
ex Professional Poker Player

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Keynote Outline

Former professional poker player, Caspar Berry, uses the metaphor of poker to consider the way in which we take risks and decide what action to take in a world which is much less certain than many of us know. He takes us on a winding journey from the flap of a butterfly wing to the upheaval of the Arab spring. Why open-mindedness can help us predict the future and what skills can be taken from the poker table to the boardroom table. Ultimately he argues that the best thing we can do in the face of external risks is be prepared to take more risk on ourselves, and that the task of leadership is to welcome the right risks into our businesses... and lives. 

  • How uncertain the world really is
  • The best mindset to predict the unpredictable
  • Why failing regularly is mathematically the surest way to long term success.

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