Bestselling author Richard Gerver joined us for a virtual fireside chat where we discussed how to face the changes brought about by COVID-19, what we can do when we feel stressed, how we can manage better from chaos to control, and how we can inspire others to face the challenge and make the best of the situation.
Richard is the author of the international bestselling books “Simple Thinking”, and “Change: Learn to Love It, Learn to Lead It”. He has transformed a failing school into one of the most acclaimed learning environments in the world in just two years, and is now regarded as one of the most original and authentic thinkers around human leadership and organisational transformation in the world. Richard has been named UK Business Speaker of the Year twice and has spoken at both TED and RSA events.
Watch our insightful chat below:
Innovator, educator, advisor to the UK Government and best-selling author Richard Gerver has been described as one of the most inspirational leaders of his generation. He argues, however, that great leadership is about serving the needs of the people that work for you and rely upon you. The three core principles that underpin Richard’s philosophy are communication, empowerment and impact.
On leaving his 20 year career in education he has worked to explore the links between great leadership, human potential, change and innovation. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for services to education and leadership by The University of Derby and was named ‘Business Speaker of the Year’ in 2011 and 2014.
Richard has written three critically acclaimed best-selling books which have been translated into several languages:
- Creating Tomorrow’s Schools Today (Bloomsbury)
- Change; Learn to Love it, Learn to Lead it (Portfolio Penguin)
- Simple Thinking (Capstone Wiley)
He has advised governments and major corporations globally and has worked with organisations as diverse as Google, GSK, Fidelity, UK Sport, Puig, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Deloitte, Harrods, VISA, Technicolor, the LMA, Telefonica and The IBO.
He has also worked with elite and professional sports organisations on self-leadership and change including; Olympic and Paralympic coaches, managers and coaches in the English Premier League Soccer, Team England Golf and Professional Cricket. He has also recently worked with the British Music Industry to help them develop a capacity for forward proactive and sustainable change.
In the last few years, he has become a Non Executive Director, on the boards of two global businesses; one, specialising in training and adult education, the other , one of Europe’s largest recruitment groups.
Richard Gerver is a regular media commentator who is often seen or heard on the BBC and often works as a writer in the print media. His work has been profiled everywhere from REDES on Spanish television to the pages of newspapers on every continent.
His speeches are always passionate, provocative and humorous; thanks to his natural and honest style, which draws on his own experiences and meetings, to humanise often challenging and complex issues. He is passionate about people, their potential and the future. It is his ability to bring the authenticity and uniqueness of his own journey that has helped to win him the global acclaim, which has led to his plaudits and his invitations to speak on the most recognized stages, including TED and the RSA; even sharing a stage with Barack Obama in Madrid in 2018.
Richard‘s keynotes are:
- Simplicity: An Uncomplicated Guide to Success
- Change: Leading and Sustaining a Culture of Organisational Change
- Education: Tomorrow Belongs to Those Who Prepare For It
- Education: A Manifesto for Change
- Lasting Legacy: Developing Future Leaders