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15th May Yorkshire Leadership Group Group 1

We would love to welcome you to our Yorkshire Leadership Group. It takes place once every 2 months for a day at the beautiful Rudding Park Hotel.

The format is as follows:

8.15 Breakfast

Masterclass from David Smith “Embracing the drivers of change” (details below)


Peer group issues session

4.30 Close

Taster session available £125+vat

For further details and place reservations:

Denis Kaye at

Lisa Lister at

Embracing the drivers of change

‘Better to be roughly right than precisely wrong’

       John Maynard Keynes

Rudding Park – Wednesday 15 May 2019

David A. Smith

Many organizations are being blindsided by change, as disruption takes hold in most sectors.

From technology, new competition and consumer behavior, to business models and new forms of organization.

  • Root causes of declines in public companies’: (Society of Actuaries)
    • 60% strategic risks.
    • 30% operational risks.
    • 10% financial risks.
  • In many cases the assumptions on which the organization has been built and is being run no longer fit reality. (Peter Drucker)
  • Digital models account for disappearance of half of the Fortune 500 since 2000. (WEF)

The greatest danger to the future of most organizations is failing to anticipate and react to change. Change in their marketplace, product or service, change in their competition or change in client and consumer requirements. The past is littered with once great and famous organisations such as; Kodak, Nokia, Mororola, Xerox, Blockbuster who once dominated their sectors but whilst seeing what was required to survive, even leading it, refused to change.

It’s not so much as can’t change as won’t change. It’s about embracing strategic change.

This workshop will help identify the drivers of change and help delegates to engage with them.

Delegates will become familiar with tools and methods that help them to steer a path through the wealth of disrupters and map a path of their impact on their own organisations.

David will help us to understand the many trends that are impacting our organisations, help us discern their impact on our own firms and map out how and when they may be impactful in the future. Delegates will become increasingly aware of the impact of the drivers of change, on their business and their business models and be armed with tools to continue the work when they return to work.

We should recall the words of Dr. D.W. Demming:

‘It is not necessary to change. Survival isn’t mandatory.’

David Smith is the founder and CEO of Global Futures and Foresight and a practicing professional Futurist. He has a 35 year business career in IT and IT services organisations in sales, general management, marketing and strategy roles addressing commercial, public sector and financial services markets. He has recently worked with many of the world’s largest organisations including; RBS, Lloyds, Lloyds of London, Experian, CBRE, CSC, Intel, Cisco, Microsoft, Siemens, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, PWC, KPMG, Bausch & Lomb, Linpac, Kraft, Heinz, John Lewis, Roche, Philips, NATO and the EU etc. He is a regular keynote speaker and lecturer at business schools across Europe.

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