The Unvarnished Truth - REVIEW

A full house gathered at the swish and very welcoming new London Campus of Newcastle University.

It was the perfect setting for our much in demand event “The Unvarnished Truth”.

The evening began with an intimate and special Retailing Masterclass by John King, for a select group of students from the London Campus.  It was thought provoking and insightful, the questions from the students were as challenging, and we could have gone on all evening.

This was the perfect entrée to our action packed Inspired Leaders evening, where we unpacked and challenged our relevant and contemporary subject matter “The Unvarnished Truth”.

Our esteemed panel of Dina Shiloh of Mishcon de Reya, John Knight of Leadershape, Professor David James of Hult International Business School, and of course, John King former CEO of House of Fraser.

It was a very considered evening, and what became very clear was that the world has changed quite radically, with the internet being the most prevalent change agent.

There was agreement that the millennial generation demands transparency, authenticity and strong ethics.  And, are prepared to instantly and immediately either challenge things they don’t feel are appropriate, or just vote with their feet.

The advent of social media has provided the perfect medium for instant feedback.  This has totally changed how those in the public eye deal with big issues, especially failure.

A few star moments from the evening:

“Is substance the new spin”

"Once you can fake authenticity, you are really on to something”

“Language has changed over time, and what used to be acceptable sometimes no longer has a place today”

“It may start with one little lie, which then leads to a further pack of lies to cover this up, and by the time you are on to lie 300, you have no recollection of what lie 17 was”

“It is far better to be completely honest from the start, and bear the consequences, than to be found out later and have your total reputation trashed forever”

“For politicians and business leaders, it can be quite unnerving that their ability to do the job may sometimes outweigh their honesty and transparency”

A date for the diary – the next Inspired Leaders Network evening will again be at the sparkling Newcastle University London Campus, and we will be challenging another top draw panel on whether running international sporting federations and national sporting bodies is now “no longer a place for well-intentioned amateurs”.  Just think FIFA.

Details will follow shortly.

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