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Blaire Palmer

Author and CEO of That People Thing
  • Spent over 17 years working with Boards and senior teams as a coach and “agent provocateur”
  • Author of 3 successful books on leadership
  • Gives audiences unique insights into what the most innovative companies are doing, as well as trends she spots in her work
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Change ManagementDiversity & InclusionInspiration & MotivationLeadershipTeamworkFemale Speakers

There’s a very memorable quote in the classic superhero movie, Kick Ass - “There's no room for punks in suits. Just real heroes who can really kick ass”.

Actually, says Blaire Palmer, there’s plenty of room in business for leaders who’ve got a bit of punk underneath their suit. The last thing we need is more “heroes”, kicking ass.

Blaire Palmer is an authority on the future of leadership and at the forefront of new thinking about what it means to lead in the 21st century. In her keynote speeches she busts the myths of leadership and presents a new model of the kinds of leaders our businesses, and our world, need now.

Based on 17 years of working with Boards and senior teams as a coach and “agent provocateur”, Blaire shares future trends in leadership against the backdrop of a world in flux. Levels of trust in major institutions are at an all-time low, disruptive businesses are changing the face of whole industries and the digital revolution forces us to confront a future where a bot wants your job. Business leaders need to dismantle 250 years of hardwired, industrial age thinking, thinking that will destroy many of our most successful businesses if they don’t heed the warning signs.

As one of the youngest female producers of the BBC’s flagship “Today Programme” Blaire spent a decade breaking stories and shaping the UK news agenda before her fascination with leadership and change led her to train as one of the UK’s first corporate coaches.

Since then she’s become a world authority on leadership, writing 3 successful books on the subject in the process, and is regularly quoted in the media. She is currently working on a new book, Punks in Suits – The Future of Leadership in a Bossless World, out later this year.

Unlike many speakers on the subject her interest isn’t academic. She doesn’t speak as a business school professor or as a former CEO trying to generalise from one unique experience. Instead, Blaire draws on her insights as a coach, confidante and agent provocateur for CEOs who has spent the last decade and a half supporting and provoking leaders as they shape their companies. Her speeches give audiences unparalleled insight in to what’s happening in the most innovative Boardrooms in the UK and Europe, trends she’s spotting in her work and what actually works (and doesn’t) in real businesses.

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