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I feel grateful, inspired and humbled by the incredible work of Alder Hey Innovation led by Iain Hennessey and his team. Their customer obsession, outside the box thinking and bravery in pushing the boundaries of technology to save the lives of children faster and better is refreshing and inspiring. Aldermore Bank shares a unique connection in the name, which symbolises strength, confidence and determination. I’m really proud to be part of this business and am filled with hope for how we can take and implement learnings from Alder Hey to create more value for our customers.
Alder Hey is one of the best development experiences that I’ve ever had. I would highly recommend this day for leaders and innovation teams who want a fresh perspective on the connection between purpose and innovation.
Having worked for the same business for almost 17 years, I felt my knowledge of leadership practices outside our company was limited. I have found it invaluable hearing from other leaders, across a broad range of industries. It’s good to know where we’re getting things right, and I’ve also been able to take new ideas & learnings back to our wider SLT to see how we can apply them to our own business.
Aravind is an inspirational example of how to do good business and do good at the same time. This trip is built in that image, feeding your brain and your soul in equal measure. I can’t recommend it highly enough. The impact will stay with you for years!
The best organisation I have ever visited. It is already having a profound effect on how we scale our impact and transform young people’s lives.
"Connect is extremely relevant to my business area. Over the last couple of years, the media industry has been through a tremendous change. Often in the media industry we tend to look at other media companies for a steer on how to move forwards and that is no longer enough. With all the competitive pressures and changes in consumer behaviour, we need to start looking elsewhere, to start getting inspired by what’s happening in other adjacent industries and the fantastic thing about Connect is that’s exactly what it does. I’ve got a cohort of people from across many different industries, with some of the same challenges, but with many different types of solutions and new ways of thinking. And this programme really brings all of that together, in the social interactions we have, as part of the speaker series, the questions we’re set, the coaching, it’s all about thinking outside of the norm, and that's absolutely brilliant, it’s what we need!"
"Growth mindset + +. Not only did I come away from every Wavelength interaction with bags of new knowledge, it’s the critical thinking that I’ve brought back to the business that makes this a best in class leadership programme. I know I’ll be reflecting on all the content for years to come. The cherry to top is the brilliant connections I’ve made. Thank you Wavelength."
“The atmosphere is electric! The Connect speakers have been incredibly inspiring, and quite mind blowing at times. They’ve all shared their personal stories and sometimes the lessons in leadership that we all need to take away are through those personal stories. It’s humbling to see such credible leaders open up and be vulnerable and tell us that it’s ok to be vulnerable, and show that vulnerability is the way to connect with your organisation. I’ve been in awe actually. It’s been incredible. I’ve been on quite a few programmes over the last 15 years and this is very different. Far more immersive, really thought-provoking and what I love is, it gives you the space for reflection and debate. It gives us all the platform to consider the new thinking that's coming out through leadership experience, that's relevant and not theoretical, and real."
"Connect is different to other leadership courses I’ve been on. It’s over an extended period of time so you have a sustained relationship with people, but also it's hugely varied. The Behind The Brand experiences we went on, to Liverpool Football Club, to Alder Hey Hospital and Pret A Manger, they’re really different businesses. So varied and you get to learn something different every time. The eureka moments for me - whether it’s the CEO of Liverpool Football Club, or the ex-President of Lufthansa Airlines, it’s about being human as a leader, and being prepared to wear your humility with pride, is something that I’ll certainly take away from Connect.”
"The 'eureka moment' for me on the Wavelength Connect programme has been the discovery that my purpose isn’t going to come from outside of me, that for it to be authentic, it's already within me. The presenters have been amazing. What’s really resonated with me is their personal stories and how they’ve explained their leadership journey, developing resilience, and understanding how to bring vulnerability into their roles. In an era where a lot of things are virtual, the in person element of the Wavelength programme has been so engaging, so refreshing. I’ve been really blown away."
Wavelength is a leadership programme with a difference – immersive, thought-provoking, inspiring and challenging. If you want a completely different learning experience, away from the traditional classroom – this is for you. Whether in a yurt deep in the countryside or touring around the country to look ‘behind the brand’ to learn from some of the most innovative and exciting brands, there is something to learn for everyone. Personally, it gave me inspiration and time to reflect on my leadership purpose; to consider the impact and outcome of each decision I am taking; to cut through the task list and really think about the value I am bringing to each interaction.
Innovation is what we, as a company, pride ourselves on. Our ability to think differently is what keeps us ahead, so going into the trip that’s what I was looking for. A new perspective. And I got it. The programme’s unique structure gives us genuinely immersive experiences inside a broad spectrum of extraordinary companies. We witness first-hand how the best-of-the-best operate around, for example, product development, customer experience or people and culture. The focus is on interpretation of principles over execution, in order to stimulate fresh thinking that can begin to shift the dial from the very first day we return to HQ. If you’re not operating from the outside in, you become very isolated in your thinking. Looking at companies that have absolutely nothing to do with what you’re doing day to day helps to make that mindset shift.
The Wavelength USA experience is truly remarkable; opening doors to incredible speakers, great thought leaders and a superb network of connections. It’s an experience that brings insight and thought-provoking exposure to the latest technologies both in the market and under development. The experience and interaction with top level, business-driven executives really encourages delegates to embrace innovation, challenge their own business model in the face of disruptive technologies and fundamentally assess the way they think about business. An extraordinarily well managed programme that hit the mark in many ways.
Thank you for doing such a masterful job with the panel this morning. It’s always tough to bring four disparate voices together, but your preparation, skills and knowledge shone through.
Your own participation received one of the two highest ratings for the Summit overall at 4.23 out of 5, together with much very favourable written and verbal feedback. On behalf of Fidelity International I would like to thank you sincerely for your significant contribution towards making this year’s Summit a success.
Catherine joined as a keynote speaker on one of our webinars. She is a truly engaging presenter and positioned her advice and knowledge perfectly to the audience. Catherine has been a brilliant to support to Bupa UK Insurance and we look forward to continuing to work together.
Dave’s remarks at our Top 100 Executive retreat were so well received that we asked him to be the keynote at our annual Top Performers Awards Event in Cancun two months later. His passion for, and experience in, building and sustaining a world class service culture came through loud and clear. He is a compelling and authentic communicator.
Drew was brilliant. We had an audience of 100, mostly small building companies who were very sceptical of a head teacher talking for two hours. All loved the session and felt they would take positive information back into their business. I would highly recommend him!
The event went great - Dawn is such an inspiration, she is such a straight talker, so much of what she had to say really resonated with the room and we had such great feedback from our attendees, everyone left feeling empowered. Many thanks to you Sarah Dryden and to Dawn, you were both really engaged from the start, incredibly responsive and all around a pleasure to work with.
'Inspiration occurs when you meet the world openly... with something on your mind'. I'm at a week-long life-changing immersive trip with Wavelength in Dallas and San Francisco learning from tech and culture firms and leaders - and I'm already planning on taking a ton of things back to WWF-UK. Today & yesterday were Google Cloud Meta on big data and a culture of innovation, plus Steve Cadigan & Barbie Brewer on future of work. The metaverse was a trip!
Steve blew me away the first time we met. His honesty, passion and obsession about the power of people in the workplace opened my eyes to the possibilities open to great businesses with great people who work together on a common goal. Steve tells with candour the story of Linked In from start up to IPO. He has engaged audiences at my request from C-Suite to front line employees and inspired them to create environments where best people flourish and create real value. I overheard one employee leaving Steve’s talk saying “I get it…it’s all about people!
The USA programme worked extremely well and gave my team and I a great opportunity to connect with many entrepreneurs, businesses and ideas. We now approach innovation differently at Tesco from both an organisational and cultural perspective.
Adrian was one of the best speakers we have had at our staff leadership conference. He absolutely knocked it out the park and stimulated thinking and action on what makes a high performing organisation. Would definitely recommend him to any organisation wanting to stretch their thinking.
Adrian's session was extremely thought provoking and enabled great debate, providing us the opportunity to step back and think about how we can address the challenges that are being seen across the talent landscape and shift in people’s behaviours since the pandemic. Adrians's ability to navigate all the different external perspectives across multiple industries, whilst making it relevant to our sector was brilliant.
Adrian in his energetic way opened our minds to the emerging technology that will have a tremendous impact on how businesses will evolve. His ability to compress the big picture and make it real as well as relevant definitely woke up the leadership. Adrian’s convincing and engaging manner certainly got us thinking! Thank you Adrian for coming all the way to share your wisdom and get us thinking.
For our participants, Inspire has become like a ‘cultural book club’ – every month our participants dial into the sessions from inspiring speakers, and then come together to discuss, reflect and think about application.
We couldn’t have asked for a better concept. The speakers have been of the highest calibre and quality, the discussions are powerful, rich and thought-provoking and one of the added bonuses has been the variety of other
organisations going through the experience and the chance to share in our own breakouts.
The ability to hear world-class leaders share their honest and insightful stories and interact with other likeminded leaders on Wavelength webinars is a unique and powerful way to equip yourself with the knowledge to lead effectively through challenging times.
Inspire makes you lift your head, look out, and consider what the future holds. Learning from international leaders challenges usual thinking patterns and stimulates you to consider what is the art of the possible for your own organisation.
Every time I work with the SpeakersHub team, I'm blown away by the quality of people on their roster and the access they have to a who's-who of innovative, provocative and leading edge thinkers and leaders. If you want to build knowledge and get insight from people who are at the very top of the latest thinking and leaders in their field then Sarah and the team are the people to talk to.
The Wavelength USA experience was second to none. I was inspired to challenge the status quo by witnessing first hand organizations and leaders that were fearless about being disruptive, innovative and forward thinking while preserving their core. A brilliant journey.
My experience with Wavelength USA was incredibly thought provoking and engaging. I did not appreciate until I returned how the attention to detail on every aspect of our experiential learning journey was carefully orchestrated to allow me to fully immerse myself in the experience and not sweat the details - it was like having a concierge on my journey to the future. Bravo - highly recommend.
Think you don’t have time to take a week out of your busy diary for the Wavelength USA experience? I did. Think again, this is truly a remarkable experience that left me with a long list of insights, practical tips and emerging business and technology themes where I need to probe deeper. Even better, I met a range of peers from different industries and countries who really challenged my thinking. Outstanding.
Connecting with fellow leaders from corporates, charities and government authorities was an enriching experience. Wavelength has awoken my consciousness on how I can make a difference in the world.
Connect helped me navigate a time of profound change - for my industry, my company and for myself. It could not have come at a better time, and proved to be a real anchor and inspiration in a time of immense uncertainty.
Adrian managed to engage the entire team spellbound for about 90 minutes with fascinating case studies from Silicon Valley, Asia, Europe and other markets. His stories are awesome, his insights fascinating and his presentation very energetic. He helped us to connect the dots between banking to biotech to robotics to space, and took us on a roller-coaster ride through different industries and countries. I would highly recommend Adrian as a motivational speaker at corporate meetings, customer presentations and strategy offsites – he is guaranteed to send pulses racing and get ideas bubbling!
Wavelength's application, thinking and diversity of learning from leaders was transformative. Our peer group on the USA programme was first class and relationships were built across the globe. The application of what we learnt at an executive and board level was invaluable.
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