Stephen Carver

Stephen is rated as one of the top three lecturers at one of Europe’s top MBA Business Schools. He has a reputation of taking complex management concepts such as project, programme and crisis management and being able to distil them down, into highly informative and fun lectures - often using “storytelling” techniques. His attitude is “if you haven’t done it – you shouldn’t be teaching it!”

Unusually, for an academic, he has actually has spent most of his working life in real business and still runs his own, highly successful, project management company (his client list now reads like the FTSE/Dow top 100!)

Stephen is an unusual blend of academic, businessman and teller of tales. He has taught around the world and has appeared on national radio and TV as well as the stage of the Royal Albert Hall!

Presentation synopsis: Fear of flying

This lecture has been showcased by the PMI, the Association for Project Management, Heathrow Airport and NATS amoungst many others. It takes the very latest academic research into project and programme complexity and uses a “flying” analogy to explain how to manage complexity in an optimal way. It covers:

  • Projects vs programmes
  • Risk complexity
  • Leadership in difficult times
  • Managing uncertainty
  • Dynamic environments
  • Strategic visioning
  • Stakeholder engagement

Change is risk – but it is also opportunity. Project and programme management are the conventional tools for managing risk, but recent cutting edge research at one of the UKs top Business Schools has identified that these conventional methods could be missing more than half the picture in the dynamic and complex environments that we currently navigate.

Using the analogy of flying (and based on his latest academic work), Stephen leads this fast moving and fun session looking at how projects and programmes can be managed in different ways and so improve risk management approaches.

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