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Leading in difficult & uncertain times: The Battle of Britain - 15th May 2012

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Posted by APM on 16th May 2012

Stephen Carver used the Battle of Britain to illustrate various themes, using his unique style as academic, businessman and teller of tales.

During his talk, Stephen looked at:

• Projects versus programmes
• Complexity
• Leadership in difficult times
• Managing uncertainty
• Dynamic environments
• Strategic visioning


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 UK's 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 ways in which projects and programmes can be managed in different ways to improve risk management approaches. From flying solo, to orchestrating the Battle of Britain, Stephen shows organisations how to get off the ground and lose their fear of flying with projects and programmes. This ground-breaking lecture changes perceptions of dynamic and complex risk and shows how much can be achieved by the few, for the advantage of so many!

Stephen is rated as one of the top 3 lecturers at Europe’s most successful MBA Business School, Cranfield. He has a reputation for taking complex management concepts such as project, programme and crisis management and being able to distil them 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 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 top 100!

Feedback from previous APM events where Stephen has given this talk includes:

  • 'Excellent - simple as that!'.
  • 'A master class of master classes'.
  • 'What energy'.
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