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Executive Masterclass: Wilful Blindness

When and where?
Thursday 06 December 2018, The Tower Hotel, St Katharine's Way, London, E1W 1LD More info

Wilful Blindness will be led by the author and businesswoman Margaret Heffernan. 

Registration will open at 10.00, with the day starting promptly at 10.30. The programme will close at 16.30.

Location: The Tower Hotel, St Katharine's Way, London, E1W 1LD

For information on the other sessions in the Executive Masterclass series please use this link: Executive Masterclass

£250.00 Advance HE LGM Members Fee
£315.00 Advance HE LGM Non Members Fee
  1. Overview
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  4. Margaret Heffernan and Vijaya Nath

How do organisations think? Explore the all-too-human thought patterns including conflict avoidance and selective blindness, which can sometimes lead organisations and managers astray.

This Executive Masterclass will be led by Margaret Heffernan, a former chief executive officer of five businesses and author of the 2011 bestselling book Wilful Blindness: why we ignore the obvious at our peril.

What will you do?

  • Hear from Margaret Heffernan as she examines her international cross-sector work and research in Wilful Blindness and how this relates to creating healthy cultures in high education.
  • Take part in a practical exercise led by Margaret Heffernan and Vijaya Nath, Associate, Advance HE which will enable you to reflect on and explore tensions and challenges within your organisation that are not easily surfaced.
  • Discuss, without needing to defend or promote, your organisation’s corporate moral predicament
  • Using a tested model, you will develop the tools to raise value conflicts and difficult issues with your peers, senior colleagues, stakeholders and governors, whilst maintaining and developing constructive relationships.

What is Wilful Blindness?
Why, after every major accident and blunder, do we look back and say: How could we have been so blind? Why do some people see what others don't? And how can we change? How do we create a 'just culture'? Margaret Heffernan examines the phenomenon of willful blindness, exploring the reasons that individuals and groups are blind to impending personal tragedies, corporate collapses, engineering failures-even crimes against humanity.
Quote on Margaret Heffernan’s Book ‘Wilful Blindness: Why we ignore the obvious at our peril’ (2012)

Both in Europe and the US  "85% of people know there are issues at work, but won't say anything, that's a lot of blindness," explains Margaret Heffernan. At this Executive Masterclass you will find out what wilful blindness is and leave the session with an improved sense of how you can create a culture at your institution that combats wilful blindness.

Margaret Heffernan is a prize winning author, and TED Speaker, whose talks have been viewed over 6 million times:

Executive Masterclass Series:

Wilful Blindness is one of our two Executive Masterclasses taking place this year, to find our about the others in the series use the links below.

  • Mindful Leadership
    Led by Byron Lee
    Tuesday 30 October 2018
    What influence can Mindfulness training have on higher education? Join Byron Lee to explore its positive impact on staff and student well-being and productivity.

Location: All of the Executive Masterclasses will be taking place in central London, and within Zone 1.

Fee: £250 for Advance HE LGM Members

Executive Masterclasses are for members of senior or executive teams of higher education providers, who are looking to refresh thinking, reskill and develop new insights. Over the course of the year 2017-18 there will be five Executive Masterclasses each led by an internationally recognised expert and thought-leader in their subject.

Participants at an Executive Masterclass are most likely to be in the following roles:

  • Vice-chancellor, president, principal or chief executive
  • Pro vice-chancellor
  • Deputy vice-chancellor
  • Director
  • Registrar
  • Dean

If you would like to attend an Executive Masterclass or book a place for someone else please book online via the orange button. You'll be asked to log into MyLF using your MyLF identity. Once you're logged in MyLF will allow you to book yourself or select other delegates via a simple search option or add new delegates as required.

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The event fees include all costs associated with:

  • Lunch and refreshments during the programme times
  • Materials
  • External speakers

Leadership Foundation Fellows
Leadership Foundation Fellows are entitled to a 50% discount from one of the five Executive Masterclass series. If you are a Leadership Foundation Fellow and would like to book on one of the Executive Masterclass series, please follow the booking process above and indicate that you are an Leadership Foundation Fellow when prompted. The 50% discount will be applied during the invoicing process.

Please note this offer is non-transferable. Each Leadership Foundation Fellow is entitled to book one place on one of the five Executive Masterclasses at the 50% discount. If you would like to book additional places at the Executive Masterclass these will be charged at the full rate.

If you would like to find out more information about Leadership Foundation Fellowships, click here.

Margaret Heffernan (130x130)

Dr. Margaret Heffernan

Dr. Margaret Heffernan produced programmes for the BBC for 13 years.  She then moved to the United States of America where she spearheaded multimedia productions for Intuit, The Learning Company and Standard&Poors. She was chief executive of InfoMation Corporation, ZineZone Corporation and then iCast Corporation, was named one of the “Top 25” by Streaming Media magazine and one of the “Top 100 Media Executives” by The Hollywood Reporter.  

 The author of five books, Margaret’s third book, Wilful Blindness : Why We Ignore the Obvious at our Peril was  named one of the most important business books of the decade by the Financial Times. In 2015, she was awarded the Transmission Prize for her book, A Bigger Prize: Why Competition isn’t Everything and How We Do Better, described as ‘meticulously researched…engagingly written…universally relevant and hard to fault.’ Her TED talks have been seen by over seven million people and in 2015 TED published Beyond Measure: The Big Impact of Small Changes.

 She is lead faculty for the Forward Institute’s Responsible Leadership Programme and, through Merryck & Co., mentors CEOs and senior executives of major global organizations. She holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Bath and continues to write for the Financial Times, the New York Observer and the Huffington Post. 

Vijaya Nath

Vijaya Nath
Advance HE

Vijaya Nath is an associate of Advance HE and within this role she is programme director for the Senior Executive Leader programmes, Powerbrokers: Lifting the lid on the Westminster village, Top Programme Management and the Executive Masterclasses.

Vijaya brings over 26 years of experience in leadership development in the private and not-for-profit sectors. For the past 18 years she has worked with healthcare leaders across the UK and internationally. She has significant experience in the design of innovative leadership programmes and senior organisational development consultancy.

As director of leadership development at the King's Fund, Vijaya established a portfolio of interventions including networks, open programmes and thought leadership. She has published papers on leadership development and is a visiting professor at Milan's SDA Bocconi School of Management and a facilitator and chair for the Windsor Leadership Trust.


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