Change Catalyst Leadership Programme

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Category: Company News Development Leadership Speaker
Published: 30th January 2018

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On November 29th 2017, we launched the Change Catalyst Leadership Programme at London’s Here East! The first module was led by best-selling author, coach, and expert on change management, Professor Damian Hughes, and focused on the importance of personal and organisational change.

In this group of like-minded leaders sharing learning experiences together, the delegates explored topics such as understanding the importance of emotional intelligence when dealing with change, displaying behaviours that inspire trust and confidence, and how to project your authentic leader self; not a persona.

We believe that our learning experiences should be supported in a modern way! Adventurer, coach & speaker, Paula Reid, introduced our innovative mobile app to the delegates and explored how it can support the learning journey. With collaboration being one of the most important factors when implementing change, the set-up and atmosphere of the venue lend themselves well to this, and the app means delegates can interact before and after the session, with each other and with the facilitators.

Damian guided the delegates through the session, exploring how to influence organisations and individuals towards change, how to communicate that vision and how to handle the inevitable resistance to change – after all, we are creatures of habit! It’s then important to monitor the impact and progress of change and consolidate the gains. With the programme limited to 75 places, this is an exciting and exclusive opportunity for those already in leadership roles looking to progress their career and focuses on some of the most important leadership challenges today.

Here’s what some delegates on the course had to say about the first session:


“Inspiring day with Raise the Bar and Professor Damian Hughes.”


“Thanks to Professor Damian Hughes and Raise the Bar for a thought-provoking session, great feedback all round too.”


“First session at Change Catalyst yesterday, some great psychological techniques from Damian Hughes.”


“Such a great balance of theory…stories, Q&A and networking. Loved the first session, can’t wait for Laila’s on January 24th!”

change catalyst Session 2

The second session of our Change Catalyst Leadership Programme took place on January 24, and was just as successful as the first! This session focussed on Disruption and was led by exponential technology expert and one of Europe’s leading thinkers on innovation and customer service, Laila Pawlak.

Laila explored how to lead through uncertainty and ambiguity, how to demonstrate decisive leadership, and unveiled the secrets from exponential organisations such as Tesla and AirBnb. Laila looked at the industries and companies that are leading the way in sustainability and humanitarian goals, such as young inventor Boyan Slat’s Ocean Cleanup and Impossible Food’s Impossible Burger – a burger that looks and smells like meat but is made entirely from plants.


“The future we create depends on the challenges we dare to take on today” – Laila Pawlak


Laila also used The Fundamental 4’s Model to examine how becoming better is what drives us as human beings to continuously develop the world we live in… The model explores how our motivations can be used to enhance the customer experience, and, using the Raise the Bar supporting app, Laila asked delegates to think about their internal and external customers prior to the session so that these could be explored these using the F4 model in greater detail.

Here’s what some of the delegates had to say about Laila’s session and the Change Catalyst Programme:

“What attracted me to Change Catalyst is the idea of being able to connect with people from all different industries to exchange ideas and to hear from specialist speakers in their areas”


“Great session. I am currently redesigning a workshop I’m running next week to stretch the team following the session”


“Great session and great discussions afterwards”


“In my team, I am a bit of a disruptor so, being here, I feel like I might have a bit of a kindred spirit! We aren’t the biggest player in our industry so we have to learn how to be disruptive, and it’s not easy, we are fighting against multi-million dollar organisations from around the world… So being a disruptor is really important to us”

Our next session takes place on March 14 and will be led by the author of ‘The Chimp Paradox’, Professor Steve Peters. This is a unique opportunity to hear from one of the greatest minds in this field and will help leaders manage their own emotions, increase their self-awareness and give them strategies to help manage individuals who work in their teams.

If you’re interested in booking places for the second cohort of this innovative an exclusive programme, with sessions led by Professor Damian Hughes, Professor Steve Peters, Laila Pawlak, James Kerr and Kirsty Mac, click below to find out more information and to secure your place!

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