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How good leaders turn crisis into advantage

With Edwin van Vlierberghe

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Edwin is an acknowledged thought leader in workplace innovation with a highly successful track record to back it up. He managed to transform a traditional tram producing plant into the most productive site in the Bombardier multi-national family. In his most recent role, he was asked to lead the cultural transformation of global procurement and the company’s supply chain to create a “shining island” of good practice.

During this masterclass, Edwin will explore the leadership actions and behaviours required to position companies for a sustainable future. He will examine evidence and experience to show how good leaders turn crisis to advantage by taking the long view, unleashing workforce potential and avoiding damaging short-term thinking.

According to Edwin: “It is entirely possible to create a workplace environment where people are not only able but willing to use their creativity to bring about improvements in performance and solve issues on a daily basis while implementing new and innovative ways of working. Isn’t that what good leaders do?”

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What’s included:

  • Interactive 90 minute webinar with an industry leading top speaker.

  • Practical sessions with tools and resources to takeaway.

  • Q&A session with the speaker.

  • Free registration to the next 5 masterclasses (worth £250)

  • Complete access to all resources from the Masterclasses including full presentation and webinar recording.

  • Annual subscription to Fresh Thinking Labs (worth £50), Workplace Innovation’s interactive platform, where you can network with speakers, other delegates and Fresh Thinking Lab Community to share experiences and best practice from around the globe. Unlimited access to virtual Communities, virtual In-Company Learning Journeys, Wellbeing drop ins, Challenge workshops and once COVID restrictions are lifted In-Person Company Events.

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Guest speaker

Edwin Van Vlierberghe
Formerly Global VP, Bombardier.

Edwin has faced many challenging situations in his varied career. Until recently, Edwin led Bombardier’s Global Procurement and Supply Chain and was responsible for some 15,000 people. Previously he was CEO of the Belgian division (a plant in Bruges with 900 persons). He managed to transform this whole traditional tram producing plant into the most productive site in the Bombardier family. In his most recent role, he was asked to lead the cultural transformation of global procurement and the company’s supply chain to create a “shining island” of good practice.

Your Facilitators

Dr Peter Totterdill
Founding Director
Workplace Innovation Europe

Dr Peter Totterdill is a Founding Director of Workplace Innovation Europe CLG, a not-for-profit organisation created to help public and private sector organisations achieve enhanced performance and better working lives. A leading European expert in workplace innovation, Peter’s career has focused on building bridges between research and practice. He has led many successful innovation and change initiatives in both private and public sector organisations. Peter was previously a Research Professor at Nottingham Trent University, and has held Visiting Professorships at Kingston University London and Mykolas Romeris University Vilnius.
Rosemary Exton

Rosemary Exton
Founding Director
Workplace Innovation Europe

Rosemary Exton is a Founding Director of Workplace Innovation Europe CLG. Her experience of workplace innovation dates back to 2002, and builds on many years’ experience as a clinician, manager and trade unionist in the UK’s National Health Service where she instigated, drove and delivered many complex change and improvement initiatives. Rosemary has played key roles in several international research and development projects, whilst simultaneously delivering leadership development programmes and facilitating organisational change in diverse companies and public sector organisations across Europe.
Natalie Wilkie

Natalie Wilkie
Organisational Development Specialist
Workplace Innovation Europe

Natalie Wilkie is an organisational development specialist with Workplace Innovation Europe CLG. She focuses on building the emotional intelligence of leaders and teams in ways that make an impact at a fundamental level to the performance and engagement of people throughout the business, and is also a qualified and accredited psychotherapist. Natalie also brings particular experience of transformation, change, organisational cultures and innovation. Natalie recently worked at the Met Office, leading the Innovation Culture Team and heading up organisational development for the Transformation and Efficiency project.