“A sense of wonder” – art and science within management development: A workshop with Roger Niven

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“A sense of wonder” – art and science within management development:  A workshop with Roger Niven

Time: May 5, 2016 from 2pm to 4:30pm
Location: Roots and Shoots, London
Street: Kennington
City/Town: London SE11 6DN
Website or Map: https://www.google.com/maps/p…
Phone: 020 7587 1131
Event Type: workshop, (post, amed, agm)
Organized By: Roger James Niven
Latest Activity: May 4, 2016

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                “At the individual level choice takes place within a specific mindset, a context, that determines how we approach strategy….So our strategies will need to discern the patterns in what appears to be chaos”.

Ketan Patel: ‘The Master Strategist’


Roger writes

Delivering Management Development programmes poses many challenges. One is the need to integrate such diverse disciplines as business strategy and self-awareness, financial acuity and communication.  Another is facilitating engagement in sensitive discussions amongst people who may differ by or in experience, gender, cultural background, type preference, age or organisational role.

This workshop explores an approach pioneered recently with three business schools.  Perhaps counter-intuitively, it uses art, artefacts, history, and maps, to stimulate conversations that generate fresh insights into strategic thinking in organisations. Such conversations may better enable us to explore often competing theories of strategy and leadership as a complex system.

I offer this experimental approach as a potential tool for leadership and management development.   It reflects my personal belief that greater awareness of the legacies and culture of other peoples, both within countries and across continents, is important. Each of us is constrained by our own race, gender, and background.  Hence, if we are to create organisational strategies that are appropriate to the 21st century, we must look harder and listen more.  Only then can we advance robust business models and behavioural theories that have relevance for the people we seek to employ and serve.

Please come prepared share your own perceptions as we seek to recreate some of the “Age of Wonder” (as described by Richard Holmes) of the 18th century when poets were chemists, astronomers were artists, and all faced “the beauty and terror of science”; which transformed the world then - and similarly may yet save the world now.

About Roger

Roger was a senior operational manager with British Airways before training as a strategy consultant in the USA and subsequently working in Europe and internationally. He then joined a London based bank and now works as an independent.

He is an associate consultant with the School of Management at Cranfield University where he focuses on strategic execution, managing complexity, and programme management. Until 2014 he was a Fellow of the Centre for Leadership Studies at the University of Exeter. He is an occasional faculty member for the Bled School of Management in Slovenia.

Why the fancy dress in the photograph? This will be explained in the workshop.

Further details about Roger may be found on www.tmch.co.uk or through his entries on LinkedIn. If you would like any more information about the workshop Roger may be contacted via E mail roger.niven@tmch.co.uk.  

Everyone is welcome (not just AMED Members), so please feel free to spread the word.


There is no charge for this event as the costs will be covered by our AGM Meeting taking place prior this workshop.

RSVP: If you can, please indicate your intentions in the RSVP panel on the right hand side of this Events web page by 29th April (earlier if possible). Please note that we publicise events different platforms.  So the RSVPs you see on this web page do not represent everyone who is coming.

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Comment by Linda Williams on May 4, 2016 at 7:50

Looking forward to meeting you all tomorrow.  You are welcome to join us for the AGM which starts at 1 pm and finishes by 1.45 pm. Have a safe journey. Linda

Comment by Roger James Niven on April 22, 2016 at 5:38

I have been having some Walter Mitty moments over the past couple of weeks. In trying to both get fit for some charity cycle rides and prepare for the AMED workshop.

In pursuit of these goals I have been pretending I am in the same league as variously Albert Einstein, Sir Bradley Wiggins or a Hindu Rishi! All very fanciful delusions of course and another sign that my dotage approaches.

However, if anyone would like some insight into some of the themes that might be touched on at 'Roots and Shoots' in the workshop in May some brief reflections are shown on my LinkedIn profile page.

Comment by Roger James Niven on April 15, 2016 at 8:19

Dear Julie,

Thank you for your words of encouragement. I put a short posting on LinkedIn today outlining the challenge I feel in bringing together some very diverse threads in such a short space of time, and also in an engaging manner.

I have been partly rescued by re-reading Ben Irvine's book "Einstein and the Art of Mindful Cycling" which both got me back in the saddle and rekindled my own curiosity as to how we might better understand the views and feelings of people who may differ from ourselves, and,more importantly perhaps, enjoy the wonder of such differences.

I wish you and your daughter well at the festival, and if the dates do not clash we may perhaps yet meet at 'Roots and Shoots'.

Thanks again and best wishes,


Comment by Linda Williams on April 15, 2016 at 3:33

Hi Julie,

Keep us posted. We have 12 confirmed so far for the Workshop and have room for more. Event taking place in the main hall.

Thank you, Linda

Comment by Julie Allan on April 13, 2016 at 3:36

Just to say that I absolutely think these approaches are needed as part of organisational development, perhaps particularly in these times of migrations and perceived threat from 'the other'.  We need to be better at seeing and understanding the many methods that have fashioned (and still shape) our inheritances and how these enable and constrain our abilities to co-learn and co-create.  Thanks for this fab offer.  And if I'm not there it's because I have to be with daughter2 who is singing in a festival (actual date yet to be confirmed).  Here's hoping. Best. Julie.

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