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19 pearls of wisdom from IoD Open House

29 Mar 2018
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Now that the dust has settled, we’ve gathered together some of the finest pearls of wisdom and business advice along with the best one-liners from IoD Open House featuring Lady Karren Brady, the MD of Brompton Bikes, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, a co-founder of Leon Restaurants and pirates…

“While business is confronted with many challenges, you are the example of how to face them down and succeed. It can’t be repeated often enough that the members are what makes the IoD an organisation worth fighting for.” – IoD Director General Stephen Martin

“We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet.” – Dr Umang Patel quoting the late Sir Stephen Hawking in Patel’s talk on The Rise of the Robots

“Leadership shouldn’t be confused with management. Leadership is about vision. They say a real leader faces the music even when they don’t like the tune.” – Baroness Karren Brady CBE, offering six ingredients for success.

“Necessity is the mother of invention. Don’t lose it when you grow.” Brompton Bicycle MD, Will Butler-Adams

“I do not have a mandate to change Britain’s position…but we also have a mandate to express our feeling that Brexit, at best, is a process with no winners.” – Dr Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta

“If you want to get coverage, even in the ‘respectable’ papers, make an outlandish prediction about how many jobs will go because of technology.”  – Matthew Taylor, RSA Chief Executive and author of the Good Work report

“I’m registered blind. I don’t look blind. I’m wearing high heels and silver disco pants. My Dad said I don’t want her limited by that disability. So (my parents) sent me to a normal school and brought me up consciously as a sighted child. My parents have been criticised for that, but I don’t think I’m doing so bad standing here.” –  Caroline Casey, activist and entrepreneur

 “I've read quite a few books about business and what strikes me is that there are a million ways to succeed but the ways that people fail are very common.” – Henry Dimbleby, co-founder Leon Restaurants

“It’s amazing so many people are here for this session. If this was a couple of years ago we might have been talking to ourselves!” – Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson on the importance of employee wellbeing

“Teaching empathy should be an imaginative exercise – then you can empathise with people who aren’t very nice at all. Empathy gives awareness to how people are reacting.” – Sarah Stein Lubrano, Head of Content at The School of Life

“300,000 people leave work every year with a mental health conditions – the equivalent to the population of Newcastle.”  – Paul Farmer, CEO of Mind, the UK’s leading mental health charity

“If you want to fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – Caspar Craven, adventurer, author and entrepreneur

“Never, ever, underestimate women. Women will negotiate fiercely for each other.”  – Journalist and presenter Carrie Grace on her battle for equal pay at the BBC

“Follow the money: in the UK there are more and more Chinese tourists and students. Property prices are being sharpened by Chinese investment. For example, in Salford, there is an influx of Chinese university students, whose parents buy property in the area.” – Jon Geldart, Executive Director: Greater China, Grant Thornton International

“I always say it’s not artificial intelligence that worries me, it’s natural stupidity.” – Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt, Chairman, The Open Data Institute

“The biggest problem facing health is the assumption that ‘it’ll never happen to me.’ Lifestyle-relate diseases that hit people in their 50s and 60s do so because the damage is built up in their 20s and 30s. We must encourage behaviour change in younger generations.” – Richard Holmes, Director of Wellbeing at Westfield Health

“This is a watershed moment for our country.” – Brexit minister, Robin Walker MP

“During the Golden Age, pirates were figureheads of innovation and pioneers of change.” – Sam Conniff Allende, the author of Be More Pirate, on why Blackbeard is a role model for today’s aspiring business leaders

“If you think you’re too small to make an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito!” – Ella’s Kitchen founder and CEO, Paul Lindley


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