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Videos – Leading voices

Top leaders talk to Thinking the Unthinkable to encourage new thinking.

Jeffrey Sachs, Economist

Leadership going in wrong direction to thrive from new great upheavals and uncertainty. Brave leaders know they must change from fighting for short term profit & power. The common good should be the ‘real focus’ for leaders to meet the ‘bold and vital’ Sustainable Development Goals. A sobering alert from the economist Jeffrey Sachs.

Shashi Tharoor, India MP

A stark alert that leaders are creating disruption and disorder, not working to grip and overcome them. Leadership must change to avoid repeat of horrors of 20th century.

Gunter Pauli, My Blue Economy

Leaders be inspired. Be confident. Turn fantasy into vision. Break the rules and “surf the waves”. Failure is just a state of mind. Gunter Pauli of My Blue Economy explains how to face disruption & uncertainty.

Cassandra Kelly, Business Strategist

Cassandra Kelly works ‘with those who dare’. She advises leaders that it is ok to be afraid, vulnerable & not to know. Too many rely on rewards, incentives, skills, attributes that are ‘no longer sufficient for today’.

Andrew Steer, President & CEO, World Resources Institute

Leaders will be winners if they act smartly on issues like Climate Change, creating more economic and tech efficiency along with happier and healthier people.

Indra Nooyi, Former Chair & CEO, PepsiCo

CEOs are taking the first steps to rethink how companies can be a force for good in society. Indra Nooyi says they must have great courage and conviction - the time has come to act.

Peter Maurer, President, ICRC

How to overcome struggles facing leaders? Be adaptable, engage with staff, and take time out from your job. Aim to achieve consensus for change and new ways of working.

Jim Hagemann Snabe, Chair, Siemens and Maersk

Not taking risks to change now is biggest risk leadership takes. The Siemens & Maersk chairman says leaders must urgently challenge business models to ‘unleash human potential to innovate’.

Tom Fletcher, Author, Naked Diplomat

Leadership in government, business and civil society is frozen. It can’t keep up with risk. Visionary ex-top UK official Tom Fletcher says the huge majority who struggle can succeed by learning from leaders who ‘thrive as a result of changing’.

Philippe Joubert, Chair, Earth on Board

Business as usual is dead. Leaders who don’t get this will be ‘dead’ too. But with new risk - especially the climate emergency - comes big new opportunity, according to Philippe Joubert.

Andre Loesekrug-Pietri, Director, JEDI

For struggling leadership experimentation is the name of the game. Plus agility and capacity to test, redirect, stop and start again. Andre Loesekrug-Pietri, Director of the JEDI initiative to counter disruption, describes how disruption can be overcome.

Paul Cobban, Chief Transformation Officer, DBS Bank

The three things all leaders can learn from DBS Bank's Paul Cobban: have high expectations, create psychological safety for staff and step aside and let them get on with it.

Paul Polman, Chair, International Chamber of Commerce

Paul Polman speaks to Thinking the Unthinkable founder and director Nik Gowing at the IMD Business School in Lausanne on 29 August 2019

Julie Baddeley, Chair, Chapter Zero

Chapter Zero is a new, fast-growing network of company chairs and directors. Its Chair, Julie Baddeley, wants leaders to be mobilised urgently to act on the Climate Emergency.

Lord Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal

Business leaders and politicians must think far more boldly and longer term to embrace the huge challenges in a world where things are changing in an ‘unprecedented way’.

Hans-Paul Burkner, Chair, Boston Consulting Group

Hans-Paul Burkner spoke to TtU's Nik Gowing about the change in attitude of the global leaders gathered at the World Economic Forum in Davos 2019.

Halla Tomasdottir, CEO, The B Team

Halla Tomasdottir spoke to TtU's Nik Gowing at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos in 2019. She said business as usual is not an option for today's leaders.

Mohamed ElBaradei, Nobel Peace Prize winner

The former Vice President of Egypt and Nobel Peace Prize winner says leaders must pass the baton to the younger generation and create a new class of leadership.

José Manuel Barroso, Former President, European Commission

Leaders are failing to adapt in this moment of ‘great transformation’, says José Manuel Barroso. They must leave their bubble & understand the global trends shaping the future of mankind.

Anna Gong, CEO, Perx

Anna Gong on why leaders fail to handle disruption and resist innovation. How leaders who claim to be innovators or accelerators often are not.