In his Keynote Speech, former BBC broadcaster Nik Gowing shares his research on the theme: “Leadership: Thinking the Unthinkable” for the 6th G1 Global Conference. Oct 21, 2016.

In June, the Brexit triggered an avalanche of events for which most leaders have been unprepared: the resignation of UK PM Cameron, a possible second referendum on Scottish independence, and havoc in the global markets, not to mention the implications for immigration, business, and the world order.
Brexit and the popularity of Donald Trump have confirmed the unthinkable that many political and corporate leaders would not even accept: the scale of public disillusionment at leaders’ assumptions that they know what is best for their people and customers. Brexit showed how out of touch the UK government was, and the strategic error of believing they held the high ground of political wisdom.
The Brexit was once “Unthinkable.” How can we learn to “Think the Unthinkable”? Nik Gowing, the former BBC broadcaster who is now a Visiting Professor at King’s College London & Nanyang University in Singapore, shares his research on this topic, as well as joining us again as the main G1 Global Facilitator. His research shows us that to respond effectively to events like this, a new type of leadership is required. For more information on “Thinking the Unthinkable,” click here.

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