Rob Robson is a business psychologist and consultant who uses a human, diagnostic approach to help people lead, create and embrace change. His experience spans Big 4 consulting and industry, transformation programmes and operational leadership roles and he was VP HR for Tata Technologies before starting 8Connect Consulting in 2018. Rob’s work with clients from a range of sectors including financial services, sport, charities and retail emphasises our innate changeability and focuses on the motivations that enable or act as barriers to change and organisational performance. A Chartered Psychologist, Rob studied at the Edinburgh and Exeter Universities. He originally trained in Sport Psychology and his interest in performance is a strong influence on his work in business. He also practices what he preaches, competing in masters swimming and holding multiple British Records.
Presentation: Why is Change like Kryptonite to Traditional Business Leaders?
Rob will be presenting with Susanne Evans
Change is a complex, messy affair. It’s not, as some people suggest, that people are hard-wired to resist change. The problem is the way that organisations and their leaders go about implementing change. Typically, initiatives aim for collective change whereas, in reality, people change as individuals. Individuals with different histories, perspectives, priorities and each with a unique contribution to make. When they don’t conform to the plan, they are viewed as a problem. We’ll explore some of the prevailing ideas that have driven business leadership and why they are incompatible with the reality of increasingly fast-paced and unpredictable change. We will go on to suggest ways that this could be improved by taking a more human approach that allows people to explore and engage with the change more openly through storytelling, and make sense of the motivations that enable or act as resistors to change.