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International Conference, Lisbon: Building and Sustaining High Performance Teams – Learning from Analogies
1–3 October 2018


Who is it for?
Senior business people, HR leaders and specialists who can see the benefit of analogies as an aid to identify, prioritise and deliver strategy and operational excellence leading to high performing teams.

We will consider the way elite sportspeople, the military and musicians come together and perform at the highest level for sustained periods, as well as glancing back to lessons from Portuguese history. The conference will challenge us to be open minded in looking at events which will provide valuable learning points for us and our organisations.

Our speakers will share their experiences from diverse activities and ask us to reflect on what we might learn from them.

Sport. Teamworking, organisation and commitment can sometimes overcome superior skills and resources but sporting winners know how to assemble resources to maximise their chances of success.

The Military. The Red Arrows continue to be the best known and most prestigious name in formation aerobatics. What keeps them successful, what are their values and how much is down to training and discipline and how much to individual competence?

Music. How does the conductor bring together a group of unfamiliar professionals and, in a short period of time, get them to work collaboratively to deliver a complex product.

History. During the age of discovery – the great sea voyages – Portugal was a world leader in managing with measured risk taking, the harnassing of resources and entrepreneurial flair. So what is different today?

Our conference will be interactive and participative with contributions from attendees providing much of the content through informal discussions and networking.

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There is a non-refundable accommodation cost of £210 + VAT per night for those who wish to stay at the conference venue. We recommend a two-night stay – Monday 1st October and Tuesday 2nd October. Please note that places at the hotel are limited.

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