Most of what you’ve been told about leadership is out of date.
That’s according to best-selling author and “business muse”, Blaire Palmer.
Blaire knows what goes on behind the closed doors of the Boardroom. Funny, engaging, provocative and original, Blaire speaks from experience having worked deep inside some of Europe’s most well known companies as coach and confidante to CEOs and their management teams.
The plea she hears again and again from CEOs is “How do we get our people step up and really drive change?” And now she has the answer. As she says “It’s time to bust outdated myths of leadership and completely re-think what it actually takes to lead an organisation today”.
Blaire Palmer Motivational Speaker
Blaire Palmer has been described by clients and audiences as a “secret weapon”, a “business muse” and “that lady who does the leadership stuff”.
As a coach and confidante for CEOs and management teams Blaire Palmer has seen first hand what exceptional leadership looks like…and what it doesn’t. And now she has the answer to one of the most burning questions being asked in Boardrooms today – how do we get our people to step up and really drive change?
As a BBC Journalist, Blaire was one of the youngest female producers of the BBC’s flagship “Today Programme” and spent a decade breaking stories and shaping the UK news agenda before her fascination with leadership and change led her to train as one of the UK’s first corporate coaches.
More than a decade later she is the author of 3 successful books on leadership and success, in demand as a confidante and coach in some of the most interesting and innovative Boardrooms in the UK, CEO of That People Thing – a consultancy which mobilizes leaders to step up and drive change - and is now sharing her insights with audiences around the world.
Known for combining warmth and charm with a no nonsense, straight talking style, Blaire inspires audiences and leadership teams alike with her fresh ideas. Forget everything you thought leadership was about. Put all the books down! Ignore the wise words your first boss told you a million years ago. The world has changed and none of it matters now.
Blaire speaks with authority and empathy, based both on her extensive business experience and her training as a coach. Her presentations are full of energy and enthusiasm.
The Hyper-creative Personality: How to Focus Your Ideas and Become the Most Successful Person You Know, published in 2007 (New Holland)
The Recipe for Success: What Really Successful People Do and How You Can Do it Too, published in 2009. (A&C Black)
What's Wrong with Work: the five frustrations of work and how to fix them for good, Published in October 2010 (John Wiley & Sons)
Blaire is a regular guest expert on BBC Radio 2's Jeremy Vine show and has appeared on BBC Breakfast News and BBC Working Lunch. She writes a monthly column for the UK's best selling health glossy and regularly features in the Financial Times.
Blaire speaks on:
• Adapting to the pace of change
• Personal Performance
To book Blaire or request further information, please contact Helen on 01245 328303, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Blaire Palmer was everything the EAIE wanted in a leadership speaker. In only 45 minutes she was able to turn everyone’s perceptions of leadership and management on its head. By the end of her talk we were all looking at leadership in a completely different light and our audience was able to apply a new perspective to their leadership roles – exactly our reason for hiring Blaire! They learned the difference in being a manager, and being a leader.
Blaire was extremely relevant and was able to clearly and simply get her message across to our international audience. A complete professional, she was keen to research our organisation and discuss in advance what it was we were looking for in her keynote speech. This paid off as Blaire delivered exactly what we wanted in Istanbul! For someone with such an impressive CV she was delightfully down-to-earth and accommodating. She is a must have for any conference! Highly recommended!” Nicole Hardaker Conference Programme Coordinator, European Association for International Education (EAIE).
"Blaire's presentation was inspiring, relevant, fresh and fun. There was a great sense of collaboration at our Top 100 Leaders meeting today and that was, in no small way, down to the thought-provoking messages and enthusiasm that Blaire brought to the event. Just what we needed." Petar Cvetkovic, Chief Executive, DX Group
“Blaire offers a wealth of experience in her field, all relevant to todays business demands, and coupled with an engaging, warm and thought- provoking delivery style, has given me and my colleagues some valuable insights and actions to take and make a positive difference!” Kosta Christofi, Santander UK
"Anything feels possible when Blaire is in the room" Jane Ginnever, Head of Talent, Consumer Intelligence
“Great speaker – loved the subject” – @BathFilm
Reviews for What’s Wrong With Work?
′She offers practical solutions that could make a difference to our working lives.’ (Making Money, October 2010).
‘…shares the secret strategies the best managers use to make the working day better.’ (Daily Express, December 2010).
‘…a great place to start.′ (Management Today, January 2011). ,
‘… the advice is sensible, practical, even–handed and, above all, very useful…I would recommend it. ’ (SupplyManagement.com, January 2011).
‘…an insightful, smart, witty and practical guide to finding fulfillment at work.’ (Business Executive, February 2011).
‘…fascinating book…packed full of advice that could change your working life.’ (Families Journal, June 2011).
‘The message is clear – what’s right for people is right for the business’ (John Timpson, Chairman, Timpson Ltd and author of Upside Down Management)
‘An excellent, practical guide to finding fulfillment at work. With the basic premise that the only person who can make you happy at work is yourself, and a focus on believing that change is possible, managers and anyone who works would do well to read this book’ (Guy Clapperton, author of The Joy of Work? And This is Social Media)
‘If it is fast and lasting change you want, this is the book for you’ (David Taylor, author of The Naked Leader books)
‘Insightful, smart and witty. Keep this book on your desk and refer to it daily’ (Neil Mullarkey, founder of The Comedy Store Players)
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