8 Leadership Team Foundations to Thrive in Today’s Dynamic World15th May 2015


This event, held at the Time Inc. offices at the Blue Fin Building in London, was designed to enable senior leaders to gain clarity about the leadership challenges they face and to explore the 8 Foundations we believe are required to provide organisational leadership that effectively sustains business competitiveness.

Our research this year has focused on the challenges faced by CEOs and Leadership Teams to enable their businesses to perform, given the increasing pace and scale of change. Our recently published report revealed that 77% of senior managers are not confident that there is a leadership team in place and/or working effectively to deliver strategic change and 85% of senior managers are not confident that they are executing strategy effectively.

Agenda & Speakers

Our guest speaker was Fiona Dent, Managing Director of Time Inc. UK’s (formerly IPC Media) brands in the lifestyle sector which include some of the most famous media brands in the UK, including Now, Chat, Woman’s Weekly, What’s on TV and TV Times and homes portfolio, which includes Ideal Home, Living and Style At Home.

Fiona joined IPC Media in 1992, and has held a number of senior marketing and publishing roles. From 2003 to 2006, she was publishing director of Country Life and Horse & Hound. In January 2006, Fiona was appointed publishing director of Wallpaper, the internationally-renowned design, interiors and lifestyle magazine, where she led the brand to a record performance during its 10th Anniversary year, and developed the highly successful wallpaper.com.

Fiona was promoted to the board in May 2007, as managing director of IPC TX, IPC’s market-leading TV weeklies group, and was named managing director of IPC Connect, IPC’s mass market women’s division, in February 2009.  In January 2010, IPC Media restructured, with Fiona taking responsibility for an expanded Connect portfolio, including the TV weeklies brands. In June 2014, IPC Media removed the three publishing divisions, Inspire, Connect and Southbank, with Fiona heading up IPC’s lifestyle brands.


0900-0930  Arrival – tea & coffee

0930-1015  Welcome, introductions, agenda and presentation of high level research findings

1015-1045  Fiona Dent, Managing Director of Time Inc:
Developing a leadership team capable of leading significant transformation’ (includes Q&A)

1045-1110 Break – tea & coffee

1110-1245Exploring the 8 Foundations for success’ – table group discussions

1245-1310 Table group feedback and observations.  Actions and conclusions

1315-1430 Hot buffet lunch + close


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“The event provided a thought provoking introduction, a practical business example, case study in table groups and some networking including the excellent lunch.“

“The opportunity to discuss real issues with other professionals.“

“What I learnt from the participants is better than any leadership course that I have attended.“

“Hearing about the challenges faced by other companies helped me realise that my company is not alone in this area.”

“This event allowed me to think about the bigger picture and see the world not just through my own business’s perspective.”