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IFAL in Conversation with Bob Garratt

  • 7 Feb 2024
  • 11:00 (UTC)
  • Online in Zoom


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IFAL in Conversation

Bob Garratt

Join us for a conversation with renowned leadership consultant, Bob Garratt, as he shares his unique and personal journey in the realm of leadership development. Bob will delve into the nuances of his career, which has spanned five continents and encompassed a diverse range of leadership challenges.

Bob's journey is a testament to the organic and unpredictable nature of work and life. His path from blissful unawareness to engaging in meaningful debates with international leaders is more akin to a dynamic adventure than a structured career trajectory. This presentation will offer insights into Bob's approach, in which humorously he describes 'career' as being more a verb in his life than a noun. Alongside his life partner, Sally Garratt, Bob has 'careered' around the globe, helping clients to navigate complex organizational leadership issues.

Their distinctive blend of Design, Action Learning, Organisational Development, and Corporate Governance has been pivotal in addressing these challenges, and Bob will reflect on the processes rather than the content of these experiences. The session promises a deeper understanding of Bob and Sally’s developmental journey, complete with successes, doubts, and continuous learning.

Join us for this unique opportunity to gain valuable insights from Bob's extensive experience and his fascinating, somewhat unconventional career path in leadership development.

About Bob

Bob is a ‘pracademic’ – a businessman and director who has always kept one foot in academia to ensure that he keeps his clients’, and himself, honest. He has consulted at the highest levels in some 40 countries and been chairman of consultancies in Hong Kong, Singapore and London. He has worked with the International Monetary Fund, Washington DC, the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority, and given evidence to the UK Treasury Select Committee on the Restructuring of the corporate governance of the Bank of England. His background spans architectural and community education at the Architectural Association School, London, Ulster College, Belfast, and then into top management and board review and development through The General Electric Company’s action learning-based Developing Senior Managers Programme. He was on the faculties of The Judge Institute of Management, University of Cambridge, and Imperial College, London.

He is a Professor Extraordinaire at the University of Stellenbosch and chairs its centre for Corporate Governance in Africa; and he is a Visiting Professor at Cass Business School, London University. He was an External Examiner for the Chartered Director examinations at the Institute of Directors, London; and is Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants. His public awards include the 2015 Outstanding Achievement prize from the Global Forum For Leadership, Organisational Development and Business-driven Action Learning. In 2006 he won the Indian Business Excellence Writing Award and in 2002 he won the European Business Forum and PwC/IBM Shareholder Value Corporate Governance prize.

Together with Sally Garratt and Professor Max Boisot, he created the China-EEC Management Programme – the first Chinese MBA programme – in Beijing in 1983; and in 1992 they created the ASEAN-EU Management Centre in Brunei Darussalam.

Source: accessed 9/1/2024


IFAL in Conversation is a live online event that connects the best current Action Learning thinking, writing or practice, from around the world in an engaged informal format.

The event lasts 90 minutes and takes place on the Zoom platform. This includes time for the Conversation, Q&A with the audience, followed by small breakout rooms for reflection and further discussion. The event is recorded and made available to IFAL members in the Members Area of the IFAL website.

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