Chaired by Lord Hastings CBE (Global Head of Citizenship, KPMG International) and hosted by Richard Godden (Corporate Partner, Linklaters), The Relational Lens book launch will take place on Monday 24th October 6pm at Linklaters, 1 Silk St, London, EC2Y 8HQ.
The short programme will include contributions from the following speakers:
Charles Tilley OBE, the Executive Chairman of the Chartered Global Management Accountant Research Foundation; and former Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants; speaking on "Why financial data alone is insufficient in understanding and managing companies", including his experience of the use of the Relational Proximity Framework and its impact.
Jonathan Labrey, Chief Strategy Officer, International Integrated Reporting Council, speaking on "Integrated reporting: The progress to date", including the need to strengthen social and relational dimensions.
Tim Young, Relational Strategist at Renuma, and Jo Giles, Strategy Implementation Manager, National Grid Gas Distribution on "How using the model has improved stakeholder relationships in National Grid";
Rob Loe, Director, Relational Schools, on "How assessing relationships in schools is improving outcomes";
Roy Childs, Managing Director, Team Focus: and John Ashcroft, Research Director, Relationships Foundation (two of the book authors), on "How unpacking the ‘black box’ of relationships can enable more informed dialogue and more actionable information".
Endorsements of The Relational Lens:
Andy Haldane, Chief Economist of the Bank of England: “There is widening acceptance that organisations – large and small, public and private, commercial and charitable – may be failing to meet the wider needs of their societal stakeholders. This has, in some cases, caused a rupturing of trust, a loss of social licence. To restore trust, organisations will need to look at themselves through an entirely different lens – a Relational Lens. This book not only provides a compelling rationale for doing so. It equips companies with the tools to begin the slow process of rebuilding trust, relationship by relationship".
Jean-Pierre Lehmann, D.Phil, Emeritus Professor of International Political Economy, IMD, Switzerland: “Had the Volkswagen engineers and managers read The Relational Lens before installing the software in some eleven million diesel cars in order to cheat emission tests, they might have thought twice… It’s too late for current VW engineers and managers, but I hope future generations of engineers, managers, directors, presidents, deans, all people with multiple stakeholder responsibility will see The Relational Lens as essential reading.”
Ansie Ramalho, King IV Project Lead, Institute of Directors in Southern Africa: “The Relational Lens supplements the approach to corporate governance in South Africa beautifully. One of the notions underpinning the King III Code is the African concept of Ubuntu which is captured by the expression ‘uMuntu ngumuntu ngabantu’ – ‘I am because you are; you are because we are’. It is a recognition of the relational nature of our human-ness. As the authors illustrate so well, the relational is pervasive and this is as true for organisational and governmental endeavour as it is for the individual. The value of The Relational Lens lies in taking relationships from the realm of the abstract to the concrete through liberal use of case studies and examples. We all can work towards better relationships for the greater good.”
Lindsay Tanner, former Minister of Finance in Australia: "All organisations – whether public or private – are complex webs of human relationships dedicated to a common purpose. The Relational Lens explains how our organisations actually work: it is essential reading for anyone with management responsibilities in government, charitable and corporate sectors.”
The book launch is by invitation and a few places remain. Applications for invitations may be made to: firstname.lastname@example.org