Lynda Gratton Biography
Professor of Management Practice at London Business School where she directs ‘Human Resource Strategy in Transforming Companies’ – considered the world’s leading programme on human resources.
She has been chief pyschologist at British Airways, consultant at PA Consulting Group and is currently Professor of Management Practice at the London Business School. Her articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, the MIT Sloan Business Review and The Financial Times.
Her research on the future of work has involved more than 20 companies from across the world including Shell, the Coca-Cola Company and Tata Consultancy Services.
She has worked on behalf of the Singapore government and chairs the World Economic Forum council on the future models of leadership.
Current / Past Roles & Positions
- Professor of Management Practice at the London Business School
- Director of the Future of Work Research Consortium.
- Co-author with Andrew Scott of important new book “The 100 year life”
- World renowned speaker on the future of work.
Awards, Accolades, Achievements & Honours
Ranked by the Times as one of the top 20 business thinkers in the world and described by the FT as the management guru most likely to impact on the future. She was also in the top two of the Human Resources Magazine’s “HR Top 100: Most Influential” poll, and was number one in Human Resources Magazine’s Top 25 HR Most Influential UK Thinkers 2011 poll. Member of the World Economic Forum.
Her highly acclaimed 2016 book “The Hundred Year Life” co-authored with Professor Andrew Scott, was an international best seller, runner up for the FT-McKinsey book of the Year and inspired the Japanese Prime Minister to establish a Council for Living to 100 Years.
Eloquent and engaging, Lynda Gratton addresses the work we do, where our longer lives will take us and where we find meaning.
Lynda has written 8 books, all of which place people at the centre of any organization as their most important resource. “The Shift” takes a ground-breaking look at the future of work as it is transformed by globalisation and technology, “The Key” is about the impact of the changing world on organisations and leadership while “The 100 year life” asks important questions about how we will live and work in the future.
She has been involved with important research programmes into work life balance and women in management at the Centre for Women in Business at the London Business School and is the founder of the Hot Spots Movement which bridges academic and management practice to identify how companies can future-proof their working practice, to foster innovation and enhance performance.
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Testimonials for Lynda Gratton
“Lynda Gratton has captured, in a very profound way, the emerging realization of what truly matters in transforming businesses: people, purpose, and participation. In a word, democracy.”
“One of Britain’s leading lights in human resource strategy“
Lynda Gratton‘s Topics
It’s impossible to ignore the fact that those who lead corporations find themselves under increasing pressure. Many are plagued by the short-termism of the financial markets, which pushes them to prioritise efficiency, speed and profit in order to deliver shareholder value. At the same time, trust in corporations is on the decline, and ever more vocal citizens are forming themselves into worldwide communities of interest that are using the power of the crowd to influence corporate policy. And yet, while these pressures may be sweeping away some of the leadership capabilities we hold dear they are also clearing the way for new ideas about what leadership can and should be.
Management teams see strong collaborative capabilities as a must-have rather than a nice-to-have – but the conventional design of organisations is not geared towards fostering a collaborative way of working. The latest advances in research on collaboration have a lot to teach us about becoming more collaborative, including the role generosity has to play, how best to recognise and reward collaboration, and opening up the debate on diverse teams.
Today’s corporations are faced with the implications of climate change, of inequality, and of the gap between their needs and the available pool of talent. These challenges are on a greater and more global scale than ever before, and emerging at an ever-faster trajectory. Previously stable companies find themselves on shaky ground – and the negative consequences of the problems that surround them are proving difficult to reverse. How can corporations navigate these waters and continue to succeed in such a challenging environment?
The Future of Work
What will our working lives look like 20 years from now? What should we be preparing for? How will we be working, where will we be working and who will we be working with? Explore the changes we are all facing and learn about the skills and behaviours we need to learn to remain competitive.
The Hundred Year Life
We are at the dawn of the 100-year life. This creates enormous opportunities, but also significant challenges and risks. Drawing on psychological and economic research to introduce the concepts of tangible and intangible assets at the level of the individual, exploring how a three-stage career will evolve and what it means to work for up to 80 years. From the corporate perspective, we will consider what this means for selection and development, for mentoring and coaching, and how corporations are beginning to prepare for what will, without doubt, be the most significant change in human capital ever faced.