Sally Bibb: Biography highlights

Sally Bibb is an award-winning business author, keynote speaker and founding director of Engaging Minds, a strengths consultancy.

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Sally Bibb’s background

She leads strengths-based organisational change work in Europe, USA and Asia, and has a track record of achieving transformational results for her clients.

Sally is one of the leaders of the global strengths revolution that’s transforming both the cultures of organisations and people’s lives. Her subject is relevant and now.

Sally brings a unique combination of insight, rigour and practical success in leading organisational transformation projects that have save organisations millions and make an astonishing impact on metrics such as employee engagement, staff turnover, productivity, sick rates and customer service.

As a senior leader, entrepreneur and consultant she has a depth of understanding of how to unlock people’s talents to make organisations great.

Her career has taken her from the heady heights of being a director at The Economist where she was challenged as a leader of two major organisational transformations: digital transformation and creating a global, collaborative sales force. She was also called to raise her communications game by starting her career as an author. Her appetite for transformation was whetted and she wanted to try her hand at helping other world-class organisations. She set up her company, Engaging Minds, and brought to market a fast route to change – the strengths route – it’s catching on fast and is saving organisations millions and transforming thousands of people’s experience of work.

Sally’s ground-breaking work, inspired by a pivotal ‘light-bulb moment’ in her twenties, gives everyone the chance to discover, play to and apply their innate strengths, values and motivators. The result? They can make the best career choices, be selected for the right roles, love their jobs, thrive in the workplace, and so, be more fulfilled in their lives. For leaders, the strengths approach is the key to high performance and engaged employees.

Sally’s stories of the impact the approach has had in organisations like EY, the NHS, the Prison Service, Starbucks and Saga will surprise, inspire and galvanise you. Is it really possible that you can save millions of pounds in just a few months? And can your people (at every level) become greater at what they do and get happier in the process? Sally says yes, and, in her talks, she reveals exactly how and why.

Her definitive books Strengths-based Recruitment and Development (2016) for organisations and The Strengths Book for individuals (2017) have been hailed as evidence-based, practical and life-changing. They generously put the power of strengths approaches into the hands of everyone.

Hearing Sally speak will reveal a proven route to an engaged workforce. It will plant fresh, exciting ideas about ‘strengths’ in your mind, and the desire to try them, either for your organisation or for yourself, in your heart.

As a speaker, Sally has an engaging, conversational style and tells stories that touch people and leave them feeling empowered to discover their strengths and raise their game.

Sally has an academic grounding in organisational change as well as practical experience of leading it in demanding organisations across many sectors. She was a director at The Economist Group (publisher of The Economist magazine) before setting up Engaging Minds. She has led organisational change projects in Europe, USA and Asia Pacific.

As founder of Engaging Minds she has led organisational transformations for many well known organisations. From helping Saga to prepare for flotation on the UK stock market to removing risk from senior nurses being appointed into the wrong job, the work Engaging Minds does leads to real change. The following organisations have all benefited from the transformative effect of working with Sally and her team: the AA, EY, Grolsch, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Hospital Trust, Imperial College NHS Hospitals Trust, Lloyd’s Register, Morrisons, NHS, Ofcom, Olympics 2012, SABMiller, Saga, Sodexo Justice Services, Starbucks, The Royal Marsden Hospital, University College London Hospitals.

Engaging Minds work has been featured in many professional and consumer publications including the Health Services Journal, Nursing Standard, The Institute of Directors Magazine, HR Magazine and Elle Magazine.

Her first degree was a BA (Hons) in psychology, sociology and economics. She has an MSc in organisational change from the University of Surrey. This humanistic approach continues to inform her work and research methodologies.

Sally Bibb is a writer and award-winning author of seven books

  • The Strengths Book: Discover how to be fulfilled in your work and in life (published October 2017)
  • Strengths-based Recruitment and Development: a Practical Guide to Talent Management Strategy for Business Results (2016).
  • The Right Thing, Sally Bibb.  Wiley.com.  2010
  • Generation Y for Rookies, Sally Bibb.  Marshall Cavendish. 2010
  • Management f-Laws, Sally Bibb, Russ Ackoff and Herb Addison.  Triarchy Press.  December 2006
  • The Stone-age Company, Sally Bibb.  Cyan Books.  November 2005
  • Trust Matters, Sally Bibb, Jeremy Kourdi.  Palgrave McMillan.  February 2004.  MCA Award Winner.


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The AA and PHS Group

Sally has a wonderful speaking style that immediately grabs attention. Instantaneously likeable, she commands the respect and of her audience as a passionate, authentic expert in strengths. Easily connecting with people regardless of background, experience and level she makes the subject accessible, enjoyable and helpful to everyone.'

Lynda Greenshields
Former HR Director Saga
Financial Conduct Authority

'Sally deals with big ideas and makes change happen. She's memorable because her stories make you care. You see another way and she leaves you pumped up to do things differently.'

Ed Fox
Head of Talent
Invest Sheffield

'Sally engaged the whole audience from the very outset with her passion and belief in her subject of strengths-based talent management, which came through in a very genuine and sincere way. The examples she provided really brought its practicality and value to life. Sally undoubtedly galvanised the HR professionals present to look at how the Strengths' approach could be used to improve their talent attraction and development strategy and hence the bottom-line.'

Anne Brennan
HR Business Consultant
Southampton Business School, University of Southampton

'Sally is an Executive Faculty member of Southampton Business School. She regularly speaks at our Executive Education corporate events and has delivered several outstanding keynote addresses. Sally has provided great insights when acting as a panel member at our flagship Executive Learning Partnership Leadership Debate hosted by JP Morgan and our Annual Partner event here at the school. A lively, challenging and engaging presenter, Sally delivers unique collateral when lecturing in our learning and development programmes. Her interactive style of delivery is very engaging and thought provoking. She brings rigorous and refreshing perspectives around organisational change and leadership development. Her sessions go down extremely well with our business and academic audiences alike.'

Paul Bennett
Director of Enterprise
Sodexo Justice Services

'Passionate and very knowledgeable about her subject matter, Sally is an engaging speaker who connects easily and quickly with her audience. I have had the delight of listening to her speak on more than one occasion. She brings the strengths based concept to life with personal vignettes from her own extensive life experience. Be prepared for a captivated audience who will be stimulated to ask many questions!'

Mike Conway
Director of UK Custodial Operations
PHS Group

'Having listened to Sally in business presentations and as a speaker at her own book launch, you cannot be anything other than inspired. Sally is a very natural speaker, being engaging, thought-provoking and stimulating. Sally's style is very natural, and I find myself becoming engrossed in the subject matter. All I want to do is listen as I find whatever the subject, Sally presents so well to the varied audience, she really does know how the 'hold the room'. A very smart and inspiring speaker!'

Clare Noble
Operations Director
Distinction Group

'Sally is very knowledgeable and engaging, her talk on strengths-based recruitment was inspirational and thought-provoking, it certainly made me challenge the way we carry out recruitment and development interviews to identify the true strengths of people.'

Helen Lovack
HR Director
NATS (National Air Traffic Control Service)

'Our inaugural women's network event was supported by Sally bringing her expertise and experiences to encourage women to play to their strengths. Sally has a grounded and humorous approach, instantly allowing the audience to relax and motivated to partake in the session. Working through The Strengths Book, the group discovered ways to explore their strengths and how tapping into those can lend itself to their overall happiness. Our first session was oversubscribed and we look forward to Sally returning to give others the opportunity to learn how to be more of themselves.'

Denise Percy
Air Traffic Control Service Design Lead

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