Consultant, Mentor, Expert in the future of work and leadership and the impact of technology and how this affects behaviours in the world of work and business.
Many businesses are being disrupted by competition that is adept at exploiting rapid technological, social and demographic change. Simon is an expert in how to lead people through this change, offering established businesses the leadership insights needed to unlock the innovation, agility and flexibility that their disruptive competition enjoys. He also helps makes sense of the future of work and in particular the leadership behaviours and attitudes required to attract, enable and keep the diverse talent needed to build sustainable and competitive organisations.
Simon is an expert in future of work and leadership, and has spoken at conferences and events around the world, across a wide range of audiences.
His particular interest is the impact of technology on the world of work and business, and in how this affects behaviours, effective leadership and organisational design.
He is also an expert on Generational Diversity (the differing expectations, preferences and attitudes of different generations) and has researched this area widely. He has co-authored several reports including ’Generation Y: what they want from work’.
Simon was a co-founder of the consultancy ‘talentsmoothie’ and had previously built a successful research based leadership consultancy which focused on developing emotional intelligence. He also draws from other first-hand leadership experience both is extreme sport and business.
He has led teams on arctic expeditions and round the world yacht races, most notably as skipper of Toshiba in the BT Global Challenge round the world race where he finished second, the youngest skipper in the fleet. His business leadership experience includes being CEO of Challenge Business, organisers of high profile sponsored events around the world.
He is also a Visiting Executive Development Fellow at Henley and Southampton Business Schools
Enlightening and thought provoking Simon Walker's sessions are always hugely popular.
"Simon spoke at our recent European HR Conference about the future of work and leadership. It was a great session and provided a challenging overview of the changes that will affect our businesses and their HR strategies." - Stephen Pierce, Chief Human Resources Officer, Hitachi Europe
"Your contribution greatly added to the event [Institute of Water annual conference] and we have some received some fantastic feedback from attendees." - Peter Simpson, Chief Executive, Anglian Water
"Simon provided our team with thought provoking insights which helped us to gain a greater perspective and understanding of the changing world of work. These insights have since provoked a deeper level of discussion between us around the external factors impacting the decisions we make as a management team." - Angela McKenna, Senior Director OD EMEA, CA Technologies
"The [Royal Navy Air Engineering Officers] conference went really well and it was definitely your contribution that made the difference. Thank you, I very much enjoyed your presentation." - Commander Jim McNair RN, Officer Commanding, Royal Naval Air Engineering and
Survival Equipment School
"Simon's done a great job for us addressing diversity and generational challenges in an entertaining and thought provoking way. The feedback from the 100+ delegates has been very positive." - John Pritchard Director, Major Projects, Atkins Global
"I have worked with Simon on numerous occasions. We ran a sophisticated Leadership Program and Simon was a regular contributor, running a very good, thought provoking session on the views/expectations of those individuals just coming into the work environment and how best to communicate/align with them. Simon’s segment of the program was always well received, very positive feedback. He always delivered." - Joe McCollum, Group Human Resource Director, Daily Mail General Trust
"Simon is an inspirational speaker, his engaging style and thought provoking dialogue was easy to follow but not without firm acknowledgement as to what lies ahead in terms of technological progress and associated people development." - Charlie Parry, Executive Director, Willis Re
"Simon successfully brought the many moving parts from earlier in the conference together", "His humour and ability to expertly bounce off the audience to demonstrate a point was refreshing", "A topic that was handled with both expert knowledge and visual display to great effect!, "A true legend!" - Delegate feedback, Keynote International Association of Claim Professionals (IACP) 2016 London Conference
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