Past Event

Paying attention to attentiveness

Gurteen Knowledge Cafe at the NHS London Leadership Academy (May 2018)


Event Type

Knowledge Cafe


Gurteen Knowledge


Tue 29 May 2018


NHS London Leadership Academy 


London, United Kingdom

Who can Attend





Knowledge Cafe



This event is now fully booked but you can register for the WAIT LIST.

I will inform you nearer the time if you have a place or not.

Date Tuesday 29 May, 2018, 6:00pm - 9:00pm. This is a free event. Please arrive at 6:00pm or shortly after, which will give you time to settle in and meet other people. There will be some light refreshments available. The cafe itself will start prompt at 6:30pm.

The Theme
Leaders in contemporary corporate life labour under two expectations. They are charged with delivery, often at a breath taking scale and pace. This invariably entails the need to maximise performance in their teams.

Alongside that, though, there is the stipulation that they should lead compassionately and give increased attention to the health and well-being needs of their workforce.

Recognising the potential antagonism between these two imperatives requires leaders to consider how best to navigate this. In this regard, the notion of “attentiveness” seems especially important. It seems that this can be expressed in three ways:

First, leaders need to be present and heedful in the conversations that take place in the workplace;

Second, they need to be aware of the humanness of those around them, in terms of them as people and of the needs that they bring with them to work every day; and

Lastly, they need to be alert to the fresh thinking and new ideas that will always appear in any human context such as an organisation .

Assuming this as a starting point – which in itself is open to contestation in our discussions – we will consider the following question:

The Question
How might leaders be meaningfully attentive in order to bridge the requirements both to deliver and to care in the contemporary workplace?

Dr Mark Cole works at the London Leadership Academy, the local delivery partner of the NHS Leadership Academy, where he is supporting NHS staff from ward to Board and across the capital to understand and put into practice systems leadership.

Although originally trained as a teacher, his career has been largely spent in workforce and organizational development roles in the health care sector. This includes working for a number of NHS Trusts and six years spent as Education Adviser at the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, a professional body. He is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD).

Mark is especially interested in experiential learning, leadership practice and organizational development – and in particular in the way in which these interface. He is published on these topics in a number of academic journals and his book on radical organizational development will be published by Routledge in 2019.

Mark completed his professional doctorate in education at the University of Greenwich in October 2012, where his thesis was concerned with the theory and practice of professional reflection. More recently he completed the PG Cert in Organizational Change Management at the University of Southampton.

Sponsor: NHS London Leadership Academy

NHS London Leadership Academy
Stewart House
32 Russell Square

Please report to the reception. The Café will be held in the Auditorium, which is on the second floor.

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