Richard Gerver

  • Innovator and Educator
  • Adviser to the UK Government
  • Bestselling Author, Creating Tomorrow’s Schools Today and Change; Learn to Love it, Learn to Lead it

Cited by Sir Ken Robinson as the very embodiment of his high-thinking on unleashing creativity and human potential, Richard Gerver’s transformative approach to leading change and innovation has been embraced by business and educational organizations all over the world.

Author of Change: Learn to Love It, Learn to Lead It, offers a groundbreaking look into how the world is dealing with the challenge of unleashing human potential and embracing and leading change. Gerver, a former school principal and advisor to the UK Government, has taken innovation by storm. In 2001, Richard Gerver, author of Creating Tomorrow's Schools Today, is a former school principal and advisor to the UK Government. In 2001 when Gerver was only 32, he was appointed the new principal of The Grange School, one of the worst performing schools in all of Great Britain. Suffering from low morale, an acute aversion to risk, lack of creativity, poor channels of communication and low levels of engagement, Gerver led dramatic change. In less than two years, the Grange School was a model of transformation and innovation. By 2003, Gerver was working with Tony Blair's government as an advisor on education policy and his work was celebrated at the UNESCO World Arts Education Conference. He's won a National Teaching Award among many honors and is profiled in Sir Ken Robinson's book The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything as the exemplar of Sir Ken’s work on talent and human potential. With his trademark humor and insight, Gerver shares his experience on cultural and organizational transformation, human development and management with groups around the world. Gerver’s first book, the global best seller Creating Tomorrow’s Schools Today, garnered critical acclaim for its exciting account of innovative education transformation.

 
  

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A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Richard Gerver
  • New Zealand Principals Federation Conference Committee
  • Microsoft
  • England Golf
  • SunGard Higher Education
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Change: Learning to Love It, Learning to Lead It

In this unique session, Richard will explore why change and uncertainty becomes so challenging for so many people; links to risk aversion, a need for safety, security and control, hamper and stifle so many people and organisations. Gerver argues that we must return to our childhood to see where thin ...

In this unique session, Richard will explore why change and uncertainty becomes so challenging for so many people; links to risk aversion, a need for safety, security and control, hamper and stifle so many people and organisations. Gerver argues that we must return to our childhood to see where things begin to go wrong and how we must change our mindsets and motivations as a result. He will explore issues of empowerment and the impact of Taylorism and industrial models as well as the power of creativity, curiosity and confidence to understand how to embrace change in uncertain times and just why we must shift the paradigm to understand that change is not a program or a strategy but is an ever present in the organic nature of the 21st Century. He will use his unique perspective as an educator, a leader and a performer to provoke new thinking about change as a core factor in defining our future successes on human and organisational levels.

The New Education Age: It's More About the Future and Less About the Past

Tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it – Ancient African proverb The mass education system that the vast majority of us experience was created for a different time and place; it was created to control and maintain structures, systems and stability. For generations it worked reasonably e ...

Tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it – Ancient African proverb

The mass education system that the vast majority of us experience was created for a different time and place; it was created to control and maintain structures, systems and stability. For generations it worked reasonably efficiently; people knew what routes led to what kind of lives; professional, blue or white collar. An education that led to a higher qualification guaranteed certain opportunities and life choices for example.

Times have changed; economic shifts, social and environmental upheaval and most importantly the rise and exponential development of new technologies have left society breathless and ill prepared for the challenges that face our local, national and global futures.

Education defines the success of a society’s ability to control and manage change yet education has changed little since the extraordinary shift in the way life is led in the 21st century, as a result we are caught in a world where people are scared and often paralysed by the prospect of change, we are being overwhelmed by crises of global proportions around the economy, the environment and socio ethnic cohesion.

The world has created the most sophisticated generation of consumers we have ever seen; the “on demand” generation. To them, much of what the formal education system offers is out-dated and irrelevant.

If we are to prepare our children for their futures, education needs to radically rethink its purpose, its approach and its values. In his keynote presentation, Richard Gerver will explore the challenges we face, the questions we need to ask and the routes we need to take if our legacy for our young is to be one of success and empowerment.

Lead Happy!

Recent surveys of employee satisfaction in both the US and Europe show that most people see happiness rather than financial reward as the most important factor in their working lives, citing shared, clear and tangible vision and values as the crucial defining factors. At the heart of any successful ...

Recent surveys of employee satisfaction in both the US and Europe show that most people see happiness rather than financial reward as the most important factor in their working lives, citing shared, clear and tangible vision and values as the crucial defining factors. At the heart of any successful leadership and management strategy must be a sense of empowerment felt by every member of the team; that starts with a strong shared and implemented vision. In this speech Richard shares his experience of leading and managing vision development and transforming organisations through employee empowerment.

Workshop: Developing, Implementing and Sustaining a Culture of Innovation

The day will be focused on a deepening understanding of innovation and creativity; particularly in the context of leading a culture shift that develops a sustainable capacity for continuous and self-led innovation, throughout an organisation. It will work on the three core principles of COMMUNICATIO ...

The day will be focused on a deepening understanding of innovation and creativity; particularly in the context of leading a culture shift that develops a sustainable capacity for continuous and self-led innovation, throughout an organisation. It will work on the three core principles of COMMUNICATION, EMPOWERMENT and IMPACT.

During the day, delegates will:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of why employees often resist change and innovation; often regarding the process as something that must be ‘endured’ rather than embraced.
  • How we can change that perception through the communication of vision into action.
  • Explore the nature of transformational leadership and transformational mind-sets through people management techniques exemplified from a series of case studies.  
  • How to reframe performance management and professional development structures in order to promote a culture of embedded innovation, shared ownership and accountability.
  • How to stimulate and maintain a focus on future thinking and innovation when under pressure and scrutiny.
  • How to sustain innovative cultures through the development internal action research methodologies.

The purpose of the day is to encourage delegates to explore the human elements of organisational culture shift and change in order to embed a deeper understanding that without focusing on developing the contexts and capacities of people within and organisation to lead change and innovation, systems and structures cannot take root, embed and ultimately lead to sustainable transformation.

Richard will use his experience as an educator, leader and advisor to lead delegates through that process and help them to develop clear people management and development strategies which they can deploy immediately in order to implement the culture shift necessary that results in successful, creative organisations.

Delegates will also gain a number of insights in to the mind-sets and philosophies of business leaders such as Eric Schmidt and Steve Wozniak.

Ultimately the day will lead to a confident understanding that success starts with a focus of investment in time, on human capital and capacity.

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Biography

Richard is one of the most celebrated speakers in the world. His insights into change, leadership and education are unique thanks to his own extraordinary journey, which has seen him go from struggling actor, copywriter and estate agent, to becoming an award winning teacher and school principal, whose ground breaking work in education was celebrated by the British National Teaching awards and UNESCO amongst others.

Since leaving his twenty year career in education, Richard has worked to explore the links between great leadership, human potential, change and innovation.

In 2011 he was awarded the title of Business Speaker of the Year and has written two critically acclaimed best-selling books: Creating Tomorrow's Schools Today and Change; Learn to Love it, Learn to Lead it. The latter topped the business book charts for over two months. Both books have been translated into a number of languages, reflecting Richard's international reach.

Advising Governments and major corporations globally, Richard has worked with organisations as diverse as Google, UK Sport, Puig, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Harrods, the LMA, Telefonica and The IBO.

He is a regular media commentator who is often seen or heard on the BBC and often works as a writer in the print media. His work has been profiled everywhere from REDES on Spanish television to the British Airways Inflight magazine.

Richard's speeches are always passionate, provocative and humorous; thanks to his natural and honest style, he is able to draw upon his own experiences to humanize often challenging and complex issues. He is passionate about people, their potential and the future. It is Richard's ability to bring an authenticity and uniqueness to his work that has helped to win him the global acclaim which has led to his invitations to speak on the most recognized stages, including TED and the RSA.

Whatever sector Richard works in, his principles remain the same: organizations need to remember that systems and structures change nothing, people do. To ensure we get the best from those we work with, lead and serve, we must be committed to developing the communication, understanding and actions that lead to a culture of empowerment resulting in a long term demonstrable impact.