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IoD Scotland Annual Conference 2017

The IoD Scotland Annual Conference pulls together some of the most forward-thinking and innovative business leaders from Scotland and beyond, all determined to map out a future that sees the country maximise its potential by building dynamic, creative and inspiring organisations.

The two-day event commences with ‘taster’ director development workshops and an evening lecture by Professor Dame Anne Glover DBE.

Thursday Leadership Lecture

Dame Anne Glover DBE focusses on the conference’s three overarching themes of Creativity, Adaptability and Innovation during her lecture, but particularly from a position of the scientific community and will ask how Scotland can continue to compete internationally and help address global challenges.

Dame Anne also considers the key questions as to whether, in our constantly changing geopolitical and economic environment the concept of ‘business as usual’ exists anymore.

A Q&A Session at the conclusion, gives the audience the opportunity to explore in more detail some of the issues raised, sharing views from the diverse range of sectors represented.

A Taste of Director Development

IoD Scotland recognises the importance of Continuing Professional Development that consolidates knowledge and enhances performance. This year’s conference offers delegates a choice of three mini workshop sessions:

Do I Need to Develop my Business Outside Scotland?

Many of us aspire to achieve international success but how can we de-risk the process through the development of a creative winning strategy? During the session Russell will not only share his own experience but also make available to you the global network of Scots he has developed through Scottish Business Network. Take-aways include:

  • An approach to develop and deliver an innovative, winning strategy
  • Why now is the time for Scottish companies to move international
  • How to adapt your product and service for overseas markets
  • An evaluation checklist to understand if your business is ready
  • A simple approach to understand if you are ready.

Delivered by Russell Dalgleish, Managing Partner, Exolta Capital Partners

Is this Post-Modern Capitalism?

In a world that is changing so fast in economic, technological and political terms, is a new model of society emerging?

The challenges explicit in Brexit and continental migrations, the continual proof of Moore’s Law with the new analytics born of big data and social media, the possibility of a reshaping of Great Britain & Ireland and increasing political sensitivity to social and material divides combine to provide fertile fields for the development of new corporate structures.

Nick Kuenssberg will explore the emergence of the following within Scotland and ask whether this could add up a potential post-modern capitalism:

  • social enterprise
  • impact-led investment
  • B Corp type entities
  • employee ownership

Delivered by Nick Kuenssberg OBE, Chairman and Thomas Gillan, Chief Officer for Finance and Strategy at Social Investment Scotland

Mastering the Art of Strategic Questioning

This “taster” workshop will provide a few highlights of my one-day IoD masterclass. Topics will include:

  • The optimum questioning mindset
  • Two of the Seven Deadly Sins of Questions
  • The what–how–why sequence
  • The secret to masterful questions: Exploring change points
  • Creating immersive questions to explore change points

To prepare for the final exercise in this workshop, please think about a business meeting you plan to have with someone after the conference. Think, too, about an important topic that you’d like to cover during the session.

Delivered by Dr David Steinberg, Principal, Reykjavik Sky Consulting


The Institute of Directors has extensive experience of developing directors and boards across all sectors both in the UK and overseas. With a Royal Charter since 1906, the IoD is in a unique position to offer a range of services from director qualifications to bespoke board development.

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IoD Scotland has branches across all of Scotland giving you the opportunity to see what’s on in your area over the coming months.

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    October 19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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    October 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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    until October 23, 2017
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