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Herminia Ibarra

Act like a leader, think like a leader

Herminia Ibarra, Professor of Organisational Behaviour


About the session

Today’s breakneck pace of change has an immense impact on leaders—and as a result, on the organisations they run. All too often, people remain stuck in outdated mindsets and modes of operating, even after others recognise the need for change. Leaders need to learn to pivot even when there are no obvious signals guiding their way.

In this session, leadership expert Herminia Ibarra upends traditional, introspective advice and says act first—and then change your way of thinking. Whether you are moving into a new assignment or seeking greater impact in your current post, Ibarra shows how you can step up to leadership by:

  • redefining your job so that you contributions are less operational and more strategic,

  • diversifying your network so that you connect to and learn from a bigger range of stakeholders, and,

  • becoming more playful with your sense of self so that you grow beyond your old (and possibly outdated) leadership styles and preferred ways of contributing.

Defying standard leadership development guidance, which encourages deep self-reflection into strengths and weaknesses, Ibarra demonstrates that the most effective way to change is through action, not analysis, and by learning from experience, not introspection. Her session will teach you to change from the outside in by first acting like a leader and then thinking like one.


About the speaker

Herminia Ibarra is the Charles Handy Professor of Organizational Behaviour at London Business School. Prior to joining LBS, she served on the INSEAD and Harvard Business School faculties. An authority on leadership and career development, Thinkers 50 ranks Ibarra among the ten most influential management thinkers in the world. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University, where she was a National Science Fellow.


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Daniel Effron

New Insights into the Psychology of (Un)Ethical Decisions

Daniel Effron, Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour


About the session

In this talk, Dr. Effron will give an overview of his recent research into how people think about right and wrong. Can doing good lead people to do bad? When are people most likely to cheat? When do leaders let people off the hook for dishonesty? Dr. Effron will present data from laboratory and survey studies addressing these questions.


About the speaker

Daniel A. Effron previously taught at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and was a fellow of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. He earned a Ph.D. in social psychology from Stanford University, and a B.A. in psychology from Yale University (magna cum laude). His research examines the psychological processes that allow people to act unethically without feeling unethical. He also researches how people form judgments of others' wrongdoing. His work has appeared in such scholarly publications as Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Organizational Behaviour and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and has been covered by such popular media outlets as the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, and Bloomberg. He has been honoured with the MBA Class of 2015 Teaching Award from London Business School, and a Dissertation Research Award from the American Psychological Association.


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Daniel Effron

Complex Regulation 

Vikrant Vig, London Business School Term Chair Professor of Finance


About the session

The past couple of decades have witnessed an increase in the inherent complexity of financial system. In lockstep, financial regulation too has grown in complexity.  Proponents of complex regulation argue that a complex financial system requires a complex set of rules. But there is a malign view as well - incumbents lobby for complex regulation to create barriers to entry. In this talk, Professor Vig will present some findings from his research on capital regulation of banks and discuss the potential drivers of complex regulation. SpecificallyProfessor Vig will discuss how the introduction of sophisticated, model-based capital regulation affected the measurement of credit risk by financial institutions. Model-based regulation was meant to enhance the stability of the financial sector by making capital charges more sensitive to risk. Interestingly, the reform caused banks reduce their capital charges while at the same time taking higher risks. Furthermore,  large banks benefited from the reform as they expanded their lending at the expense of smaller banks that did not adopt the model-based approach. Overall, the results suggest that simpler rules may increase the efficacy of financial regulation - “Less is More”.


About the speaker

Dr Vikrant Vig’s research interests lie in the area of financial contracting and include: financial intermediation, firm’s choice of optimal debt structure, corporate governance, and law and finance. His current research focuses on the sub-prime mortgage market in the US where he investigates how securitisation affects the incentives of different agents in the supply-chain of credit.


Vikrant has won several awards for his research on Securitisation. In 2008, his paper titled Did Securitisation Lead to Lax Screening: Evidence from Subprime Loans, won the best paper award at the European Finance Association meetings. The paper also won several other awards, such as the Mitsui Best Paper Award at the University of Michigan conference.


Dr Vig’s research on securitisation was cited in a number of congressional hearings in the US on the optimal policy response to the current housing crisis. More recently, his paper on the effect of labour regulations on capital structure, won the best paper award at the European Finance Association 2010 meetings.

At the London Business School, Vikrant teaches the Investments (core) course to full-time Masters in Finance students and a specialised Financial Economics course to PhD students. In 2009 and 2011, Vikrant was the runner-up for the best teaching award in the Masters in Finance programme.

Richard Newman

Increase your impact and influence

Richard Newman


About the session

Do you want to have more presence, authority and influence to persuade people with your ideas?

Many great ideas fail simply by being poorly communicated. Discover how to make your ideas happen, through inspiring and motivating the people around you, so that you get the results and respect you deserve.

Working with UCL, Richard’s team published one of the largest studies ever done on communication and influence. The results showed that you can increase how convincing, confident and inspiring people rate you to be by up to 44% by making simple changes to your communication style every day.

What will you gain from this session?

  • Essential elements of personal presence that will give you extra authority and influence in your most important meetings

  • Increase your natural persuasiveness, personal impact and effectiveness, with a more compelling communication style

  • Learn how to combine your own authentic communication style with success principles, that are proven to work internationally

About the speaker


Richard is an award-winning expert in Communication and Influence. Last year his team helped one client win over £1.2 billion in new business by improving the way they communicate, winning 100% of the work they bid for. Richard is a guest speaker at London Business School, teaching advanced communication skills to the MBA students. He is regularly featured on BBC London Radio, discussing the communication styles of leaders. He has also been featured on SKY TV, Channel 5 News, the Daily Telegraph, Forbes Magazine and the Huffington Post. Richard won the most coveted award in speechwriting, the Cicero Grand Prize Award for being the Best International Speechwriter, selected by a committee in Washington DC. He has given specialist communication coaching to 40,000 people, across 45 countries, over the last 20 years. Richard’s clients include CEOs, Vice-Presidents and leaders across many industries, including companies such as Virgin, Expedia, EE, AXA, Capgemini, Microsoft and 3M.



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