Leading Through Uncertainty

Friday 17 March 2023 08:45-10:00 GMT Virtual Roundtable Discussion 
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The past few years have seen business and technology leaders grapple with one crisis after another. The COVID-19 pandemic was just the start; since then businesses have faced supply chain challenges, the impact of war in Ukraine and the subsequent energy crisis, soaring interest rates and rocketing inflation levels. Whilst the nature of uncertainty has shifted in this time, uncertainty has been the single constant. And one thing is for sure, uncertainty is here for the foreseeable future.  

Many business and technology leaders say they struggle to keep up with the rapid pace of change that has become the new norm. To move first and pivot fast, organisations can no longer rely on traditional approaches to planning and organisational design. For businesses to succeed in this high-cost operating environment, leaders must embrace a disruption strategy and mindset to meet uncertainty head-on!


08:45 Welcome and Introductions

08:50 Member Case-Study Presentation

Nick Simpson, Separation Lead, Haleon

The presentation will explore:

  • Differentiating between leadership and management
  • The need for a vision and sense of purpose; providing constancy and validation for the team
  • What is the role of a leader? (it's not about having all the solutions)
  • The importance of being able to pivot successfully and focus on doing what matters
  • Exploring the personal characteristics of leadership; approachability and warmth
  • Why you should forget about the hierarchy in times of uncertainty
  • Knowing how to delegate effectively and trust your team. Is trust inherent or learned?

09:05 Virtual Roundtable Discussion:

  • What are the qualities that leaders will need to succeed in uncertain times? 
  • Unlocking the power of your data to enable you to plan and move forward decisively
  • How can an agile approach enable competitive advantage during unpredictable times 
  • Exploring the most effective planning model for anticipating and responding to business disruption
  • How can disruptive technologies help organisations to grow, even in challenging and unpredictable times?

10:00 Close


Caroline BoydCaroline Boyd
Head of Research and Strategic Development, Chief Disruptor





Nick Simpson VRTNick Simpson
Separation Lead, Haleon

Nick is a IT Business Partner, Programme Director and Change Manager with a breadth of global business experience across supply chain, back office and sales; in consumer goods and pharmaceuticals. Specialties include:

  • Technology enabled business transformation.
  • Change Management.
  • Strategy and roadmap development.
  • Project planning and management.
  • Business engagement and stakeholder management.


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