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With Blaire Palmer

On November 17, 2015, we welcomed Blaire Palmer as our guest speaker. Blaire is a leading consultant and coach in leadership and change. Keynote speaker Blaire developed and shared her thought-provoking ideas and presented a more authentic understanding of what it means to lead in the 21st century.

Blaire Palmer

According to best-selling author and 'business muse', Blaire Palmer, most of what you've been told about leadership is out of date.

Blaire knows what goes on behind the closed doors of the Boardroom. Funny, engaging, provocative and original, she spoke from experience having worked deep inside some of Europe's most well known companies as coach and confidante to CEOs and their management teams.

The plea she hears again and again from CEOs is "How do we get our people step up and really drive change?" And now she has the answer. As she says "It's time to bust outdated myths of leadership and completely re-think what it actually takes to lead an organisation today."

Known for combining warmth and charm with a no nonsense, straight talking style, she inspired the audience and leadership teams alike with her fresh ideas. Forget everything you thought leadership was about. Put all the books down! Ignore the wise words your first boss told you a million years ago. The world has changed and none of it matters now.

Blaire spoke with authority and empathy, based both on her extensive business experience and her training as a coach. Her presentations are full of energy and enthusiasm.

Blaire covered:

  • Change
  • Leadership
  • Motivation
  • Teamwork

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About Blaire Palmer

As a BBC journalist, Blaire was one of the youngest female producers of the BBC's flagship Today Programme and spent a decade breaking stories and shaping the UK news agenda before her fascination with leadership and change led her to train as one of the UK's first corporate coaches.

15 years later she is the author of 3 successful books on leadership and success, in demand as a confidante and coach in some of the most interesting and innovative Boardrooms in the UK, CEO of That People Thing — a consultancy which mobilizes leaders to step up and drive change — and is now sharing her insights with audiences around the world.

Books and Media

  • The Hyper-creative Personality: How to Focus Your Ideas and Become the Most Successful Person You Know, published in 2007 (New Holland)
  • The Recipe for Success: What Really Successful People Do and How You Can Do it Too, published in 2009. (A&C Black)
  • What's Wrong with Work: The five frustrations of work and how to fix them for good, Published in October 2010 (John Wiley & Sons)

Blaire is a regular guest expert on BBC Radio 2's Jeremy Vine show and has appeared on BBC Breakfast News and BBC Working Lunch. She writes a monthly column for the UK's best-selling health glossy and regularly features in the Financial Times.

Former producer of the BBC's flagship Today Programme, Blaire's fascination with leadership and change led her to train as one of the UK's first corporate coaches, encouraging audiences to challenge everything they thought they knew about leadership.

Leadership@Lunch is sponsored by Britain's Energy Coast who bring their support to leadership and business growth in Cumbria.


' Blaire Palmer was everything the EAIE wanted in a leadership speaker. In only 45 minutes she was able to turn everyone's perceptions of leadership and management on its head. Blaire was extremely relevant and was able to clearly and simply get her message across to our international audience. She is a must-have for any conference! Highly recommended! '
Nicole Hardaker Conference Programme Coordinator,
European Association for International Education (EAIE)

' Blaire's presentation was inspiring, relevant, fresh and fun. There was a great sense of collaboration at our Top 100 Leaders meeting today and that was, in no small way, down to the thought-provoking messages and enthusiasm that Blaire brought to the event. Just what we needed. '
Petar Cvetkovic, Chief Executive, DX Group

' Blaire offers a wealth of experience in her field, all relevant to todays business demands, and coupled with an engaging, warm and thought-provoking delivery style, has given me and my colleagues some valuable insights and actions to take and make a positive difference! '
Kosta Christofi, Santander UK

' Anything feels possible when Blaire is in the room '
Jane Ginnever, Head of Talent, Consumer Intelligence

' Great speaker — loved the subject '

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