Gareth’s career has spanned both the academic and business worlds. He began as a University academic in Economic and Social Studies at the University of East Anglia before moving to the London Business School, where he joined the Organisational Behaviour Group.
His most recent job was as Director of Human Resources and Internal Communications at the BBC: He was Senior Vice President for global human resources at Polygram, then the world's largest recorded music company, where his responsibilities covered more than thirty countries. His articles have appeared in the European Management Journal, Human Relations and the Harvard Business Review. He serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of People Management magazine, is a trustee of The Work Foundation and in 2004 was selected to join the board of the Human Resource Planning Society. In 2009 and 2007 Thinkers50 the global ranking of management gurus, placed him among the list of most influential thinkers. He was BT Professor of Organisational Development at Henley where he also served on the Board of Governors.
Gareth’s research interests are in organisational design, culture, leadership and change. He has published several books, including “The Character of a Corporation: How Your Culture Can Make or Break Your Business” co-authored with Rob Goffee and “Why Should Anyone Be Led by You?”, also with Rob Goffee, and published by Harvard Business School Press in February 2006 This latest leadership title was based on an article of the same name which won the prestigious McKinsey Award for the best article in HBR in 2001.
Prof. Gareth Jones is one of Europe's leading speakers and consultants in businesses where creativity is critical to success. In addition, Gareth is a founding partner of Creative Management Associates (CMA) a consultancy focused on organisations where creativity is a source of competitive strength. He is currently Visiting Professor at the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid and at INSEAD in Fontainbleu. He is also a Fellow of the Centre for Management Development at London Business School.
Gareth’s insightful talks on business change and turnaround are fascinating, talking about the attributes that make a good leader and explaining why good leadership is "what works for you". His audiences come away with an understanding of the role of management and leadership development, as well as the tools for successful leadership in the 21st Century.
A very engaging, natural and charismatic speaker, Gareth's presentations are high in content and extremely thought-provoking, with highly stimulating visuals.
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