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Tomorrow’s Value Lecture Summer Celebration: ‘The primacy of virtue’, Value, values and leadership

12th June 2012 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Venue: The Honourable Artillery Company, Armoury House, City Road, London, EC1Y 2BQ

The Tomorrow’s Value lecture series invites some of the most senior figures from the global business world to explore what we mean by value – how it is created, how it can be measured, and what the drivers of value creation are. These issues are set out in depth in our briefing paper.

Beyond that, we are asking business leaders how they link creating business value with values. Are businesses simply about improving the bottom line or must they contribute to the wellbeing of the wider community? Was the cult of shareholder value responsible for some corporate excesses and what might replace it?

We would like to welcome you to the next lecture in the series to be given by

Colonel Christopher Keeble, Itinerant Christian Pilgrim and Supernumary Fellow, Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford. Chris has enjoyed a challenging and rewarding military and commercial career. He acquired experience in leadership and management in a variety of tough front-line operational situations around the world.

Tomorrow’s Value has explored the relationship between values and value, arguing that establishing a powerful and mutually reinforcing interaction is central to sustainable business success: but what is the anchor for this co-creation?  Where is the north star which can inspire and guide us?

Chris will argue that virtue can and must link value and values, drawing on personal experience, literature, faith and other sources.  He will challenge our obsession with ‘theoretical’ risks distracting us from long-standing dangers that threaten our lives.  He will question whether it is sufficient that we rely on our own calculations of moral authority and sound the alarm that we are sliding into moral relativism, beguiled by personal values and the apparent certainty of the sufficient legitimacy of our psyche and our selves alone, becoming mired in banality and  superficiality.

Chris demands that we go beyond our current paradigms as no longer being fit for purpose for human development and well-being and offers some stepping stones at least of a different path we might follow, one which demands and offers a route to personal transformation. Not for the faint hearted perhaps but a vital voice for all who doubt that we know all the answers, Chris offers a new Hope to banish the ‘conservatism of fear’ and the ‘dictatorship of relativism’.  What answers might emerge, Chris will ask, following the dictum ‘veluti si Deus daretur’, as if God does indeed exist.

Chris’ award of the Distinguished Service Order recognised his command of the Second Battalion, The Parachute Regiment at a pivotal stage in the Falklands Conflict of 1982 and led the UK forces during the Battle of Goose Green at a stage where one in six of his men were killed or wounded, largely out of ammunition, had been without sleep for 40 hours and were vulnerable to a counter-attack.

Later, he worked with NATO strategic intelligence in collaboration with Government agencies. After retiring, he works with senior leaders from national and international public and private sector institutions and corporations to balance the ethic of business transformation with the ethic of peoples’ flourishing.

To read more about Chris click here.

We are delighted that we will be joined by a John Knights, Co-Founder and Chairman LeaderShape, and author of The Invisible Elephant and the Pyramid Treasure, soon to be published by Tomorrow’s Company (to register for the launch click here), setting out his powerful model of ‘transpersonal leadership’; Simon Langley, who now leads Diversity & Inclusion at National Grid, and who was previously in the armed forces and had to contend with and overcome prejudice based on sexuality; Richard Sermon, Chairman City Values Forum and former Sheriff; and Charles Tilley, CEO of CIMA.

This event also celebrates Tomorrow’s Value programme – the first Tomorrow’s Value Lecture was given by Lord Stephen Green whilst in his role as Group Chairman HSBC Holdings plc – at Mansion House. Subsequent lectures have been given by Anant Nadkarni of Tata, Pavan Sukhdev Head of Green Economy Initiative, UNEP, Professor Michael Mainelli Professor of Commerce at Gresham College and Founder Director of the Z/Yen Group and Paul Walsh, CEO of Diageo;Joe Garner, Head of UK Retail and Deputy CEO of HSBC Bank plc; Paul Abberley, CEO of Aviva Investors and most recently David Brennan, CEO of Astra Zeneca; and most recently Gervais Williams, Managing Director MAM Funds plc.

Tomorrow’s Company and CIMA believe that the relationship between value and values is fundamentally changing: that sustainable value creation must now recognise ‘the triple context’ combining economic drivers with social and environmental imperatives. CIMA’s qualification upholds the highest ethical standards for members throughout their careers.

This event is supported by the City Values Forum which is taking forwards the programme of work established as a result of ‘Restoring Trust in the City – a Lord Mayor’s Initiative’.


12th June 2012
8:00 am - 5:00 pm