Our speaker: Dik Veenman

Changing Culture One Conversation at a Time

A key attribute of healthy organisations is that people feel free to speak up. Whether that be to challenge those in senior roles or to engage in constructive debate about improvement opportunities, heathy dialogue is critical. Dik will share the findings of a 3 year research programme he has run with Ashridge Business that looks at what it takes to create a ’Speak Up’ culture. Through 20 years working with Ofcom, ITV, British Airways, Bank of England, and many more, Dik uses the “Speak Up” programme where challenge senior execs in significantly improving internal communications, creating a much healthier company culture. Dik is the founder and Managing Director of The Right Conversation, a UK-based consulting, training and research firm, which focuses on improving the quality of dialogue inside organisations. He was previously MD of Smythe Dorward Lambert, one of the UK’s leading internal communication consultancies, and before that he worked as a Senior Consultant in Change Management for Gemini Consulting
He has 20+ years experience working at senior executive levels and has advised business leaders on all aspects of organizational dialogue in many different sectors and geographies, running skills workshops, delivering keynote addresses and facilitating senior team off-sites and retreats. Recent clients include organizations such as Ofcom, ITV, British Airways, Bank of England, various UK Police forces, Intel, Toyota GB, Saudia Airlines, Virgin Trains, Serco, the Prime Minister’s Office in Dubai, EY, Experian, Thales and Northumbrian Water. He also lectures at the National College of Policing on ‘Conversational Leadership – How to Build a Culture of Open Dialogue’ and is an Adjunct at Ashridge Business School.
Much of Dik’s recent work has focused on researching the enablers and barriers to better dialogue in the workplace and he frequently writes and speaks on all aspects of dialogue in the modern business world. Most recently The Right Conversation conducted a major research study in collaboration with Ashridge Business School into How Truth Speaks to Power, summaries of which have been published in Harvard Business Review. The company has also developed a number of highly rated proprietary diagnostic and training tools that help improve the quality of dialogue in organisations
Dik has an MBA from London Business School and a degree in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, London. He is also a qualified Executive Coach and is a licensed Emotional Intelligence practitioner. He was born in the Netherlands before moving to the UK in his teens but remains a fluent Dutch speaker. He is married with 3 grown-up children and lives in Cambridge, UK. When not working you will find Dik playing 5 a-side football, watching Arsenal or long-distance cycling across Europe.

Dik Veenman

MD The Right Conversation

Thursday 9th May 2019

Prioress's Room Jesus College Cambridge

6:45 pm to 10:45 pm

£75 / head

including pre-dinner drinks, a talk by our guest speaker, and gourmet dinner with wine.

No membership required.

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