The author of The Mother of All Jobs, which explores how work has changed in the last 20 years and the pressure this has created, communications and leadership consultant Christine Armstrong is a highly engaging, humorous speaker who has done keynotes on the battle with ‘hours cultures,’ the lies we tell about flexible work and what to do about workplace bullying.
Christine’s book was a finalist in the Business Book of the Year Awards 2019, featured as the cover story of the Sunday Times Magazine and has appeared in over 100 articles worldwide. She also writes regularly for The Times and Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, Management Today, Grazia and Red and has been on the BBC and Women’s Hour. As a speaker, she gives keynotes but is also a very experienced host, MC and facilitator. Whatever her role, she never fails to surprise and engage, bringing colour, energy and even a touch of drama in her efforts to share actionable insights in ways that resonate with her audience.
Could you scream for all the talking about change, only for it to never to actually happen? Whether it’s decades of discussing senior women at work, being more environmentally sustainable, breaking down organisational silos, creating a working culture that is more innovative, happier or plain old more productive…. We are trapped in an endless loop of talking about change before going straight back to working exactly as we did before. This is not anecdotal, research shows that since the 1970s 60-70% of change programmes have sailed.
After twenty-five years working in organisations trying - and mostly failing to change - and seven years interviewing people for her recent book, Christine knows why. In her talk, she explores the common mistakes we all make: from relying on facts, to letting enthusiasts take charge to assuming those who say nothing agree to lumping big groups of people together and imagining they think the same.
In her talk "Beyond the Choir – why you’re not having the conversations that would change your business" she breaks down these mistakes into practical, do-able takeaways that anyone can apply to any organisational change, no matter how large or small their organisation or the change they want to see.
She is also extremely funny.