The name Steven Bartlett will be familiar to anyone keen to succeed in business. He was just twenty-two when he set up his social media marketing agency, The Social Chain; five years later, it was valued at over £300 million. He’s the youngest ever ‘Dragon’ on BBC 1’s hit show, Dragon’s Den; his book Happy, Sexy Millionaire was a Sunday Times bestseller and his podcast, The Diary of CEO, in which he interviews some of the most successful people of our time, is listened to by millions.
He is clearly someone a lot of people want to hear from – and it’s why we’re delighted he’s going to be the keynote speaker at our first ever Make Work Better conference in September.
So, what are Steven’s views on leadership, how to create a great workplace culture and empowering employees? Read on to find out.
Make sure that everyone, particularly the potential apprentice, understands what’s involved.
The CEO should assemble the best top team they can and make sure they share the same vision for the company. Steven says when he starts a new business his process is always the same. “I employ the CEO, I create the culture and the vision and I try and get the values and the culture right so we can achieve the objective.” The leadership team is critical to the strength of that culture, he says, because leaders will hire people who embody the same values they do. “Culture is the thing that’s ultimately going to scale and it’s really hard to undo that when you’re at 100 or 200 people.”
Values need to be meaningful to you and your organisation.
You want everyone to live your organisation’s values.
Do you always know best as a leader?
In an anticipated fireside chat, entrepreneur Steven Bartlett and Investors in People CEO Paul Devoy will delve into the future of HR to inspire leaders to become catalysts for change.
Roles should be designed to help the organisation achieve its objective.
Leaders need to be open and transparent.
Empower your employees to make decisions and bring about change within your organisation.
Create a culture of learning.
Always be looking for ways to improve.
Employee wellbeing is a business responsibility.
Lead by example.
We can’t wait to hear more from Steven when he speaks at our Make Work Better conference on September 20, where he’ll be joined on the stage by our CEO, Paul Devoy. Together, they’ll delve into all the hot topics facing HR professionals right now, so sign up to bag your front row seat. We look forward to seeing you there.