Simon Walker is an expert in change. Making change happen,
dealing with changes you can’t control, and embracing change as an opportunity
rather than a challenge. Within this he looks at leadership, teams, high
performance, talent, technology and the future. The only certainly in business
and life is change, and today many feel the rate of change, especially in areas
around technology, is more rapid and more intimidating than ever. Simon
considers what the future holds. He looks at the future of work and the
workplace; how the expectations of employees are changing and will continue to,
what that means, how businesses will cope, and the implications for recruitment
He also examines the leaders of the future; their challenges,
their attitudes, their priorities and their methods. As well as looking at the
so-called Generations Y and Z (or millennials) as customers and future
employees, he asks what they have to teach businesses about social media and
technology. As well as the theory, Simon has also practised. Starting out in
computer engineering, he set up a women’s clothing business. Enjoying the
entrepreneurial journey he went on to found consultancy talentsmoothie which
specialises in employee and organisational development, and my360plus a
leadership and coaching service. With both of these businesses Simon applied
some of the lessons in leadership and high performance teams he experienced first-hand
as a yachtsman and leading expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic.
When Speaking Minds was founded in 2007 in New Zealand, little did we envisage that this would grow into an international brand with offices in India and London in less than a decade. We set up the business to share what we had learnt, from the privileges we have had in our jobs – of access to knowledge.
Bringing India to the rest of the world was our driving force.
The dna of our business is genuinely about sharing knowledge with the
world, from thought leaders and experts who are notable achievers in
their field. Raga D'silva quit her highly successful corporate career in
New Zealand in 2007, to set up a dream business of connecting
knowledge, insights, motivation from exceptional talent with the
corporate world, globally.