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‘The naivety of leadership is believing it only takes one person to deliver change’

08.05.2017
‘The naivety of leadership is believing it only takes one person to deliver change’

Marketers must look for inspiration and ideas beyond their circle of comfort, according to a panel of senior brand leaders.

(L-R) Gemma Greaves, Paul Graham, Nick Graham and Sarah Mansfield
(L-R) Gemma Greaves, Paul Graham, Nick Graham and Sarah Mansfield

The session address the need for marketers to learn to deliver success by “embracing failure”, with Huawei’s Graham commenting that leaders need to accept their own limitations.

Discussing an occasion he single-handed drove change within an organisation, he said the “penny dropped” that such an occurrence was the exception, not the rule. “The naivety of leadership is [believing] that it only takes one person [to deliver change],” he said.

He added that marketers must embrace a broader range views and ideas to ensure their communications are relevant beyond a core group: “We don’t talk about the experiences that lead to the authentic self. We often don’t have enough time [and find ourselves] chasing our own tails commercially.

“With Brexit, why did our communications get it so wrong? We didn’t engage outside of the ‘self’. What is the self? What did you put in? Are we feeding in experiences that are rich and engaging? How did you own that and learn from that?”

Former Barclays marketer Mansfield discussed the ambitions of the UK bank to introduce contactless payment, and that, by setting “hard goals” which it subsequently failed to meet, the brand “learned a lot” about how to do better in future.

Burberry’s Graham added that, while it is natural for marketers to their own “harshest judge”, he argued leaders should refrain from being the “harshest critic” of other team members. “Talk about your own failure before you talk about anyone else’s,” he said.


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