Knowledge Exchange

Panel Discussion

Agile Leadership – The Truth

21 May 2021 17:00 - 19:00
  • Member Price: RMB 50
  • Standard Price: RMB 100
  • In-person event

The Reality and Foundations of Agile Leadership

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Event details

BritCham Shanghai invites managers and consultants to this session to understand the reality of implementing Agile Leadership, recognise the ancient Chinese philosophy behind it and learn about the new science underpinning it.

A popular dictionary definition of Agile Leadership is “The craft of creating the right context for self-organisation”. Unfortunately, it has become a bit of a buzz word. So many have put some old consulting/services “wine” into new agile “bottles”. What is the reality? This event will outline the old Chinese wisdom and new western science behind the buzz word. You will also hear from leaders who have applied it and enabled “self-organisation” within a “hierarchy”. The paradox is that Agile Leadership, when correctly applied, can enable self-organisation to thrive yet still remain within a strictly defined hierarchy.


  • 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm:Registration and networking
  • 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm: Introduction to the ancient Chinese philosophy and very modern western science underpinning Agile Leadership, and Leadership 4.0 for VUCA* times
  • 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Panel discussion – senior leaders who have recently implemented this new approach
  • 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm: Q&A, networking

*VUCA: volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity



In case of cancellation, please kindly note you must email the BritCham Shanghai Event staff before 5 pm, 19 May. Due to the service charges of Glueup and online payment platforms, we can only partially refund up to 90% of your ticket price and payment will be processed within 14 days after the event via your original payment method. However, it is non-refundable for a cancellation request made beyond the above-mentioned timeframe.

The speakers

Nick Obolensky
Founder, Complex Adaptive Leadership Ltd; MD, Agile Plus Leadership Consultants
Matt Whately
Executive Director of The Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Karl Hudson
Regional Director North Asia of Suttons International


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Room 1108, South Tower, M Place, 333 Chengdu Bei Lu, Shanghai




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