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LEAD preview session: Barriers to growth and how to get around them

Wednesday, 24 July 2013
13:00 - 15:30
The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, London SW1H 0AD


Ian Gordon, Head of Leadership and Management programmes, Lancaster University

This event formed part of a series of LEAD preview sessions.

About the event 

This session addressed the conflicting priorities facing leaders of small and medium organisations and how this impacts on their behaviour, often unconsciously. It identified five key questions you need to ask yourself as a business owner to find out if your organisation is on the growth trajectory. It also explored the relationship between organisational strategy and organisational culture and how the two determine the future growth of your organisation. The session aimed to get owner/managers thinking about how to plan and cope better with the next growth transition challenge facing their organisations.


About the speaker

The LEAD Preview session was delivered by Ian Gordon, Head of Leadership and Management programmes at Lancaster University’s Institute for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development. Ian is a serial entrepreneur himself with over 25 years of experience in the commercial sector. Having started, grown and sold three companies across the telecommunications, construction and retail industries, Ian has experienced the challenges of an SME business owner first hand. Ian combines his entrepreneurial experience and academic research rigor to provide practical insights on what business owners need to focus on to achieve business growth.

In 2008, Ian was appointed Lancaster University’s Entrepreneur in Residence. His research interests include the use of non-executive directors in small business; the design of knowledge exchange programmes, specifically the interaction between higher education and small business. Ian has published a number of papers in these areas including, “What’s the point of an entrepreneur in residence” in Industry and Higher Education and “A study of a university-led entrepreneurship education programme for small business owner/managers” in Entrepreneurship and Regional Development. He teaches new venture creation at undergraduate, post-graduate and post experience levels. Ian has an outstanding track record for helping deliver innovative programmes for small businesses.

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