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Shakespeare's Lessons on Leadership Event Series

Subscribe to Asia Pacific November 14, 2017

Through the ages, great enterprises have consistently emerged from brilliant ideas and ingenuity. But whether a business stands the tests of time—or fades into obscurity—depends on the character of its leaders and their ability to transform workplace culture.

A recent publication, Shakespeare’s Lessons on Leadership: How to Change Hearts & Minds, explores the connections between the disruption that roiled Shakespeare’s time, and featured so prominently in his work, with their modern equivalents in the C-suite and the boardroom.

To bring this concept to life, James Evans, associate director of Bell Shakespeare, and Heidrick & Struggles, are hosting a series of events in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Mumbai, and Singapore, taking senior leaders back to the age of Shakespeare to look at the role leaders play in determining company culture.

Shanghai event



On November 13, 40 CEOs and senior business leaders attended a thought-provoking evening at InterContinental Shanghai, exploring modern business leadership concepts through the prism of four Shakespeare plays—Richard III, The Winter’s Tale, Henry V and The Tempest. Then, in Elizabethan England, as now, culture and the ability of leaders to manage change were essential to the survival and prosperity of organizations—and continue to be today.

Hong Kong event



Senior corporate leaders in Hong Kong welcomed the return of James Evans, associate director of Bell Shakespeare, and David Pumphrey, partner emeritus at Heidrick & Struggles, in the intimate setting of House of Siren for another event in our award-winning Shakespeare series. The ability of incumbents to thrive in this new era of disruption and innovation depends on the character of their leaders and their ability to transform workplace culture. Looking to history can inform the way ahead.

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