25 March, 2014 | (01 hr)

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Millions of people around the world have been inspired bythe performance, courage, and determination of elite disabled athletes. How have they achieved so much against all the odds? According to recent research from The Conference Board, today’s business leaders require a clear sense of purpose, trust, collaboration, resilience, and performance edge. So what can business learn from elite disabled athletes? This three-part webcast series explores these leadership characteristics by talking to successful elite disabled athletes to understand what these characteristics mean to them and how they develop them.

Part II: Resilience

In an uncertain and volatile world, set-backs are inevitable.  Successful leaders learn not just to bounce back but to bounce forward. 

Talking points:

  • Overcoming setbacks
  • Moments of choice
  • Self-awareness and self-belief
  • Importance of trust and collaboration


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1. View the recording of Part I by clicking here

2. View the recording of Part III by clicking here 


John Harris

John Harris
Former Paralympian Athlete

John Harris was paralysed at the age of 18 after he fell 18 metres from a fairground ride; and a full 17 years passed before he was selected to compete for Great Britain at his first Games in 1980.

The pinnacle of John's sporting career wa... Full Bio

John Ferguson

John Ferguson
Founder and Managing Partner
John Ferguson Leadership Ltd

John has had a rich and varied career in Human Resource Management prior to founding his own consulting and coaching practice.  Key roles have included:

Practice Leader,... Full Bio

David Learmond

David Learmond (Moderator)
Senior Advisor and Senior Fellow, Human Capital
The Conference Board

David Learmond is a senior advisor and senior fellow in human capital at The Conference Board. In these roles, he supports the human capital practice, which includes Human Capital Exchange™, research, conferences, w... Full Bio


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