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CMCE Showcase: Leading in a Digital World - are we really prepared?

The world is changing rapidly – innovations and breakthroughs in technology and global working are influencing the way we interact, make decisions and do business.

  • Expectations of the new generations in the workforce are very different to those who have gone before.
  • The psychological contract is shifting too and workers need psychological safety.
  • The way we have traditionally led teams is no longer fit for purpose – but just how prepared are we really for leading in a digital world?

Nick Cowley, Director of The Oxford Group, a City & Guilds Group Business, talked about new research in this area – 60% of leaders say their colleagues don’t have the skills to succeed in a digital age – and just a third feel prepared themselves to take on the challenge.

In this session we discussed how we prepare and develop our leaders to:

  • lead effectively;
  • to really step up to lead and collaborate with authenticity, vulnerability and courage;
  • to recognise and adapt to changes in the psychological contract.

Our speakers, Nick Cowley and Richard Horner, founder of, explored exactly how this can happen and addressed the full stumbling blocks along the way.

This was a CMCE Showcase supported by City & Guilds Group.

You can find Dr Simon Davey's account of the Showcase below.


Nick Cowley, Director of The Oxford Group

Richard Horner, founder of