As part of the Hult International Business School, one of the world’s truly global business schools, Ashridge Executive Education helps develop the leaders, teams, and organizations of tomorrow, through a variety of scheduled open programs, highly tailored customized programs, and degree qualifications.

Delivered to our clients either locally on-site or at one of our global campuses–including the fabulous Ashridge House in the UK–our programs are designed as a unique blend of experiential learning, class, and faculty-time, and led by our practitioner-focused faculty.


This program has been specifically developed in Partnership with Hult Ashridge for the TOP HR Leaders of International Organizations. 2 days of deep dive and sharing on the Future of the HR Leadership Role immersed in the beautiful landscape of Ashridge Castle near London. Key objectives are to give priority to strategy and develop new ideas and new programs to lead the organization in the new world of work. We will explore the challenges that HR and Business leaders face, and the organizational capabilities they will require to navigate successfully to the workplace of tomorrow.


The Future of HR Leadership


Innovation & HR


Transformation: Global Change Strategies


Leadership effectiveness


International Mindset


To prepare the HR Leaders to strategically and proactively impact and influence the business agenda and ride the waves of changes required to thrive in an increasingly complex environment; and in so doing, champion the leading of Group HR practice, the HR function and business needs. All this immersed in the beautiful settings of Ashridge Castle, that will allow participants to break free from the daily business busy schedule and concentrate and focus on developing a stronger network and build innovative strategies for the future.


Understand key insights from academia and industry on what is changing in the world that is most relevant to HR and to their organisation

Understand the impacts of these changes on the their organisation and be able to translate them into effective HR strategies and initiatives

Develop own strategic impact and influence (mindset, skills and confidence)

– to create ownership with business teams, peers and reports and so drive performance

– to be agile and embrace change, and enable others to do the same

– to lead the business agenda, not just respond to it

Create some disruptive energy that will enhance the value of HR in their organization in achieving business results


It brings the latest thinking and an outside-in perspective by exploring the macro trends in the new world of work, from digital disruption to what is means to be human in this new world of work

The immersive nature of this program ensures that participants walk away with insights and experiences that will stay with them for many years

Participants will have the opportunity to test out their strategic partnering skills during a real to life strategic conversations, working in groups with peers and trained actors, stretching them out of their comfort zone

It also provides a unique opportunity to deepen networks and bonds between participants from diverse industries as they share and learn together



The content should be dynamic, pragmatic and relevant across multiple businesses and geographies, allowing participants to share their insights as well as deepen understanding of global standards and expectations and latest thinking from academia and industry. It should be participative to maintain energy and should develop solid actions that people will commit to. There will be a blend of provocative input, insightful conversations and as well as thoughtful reflection


DAY 01


  • Bring a big picture perspective on how the world is changing and what Business Leaders are /should be paying attention to from an HR perspective
  • Bring a big picture perspective on how HR is responding to these trends
  • Leadership in the 21st century – the role of ego and eco-system leadership
  • Explore what this means for Leaders, Leadership and for HR


  • Understanding the journey on S-curve (efficiency/effectiveness/transformation) and where each participants finds themselves and their HR business on the S curve
  • Understanding the value of the 3 curves:

1st curve: Efficient HR – Being a great service provider, and getting the basics right
2nd curve: Effective HR – Being a value adding strategic business partner
3rd curve: Transformational HR – Being able to help transform HR and the organisation to meet the changing world


  • Gain insights and skills into the use of data and analytic tools to identify insights on people to enable faster, more accurate, and more confident business decision making. How to use data analytics at 4 levels:

1. Reactive
2. Proactive
3. Advanced analytics
4. Predictive analytics

DAY 02


  • Understanding the concept of polarity, either/or vs both/and thinking (integrative thinking), and how to apply to feeling stuck in own HR practice
  • Identifying polarities in my practice e.g. head office needs vs business unit needs, or status quo vs disruption
  • Learn and apply a practical process for managing polarities and optimising synergies
  • Stimulating input – moving from either/or to both/and integrative thinking


  • How to hold meaningful inquiry and strategic conversations. Learn about the psychological differences between ‘getting buy-in vs creating ownership’ and pull and push orientations to strategic influence
  • Learn 4 influencing styles, their usages, and assess own style – Ashridge ISPI model


To maximize the effectiveness of the intervention, we make sure participants are prepared and engaged through pre-program conversations, reading and assignments. All designed to create a continuous thread throughout the program


Erik de Haan

Qualifications & Institution
PhD, Psychophysics, University of Utrecht

Erik de Haan is the Director of Ashridge’s Centre for Coaching with over twenty years of experience in organisational and personal development. He aims to support individuals in their search for what is right and just for themselves and for others in their organisations. His expertise covers process consulting for organisational change, facilitating management teams, working conferences, executive and team coaching.

Erik has an MSc in Theoretical Physics and gained his PhD with his research into learning and decision-making processes in perception. He is a British Psychoanalytic Council registered psychodynamic psychotherapist with an MA in psychotherapy from the Tavistock Clinic, has co-authored more than 150 articles and 10 books, and sits on the editorial board of three journals including the Consulting Psychology Journal.

Erik has worked with universities, hospitals and multinational companies. He is currently Professor of Organisation Development at the VU University Amsterdam. Erik is an Ashridge accredited coach and supervisor and is qualified to deliver a range of psychometric instruments

Charlotte Sills

Psychotherapist, Coach Supervisor and Trainer

Charlotte Sills is an experienced coach and coach supervisor. She supervises the Ashridge coaching team and is a member of the faculty of Ashridge’s Coaching for Organisation Consultants and Masters in Executive Coaching programmes. She also teaches on the Ashridge Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Coaching and Organisation-Development Supervision programme.

Before joining Ashridge, Charlotte was a member of the leadership team and Head of the Transactional Analysis Department at Metanoia Institute, London and worked in private practice as a psychotherapist, coach and trainer/consultant in a variety of organisations, particularly in the area of mental health.

Charlotte is a visiting professor at Middlesex University, Professor of Coaching at Ashridge and a UKCP registered psychotherapist and BACP senior accredited supervisor. She teaches – especially transactional analysis – all over the world and has published widely in the area of psychotherapy and coaching including co-authoring several books on Transactional Analysis and Gestalt

David Birch

Business Consultant, Executive Coach, Supervisor and Integrative Psychotherapist

David Birch specialises in group facilitation, boardroom consulting and executive coaching. His strengths as a facilitator and coach come from his ability to create safe environments for honest reflection and dialogue, opening up new insights and perspectives on seemingly intractable problems.

After graduating in 1979, David worked as a teacher in the UK and Japan before joining the Industrial Society (now the Work Foundation) as a management adviser. This was followed by ten years as an internal consultant with Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC) where he became a Director. He joined Ashridge in 2000.

David has a first degree in Geography from Leeds University and a PGCE from Durham University. He holds Masters degrees in Organisation Consulting from Ashridge and Integrative Psychotherapy from the Metanoia Institute. He is accredited as a mediator, executive coach, supervisor and UKCP-registered psychotherapist and qualified in a range of psychometric instruments




Thomas A. Becker 
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