View from the Top with Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

In conversation with Miranda Green, FT Deputy Opinion Editor.

"Sadiq was an excellent speaker and spoke about key issues which impacted me personally."

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Beyond Brexit: The Impact on Business with Jacob Rees-Mogg

Conservative MP for North East Somerset in conversation with George Parker, FT Political Editor. 

On the eve of a crucial European Council meeting in Brussels, the FT125 presents "Beyond Brexit with Jacob Rees-Mogg", a chance to hear from one of the most influential figures in Britain's debate on Europe. While Theresa May is negotiating Britain's future relationship with the EU in Brussels, she will be looking over her shoulder at the likely reaction of Mr Rees-Mogg, the head of the European Research Group, which counts over 60 Tory MPs among its supporters.

The prime minister is caught between two powerful Tory factions as she navigates the final phase of Brexit talks, with pro-Europeans urging her to adopt a soft Brexit and Eurosceptics urging her to make a clean break with the EU. Mr Rees-Mogg's vision of Britain after Brexit - including the future for the City of London - is always provocative and never dull: Theresa May takes the man at the centre of "Moggmania" very seriously indeed.

"Relevant topic with an interesting speaker - fiercely intellectual with clear and honestly held opinions whose views were by and large at odds with the majority of the room. The questioning by the FT representative was also excellent."

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Chief HR Officers' Network Lunch: Guiding Talent from Mid-Career to Senior Leadership

Michael Skapinker, FT Contributing Editor and Columnist and Executive Editor of the FT | IE Corporate Learning Alliance chaired a panel discussion with Pilita Clark, FT Associate Editor and Business Columnist, Candice Cross, Group Head of Diversity and Inclusion Culture, BT and Anton Fishman, Organisational Consultant and Managing Partner, Fishman & Partners. 

The business world is experiencing radical demographic change in the workforce. Nowhere is this more striking than the emergence of multigenerational teams, as Gen Z embark on first jobs and baby boomers successfully adapt to evolving working cultures. HR leaders, like other senior executives, now need to rethink their assumptions about optimal team balance, experience, technology and career expectations. How can they identify the skill gaps within middle management and what can they do to help this diverse group within the organisation achieve the next step up the corporate ladder? The panel debated this issue with leading experts providing practical guidance on what approach employers can take to develop that middle segment of their workforce.

"The mix of speakers and guests was exactly right - felt like we were at the right level and from the right organisations to be able to mutually support each other in our agendas."

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Maximising the Performance Potential of Your Workforce

Gemma Tetlow, FT Economics Correspondent was joined by Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman, John Lewis Partnership and Dame Fiona Kendrick, Chairman, Nestlé UK & Ireland.

Productivity growth in the UK has been disappointing in recent years, falling behind other leading economies such as the US and Germany. The economy has suffered as a result. One reason for this may be the decision to leave the European Union which has created a new period of uncertainty for businesses. The government has a role to play but business must take on greater responsibility in tackling the problem. Maximising the performance potential of your employees is key to maximising profit and investing in the company’s and country’s future. Workplaces are key, employees achieve peak productivity when managers support and enable them.

This session focused on business performance: the role played by managers and leaders in identifying the problems, what business practices work and how to deliver improvements from the perspectives of two leaders of major organisations and the leader of Be the Business, a business-led initiative to help UK companies improve their performance.

"Productivity is a very important topic for businesses currently - getting some practical ideas was enormously helpful."

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Political Risk in the Age of Brexit and Trump

Roula Khalaf, FT Deputy Editor chaired an all-FT panel with Gideon Rachman, FT Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator, Rana Foroohar, FT Global Business Columnist and Chris Giles, FT Economics Editor.

Rarely has the geo-political outlook been so uncertain. Britain is coming to terms with the monumental legislative exercise known as Brexit. The US is trying to fathom its most unpredictable president in generations. The global economy remains fragile a decade after the start of the financial crisis. And the rest of the world is transfixed by the rise of China and the rapid shift of power towards Asia, a process described by Gideon Rachman as Easternisation. This panel of FT experts discussed how these changes are likely to play out over the next few years and affect the prospects for global business.

"It was a fantastic opportunity to hear from experts at the FT about the current political climate. They provided some very interesting insights, and it inspired me to keep more up-to-date on the current situation in the rest of Europe, along with giving me further thought as to how Brexit may impact my industry."

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Strategy Live: Why Some Products Fly and Others Flop

Andrew Hill, FT Management chaired this workshop-style session with Allyson Stewart-Allen, founder and chief executive of International Marketing Partners, and Gareth Dunsmore, Nissan’s European Director for Electric Vehicles. They took live examples of brands or products that failed to fly - and a few that soared - as the starting point for a wider audience discussion about what companies can do to increase the chances of taking promising innovations through development to launch in the market. How important is the geographical or market context for the product? When should executives urge innovators on and when should they pull the plug? And how far should they persist with products and brands that do not meet early expectations of success?

“Dynamic, interesting, engaging, a real chance to connect with the table group as well as the participants.”

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