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Gareth Jones

Gareth Jones

Former Director of Human Resources and Internal Communications at the BBC

Professor Gareth Jones’s most recent role was as Director of Human Resources and Internal Communications at the BBC. His career has spanned both the academic and business worlds. He began as an academic in Economic and Social Studies at the University of East Anglia before moving to the London Business School, where he joined the Organisational Behaviour Group. During this period he directed the School’s Accelerated Development Programme.

Gareth Jones then joined Polygram, the world’s largest recorded music company at that time. Appointed as Senior Vice President for Polygram’s global human resources, his responsibilities covered more than thirty countries. In 1996 he reverted to academia again when he became the BT Professor of Organisational Development at Henley Business School.

Gareth is currently Visiting Professor at IE Business School, Madrid and a Fellow of the Centre for Management Development at London Business School. As well as serving on the Editorial Advisory Board of People Management Magazine, Gareth is a founding partner of CMA, a consultancy focused on organisations where creativity is a source of competitive strength.

He has published several books, including “The Character of a Corporation: How Your Culture Can Make or Break Your Business”, “Clever, leading your smartest, most creative people” co-authored with Rob Goffee, and “Why Should Anyone Be Led by You?”, also with Rob Goffee, and published by Harvard Business School Press, the title of which was based on an article of the same name which won the prestigious McKinsey Award for the best article in HBR in 2001. His most recent book “Why should anyone work here?” is also co-authored with Rob Goffee and published by Harvard Business Press.

The theme of authenticity was developed in another Harvard Business Review article, “Managing Authenticity” which appeared in 2005. Another article, “Leading Clever People” appeared recently in HBR and deals with the special challenges of leading in the knowledge economy.

Gareth Jones is recognised as a leading expert in organisational design, culture, leadership and change by both the academic and corporate worlds. His insightful talks promote creativity as a source of competitive strength and inspiring an effective organisational culture. Gareth has a talent for turning complex management theory jargon into palatable and amusing real-life examples and key takeaways offering easy to action behavioural changes.

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Leadership and performance - the impact of effective leadership on business performance

Leadership development as a continuous process

Organisational Design & Culture

Is Your Organisation a Beacon for Talent?

The necessity for authenticity


Thought provoking, entertaining, informative - liked the pace - Gareth had a very engaging style. He made me ask myself some uncomfortable questions about why I wanted to be a leader.

The Co-operative Group


Gareth Jones

Why Should Anyone Be Led by You?

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Clever: Leading Your Smartest, Most Creative People;

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The Character of a Corporation

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    £7k to £15k

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    £7k to £15k

  • US:

    £7k to £15k

  • Africa/Asia/ME:

    £7k to £15k

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  • United Kingdom



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