Bill Pasmore — senior vice president and head of the organizational leadership practice at CCL — gave a keynote speech at the first-ever Executive Conversation in Geneva for the new CCL alliance with the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP).
The event on advancing leadership in peace and security was attended by several ambassadors to the United Nations and senior members of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDR), the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), CAUX-Initiatives of Change Foundation, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the World Food Programme (WFP), the Swiss Federal Department for Foreign Affairs (FDFA), and more.
The discussion was framed by the alliance mission to advance leadership in peace and security and focused on leading change. Pasmore joined Ms. Jane Connors, former Director of the Research and Right to Development Division at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, on the panel. The speakers’ discussions on leading change included these highlights:
- Top-down change efforts often fail. This is in large part due to a lack of understanding and engagement of middle tiers of these organizations, and the lack of true leader capability often found in appointed positions at the tops of these organizations.
- Cooperation across organizations is a great challenge, even more so than internal cooperative efforts.
- The need for change and more effective collaboration is clear.
This event was the first in a series of events organized as part of CCL’s new Alliance with GCSP for Advancing Leadership in Peace & Security.
Watch Bill Pasmore in a conversation with the GCSP on leading change successfully: