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Gurnek Bains

Gurnek Bains

Gurnek Bains is a managing partner at Global Future, prior to this, Gurnek was a co-founder of the leadership consulting firm, YSC. He was CEO and then Chairman of YSC for 25 years, building the firm to its current level of reach, which includes over 24 international offices and half of the FTSE 100.

Gurnek has extensive experience of working with senior executives and teams, including advising Boards on key leadership and cultural issues, and coaching a number of FTSE 100 CEOs. Gurnek’s current executive clients include, Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Nationwide and Lazard.

He is the author of two books; Meaning Inc: the blueprint for business success in the 21st century and Cultural DNA: The Psychology of Globalisation.

Gurnek co-founded the Global Future Think Tank, a research arm of the Global Future consultancy. He is a non-executive of Intertek, a FTSE 100 company, and is also on the NomCo and RemCo.  

Gurnek is regularly asked to speak at conferences and leadership summits and has appeared in HR Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People.


Session Synopsis

The whole subject of purposeful leadership has become a bit of a bandwagon of late and Covid and the Black Lives Matter agenda has accentuated this trend. However, meaningful work in this area requires thought, rigour and clarity. Without this, a lot of the work can risk being tokenistic, superficial or self-indulgent. The session will focus on three key areas:

  • Helping organisations to think rigorously about how they define their purpose to ensure that it is both invigorating, rooted and credible.
  • How individual leaders can be helped to clarify their personal purpose and link it to the organisational purpose and how they help others to do likewise.
  • How leaders use purposeful leadership to drive engagement, impact and results.

The opportunities and risks to avoid in each of these areas will be explored. Gurnek Bains is Managing partner of Global Future, a consulting firm that has extensive experience of this field. He is also author of Meaning Inc and was co-founder and CEO for 25 years of the consulting firm, YSC.

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