Laurence Shorter

Lazy Guru Constellations
A humorous talk about flow, creativity and effortless living.

Laurence is an author, consultant and coach with many years experience of working with people inside and outside organisations. After studying History at Cambridge he worked at management consultancy McKinsey & Co. and then joined Europe’s first Internet service, AOL in the mid 90s. He then worked at a venture capital firm investing in publishing and technology businesses and after an MBA at INSEAD he founded his own internet company – a construction industry website called, before embarking on a career as a writer and public speaker. As well as creating his own one-man show at the Edinburgh Festival, in 2009 he authored a bestselling book about Optimism, which has been translated into 7 languages and sold in over 15 countries. Today he helps organisations and individuals to find their purpose, vision and values – helping to unlock the energy that lies at the heart of their day to day life and work.

Taken from Wikipedia…

He is the author of The Optimist: One Man’s Search For The Brighter Side Of Life, which was published in January 2009 by Canongate Books, and author and photographer of A Hedonist’s Guide to Tallinn, published by Hg2.

Born in New York, he studied History at Cambridge University. Following an early career in business which included management consultancy, new media business development and venture capital, Shorter gained an MBA at the business school INSEAD. He went on to co-found a Business-to-business web startup in Paris. He has been writing and performing since 2001, when he was selected for the Old Vic Theatre’s noted “New Voices” programme. He and his work have appeared on the BBC, in The Observer and The Independent, and at the Edinburgh Festival and assorted London theatres.

Simon Jones 

Simon will be speaking about, How to deliver exceptional business results through people

The talk will cover areas such as:

– Vision and purpose
– Evolving with scale
– Operationalising strategy
– Results through people
– Skills and capabilities

This talk is especially applicable to SME and micro business owners and Directors, team leaders and anyone responsible for delivering business results.

•Over 20 years in the management consulting industry with Andersen Consulting and Gemini Consulting  and this provides a great platform for my coaching and advisory work.
•Worked for 13 years as CEO of Analysys Mason, the global telecoms strategy and research specialists.  During this time the Company grew it’s turnover from £5m to £30m.
•As CEO of Analysys Mason increased international revenues to 70%+ of total through opening operations in the US, Europe, Middle East and Asia; expanding into Media, and Telecoms Software. Completed 5 mergers and acquisitions prior to sale to Datatec.
•Exposure to all aspects of sales, commercial and leadership development having taken accountability for bottom line results; living with the implementation implications of commercial and people strategy decisions.
•A graduate of the Meyler Campbell Business Coach programme and authorised Client Practitioner of Motivational Maps.
•An Economist by academic training, topped up with an MBA mid-career, currently hold several non executive Directorships of fast-growth companies where focus includes business development, fund-raising and performance management.