Asynchronicity & The Future Of The Workplace

A global debate is in full swing about when and where we should work and it's playing out in organisations of all sizes across the world. Who has the power to decide? Who wins and who loses out in different time / space configurations? Why do we work like this anyway? In the rapid move to remote working companies have largely done a "lift and shift" of work practices according to what we have historically considered to be necessarily same time/same place work. The result is overburdened diaries, endless meetings, cognitive overload and no time in which to actually complete our work. Based on extensive, hands-on research into the implications of new trends in collaborative working practices, this webinar explores how we can radically rethink the most precious resource any of us have - our time - in order to make space for the most value-adding work to get done.


Victoria Ward works as a coach, strategic adviser, convenor for, and companion to those who seek to create lasting change, in themselves, in their teams and networks, in the organisation as a whole, or in the system in which the organisation plays a part. She left NatWest in 1997 to set up a radical new multi-disciplinary practice, specialising in knowledge, narrative, knowledge networks and cultural transformation. Before acting as Chief Knowledge Officer at NatWest Markets, Victoria acted as Chief Operating Officer, Capital Markets, and Managing Director, Global Futures. She joined NatWest from the London International Futures Exchange working as head of R&D, education and statistics, as well as working with Exchange members, and with regulators internationally to change the tax and regulatory regime for index futures and options, and, among other things, to provide a robust response to regulatory enquiry into the role of index futures and options in the market crash of 1987. A 20+ year portfolio includes work in the public, private, not for profit and cultural sectors, with development banks and agencies, financial institutions, government agencies and departments, regulators, international manufacturing and pharmaceutical companies, academic institutions and museums. Victoria is internationally recognised as being at the forward edge of thinking and practice in knowledge management, communities of practice, narrative research, technology-enabled collaborative and storytelling approaches to complex organisational challenges and transformation.

Dr Caitlin McDonald is the LEF’s resident Digital Anthropologist. She helps business leaders and teams learn to step outside their version of ‘normal,’ suspend judgement, and consider things from many different perspectives. This gives businesses the leading edge through boosting customer empathy, finding new solutions to old problems, and enriching the insight power of big data through multidisciplinary approaches. Recognised for her domain knowledge in qualitative methods like ethnography and participant-observation, Caitlin spent six years at the quantitative coal face developing analytical models and designing dashboards for the world’s largest collaboration and talent network for education professionals. Before that Caitlin earned her PhD following dancers around the world and across the internet, understanding how information flows for cultural bodies of knowledge like dance are impacted by technoscapes (the digital world around us.) Her combined expertise gives her a uniquely balanced perspective for gleaning wisdom from the intersection between human imagination and digital systems.

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Thursday, 14 October 2021

15:00 - 15:45 BST


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    Victoria Ward
    Research Associate
    Leading Edge Forum (LEF)
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    Dr Caitlin McDonald
    Digital Anthologist
    Leading Edge Forum (LEF)
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    Professor Michael Mainelli
    Executive Chairman
    Z/Yen Group