Focus on Thought Leadership Meeting

Focus on Thought Leadership – Leading Technological Transformation

October 10-11, 2019

SAID Business School
University of Oxford


To provide more opportunities for members of the ECLF community to connect in a meaningful way,  we are launching a new meeting format called “Focus on Thought Leadership”. 

Complementing our annual summit and our traditional Focus on Practice meetings, we are planning for 1-2 additional events per year which will last two half days, from noon to noon. They will provide the opportunity to meet and discuss issues relevant to your profession with leading scholars from renowned universities, think tanks, and research centers. There will be no additional costs for ECLF members.

The first of such meetings will take place from October 10-11 at Oxford University. In a series of  interactive sessions with top faculty members from SAID Business School, we will discuss technological trends, the resulting scenarios for business and society, and the implications for leadership and organization.

As space is limited, seats will be allocated on a first com first serve basis, giving priority to senior primary members.  


Together with Oxford Saïd’s faculty we will explore contemporary areas related to technological transformation and the challenges they present for strategic leadership and organisation:


Chris Kutarna on Global Mega Trends
Now is humanity’s best moment - and its most fragile. Global health, wealth and education are booming. Scientific discovery is flourishing. But the same forces that make big gains possible for some of us deliver big losses to others—and tangle us together in ways that make everyone vulnerable.  We are living in a second Renaissance and we can flourish—if we heed the urgent lessons of history. During this first scene setting session we will explore how.


Trudi Lang on Scenarios Thinking
Often organisations have a single strategy approach to technology based on the analysis of forecasts, trends and the assumption that tomorrow will not be that radically different from today.   Scenarios thinking is a practical approach that enables executive teams to think in new ways and create credible stories of the future that challenge conventional wisdom and in that way identifies potential disruptors that could emerge.  This allows strategy to be stress tested and, if necessary, modified to withstand or harness disruption.


Marc Ventresca on Leadership and the Humanities
As we grapple with all the challenges that disruption brings, where can we look for ideas to inspire our leadership practice?  The humanities study human society and culture including ethics, creativity, communication, philosophy, politics and history,  all of which can provide inspiration and creative solutions for today’s challenges.  Our discussion will focus on how the humanities can inform leadership and what practical interventions can be applied.


Eleanor Murray on Making Change Happen (Executive Panel Discussion)
We will wrap up the FoTL meeting with a panel conversation between selected ECLF members and Eleanor, who specializes in how change is constructed in organizations and systems. What approaches work,  what else could be done in the light of fresh perspectives? How should leaders resilience-proof their business, to anticipate and respond to the spectrum of current and future disruption?


You can download the detailed schedule of the meeting here.


This link will help you to travel to the City of Oxford.


Event Venue

Our Focus on Thought Leadership Meeting will take place at Saïd Business School at Oxford University. 

SAID Business School  website  |  map
Oxford University
Park End Street
Oxford OX1 1HP
United Kingdom

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Marriott Courtyard has just opened a brand new hotel in 8 minute walking distance to Oxford University. 

Courtyard Oxford City Center   |   website  |  map
15 Paradise Street
Oxford OX1 1LD
United Kingdom
+44 (1865) 306900

Please make your reservation directly with the hotel.

We were able to reserve a dicounted block rooms for our group at a rate of GBP 158 including breakfast, which will be only available until September 1, 2019.

Please mention the code ECLF when booking your room. After this deadline, rooms are not guaranteed, and regular rates apply.


Dress Code

Business casual


For all questions regarding logistics please contact


For all questions related to the event please contact


Please register by September 15, 2019 by obtaining a "ticket" via eventbrite.




Special Terms for this Meeting

  • Space for this meeting is limited
  • Registrations will be treated on a first come first serve basis
  • Priority will be given to primary members
  • All others will be waitlisted until the registration deadline expires (September 15)



The meeting is free of charge for ECLF members.

Provided space is available after the registration deadline, the folllowing terms apply:

  • Guests from member companies pay a 50% discounted fee of USD 600.
  • Guests from non-member companies pay a nominal fee of USD 1,200

If you are not a member and would like to receive an invitation, please contact

Focus on Practice Meeting 2017

9th Focus on Practice Meeting

Digital Transformation Revisited

January 26-27, 2017

Google Offices - Central St. Giles
London, United Kingdom


Hosted by Google, the ECLF 2017 Focus on Practice meeting will be a unique opportunity to follow up on our Berlin conversations on Digital Leadership and Digital Transformation while, at the same time, provide insights into relevant practices from one of the world's digital leaders.
Due to space limitations at the Google offices, this meeting will be limited to 50 participants. ECLF members will have one guaranteed seat; additional seats from the same company will be waitlisted until the registration deadline and then allocated on a first come first serve basis.


Our 9th Focus on Practice meeting will provide a unique opportunity to experience the “Google Way” and its challenges first hand, in an open and unscripted atmosphere.  

We will continue our exploration of the challenges of Digital Leadership and Digital Transformation (DL/DT) by investigating some of the practices of Google in this domain, with special regard to Google’s leadership development activities.

We will also discuss and sharpen the design and the objectives of the ECLF consortium project on DL/DT which will be launched after the event. 

Please REGISTER by December 19, 2016 by emailing ECLF




Meeting Venue

Google Offices London
Central St. Giles
1-13 St. Giles High Street

London WC2H 8NU



Please be so kind to take care of your own hotel reservation. Here is a list of suggested hotels that are close to the venue (prices checked 11-27 2016):

  • The Hoxton Holborn  |  199-206 High Holborn |   GBP 119 (Euro 140)  |  weblink
  • Thistle Holborn – The Kingsley  |  Bloomsbury Way  |  GBP 187 (Euro 220)  |  weblink
  • Hotel Radisson Blue  |  9-13 Bloomsbury Street  |  GBP 215 (Euro 252)  |  weblink
  • Bloomsbury Hotel  |  16-22 Great Russell Street  |  GBP 220 (Euro 260)  |  weblink



The meeting is free of charge for ECLF members.

Guests from member companies pay a 50% discounted fee of USD 500
Guests from non-membner companies pay a nominal fee of USD 1,000.

To cover the costs for meals and catering at the venue we will charge each participant a logistics fee of USD 180 (Euro 170). Payment of the logistics fee confirms your registration.

You can download a credit card authorization form here.


Please note that due to space restrictions at Google the meeting will be limited to 50 attendees. Members have at least one guaranteed seat; additional seats will be waitlisted and then allocated at a first come first serve basis.

Registration deadline for guranteed seats is December 19, 2016. After that day, waitlisted seats will be allocated.

Payment of the logistics fee confirms your registration.


June 24-26, 2020

For details please click on the individual event.


Hosted by member companies, ECLF annual summits are the highlight of the year, bringing together ECLF members from more than a dozen of countries to engage in an intellectually and socially inspiring dialogue which is the hallmark of ECLF's culture.

Each conference is dedicated to exploring a strategic challenge of the practice.