Strategy for Breakfast

Date: 27/11/2019
Author: Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
Company: Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Strategy for Breakfast combined superior wisdom from the likes of Stephen R Covey, W. Edwards Deming, Winnie the Pooh and expert business acumen from Professor David Bamford, Manchester Metropolitan University’s Chair of Operations.

On the 12th November 2019, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce continued to bridge the gap between academics and businesses by hosting a practical, networking breakfast seminar hosted by Professor David Bamford and Dr Iain Reid, from the Manchester Metropolitan University Business School.

The session explored strategy leadership, behaviour and continuous improvement whilst exploring the pitfalls of transformation within organisations. Lessons that almost all business leaders should be clued up on but often fall short on delivering. Luckily, members can enjoy a close-knit relationship between MMU and GM Chamber who both strive to support the local business community.

“Prof David Bamford (Professor in Operations at MMU) gave a really insightful presentation over breakfast yesterday. It was billed as ‘Strategy for Breakfast’ and he certainly got the room thinking”.  – Bob Buckley, Twelve Scholars

Professor David Bamford’s narrative touched on quotes, carefully crafted by theorists as far back as Aristotle that provided, not only a philosophical outlook, but also enlightened delegates with the practical advice these quotes offer in the form of real-life examples and case studies. This was aimed at operation professionals after all!

From the science behind KPI’s to life lessons from Winnie the Pooh, the scope of knowledge on offer ensured that delegates in the room had more takeaways than they could possibly chew.

The event clearly demonstrated the value Manchester Metropolitan University can offer local businesses in Greater Manchester. The university's tacit knowledge comes from real industry experience and when combined with the ample amount of resources, research and technology at the university’s disposal it makes sense for business owners to use academics as an extension of their capabilities.

“I found ‘Strategy for Breakfast’ a very engaging session delivered by Dr David Bamford, with some good Q&As in the group discussion. Dr Bamford shared examples from a range of sectors with fun stories and quotes along the way…. I also enjoyed the opportunity to exchange views and chat to attendees from diverse businesses following the presentation”. – Anna E. Herko, Director, Herkofy Limited

The questions asked included:

  • How can a leader can control habits whilst encouraging innovation?
  • Is strategy based on the past? Are successful strategies formed on logical patterns that can help you predict the future?
  • Can you only really deliver a good strategy if you’ve been through the tribulations and failures and learnt from them?

If you feel as though you may have missed out, MMU has supplied a short snippet of Strategy for Breakfast which you can watch here.

The Chamber will be continuing to put on masterclasses like Strategy for Breakfast, the GM High growth workshops and more in 2020, but if you’d like a conversation with the university to discuss how to incorporate their extensive support into your strategy, then let your Chamber introduce you to the right people – Contact myles.hamilton@gmchamber.co.uk