Events / Lunchtime Session-Talk Lean: Simplicity,Authenticity,Productivity

Lunchtime Session-Talk Lean: Simplicity,Authenticity,Productivity

January 25, 2021
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Lunchtime Sessions
Talk Lean: Simplicity. Authenticity. Productivity.
Monday 25 January 12:30 – 13:45


Most of us are too inhibited to say what we really think, to express how we really feel, to ask for what we really want – and our impact and effectiveness suffers. But those of us who lack such inhibitions often just come over as abrupt or brutal.


What if there were a middle way? A way of being consistently clear, direct and straight-to-the-point whilst always remaining polite, respectful and empathetic? This ‘middle-way’ is what Alan Palmer (MBA 86D) and his colleagues at Interactifs teach people this effective discipline. In this short lunchtime workshop he will expose you to some first ideas on losing inhibitions without losing friends.


As with all sessions, there will be time for Q&A and small group breakouts to facilitate meaningful conversations and connections.


Alan Palmer (MBA 86D) is a senior partner at Interactifs UK. Interactifs is a pioneer in the field of training / coaching on relationship skills and social intelligence. He is the author of “Talk Lean: Shorter meetings. Quicker results. Better relations.” which was short-listed in the UK for the “Management Book of the Year” award in 2015. Alan is also an Adjunct Professor at INSEAD, teaching the MBA elective “Talk Lean: Simplicity, Authenticity, Productivity.”


Your Host, Rahima Valji (MBA 03D), is a strategic growth and innovation advisor to CEOs and leadership teams. with more than 20 years’ experience on three continents. She focuses on helping corporates, scaleups and the public sector grow through corporate innovation, new product launches, digital transformation, scaling and international expansion and by building strategic partnerships and relationships.


Rahima speaks English, Italian, French, Spanish, Gujerati, Kaatchi and some basic Hindi. She spent a recent gap year eating and cooking her way around the world, ending up as a guest chef in an Italian restaurant in Mozambique cooking for CEOs, ambassadors and real Italians! All of them are still alive.