CSCLeaders 2016: Sir Alan Parker

Sir Alan Parker, Chairman, Brunswick Group and Chairman, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh's Commonwealth Study Conferences (UK Fund), echoes the words of HRH Duke of Edinburgh to welcome participants.

Sir Alan Parker

At the start of this year's CSCLeaders programme, Sir Alan Parker, Chairman, Brunswick Group and Chairman, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh's Commonwealth Study Conferences (UK Fund), welcomed participants and introduced them to the Challenge they will be exploring. As part of his welcome he quoted HRH Duke of Edinburgh's words from the maiden Commonwealth Study Conference in 1956: 

"In fact, the whole success of the Conference depends, not on what you decide, but on what you talk about, and the opinions, however provocative, which are aired. The Conference will have achieved its object if each one of you goes home that much more aware of what industry does to people and with perhaps a feeling that you are better equipped, when and if your turn comes, to smooth out the difficulties of industrialisation.

"May I emphasise that you are not here to be taught anything and that the reports of the groups are in no way an examination. You have been asked because of your particular experience which together covers a very wide scope, to examine the subject of human problems in industrial communities in the Commonwealth. Each one of you will take away the results of that examination in your own minds, and from then on every professional decision which you have to make will be coloured to some extent by what you discovered here and in this company.

"The extent to which your subsequent practice is influenced by this Conference will be the true measure of the success of our efforts here. In the end, the art, the science and knowledge of management, administration and negotiation must be contained in those people's minds whose day to day decisions have a profound effect upon industry and therefore on the whole course of human life."

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