#20 Professor Keith Grint and the Wicked Problem of Leadership in Covid 19

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Professor Keith Grint and the Wicked Problem of Leadership in Covid 19

In this edition I am speaking to Keith Grint, Professor Emeritus at Warwick University.

We’re discussing Wicked Problems in general, the specific Wicked Problems of Covid-19, Brexit, and Leadership.

When Wicked Problems were first introduced by Rittel & Webber in 1973, various people have built upon the idea that it was Professor Grint, drawing on the work of Thompson’s Messy Solutions, who introduced the concepts of Tame and Critical problems, thus contextualising the problem-scape.

Keith Grint is Professor Emeritus at Warwick University where he was Professor of Public Leadership until 2018. He spent 10 years working in various positions across a number of industry sectors before switching to an academic career.

Since becoming an academic he has held Chairs at Cranfield University and Lancaster University and was Director of the Lancaster Leadership Centre. He spent
twelve years at Oxford University and was Director of Research at the Saïd Business School.

Scroll down for links to Keith’s books and a special Sage Journal Publication on Covid-19.

I hope you enjoy the show and if you have any comments or suggestions please write to me at: tc@wickedproblems.fm.

Enjoy,

Toby

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Keith’s Links

Read Keith’s article in the special Covid-19 edition of the Sage Journal:

Keith’s books:

  • Leadership (ed.) (1997)
  • Fuzzy Management (1997); The Machine at Work: Technology, Work and Society, (with Steve Woolgar) (1997)
  • The Arts of Leadership (2000)
  • Organizational Leadership (with John Bratton and Debra Nelson); Leadership: Limits and Possibilities  (2005)
  • Leadership, Management & Command: Rethinking D-Day (2008)
  • Sage Handbook of Leadership (edited with Alan Bryman, David Collinson, Brad Jackson and Mary Uhl-Bien) (2010)
  • Leadership: A Very Short Introduction (2010).
  • Keith’s latest book, Mutiny & Leadership is due out in late 2020.

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#10 Pandemic Fitness: How to keep fit during lockdown with Martin Christie

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Pandemic Fitness: How to keep fit during lockdown with Martin Christie

With the world in lockdown, how do you get the right amount of exercise? Exercise videos abound on the internet. Most of which provide a vital service to people seeking to stay fit. However, the majority are aimed at those who already have a certain level of fitness and flexibility.

So, is there an exercise routine that works for all, regardless of fitness level? My guest today, Martin Christie certainly thinks so.

In 2003 Martin introduced Nordic Walking to the UK, forming the company Nordic Walking U.K and developed the first instructor training courses to be approved by the Register of exercise professionals.

Nordic Walking UK is the U.K’s largest outdoor fitness provider with over 2,000 weekly classes nationwide.

In 2020 Martin and the team launched WALX, a true health club without walls, offering a range of outdoor walking fitness programmes to suit all abilities.

Within WALX and Nordic Walking UK today, Martin leads the devlopment of the education programmes, creating training courses to educate instructors and leaders, ranging from community volunteers to neuro-physiotherapists.

Martin is an active member of Parkinsons UK active exercise hub, the network at the forefront of advising on exercise for people with Parkinsons.

He also regularly delivers hospital based training programmes to physiotherapists.

I hope you enjoy the show and if you have any comments or suggestions please write to me at: tc@wickedproblems.fm.

Enjoy,

Toby


About Martin

In 2003, Martin introduced Nordic walking to the country, formed Nordic Walking UK and developed the first instructor training courses approved by the Register of Exercise Professionals. Nordic Walking UK can lay claim to being the UK’s largest outdoor fitness provider with over 2000 weekly classes available nationwide. In 2020, the team launched WALX, a true health-club-without-walls, offering a range of outdoor walking fitness programmes to suit all abilities.

Within WALX & Nordic Walking UK today, Martin leads the development of its education programmes, creating training courses to educate instructors and leaders ranging from community volunteers to neurophysiotherapists.

To remain current and relevant, Martin owns and manage WALXhampstead. WALXhampstead delivers a range of fitness walking classes weekly in north London. He is an active member of Parkinson’s UK Exercise Hub, the network at the forefront of advising on exercise for people with Parkinson’s. He regularly delivers hospital-based training programmes to physiotherapists.

Martin’s Links

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