Half a Shade Braver: A Morning with David Whyte on the Foundations of Conversational Leadership


davidwhyteAbout David Whyte

We have been partnering with David since 2005, bringing workshops and the unique salon series format to many people in that time.

David is first and foremost a poet. His work has struck a resonant chord within organisations and the personal and professional development arenas around the world. He is an inspiring speaker who, with a poet’s insight, speaks to our human condition, and to the core of the challenges individuals and organisations face today and offers a vision for the way ahead.

David’s client list includes: Astra Zenica, The Boeing Company, Deloitte & Touche, Innogy, The Industrial Society, Lucent Technology, Mattel, McKinsey, Microsoft, Nasa, Novartis, The Royal Air Force, Standard Chartered Bank, Stanford University, State of the World Forum, Said Business School, University of Oxford, Toyota, Unilever & Visa International.

He has published eight books of poetry including River Flow New & Selected Poems and his latest collection The Sea in You: Twenty Poems of Requited and Unrequited Love published in 2015. David is also the author of the best selling prose books, The Heart Aroused, Crossing the Unknown Sea, The Three Marriages: Reimagining Work, Self and Relationships and Consolations.

“Everyone I met was raving about him. The delegates were like a ‘who’s who’ of British Industry and Whyte stole the show.”
The Times

Half a Shade Braver: A Morning with David Whyte on the Foundations of Conversational Leadership

7 December 2016

(10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.)

Join David Whyte for an intensive morning of poetry and imaginative insight, as he shares his latest thoughts on the frontiers of Conversational Leadership.

One of the abiding dynamics of leadership, whether it is leading others in public or leading our personal lives is the necessity for visibility: the willingness to step into the clear air of commitment and articulation.

We commit to others and to a direction we wish to take most effectively through making three invitations: firstly, by identifying the horizon to which we wish to go, secondly, by articulating the ground on which we now stand and lastly, by asking others to join us in the endeavour of getting from here to there.

One of the most important qualities a leader must develop is the art and craft of shaping an identity that invites these real conversations and is ready to negotiate the difficult, rewarding steps along the way.

With his compelling blend of poetry, humour and insight, David will reframe your understanding of leadership and the way good work gets done, as well as the milestones and adventures that occur along the way when we make a real invitation – to ourselves, to others and to the future.

COURAGE is a word that tempts us to think outwardly, to run bravely against opposing fire, to do something under besieging circumstance, and perhaps, above all, to be seen to do it in public, to show courage; to be celebrated in story, rewarded with medals, given the accolade, but a look at its linguistic origins is to look in a more interior direction and toward its original template, the old Norman French, Coeur, or heart. 

Courage is the measure of our heartfelt participation with life, with another, with a community, a work, a future. To be courageous is not necessarily to go anywhere or do anything except to make conscious those things we already feel deeply and then to live through the unending vulnerabilities of those consequences. 

To be courageous is to seat our feelings deeply in the body and in the world: to live up to and into the necessities of relationships that often already exist, with things we find we already care deeply about: with a person, a professional future, a possibility in society, or with an unknown that begs us on and always has begged us on. To be courageous is to stay close to the way we are made.

Much is said in today’s world about “just being.” But human beings have never had the luxury of choosing between an untouched and interior foundational self and the necessities and often overwhelming vulnerabilities of achievement in the outer world.


– David Whyte

CONSOLATIONS: The Solace, Nourishment & Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words

©2014 Many Rivers Press


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Early Bird Fees

(Bookings prior to 21 November 2016)

Self-funded individuals and charities

£100+ VAT

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£125 + VAT

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(Bookings after 21 November 2016)

Self-funded individuals and charities

£125 + VAT

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£150 + VAT


There will be a 50% cancellation charge for cancellations received within 14 days of the seminar and 100% cancellation charge for cancellations received within 7 days of the seminar.


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