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International speaker to address Fairford & Lechlade Business Club

2 November 2022
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International speaker and author Peter Docker will address the next meeting of Fairford & Lechlade Business Club with a talk on leadership.

The former RAF officer turned business coach is the author of the globally best-selling book Find Your Why. His latest book is Leading From The Jumpseat: How to Create Extraordinary Opportunities by Handing Over Control.

A nail-biting extract reads: “As the engines howled and we thundered along the tarmac, there was no warning of what was about to happen.

"When the turbulence hit, I could feel my own body straining against the straps that held me tightly in my seat. Meanwhile, Calum was doing his utmost to keep the aircraft flying away from the ground.

"Seated in the jumpseat behind him, I watched Calum wrestle with the controls. 140 people’s lives were hanging in the balance.

"As the most experienced and senior pilot on the aircraft, taking the wrong action could seriously affect everyone’s chances of survival. What would you have done in my position?”

Peter delivers the message that leadership is about lifting people up and giving them the space they need so that, when the time is right, they can take the lead.

Leading from the Jumpseat is a higher form of leadership, since it is not about building and retaining our own individual power. Instead, it focuses on nurturing the potential of others and empowering them to become leaders.

Drawing on his 25-year career in the Royal Air Force, and over 14 years spent partnering with businesses around the world, Peter's goal is to inspire others to Lead from the Jumpseat. Jumpseat Leadership is a way of interacting with people that will enhance performance in any given situation – during normal business, times of crisis, and life in general. Becoming a Jumpseat Leader takes practice and his latest book is a practical guide to handing over control.

In business and in life, handing over the reins to others is inevitable. Everyone will eventually leave their team, retire from being the CEO, or see their kids leave home and lead their own lives.

Leading from the Jumpseat enables us to embrace this inevitability. It is a metaphor for how we can choose to lead and the journey we take so we can hand over control to others, who are then equipped to continue forward.

Leadership and building teams to lead will be the topic of his talk to business owners, both members and non-members of FLBC, and those in the blue light services and military are also welcome to attend, and benefit from Peter’s insights.

Peter said: “It’s a pleasure to be asked to speak at an event in my local area and to share some of what I take to business leaders around the world. When we choose to Lead from the Jumpseat it creates extraordinary results. I hope to see local businesses, emergency service personnel and those in the military attending.”

In another coup for the Business Club, Lord Faringdon has offered his private theatre on the beautiful Buscot Park estate for the event.

The event will be held on Thursday 24 November at 7.30pm. For more information or to book a place go to: https://flbc.org.uk/events/flbc-november-meeting/


Peter Davison is deputy editor of The Business Magazine. He has spent his life in journalism – doing work experience in newsrooms in and around Bristol while still at school, and landing his first job on a local newspaper aged 19. By 28 he was the youngest newspaper editor in the country.

An early advocate of online news, he spent the first years of the 2000s telling his bosses that the internet posed both the biggest opportunity and greatest threat to the newspaper industry and the art of journalism. He was right on both counts.

Since 2006 he has enjoyed a career as a freelance journalist. He lives in rural Wiltshire with one wife, two children, and three cats.

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