Blaire Palmer is a coach and keynote speaker, helping clients figure out how to lead in these fast-changing times. As one of the youngest female producers of the BBC’s flagship Today programme, Blaire spent a decade breaking stories and shaping the UK news agenda before her fascination with leadership and change led her to train as one of the UK’s first corporate coaches. Since then she’s written three successful books, spent thousands of hours in boardrooms working with leaders and teams, and is regularly quoted in the media.You can read more about her work at

The theme of Nucleus' recent annual conference was all about disruption. Following the event, none of us can doubt the world is changing faster than ever before.

Social, political, cultural and technological change… they not only demand that we change how we do business, but they demand that the very nature of business itself needs to change.

That requires leadership. As I flagged at the conference, this doesn't just mean better people management skills, but true leadership: seeing what is, and what could be, and disrupting the status quo to bring about change.