“Culture eats strategy for breakfast”, Peter Drucker

“Studying anthropology changes the way you look at the world”, Gillian Tett

“We can be blind to the obvious, and we are also blind to our blindness”, Daniel Kahneman

Meet Mark

I never set out to become a senior executive in a major international corporation. In fact, it’s been more of an unexpected journey – I’m an anthropology graduate whose first job out of university was with a London-based food delivery startup.

But like any good anthropologist, I am at heart curious about human nature, so my journey has been guided by a desire to learn, to test out new ideas, to take risks both professionally and personally, and to take full advantage of the experiences and perspectives of others.

 

My executive days

These traits have served me well – and over time, I found myself in different leadership roles, helping my team and organisation to create an entrepreneurial culture, become more innovative, and better able to respond to change

I’ve been fortunate enough to be part of, and to lead, high performing teams, to explore and uncover new market opportunities, and to sustain the organisational changes needed to deliver growth in mature businesses and industries. I have worked at BP, Hay Group, and most recently Syngenta where I led the creation and development of a $2bn Specialty Crops business unit.

These days

Today, I work with leaders, individually and in groups, in person and virtually, to help them address their most significant challenges. I draw inspiration from the worlds of anthropology, business, sports, the arts, and nature.

Read more about me here on LinkedIn.

Watch me discussing innovation here on YouTube

Contact me at mark[at]markbidwell.com.