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Richard Jolly, Adjunct Professor of Organisational Behaviour, London Business School

Who or what is the inspiration behind your achievements?

I am inspired by an optimistic belief in the ability of people and organisations to change. Over the almost twenty years that I have engaged with leaders and organisations, I have been repeatedly inspired by seeing people make significant and meaningful changes – helping play a part in this is why I wake up before my alarm … most days.

Richard JollyStudents have voted you best programme teacher twice. How important is the case method to your success?

It is fundamental. I teach by using stories and this is the essence of the case method. I have a driving ambition with every lecture I give – I want the students or executives to remember something from the session five years later. We don’t remember theories. We don’t remember bullet points. We remember stories.

You work as a consultant as well as a professor; how do these roles complement and enhance each other?

Ensuring that the consulting work I do is informed by evidence-based research is important to building credibility and ensuring that my work is more likely to be helpful; at the same time, the stories and experiences I gain from the consulting work prove critical in the classroom – there are very few questions I get asked where I don’t have a point of view based on real client situations.

Richard JollyIf you could be transported into another profession for one week, which would you choose, and why?

Managing a US presidential campaign – gone are the days where policies defined success; today, it is about how a candidate can connect with people. This is something I would love to engage with … as long as the candidate is someone that I deeply respect and has integrity.

How do you relax?

Cooking, eating and drinking with family and friends

Richard JollyDo you have a favourite quote or guiding principle?

‘Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour.’ Mark Twain

Richard Jolly is Adjunct Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School.

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