Managing Mavericks


Start Date: 12 Nov 2015

Start Time: 6:30 PM

End Time: 9:15 PM

Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes

Capacity: 50

Venue: University Brighton, Mithras House, Lewes Road, Brighton, BN2 4AT › View map

Admission price: £10.00

Event Capacity: Full

Mavericks are often regarded with suspicion, hostility or even ridicule – precisely because they stand out from the crowd.  Yet, time and again, the maverick is uniquely equipped to offer a breakthrough solution to a long-standing problem - or a pressing crisis. 

Managing Mavericks offers a compelling insight into the reasons mavericks think the way they do, the influence of ‘left/right brain dominance’ and the difference between ‘authentic’ and ‘synthetic’ maverick behaviour.  The session also provides a practical way to get the most from people who, by definition, think outside the mainstream.  With the application of some simple tools, your team will perceive mavericks not as awkward outsiders but instead as valued and inspirational problem solvers.


6.30 - 7.05  Registration and networking with (tea/coffee and nibbles)
7.05 - 7.10  Welcome by Professor Aidan Berry (Director of Brighton Business School)
7.10 – 7.15 Speaker introductions by CIPD
7.15 - 8.15  Presentation: Lembit Opik (title of talk to be confirmed)
8.15 - 9.10  Buffet networking reception
9.10 - 9.15  Depart

The University of Brighton Business School in association with several local branches of professional associations (CMI, CIPD, ACCA, CIM, , CIMA, CII, IFA, IOD and the Law Society) co-hosts two evening networking events a year with the following aims:

  • Opportunities for cross sector networking & exchange of relevant sector information
  • Share best business practice & provide for continuing professional development
      (2 hour CPD certified)


Lembit Opik

Lembit Öpik is one of the best known mavericks in British public life. Born in Northern Ireland, his parents (and name) come from Estonia. Lembit was Global Human Resources Training & Development Manager for American multinational Procter & Gamble, after which he served for 13 years as a British Parliamentarian. An accomplished broadcaster - Lembit presents his own show on BBC Radio Kent - he has also worked as a training practitioner in five continents: his stated goal to maximise the effectiveness of individuals whose talents may otherwise be missed or undervalued. His training style combines insights into the human condition with an inspiring enthusiasm for what’s best in the human race.


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Enquiries contact

Questions about this event should be addressed to Networks Support at or by telephone on 01536 207394.

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