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Henley Partnership: Masterclass – So you thought The Matrix was just a film?

What if you looked at your organisation and saw it for what it really was – you caught a glimpse of the ‘source code’ and never thought about it in the same way again?

– Exclusive to Henley Partnership members –

What if you looked at your organisation and saw it for what it really was – you caught a glimpse of the ‘source code’ and never thought about it in the same way again?

During this online masterclass you will see that many of the symptoms we experience have their roots in a common cause, an alternative reality which we can see if we know where and how to look, but usually don’t.

In this session, Nick Kemsley will introduce you to the powerful concept of Levels of Work, a well-researched field stretching back to the 1950s, but will bring it bang up to date and translate its far-reaching implications. Using examples and his engaging style, he will help you understand how a lack of focus on complexity creep has played a role in many of today’s organisational effectiveness challenges, and outline some key strategies essential to co-existing with ever-increasing complexity.

So… blue pill or red one?

Learning outcomes

By the end of the event you will:

  • have an additional lens and a language through which to look at the performance of your people and your organisation in a different way
  • know what may lie behind issues your organisation may have in strategy development or deployment
  • be equipped to ask questions of your approaches to leadership development and succession to understand if you are considering what is important or if you are in fact masking the issues.

“His great strengths are his ability to simplify complex challenges, stimulate discussion & reflection, build understanding & inspire confidence to put ideas into action. I cannot recommend him enough!”

CEO of Talent innovation consortium of over 50 renowned businesses

Who should attend?

Anyone involved in or curious about organisational effectiveness and performance, leadership development, organisation design, talent management and L&D. This could include CEOs and senior leaders, heads of OD, talent, L&D and leadership development and others in people or OD functions tasked with improving organisational performance.


Professor Nick Kemsley - Henley Business School Finland

Professor Nick Kemsley enjoyed a 20-year corporate career across multiple sectors with blue-chip organisations. This saw him work across project management and supply chain, followed by 10 years in senior OD and talent roles at regional and global levels. He then spent more than a decade in organisational capability consulting through his own business and as a senior partner in a global people advisory business. Nick was Co-director of Henley’s Centre for HR Excellence for several years and continues to be involved in programme delivery and consulting for Henley.

How do I book?

This event is exclusive to members of The Henley Partnership. To book please contact your HR or Learning and Development team at your organisation.

Unsure who to contact? Please do not hesitate to contact us at

For this event, up to 3 places per member organisation are available. ‘Up to’ indicates the maximum number per member organisation, it is not an allocation of places. All places are subject to availability at the time of booking.


This events primary theme is organisation and the secondary theme is personal effectiveness.

It is relevant to the development of change, challenge, complexity, effectiveness, strategy.

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