As a former fighter pilot and Executive Officer of the Red Arrows, Justin Hughes is no stranger to high performance in the most demanding of environments. And after a further 15 years as a consultant on building high-performance cultures, Justin is uniquely placed to both inspire and offer practical insights into the drivers of excellence.
Former Red Arrow and RAF fighter pilot, Justin Hughes, is a renowned expert and inspiring speaker on high-performance cultures and high-risk environments. Justin engages audiences with his wealth of expertise within building high-performance teams and organisations, leadership. strategic ambiguity and agility, decision-making and risk, and behavioural safety and safety culture.
Justin has presented at hundreds of management meetings, conferences, academic forums and dinners worldwide with clients ranging from global corporations (e.g. 3M, Microsoft) to public sector (e.g. Bank of England, NATO) and world championship-winning sports franchises (e.g. Mercedes F1). He was also a guest presenter on Oxford University’s MSc in Major Programme Management London Business School’s ‘Executing Strategy for Results’.
Justin is the author of The Business of Excellence (Bloomsbury, 2016), has been profiled in the London Standard, Director and the Daily Telegraph), and interviewed for BBC World ‘Talking Business’ and BBC Breakfast.
Justin’s breadth of operational, speaking, academic and consulting experience allows him to develop tailored content, specific to the client audience. In addition to keynote and after-dinner speaking engagements, Justin and his team also run high-impact teambuilding seminars and workshop programmes; he additionally co-presents with Anna McNuff and James Woudhuysen.
Building High-Performance Teams and Organisations
Through over 25 years’ experience of operations, research and consulting, Justin has identified 4 simple factors which are invariably present in high-performance organisations. Using examples and case studies from the military, sporting and corporate worlds, Justin delivers tangible insights that can be applied the very next day.
Justin helps audiences separate the intellectual ability (the ability to set direction) and delivery (the ability to organise and get stuff done) that are prevalent within leadership, and demonstrates how effective leaders have developed their ability to bring others around them on the same journey.
Strategic Ambiguity and Agility
Given a choice, many large organisations would prefer to achieve their goals through exceptional disciplined process and compliance – to have control over what happens. However, apart from the demotivating aspect of this approach, it is irrational when operating in environments characterised by ambiguity, imperfect information and changing circumstances. Justin demonstrates why clarity. alignment and empowerment are the keys to success.
Decision-Making and Risk
Our understanding of cognitive bias has improved dramatically in recent years and a range of tools and methodologies are available to help equip individuals and teams for the situations they will face for which no perfect process exists. Justin uses his vast experience to help audiences develop the tools to make decisions which are approximately right than precisely wrong.
Behavioural Safety and Safety Culture
The ‘art’ of risk or safety management is in building the resilience to cope with the unexpected through the pursuit of operational excellence, improving decision-making through human factors training, and most critically, leadership. Justin will demonstrate why leadership drives the culture which drives the behaviour, and why behaviour will ultimately drive an organisation’s success in managing risk and safety.
Prior to his current roles, Justin was an RAF fighter pilot. He graduated as top cadet of his officer training and went on to fly the Tornado F3 air defence fighter. He subsequently served for 3 years on the Red Arrows performing over 250 displays worldwide including 3 international tours. Justin has an MBA with Distinction from London Business School and is currently studying International Relations at the University of Cambridge.
An inspiring speaker with a wealth of experience in delivering results in an environment where failure is not an option and mistakes cost lives, Justin has the ability to motivate and inspire any audience.