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Finding Our Inner Strength with Bruce Daisley

How we can draw on those around us to build confidence and find our inner strength

Bruce Daisley is one the world’s most respected thought leaders on workplace culture and the future of work. He was Vice-President of Twitter in Europe for 12 years and has four times been voted the ‘fantasy hire’ that most business leaders would like to make.

In August 2022 he came to Intelligence Squared to talk about the themes of his new book Fortitude: Unlocking the Secrets of Inner Strength. Dispelling the myth that to succeed in life we need to be tough and self-reliant, he unpicked the overused concept of resilience, explained how it really works, and put forward a new programme for building self-confidence and tenacity. Drawing on his personal experience and recent scientific research, he showed how we can draw on those around us to build confidence and find our inner strength, and taught us how we can help each other get through tough times and become better leaders, parents and friends.

Praise for Bruce Daisley’s Fortitude: Unlocking the Secrets of Inner Strength

‘A book that confirms what I’ve always believed, that we can’t be resilient on our own. In fact resilience is about all of us being stronger than any of us.’ – Gary Lineker

‘A much needed book that unfolds the surprising secrets of resilience. Something I never knew I needed to read but I’m so glad I did. It’s opened up a whole angle of thinking.’ – Nadiya Hussain

A fascinating analysis of resilience – what it is, what it isn’t and why, when we develop it together, it becomes something better and more important, fortitude. It seems that resilience is a team game.’ – Alastair Campbell



Bruce Daisley

Writer and consultant on the intersection of life and work and author of Fortitude: Unlocking the Secrets of Inner Strength

Former European Vice-President for Twitter and host of the UK's number one business podcast Eat Sleep Work Repeat. He is the author of The Joy of Work:30 Ways to Fix Your Work Culture and Fall in Love with Your Job Again, which was a No.1 Sunday Times Business Bestseller. He is also a regular on the conference circuit, addressing business leaders on the main stage of the CBI Annual Conference in 2017, and at that year's Management Today annual summit and Financial Times 125 Club, as well as at many tech industry events around Europe. He has been one of the Evening Standard's 1,000 Most Influential Londoners for four years. His new book is Fortitude: Unlocking the Secrets of Inner Strength.   

Sarah Ellis

Co-founder of Amazing If, podcast host and co-author of The Squiggly Career and You Coach You

Co-founder of Amazing If, an award-winning career development company. Together with her business partner Helen Tupper, she is the author of two Sunday Times bestselling books The Squiggly Career and You Coach YouSarah and Helen are also hosts of the UK’s no. 1 careers podcast Squiggly Careers which has over 2m downloads and their TED talk, The Best Career Isn’t Always a Straight Linehas been watched by over 1.5m people. Before Amazing If, Sarah’s career included leadership roles at Barclays and Sainsbury’s before becoming Managing Director at creative agency Gravity Road. She is an alumnus of Harvard, London and Warwick Business Schools (MBA), a qualified professional coach and a mental health first aider. She is also co-chair of the Mayor of London Workspace Advisory Board.