Business and People Strategy and Performance

Innovation: Growth from Uncertainty

  • Hybrid Events
  • April 28, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm UTC+0
  • London, United Kingdom

In-Person: 9.00 – 16.00 BST / Online: 10.00 – 12.30 BST

The recent crisis has created levels of uncertainty seldom seen before. Work (how, where, who and what is done), technology, economics, education, geopolitics and society as a whole are changing at a pace that is hard to keep up with. However, this has the potential to be a catalyst for innovation, enabling organisations to meet evolving customer needs with new products and services. 

Business leaders face an uncertainty dilemma: all possibilities come with uncertainty and the unexpected has possibility hidden within. But because we are wired to fear uncertainty we miss the possibilities.

This event will address the question why crises spur innovation and how to replicate the successes in a more ‘stable’ environment. Through interactive presentations, discussions and exercises we will explore the issues from an organisation, team and individual perspective, looking beyond our own organisations and industries to learn about the factors of success.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand what conditions make some organisations more innovative than others and why some individuals embrace uncertainty, and seek opportunity for growth, while others freeze.
  • Identify HR’s role in creating an environment that enables high levels of innovation.
  • Each attendee will have the opportunity to develop a tailored action plan identifying how they can contribute to creating the right organisational environment for innovation to flourish.

Who is this Event for?

Senior HR leaders with a focus on creating an environment to enable innovation to thrive and developing leader capability and mindset to be more innovative. 

Speakers

Nathan Furr

Professor of Strategy and Innovation, INSEAD

Nathan Furr is a professor of strategy and innovation at INSEAD in Paris and a recognized expert in the fields of innovation and technology strategy. Professor Furr earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University where he studied how innovators commercialize their ideas. His bestselling books include The Innovator’s Method (Harvard Business School Press, 2014); Leading Transformation (Harvard Business School Press, 2018); and Innovation Capital (Harvard Business School Press, 2019). He has published broadly in Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Forbes, Inc, and academic journals. He is an Innosight Fellow, has been nominated for the Thinkers 50 Innovation Award, and works with leading companies such as Google, Microsoft, Citi, ING, Philips, Solvay and others.

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Mike Straw

CEO and Founder, Achieve Breakthrough

Mike is the CEO and founder of Achieve Breakthrough. He didn’t coin the phrase “culture eats strategy for breakfast”, but he lives and breathes it! And for two decades he’s been working with distinguished CEOs and senior business leaders to help their people and organisations develop, change and make ground-breaking improvements in performance.

Mike founded Achieve Breakthrough to unlock his client’s ambitions: making the seemingly impossible, possible. These include industry leading blue-chip corporations across sectors such as Pharmaceuticals, Technology, FMCG, and Global Retail. His notable clients include; Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Roche, Novartis, PepsiCo and Duke Corporate Education.

Mike is co-author of The Little Black Book of Change and is an international speaker and thought leader on transformational leadership.

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Hamish Taylor

Expert in Innovation/Change, Customer Focus/Brand Management and Leadership/Performance.

Hamish Taylor is a former CEO of Sainsbury’s Bank and Eurostar. Following an outstanding career and 10 years assisting some of the world’s leading organisations, Hamish is an expert in Innovation/Change, Customer Focus/Brand Management and Leadership/Performance. He is also known as the ‘master thief’ based on his record of innovation transfers

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