Speaker Bio

Matt ONeill (NEW)

Matt has spent over 15 years developing marketing and communications businesses. They include an innovative events company, cutting edge video marketing products and a marketing communications agency.

Some of them worked, others didn’t! But those 15 years saw a relentless march of technology, and deep societal changes in its wake.

Matt has always spotted trends and found practical ways to apply them to client challenges. But today that is no longer enough. Companies can no longer rely just on technical innovation. They must work harder to reach customers, attract employees and place bets on future strategies. A futurist is no longer a soothsayer looking into the misty distance but an essential contributor to tomorrow’s business success.

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THE CO-CREATED BUSINESS

His approach is in itself the result of a trend, which may now be familiar. Businesses are increasingly collaboration with customers and the supply chain. In Germany and Japan, the companies built on family dynasties are dissolving. In the UK and US, companies which were once monoliths with ten-year product cycles are racing to meet the demands of a public with plenty of choice.

Ventures are crowdfunded (think Kickstarter, or the success of microloans in developing nations). Marketers seek advice from their customers, either overtly (design your own jeans, mobile phone package or holiday) or covertly (all that browsing data you give away every day…) We are constantly finding new ways to collaborate and organise society and business.

And he’s certain that discovering the future is also a collaborative process. That is even more valid if we want to apply the distilled and impassive thinking of most research to real businesses: to your business. Unlike so many consultancies, He won’t present you with a 1000-page strategy document, which will be left on the shelf while your business is left behind. We will create a roadmap together, based on the knowledge of my team and your colleagues. All this is supported by rich media, live events (remember he did those?), external speakers and dynamic tools, in a generous spirit of curiosity. This approach is more useful, and much more fun.

It is, at least, fun for most. Some trends can be uncomfortable. As I write this, many are finding their work lives disrupted by the Gig Economy. Trends disrupt the status quo and the comfort of “This is how we’ve always done it”. They challenge our worldviews, and – since many of us spend more time at work than anywhere else – our very identities. It’s another good reason for thinking through the future to be a collaborative effort: part of my work is to help you confront your preconceptions and envision a different world in a constructive and positive way.

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Inventing your Future - Trends to grow your business

The life of a leader means dealing with lots of day-to-day challenges. This is often at the expense of future planning. Matt's session provides leaders with a set of signposted trends.

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Inventing your Future - Trends to grow your business

Outline:

The session is an intense awareness raising exercise coupled with group discussion about how new business trends can be applied to increase profit, efficiency and grow. It also raises an ethical dimension on some trends so business leaders can make informed choices.

The life of a leader means dealing with lots of day-to-day challenges. This is often at the expense of future planning. My session provides leaders with a set of signposted trends. Some can be applied straightaway. Others will require a more thoughtful approach. Not only can correct application of these trends help avoid businesses being disrupted, but can also help rejuvenate more traditional businesses for 21st century conditions.

The key points covered:

  • Rise of ‘Purpose’ in business
  • ‘Servitization’ in manufacturing (if relevant to group)
  • Leadership to ‘Followership’
  • Rise of the ‘Gig Economy’’
  • Sharing Economy
  • Easy Self-Service and Conversational Interfaces
  • Augmented Reality
  • Artificial Intelligence/its role on work

Objectives:

    • Help leaders understand new social, cultural and technology trends
    • See their business with a fresh perspective
    • Apply the learning to their business

Participants will leave with:

    • A bespoke workbook to help them share fresh ideas with colleagues
    • An understanding of the new threats and opportunities to their business
    • A set of actionable first steps related to future opportunities

    Added August 2017.

Inventing your Future - Trends to grow your business

The life of a leader means dealing with lots of day-to-day challenges. This is often at the expense of future planning. Matt's session provides leaders with a set of signposted trends.

Read more

Inventing your Future - Trends to grow your business

Outline:

The session is an intense awareness raising exercise coupled with group discussion about how new business trends can be applied to increase profit, efficiency and grow. It also raises an ethical dimension on some trends so business leaders can make informed choices.

The life of a leader means dealing with lots of day-to-day challenges. This is often at the expense of future planning. My session provides leaders with a set of signposted trends. Some can be applied straightaway. Others will require a more thoughtful approach. Not only can correct application of these trends help avoid businesses being disrupted, but can also help rejuvenate more traditional businesses for 21st century conditions.

The key points covered:

  • Rise of ‘Purpose’ in business
  • ‘Servitization’ in manufacturing (if relevant to group)
  • Leadership to ‘Followership’
  • Rise of the ‘Gig Economy’’
  • Sharing Economy
  • Easy Self-Service and Conversational Interfaces
  • Augmented Reality
  • Artificial Intelligence/its role on work

Objectives:

    • Help leaders understand new social, cultural and technology trends
    • See their business with a fresh perspective
    • Apply the learning to their business

Participants will leave with:

    • A bespoke workbook to help them share fresh ideas with colleagues
    • An understanding of the new threats and opportunities to their business
    • A set of actionable first steps related to future opportunities

    Added August 2017.

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