Innovation is a talent sought by many organisations as a key source of differentiation, a gateway to future markets/revenue and increasingly, an attractor for attracting and retaining staff. Much is made of innovation processes, idea pipelines and the need for continuous innovation. Nevertheless, the ability to sustain an innovation culture remains an elusive target for staff, managers and business leaders. Innovation it seems, is easy to say, difficult to do.
In this session, Patrick will lead a collegiate, interactive session aimed at honing the leader’s perspective of building and maintaining an innovative organisational culture. Key areas of learning include:
- Reviewing and assessing principles of successful innovation
- Application of innovation principles to my own organisation
- Understanding and applying a range of innovation approaches by exemplars
- Overcoming innovation hurdles
- Specific techniques to embed an innovative culture
Leaders better able to create and sustain an innovative culture in their organisation.
Using Foresight to Inform Decision-Making
Foresight is a trait desired by organisations in order to be better prepared, increase agility and make more informed, decisions. Application of foresight can help leaders and organisations to consider changes in strategic course, identify core innovation areas, influence organisational culture, develop vision and own a particular thought leadership agenda.
Patrick will use a subset of insights from Future Agenda, the world’s largest open foresight programme, to help participants build a rich, shared perspective of the world in 10 years’ time. Individuals will share initial perspectives, assess the assembled insights for relevance, consider possible gaps and appreciate the implications of selected areas. Throughout, participants will experience foresight first-hand and take away learning how to apply specific foresight in their organisation.
In this session, Patrick will lead a collegiate, interactive session aimed at helping leaders to feel comfortable about working with foresight and to apply their learning in their own organisations afterward. Key areas of learning include:
- Making foresight accessible through hands-on participation
- The value of looking beyond normal timeframes and sources
- An appreciation of a participant’s ability to do foresight
- The translation of foresight into action
- Exploring specific techniques to apply to individual situations after
Leaders more informed about foresight, better equipped to apply it in their organisations and more comfortable with their own abilities in doing so.
Keynotes: Blue-Sky Thinker - Specialising in Innovation and Foresight
A keynote is a speech or presentation that establishes the main underlying theme of a conference or event, usually to a large audience and lasting approximately 45 minutes.
Patrick Harris is the definitive blue-sky thinker, driven by an ultimate desire to reach practical, workable solutions. He is a keynote speaker who uses his real business experience and expertise in foresight and innovation to help leaders and organisations to ask better questions, distill insight into actionable plans and generate powerful momentum inside organisations.
Patrick specialises in foresight and innovation.