Paul Griffith (NEW) | Vistage UK
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Paul Griffith (NEW)

MEng, MBA, ACGI, MICM

Paul has a focus in strategy, innovation and customer centricity.

At Ashridge Business School Paul is a Professor of Practice in strategy, innovation and customer centricity working with business leaders from organisations in both the public and private sector. In his ten years of working with executives at Ashridge he has worked across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas in a variety of sectors including financial services, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, technology and telecoms. He also runs a business and executive leadership development consultancy, Gallifrey Ltd. Currently he is writing a book on innovation and researching into ‘Growth Mindset’.

Prior to joining the Ashridge team Paul was a Vice President at Inmarsat, the global satellite business, managing the product management and marketing function where he was responsible for the commercial performance of the global portfolio, launching the next generation of products and as a member of the executive management team taking the business through a private equity transaction and subsequent IPO on the London FTSE.

He has held leadership roles in marketing, business development and corporate strategy for global enterprises, start up and turnaround businesses including British Telecom, FirstMark and Datapoint. At British Telecom Paul led the change management programme for the sales, customer service and marketing division serving Small & Medium Enterprises (SME). Paul has extensive international experience leading cross cultural teams and global programmes serving the enterprise and SME markets. He began his career with engineering and commercial roles in the oil and gas sector for Air Products.

He has a MEng in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College and MBA (Distinction) from London Business School.

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Disruptive Innovation

Traditional business sectors are increasingly being disrupted by start-ups, new entrants and existing firms utilising the latest innovative thinking. This is a practical and interactive session that helps business leaders to understand, anticipate and manage disruptive (including digital) innovation in their business sector to open up new opportunities for their firm.

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Disruptive Innovation

Session Overview:

Traditional business sectors are increasingly being disrupted by start-ups, new entrants and existing firms utilising the latest innovative thinking. This is a practical and interactive session that helps business leaders to understand, anticipate and manage disruptive (including digital) innovation in their business sector to open up new opportunities for their firm.

Why CEO's and Business Leaders Benefit:

  • Innovation is key to the survival of a business
  • Disruptive innovation is or about to radically affect most business sectors. Understanding and managing disruptive innovation is an important capability to ensure survival of a business and also to identify new opportunities to thrive.

Key Points Covered:

  • Understanding ‘Disruptive Innovation’ & why it matters
  • Create your ‘disruptive’ landscape map
  • Think like a disruptor
  • Strategies for dealing with disruption

Session Objectives:

  • To understand disruptive innovation – what it is and why it is important
  • To know about digital disruption and how it may impact your business sector
  • To know how to map the potential for disruption in your business sector
  • To know how to map a customer journey and practise applying disruption in a business sector

Takeaway Value:

  • A framework for diagnosing digital disruption in their industry sector (Discussion guide for Digital Disruption) to understand how and where digital technologies may radically impact their business
  • Create a disruption Landscape Map for their business sector to anticipate disruptive effects
  • Create a Customer / Stakeholder Journey Mapping framework for a business and practise ‘disrupting’ that sector to understand threats and opportunities of disruptive innovation.
  • Opportunity to work with an expert (practitioner and professor) in the field of innovation

Expected Call to Action

The workshop has a number of suggested actions for participants to take forward, for example:

  1. Run a digital disruption discussion with their management team
  2. Create a disruption landscape map for their business sector
  3. Undertake a customer journey mapping exercise for their business

Added June 2019.

Innovation Strategies for Driving Business Model Success

One of the biggest challenges for a firm is to effectively innovate to drive business success. This is a practical and interactive session that helps business leaders to understand the essentials of a successful innovation strategy, to explore how to innovate their business model, to apply these principles to their firm and to define an action plan to boost their business performance.

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Innovation Strategies for Driving Business Model Success

Session Overview:

One of the biggest challenges for a firm is to effectively innovate to drive business success. This is a practical and interactive session that helps business leaders to understand the essentials of a successful innovation strategy, to explore how to innovate their business model, to apply these principles to their firm and to define an action plan to boost their business performance.

Why CEO's and Business Leaders Benefit:

  • Innovation is key to the survival of a business
  • Innovation is a key driver for growth of a business
  • Understanding and making the right choices for innovating are a key decision-making skill for CEOs/business leaders
  • Supports businesses in running new projects and establishing new ventures.

Key Points Covered:

What is Innovation

  • Understand the definition of innovation. Ask participants to share their view of what innovation is and examples of ‘good’ innovation.
  • Why innovation is important and how it adds value to a business (e.g. by creating new value for customers, increasing efficiency of the business etc)
  • Describe the different levels of innovation – often businesses are doing innovation, but they don’t recognise it and don’t think they are innovative. Apply this thinking to the participants business and they define the types of innovation they have done. A framework for the different types of innovation is introduced and participants map their businesses to this model.

Where to Innovate

  • Understand where businesses get the best return on investment on innovation.
  • Business model innovation gives the best ROI on innovation and therefore we map the business model for the participants business and then look at how to innovate their business model. A framework for mapping their business (Business Model Canvas) and a systematic innovation tool (4 Questions) are introduced and applied to the participants businesses.

Action Planning

  • Suggested next steps that participants can take in their organisation to identify and action their innovation strategy.
  • Share tools for action planning and using to develop their innovation strategy.

Session Objectives:

  • To explore the concept of innovation
  • To identify the innovation strategies for driving growth
  • To introduce a business model innovation framework
  • To provide ideas and tools for successfully applying strategic innovation techniques to your business

Takeaway Value:

  • Concepts and practical frameworks to apply to their businesses (innovation definition, innovation curve, business model canvas, 4 questions)
  • Inspired to identify and action innovation opportunities in their businesses
  • Share learning and experiences with their peers during the session
  • Practical suggestions for an action plan to take back to their business
  • Opportunity to work with an expert (practitioner and professor) in the field of innovation

Expected Call to Action

The workshop has a number of suggested actions for participants to take forward:

  1. Agree a definition of innovation for your organisation with your team
    1. Develop a common language for innovation
  2. Use the ‘innovation curve’ to identify the types of innovation that you have undertaken in your organisation
    1. Demonstrate the innovation that you have already done in your business
    2. What ‘tinkering’ could you do?
    3. What ideas can you copy from other industries?
  3. Identify opportunities for strategic innovation in your business using the innovation strategy table
  4. Map the business model for your firm with your team
  5. Choose different parts of your business model to look at innovation options using the 4 questions framework

I have worked with numerous organisations using these concepts and they have applied ideas in a variety of ways from instigating new projects, training more of their staff on innovation, creating new innovation roles etc.

Added June 2019.

Disruptive Innovation

Traditional business sectors are increasingly being disrupted by start-ups, new entrants and existing firms utilising the latest innovative thinking. This is a practical and interactive session that helps business leaders to understand, anticipate and manage disruptive (including digital) innovation in their business sector to open up new opportunities for their firm.

Read more

Disruptive Innovation

Session Overview:

Traditional business sectors are increasingly being disrupted by start-ups, new entrants and existing firms utilising the latest innovative thinking. This is a practical and interactive session that helps business leaders to understand, anticipate and manage disruptive (including digital) innovation in their business sector to open up new opportunities for their firm.

Why CEO's and Business Leaders Benefit:

  • Innovation is key to the survival of a business
  • Disruptive innovation is or about to radically affect most business sectors. Understanding and managing disruptive innovation is an important capability to ensure survival of a business and also to identify new opportunities to thrive.

Key Points Covered:

  • Understanding ‘Disruptive Innovation’ & why it matters
  • Create your ‘disruptive’ landscape map
  • Think like a disruptor
  • Strategies for dealing with disruption

Session Objectives:

  • To understand disruptive innovation – what it is and why it is important
  • To know about digital disruption and how it may impact your business sector
  • To know how to map the potential for disruption in your business sector
  • To know how to map a customer journey and practise applying disruption in a business sector

Takeaway Value:

  • A framework for diagnosing digital disruption in their industry sector (Discussion guide for Digital Disruption) to understand how and where digital technologies may radically impact their business
  • Create a disruption Landscape Map for their business sector to anticipate disruptive effects
  • Create a Customer / Stakeholder Journey Mapping framework for a business and practise ‘disrupting’ that sector to understand threats and opportunities of disruptive innovation.
  • Opportunity to work with an expert (practitioner and professor) in the field of innovation

Expected Call to Action

The workshop has a number of suggested actions for participants to take forward, for example:

  1. Run a digital disruption discussion with their management team
  2. Create a disruption landscape map for their business sector
  3. Undertake a customer journey mapping exercise for their business

Added June 2019.

Innovation Strategies for Driving Business Model Success

One of the biggest challenges for a firm is to effectively innovate to drive business success. This is a practical and interactive session that helps business leaders to understand the essentials of a successful innovation strategy, to explore how to innovate their business model, to apply these principles to their firm and to define an action plan to boost their business performance.

Read more

Innovation Strategies for Driving Business Model Success

Session Overview:

One of the biggest challenges for a firm is to effectively innovate to drive business success. This is a practical and interactive session that helps business leaders to understand the essentials of a successful innovation strategy, to explore how to innovate their business model, to apply these principles to their firm and to define an action plan to boost their business performance.

Why CEO's and Business Leaders Benefit:

  • Innovation is key to the survival of a business
  • Innovation is a key driver for growth of a business
  • Understanding and making the right choices for innovating are a key decision-making skill for CEOs/business leaders
  • Supports businesses in running new projects and establishing new ventures.

Key Points Covered:

What is Innovation

  • Understand the definition of innovation. Ask participants to share their view of what innovation is and examples of ‘good’ innovation.
  • Why innovation is important and how it adds value to a business (e.g. by creating new value for customers, increasing efficiency of the business etc)
  • Describe the different levels of innovation – often businesses are doing innovation, but they don’t recognise it and don’t think they are innovative. Apply this thinking to the participants business and they define the types of innovation they have done. A framework for the different types of innovation is introduced and participants map their businesses to this model.

Where to Innovate

  • Understand where businesses get the best return on investment on innovation.
  • Business model innovation gives the best ROI on innovation and therefore we map the business model for the participants business and then look at how to innovate their business model. A framework for mapping their business (Business Model Canvas) and a systematic innovation tool (4 Questions) are introduced and applied to the participants businesses.

Action Planning

  • Suggested next steps that participants can take in their organisation to identify and action their innovation strategy.
  • Share tools for action planning and using to develop their innovation strategy.

Session Objectives:

  • To explore the concept of innovation
  • To identify the innovation strategies for driving growth
  • To introduce a business model innovation framework
  • To provide ideas and tools for successfully applying strategic innovation techniques to your business

Takeaway Value:

  • Concepts and practical frameworks to apply to their businesses (innovation definition, innovation curve, business model canvas, 4 questions)
  • Inspired to identify and action innovation opportunities in their businesses
  • Share learning and experiences with their peers during the session
  • Practical suggestions for an action plan to take back to their business
  • Opportunity to work with an expert (practitioner and professor) in the field of innovation

Expected Call to Action

The workshop has a number of suggested actions for participants to take forward:

  1. Agree a definition of innovation for your organisation with your team
    1. Develop a common language for innovation
  2. Use the ‘innovation curve’ to identify the types of innovation that you have undertaken in your organisation
    1. Demonstrate the innovation that you have already done in your business
    2. What ‘tinkering’ could you do?
    3. What ideas can you copy from other industries?
  3. Identify opportunities for strategic innovation in your business using the innovation strategy table
  4. Map the business model for your firm with your team
  5. Choose different parts of your business model to look at innovation options using the 4 questions framework

I have worked with numerous organisations using these concepts and they have applied ideas in a variety of ways from instigating new projects, training more of their staff on innovation, creating new innovation roles etc.

Added June 2019.

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