Kill the Company
According to IBM’s 2010 CEO Survey, the pace of change is accelerating and next-generation businesses must thoughtfully build and sustain the right corporate culture to remain relevant through turbulent times. Too often, our natural response to this accelerating pace of change is to try our hardest to dictate permanence. In doing so, we install risk-mitigating processes that trump culture. In fact, the very mechanisms we put in place to promote productivity are robbing us of the ability and time to be creative and add value.
This experiential case study session is a call to arms: to hit the reset button on how we think and work. Instead of creating more one-size-fits-all change initiatives forced upon employees, you will learn how to change everyday things in small ways to create big ripple effects throughout your organization to reignite critical aptitudes like inquiry, curiosity, and innovation. Learn how a large financial services organization created a new breed of employee that helped to reset the corporate culture, not from the top down or bottom up, but from the middle out. Take away tangible and actionable steps to shake up your organization’s standard practices, from unproductive meetings to go-nowhere strategic planning, resulting in big change and a powerful boost to innovation. Find the little-bigs that will reinvent your organization—and awaken your ability to think, and ultimately, to take control of the future.
I'm the founder and CEO of futurethink, an internationally recognized innovation research and training firm. I founded my company on the principle that with the right knowledge and tools, everyone has the power to innovate. I have developed training programs for hundreds of innovators at leading companies such as 3M, GE, and Johnson & Johnson. As a thought leader on innovation, I have appeared on FOX News, and in publications such as Crain’s, Business Week, The New York Times, WIRED, Investor’s Business Daily, Successful Meetings, Harvard Business Review, and The Futurist. I serve as an adviser on the boards of the Institute of Direct Marketing in London, The Women’s Congress, the Association of Professional Futurists, and the Institute for Triple Helix Innovation think tank. I have also taught at American University, Fordham University, and the American Management Association.