Becoming Leaders of Innovation
A decade’s worth of executive surveys on innovation highlight a significant gap between what executives say they want and what their organizations delivers. Over 80% of executives surveyed believe innovation is important for their future success, but less than 30% are satisfied with their current level of innovation. This is what we call the “innovation gap.” This dynamic and entertaining keynote, based upon Dr. David Weiss’ co‐authored book, Innovative Intelligence, answers these questions:
• What is the innovation gap and how can it be overcome?
• Why do we need leaders of innovation even more than innovative leaders?
• How do leaders of innovation work with teams to discover innovative solutions?
In our fast paced business environments, adaptable organizations have a strong competitive advantage. But research consistently indicates that most change efforts fail, largely because leaders and managers are not sufficiently prepared for their roles as effective change agents and implementers. What can result is heightened cynicism and anxiety towards proposed change initiatives in an organization. This highly engaging and thought provoking presentation, described in Dr. DavidWeiss’ book, Leadership‐Driven HR, will help participants explore:
• What are the best practices in planning and implementing change?
• Why does change generate resistance and how can resistance be overcome?
• What should leaders do to be more effective as leaders of change?
Driving Employee Engagement
Driving employee engagement has become one of the dominant methods of building high performance teams. However, research has suggested that engagement alone will not generate high performance. Highly passionate employees will devote discretionary effort to their work, however they also need to be aligned to the direction of the business. As a result, to achieve high performance, employees need to be both highly aligned to the business direction, in addition to being highly engaged
with their work. This insightful and compelling keynote,based upon Dr. Weiss’ co‐authored book, The Leadership Gap, challenges the traditional views of engagement and answers the following:
• Why is it necessary to achieve both high alignment and high engagement in order to build and sustain high performing teams?
• What are the key elements of highly aligned and engaged teams?
• What can leaders do to drive employee alignment and engagement for their employees, teams and organizations?