Short talks

Our short talks for DISRUPT.SYDNEY 2018

Janett Egber (Melbourne Chapter of the Global League of Intrapreneurs): “The stories, impact and realities of transforming organisations from within”
There are significant challenges that ‘Intrapreneurs’ face when leading change and innovation from within complex, bureaucratic & large organisations. Interestingly, there are a lot of similarities across organisations and sectors. This talk will focus on the very real stories of the mover and shakers making a real impact through their work.
This talk will cover answers to:
What are the challenges that Intrapreneurs face in practice? How are they tackling them? what works? what doesn’t? … what are the learnings?
As an ex-Intrapreneur herself and the lead catalyst for Melbourne’s Chapter of the Global League of Intrapreneurs, Janett is constantly finding, connecting and supporting practicing intrapreneurs across sectors.
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Anthony Ferrier (COO of ExOxo, CEO of Culturevate): “Innovation is Dead, So What Do Innovation Leaders Do Now?”
Increasingly leaders of established, mature organizations are showing frustration with the anemic impact of their innovation programs, especially in the context of driving future growth. In response, approaches to organizational design, employee engagement and every aspect of new idea development are being reassessed.

This session will outline some of these changing approaches to innovation development, with case studies of where they are being effectively implemented in mature and new economy organizations. The session will also provide guidance on how business / innovation leaders can implement these kinds of changes within their own organizations.

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Sophie Goodman (Applied Anthropologist, Deloitte Digital): “The window, the mirror and the looking glass – the value of ethnography in business contexts”
Years ago business author Jim Collins used a metaphor of a window and a mirror to describe different behaviours of leaders during change. This talk will invite business leaders and change orchestrators to extend the metaphor further to Alice’s famous looking glass. The ability to step through the looking glass into world of disruption, where there is no status quo and normal doesn’t stay normal for long, requires different skills and training to navigate this new world.

Hear how an applied anthropologist is helping organisations look at this new world order by using ethnography to observe and understand it in order to develop their strategy and successfully act within it.

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Tim Mahlberg (University of Sydney Business School): “Professional Superheros: The hidden talent driving innovation in organisations in unexpected ways”
In this age of digital disruption, the prevalent narrative on the future of work is one of automation and redundancy. Given how central work is to our identity and belonging in the world, who are we when the machines take over our jobs?

In this talk, you’ll hear about my recent research revealing insights into new forms of knowledge work through emerging professional “superheros”; individuals who are helping their organisation to navigate uncertainty, embrace disruption, and create the future, all the while holding down their “day” jobs.

These stories provide hope that we might yet transcend the organisational machine and the robotic ways of our working lives to find new meaning and purpose in what we do, and in doing so, create who we wish to be. For organisations such stories point to hidden potentials for innovation from within, awareness of which will be crucial to increase organisational responsiveness to external disruption.

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Simon Terry (Chairman and Owner of Change Agents Worldwide): “If your company was a country, would you live there? Exploring digital disruption and degrees of freedom”
Imagine a country ruled by a small group of oligarchs, who extract extraordinary riches and exercise arbitrary power over people and resources, carefully control information flows and prescribe every element of what people think and do. Sounds like an unattractive place to live, but the model for many organisations. Digital disruption will amplify or transform this model of management. In this short talk, Simon Terry explores why organisations should care about their employee’s degrees of freedom and why it’s time to choose where and how we work. SAND_170409_F1A3356-Edit-1_SML
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