At Ikabo we are passionate about the future of work and ensuring students fulfil their potential and that they are future fit. We were delighted to be involved with the UTS faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation where they held a student workshop called ‘Envisioning Futures’, which explored the role of creativity in shaping the future etc. Ikabo had the opportunity to join in this workshop with the students sharing real world examples of what cutting edge organisations are doing to prepare for their future.
Paulina shares her experiences shaking up the status quo and using her creative skills to question “the way we do things round here.”
Paulina recounts her experiences at Pernod Ricard establishing the very successful Th!nk Creative Leadership Lab. The program was sponsored by their CEO but it was sparked and sustained by the people that went through the program.
At Ikabo we are passionate about unlocking people’s potential and this extends to our commitment to youth and ensuring they are future fit. Last month we opened vacancies for 3 interns to join our tribe, and we were just blown away at the amazing diversity of talent that was out there looking for meaningful work experience.
Ikabo hosted its second breakfast event to a packed room of leaders and changemakers keen to learn how companies are creating places of work to solve 21st century business challenges.
Speakers included Alex Lynch from Google Australia, Lawrence Mitchell from Sumo Salad, Brett Fifield from NSW Department of Primary Industries, Cindy Lenferna de la Motte from Ikabo and Natalie Yan-Chatonsky from Full Time Lives.
Why don’t more leaders consider engaging and developing their staff as a sure fire way to create efficiencies, drive innovation and improve customer experience?
Many companies know employee engagement is important, but don’t think it’s a problem so they don't focus on it.
The latest data from Gallup states only 15% of employees worldwide are engaged. This is a pretty disappointing figure.
We don’t believe there is an easier way to achieve employee engagement than through online innovation platforms like Ikabo, that crowdsource ideas.
The start of a customer’s journey might begin from the moment they first view a brand’s website, or step into a store. First impressions count, but it’s how the customer engages with your business after that initial contact that will influence how they ultimately perceive the product or service you’re offering.
Kim Chandler Mcdonald - Author, Co-Founder and CEO of KimMic International and FlatWorld Integration
Kim Chandler Mcdonald is a high tech entrepreneur and globally acclaimed author, she shares her insights around the core truths of innovation as well as introducing us to 3 of her favourite innovators that she personally interviewed for her book. A simple story which has inspiration for everyone, no matter where you are on your innovation journey.
Paulina Larocca - Creativity Specialist and Author - August 2017
Paulina Larocca is an award winning creativity and innovation consultant with over 20 years’ experience delivering innovation for multi-national corporations. She is a keynote speaker on innovation, creativity and culture. She is the author of the book, Creativity+: The Innovator’s Toolkit.
Paulina talks about the importance of play, the interdependence between creativity and innovation and finishes by sharing how creativity helps to build resilience to change.
I would encourage you to find your Ikabo - find your futurist.
These were the final words from Kathy Grgic, Academic Registrar at Griffith University. Kathy is sharing advice drawn from taking her 250-strong team on a ‘journey of cultural transformation’ to co-create exceptional student experiences together.
Jacinta Hargan - Director for the Future Transport Technology Program at Transport for NSW (TfNSW) - August 2017
Jacinta discusses how her team manages the responsibility of delivering the transport technology roadmap and the program that will place TfNSW at the forefront of using technology to deliver better customer outcomes.
A core aspect of this program is a cultural change program to support the organisation to move towards using more innovative techniques including human centred design, agile delivery methods and encouraging greater collaboration with external organisations and across the transport cluster.
Kathy Grgic - Academic Registrar - Griffith University - August 2017
A fascinating insight into the cultural change journey that Kathy and her team are on in partnership with Ikabo.
Kathy explores how little University structures, hierarchy and governance have changed and the struggle they are facing to adapt to the new expectations of students.
This is an authentic conversation that reveals the personal passion, struggle and persistence that transformation takes in large organisations.
It’s a common misconception that innovation is the territory of young, agile companies. More traditional organisations are adapting by introducing unique strategies to promote an innovative culture and disrupt the traditional ways they’ve done work. In fact, government departments in Australia like Transport for NSW, the Department of Primary Industries and the Department of Defence have been leading the way in this rebellion against bureaucracy, seeking new solutions to challenges that their industries face.
One of society’s biggest misconceptions about creativity is that being a creative person means writing a bestselling novel or painting a masterful work of art.
But you don’t need Picasso’s technique to solve creative problems; in fact, you probably do it every day.
For businesses, innovation starts when you empower your staff members to be inquisitive and open-minded and to treat problems as portals to new ideas.
Here are some strategies for unleashing your organisation’s creative potential…
On March 14, Paul Hawkins from Crazy Might Work launched his Innovation Nation initiative, inviting corporate businesses, startups and educational institutions from around Australia to contribute to the country’s innovation agenda.
Together, these organisations will build a prototype to improve the innovation agenda in Australia and provide better outcomes for the trans-tasman industry.
The Innovation Nation initiative will be led by CEOs like David Thodey (former CEO of Telstra and current chair of the CSIRO), and has strong support from AMP, the Business Council of Australia, and top ASIC 100 groups.