“How do we become an innovative business where innovation flourishes? Wavelength USA gave us the stimulus to start that journey.”
Natasha Adams, CPO -Tesco
How do you instil a culture of innovation in your organisation? How do you ‘pretotype’ products and services at speed and low cost? How do great companies continue to innovate at scale? Check out the posts below to find out more.
It’s been a decade of extraordinary change and disruption – in everything from commerce and technology to politics. The last ten years have seen the rise and rise of hyper-scale companies, their power facilitated by big data, leaps in personalisation and machine learning. Meanwhile, digital continues to transform every aspect of our work and personal lives. And all this has meant unprecedented challenges for businesses and leaders in all sectors.
It’s never been tougher to be a leader. This series of podcasts will explore how to lead change and meet the challenges of being a leader in the 21st century using all the tools and techniques to hand. We discuss peer to peer learning, immersive or experiential learning and how leaders learn best from other leaders. Our guests include authentic, honest and inspirational leaders from across the globe who share their stories.
Planning for leadership development in a time of uncertainty is undeniably difficult but fundamentally necessary. And it’s not new news that the UK economy has rarely faced such uncertain times as it does today. As we prepare for our Wavelength USA 2020 programme visiting, amongst others, Amazon and Netflix, Adrian reflects what leaders in the age of Brexit-uncertainty can learn from those who survived the implosion of the dot com bubble.
We are currently living in a world of information overload. With the internet providing easy access to hundreds (if not thousands) of articles, sources, comment, opinions, ephemera etc. And with generations now growing up digital natives, learning and development cannot not somehow follow suit.
In January 2019, we took 18 business leaders, entrepreneurs and change agents from a range of companies including BBC, Jaguar Land Rover, The Prince’s Trust, HSBC and Novartis inside India-based Aravind. The profound impact it had on our participants impressed us so much we are returning in 2019 with Inside Aravind, to inspire and provoke a new group of leaders about what a highly successful, purpose-driven business looks like.
We are facing an unheralded digital future. Emerging technology has had a profound effect on business and promises even more staggering transformation. It will hugely impact all areas of life and society and businesses will be required to keep up the pace and adapt to new ways of thinking and performing.
Adrian Simpson, Wavelength’s Co-founder and Chief Connector, distils the pertinent themes from their recent immersion into Silicon Valley, sharing insights from some of the world’s most forward-thinking businesses including Airbnb, W.L. Gore Associates, GE and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.
Wavelength Connect provides participants with the inspiration, knowledge, and resourcefulness to find their own solutions to the leadership and organisational challenges they are facing, and to own and action them.
A core part of Connect, Behind the Brand offers participants the opportunity to get inside a broad array of organisations with compelling narratives around culture, engagement, innovation, social impact, and leading change. It’s a chance for them to hold a critical mirror to their own organisations to see where they could be doing much better as well as where they could be doing much worse.
Silicon Valley’s leading companies, VCs, thought leaders and organisations in the midst of business model transformation will be part of Wavelength USA 2018. They will share how to thrive in a digitally disrupted world, lead through disruption and create thriving cultures to create amazing service.
Over the last eight years, we have invited the leaders from this remarkable organisation to join us on Wavelength USA and to share the Aravind story at Wavelength Connect, so in February 2018 Wavelength Co-Founder Jessica Stack and I decided to visit Aravind in Chennai and Madurai, India, to see it for ourselves. What we found impressed us so much we are returning in January 2019 with Inside Aravind, taking a group of 20 clients to inspire and provoke them about what a highly successful, purpose-driven business looks like.
The world’s first voice activated hotel room, the consumerisation of everything and the advent of the brain machine interface.
These were just a few of the trends emerging as I talk to the leaders and thinkers in the heart of Silicon Valley to plan our Wavelength USA programme.
Stepping into other organisations is a powerful way to sharpen focus on your own culture, organisational effectiveness and leadership. Not because the organisations visited on Best In Class are perfect but because they help illuminate what’s strong, precious and worth building on in your own organisation alongside those flaws, deficits and areas of underperformance that must be addressed. Moreover, the visits provide invaluable inspiration and ideas for how to tackle them.
So what of this year’s cohort of BIC organisations?
What happens when you take 20+ leaders from around the world on an intensive six-day trip across the USA, a trip full of inspiration, ideas and insights from some of the world’s most successful, innovative and people centric companies? Every year Wavelength’s flagship USA tour seeks to find out.
In 2011, 63% of all 6-9 year olds in USA had access to a smart phone. In order to thrive, LEGO needed to find a way to take advantage of this technology. David Gram, Business Development Manager, LEGO talks with pride about how they did this at Reconnect 1 2012.
In this time of massive change Steve Cadigan, Silicon Valley based thought leader, advisor and coach, suggests that employees today may well join a boss not a company. In this short clip he discusses what leaders need to do to take advantage of this.
Lisa Gansky, Silicon Valley Entrepreneur, Angel Investor and Instigator, has been an entrepreneur for about 20 years, specialising in internet related businesses. She draws on this wealth of experience to talk to the new Connect 2014 delegates about the shift in the way that organisations are run in the 21st Century.
In this video, David Gram, Head of Business and Marketing Development, Future Lab, reveals how LEGO nearly lost it all, the challenges the organisation continues to face, and how they are innovating inside the larger organisation to ensure that they will “inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow”.
In this video, Patrick Copeland, Senior Engineering Director, Google.org reveals his mission to create “disruptive technology for a better world.“ From tornado warning systems to the Kenyan elections, he and his team are live-mapping the world to empower people with information.