Speaker

Fabulous storytelling,
exciting new thinking,
powerful insights,
and practical techniques
for leadership, innovation,
and strategy in the midst
of turbulent change

Speaking Topics

LEADERSHIP

FIVE AGILITIES OF A
NIMBLE LEADER
SERIES

INNOVATION

BUILDING AN
INNOVATIVE CULTURE
SERIES

STRATEGY

BEYOND AGILITY:
STRATEGIZE FOR CHANGE
SERIES


FIVE AGILITIES OF A NIMBLE LEADER SERIES

How do you respond to change that is happening at blinding speed, change that can have tremendous impact on you, on the people around you, and on your entire organization? How can you lead in such turbulent times?
This series of talks is based on Prasad's research of twenty years on leadership and strategy in turbulent environments, research that began with the e-commerce revolution of the late 1990s and which he comprehensively described in his book, Nimble (2018). The surprising answer to leadership in change is that it is not just about being fast; what sets leaders apart from reactive managers is that they mix speed with wisdom. True leaders view do not see agility as simple and singular--they understand it as complex and multidimensional. Through brilliant examples and practical insights Prasad's talks show how leadership in turbulent circumstances calls for five different agilities:

 

analytical agility—understanding the real problem


operational agility—driving leadership through action


innovative agility—finding creative solutions when you need them most


communicative agility—solving problems together


visionary agility—going beyond the here-and-now, thinking beyond me-and-my-company

Great leaders assess and develop these five agilities and like master artists mix the primary colors, leaders mix the five agilities to most appropriately suit the context--with the caveat that visionary agility is the medium because it transforms the reactive knee-jerk into the strategic response that is the hallmark of a leader.


BUILDING AN INNOVATIVE CULTURE SERIES

Why do 94% of organizations feel stymied despite the efforts they are making at innovation? How do you transform innovation for your employees from being a "to-do thing" to a "to-enjoy thing"? Simply put, how do you create and foster a culture of innovation in your organization?
This series of talks draws on Prasad's extensive work with innovation in diverse industries ranging from retail banking to software, from animation design to biotech. Prasad's talks make exciting and insightful connections that provide practical insights into building a culture of innovation in your organization. For instance, while describing how efforts in disruptive innovation can be successful only when there is a strong foundation of incremental innovation, Prasad draws parallels to the insights of paleontologists who have shown that new species emerge after long generation of evolutionary changes in a phenomenon called "Punctuated Equilibrium." These talks discuss topics such as:

how to motivate your employees to engage in constant creativity

how many ideas should each employee generate to make your company a hotbed of innovation

how to sort out short-term innovation from strategic innovation

how can the idea of exaptation from the fossil sciences provide techniques for you to adopt in your innovation strategy?


BEYOND AGILITY: STRATEGIZING FOR CHANGE SERIES

Every CEO knows that organizations must adapt to deal with change. Why is it then so difficult to deal with change? Are you only changing your operations and the SOPs in your organization or are you building change-handling capabailities in your team and/or in your organization? How should the strategic thinking change in your company to meet the challenge of change?
This series features forward-looking provocative talks in which Prasad challenges organizations to move from the concepts of management and strategy that we have been following since the times of Frederick Taylor's 1911 Principles of Scientific Management to consider how strategy should be different when the world is changing rapidly and unpredictably. Strategy is no longer a plan of actions to be performed in the future. It is about building capabilities to deal with an uncertain future as it unfolds. What capabilities can help your organization succeed in change? How do you build them? The Five Agilities Strategy in Prasad's much acclaimed book Nimble provides a framework for these talks.