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Gaia Grant

Gaia Grant

Lecturer & Doctoral Researcher (PhD) in Creative Thinking and Innovation

Gaia is a doctoral researcher in Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Sydney Business School. In her research Gaia is focusing on how executives make sense of paradoxical challenges in strategizing for innovation, and she has a particular interest in factors that impact socially responsible and sustainable innovation. Gaia has published a number of books including books on creative thinking and innovation leadership and culture in organisations, such as international bestseller Who Killed Creativity?... And How Can We Get It Back?

Thursday, 01 November, 2018 09:00 AM|Thursday, 01 November, 2018 09:45 AM

Guest Keynote: Are You An Innovator? What Research Has Revealed About How to Lead Innovation

What does a successful innovation leader look like? While most people assume that people who lead innovation are entrepreneurial risk takers, research into innovation leadership reveals some surprising insights. The people who lead innovation most successfully can come from any role, but they have to be ambidextrous – that is they are able to embrace the paradoxical flipside of the standard innovator profile. They know how to recognize both breakthrough + incremental innovation opportunities. This session delves into the secrets of innovation leaders that Gaia Grant has worked with from around the globe, including from different countries and cultures, to reveal how to develop paradoxical individual, team and organization innovation strengths for maximizing innovation opportunities at all levels. The presentation includes a fascinating validated profile tool developed through Gaia’s research to help identify innovation leadership potential, and relevant case studies and interactive exercises to demonstrate how it is possible to ensure innovation is most effectively fostered in the organisation. Takeaways include individual profiles with practical strategies for personal, team and organisation action.

Hear it first at Symposium/ITxpo.