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170323 - Progressive Innovation in partnership with Perth & Kinross Council
Perth, PKN PH1 2SJ
An official Feeder Event for Venturefest Scotland 2017 - Scotland’s innovation summit
Progressive Innovation - the journey from being aware of innovation concepts and basic techniques to embedding it and making it a key part of how you do business
Almost every organisation, regardless of industry sector or size, faces more competition than ever before. Competitors can copy and develop offerings more easily and more rapidly than ever before. Customer expectations, fuelled and informed by instant access to relevant information, are more demanding than ever before. We hear phrases like "we are overly reliant on fading revenue streams, "we are not sure our current business model is sustainable”, "we need to focus on growth not just efficiency”. Does this sound familiar?
Innovation has become a key tool in helping organisations achieve sustainable profitable growth. Research has shown that where it is properly implemented it can have a significant impact not only on profits, but also morale. This half-day session will focus on what innovation is, the key issues around implementing innovation successfully as well as touching on some of the key mistakes organisations make. We will discuss why innovation is important, types of innovation, touch on selected tools and techniques and achieving self- sufficiency.
Bio: Donald Martin, MA
Donald’s career has spanned various disciplines including IT, the alignment of business and IT strategies and the leadership of complex multi-stakeholder programmes, often global, often in the insurance sector. For the last 15+ years Donald has worked as a management consultant and has led several large change, business transformation and outsourcing programmes, as well as post- merger integration projects.
Over the past 6 years, he has coached on a number of innovation initiatives, with organisations in the pharmaceutical, manufacturing and insurance sectors in the US, Europe and Asia. Innovation is a topic he is passionate about. His Master’s degree is in Leading Innovation and Change, he is a qualified MSP and PRINCE2 practitioner, is a visiting scholar at Heriot Watt University and, as well as his consultancy work, is also looking to develop his non-exec portfolio.