Getting a Mandate to Innovate is Key Larger companies typically have an innovation process in place. They don’t always work, but the majority of the Fortune 1000 has some kind of innovation process or system. There is an implied consent then, to innovate, at those organizations. There are people, budgets, expectations. At smaller companies, the Mis-Fortune 5000 as I sometimes jest, there is often not a process in place. In many of these still sizable firms innovation tends to be a reaction to an emergency, or a sporadic effort that takes a back seat to operations. They often default to incremental improvement of the product or service based on customer demands. A newly appointed Innovation VP or Director at aRead More..
In recent years I’ve become a bit anti-conference. I still go to some but I find the formats tired. The formula favors big name authors and speakers who sometimes miss the mark. The agenda is so jammed you don’t have time to talk to your peers. The social events are fun, but a bit… forced.
So, you may be surprised when I bend over backwards to promote Intrapreneurship Chicago 2016. The event is going to be held at the TechNexus accelerator in the River North area. Chicago area innovators and intrapreneurs, take note. June 22!
This conference is authentically different. And highly useful if you are a real working Intrapreneur. 90% of the conference attendees will be real, honest-to-goodness, high level innovators at large organizations. The content is geared towards those with the challenging task of making innovation happen inside. Here’s a sampling of the speakers:
- Gifford Pinchot III, Author of Intrapreneuring
- Maria Odiamar Racho, President of Intrapreneurs @ Allstate
- Mike Maddock, CEO of Maddock-Douglas
- Craig Wirkus , Innovation Program Manager, Cisco
- Michele McConomy, VP at RocketSpace
- Matt Krathwohl, of Notre Dame’s Innovation Program
I’m speaking too, I’m giving a TED length talk titled Culture Club — about changing innovation culture by doing projects. I think I have a unique perspective having been an intrapreneur (and entrepreneur) myself before going into my consultancy. I know I’ll provide some fresh new ideas for how to make innovation happen.
This is a purposefully small conference. By keeping the numbers low, usually under 100 people, what you end up having is actual learning, meaningful conversations and networking, unexpected insights, and big ideas. The sessions are short and allow for a good deal of interaction. The small group workshops are dynamic hands-on working sessions.
It’s a one day conference. If you’re in the Chicago area you won’t even need a hotel room. The price is very attractive, this is a genuine conference value.
Please give me a call if you have any questions about this event. I can forward you a more detailed agenda and brochure. For a 15% discount use this code: IntraCnf-KILNco.
See you in June.