Business Strategist, Innovation Expert,
and Best-Selling Author
Rowan Gibson is widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost thought leaders on business innovation. The media have labeled him “Mr. Innovation”, “the Innovation Grandmaster”, “the W. Edwards Deming of innovation” and “a guru among the gurus”.
He is the internationally bestselling author of three major books on business strategy and innovation – Rethinking The Future (1996), Innovation to the Core (2008), and The Four Lenses of Innovation (2015) – which have been published to date in 25 languages. His latest book, The Four Lenses of Innovation (Wiley), explains how to dramatically improve a company’s innovation efforts by using a powerful new set of discovery lenses.
Over the last two decades, Gibson’s international clients have included some of the world’s largest and most successful organizations. He teaches them how to seize new growth opportunities, create new markets and even transform entire industries by recalibrating their whole organizational system around the paradigm of innovation.
Rowan Gibson is one of the world’s most in-demand public speakers. In just the last four years alone, he has delivered his keynote speeches, innovation masterclasses and public seminars in 60 countries around the world. He has addressed a long list of major organizations, including Accenture, Bayer, British Telecom, Coca-Cola, Credit Suisse, Dow Chemicals, Generali Group, Haier, Heinz, Henkel, IBM, Mars, Microsoft, Motorola, NOKIA, Philips, P&G, Roche, Siemens, Steelcase, Telefonica and Volkswagen. Rowan’s big-picture insights, compelling observations, fresh business thinking and upbeat presentation style have impressed a wide range of audiences all over the world. He mixes insight, inspiration and information in a way that always leaves an audience feeling energized.
Cutting Edge Advice
Rowan Gibson’s keynote speeches, executive sessions and innovation masterclasses are always tailor-made to fit each audience, industry sector and event format. He endeavours, wherever possible, to use business cases and examples that are relevant to the specific audience. Gibson uses very graphic Powerpoint slides – each typically features just one powerful image and a single statement – which makes his presentations extremely dynamic. He is constantly updating his slides with cutting-edge material and up-to-the-minute business news.
Rowan is also a prolific writer. In addition to his bestselling books, he has authored dozens of business articles, columns and blogs which have been read all around the globe. He has been interviewed frequently on television and radio, as well as online and in the international press. His media appearances include Forbes, CNN, BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review, and BBC World Service. He has also appeared in several business documentaries.
Rowan Gibson is co-founder of Innovation Excellence – the world’s most popular innovation website. The portal, which builds on an international group of over18,500 members from 175 countries, offers an arsenal of resources from today’s innovation thought leaders and practitioners aimed at helping every company achieve innovation excellence. The site currently serves up more than 1 million pages every month.
Gibson has lived and worked in various countries over the last twenty years and speaks three languages fluently. Today, he divides his time between writing, public speaking and consulting.
Making Innovation Happen!
Innovation is now recognized globally as the core driver of growth, strategic renewal, and long-term competitiveness. It’s literally your company’s only hope for creating new wealth and sustaining business success. But how do you actually make innovation happen? In this keynote presentation, Rowan Gibson looks inside the mind of the innovator to reveal the four key mental perspectives behind all game-changing ideas.
Four Lenses of Innovation™ - Breakout Session
This is where the innovation rhetoric becomes reality. In his breakout sessions with The Four Lenses of Innovation™, Rowan Gibson gives you the opportunity to start working with one of the world’s most powerful tools for systematic idea generation. Usually following his keynotes, Rowan facilitates these exciting sessions using a set of proven techniques to stretch your thinking along new lines and produce a portfolio of new, insight-based opportunities for driving growth and renewal. In an inspiring atmosphere, your people will get a chance to radically rethink your products, services, processes, markets, strategies – and even your business model itself – to create new value for your customers. These practical breakout sessions include Rowan’s special handbook of exercises and are specially tailored to your own strategic issues. They engage all participants in the generation of new strategic insights and growth opportunities for your company, teaching them a methodology they can use from Monday morning to address their own business challenges. The breakout sessions can be customized to meet your own requirements and usually require 2 – 3 hours.
Achieving Innovation Excellence
Most organizations understand the innovation imperative, but many still struggle to make it a deep, sustainable capability. Why? In this revolutionary keynote speech, Rowan Gibson describes exactly how to build an enterprise-wide innovation system that will help your company achieve innovation excellence.
Strategy has traditionally been an analytical, data-driven exercise. But the science of strategy no longer works in a fast-moving and fuzzy world. Today, your organization needs to be driven by a big, distinctive idea – a breakthrough core strategy that works on ‘emotional logic’. So how can you create and implement a coherent strategy in which your brand, your customer experience and your employee experience become inseparable? And how often should you rethink it?
Rethinking human capital
If every company can now outsource, offshore or computerize huge chunks of its non-core activities (75% to 90% of what we do), then the only strategic difference between one company and the next will be the stuff that’s left at the core – the value-added ‘intellectual capital’ of the company’s hot talent. So how can you unleash the imagination, entrepreneurial spirit and ‘network power’ of your people? How can you build your strategy around human capital - the only competitive weapon you have left?
As business moves to a new level of complexity, leadership becomes more crucial than ever. The challenge for today’s senior executives is to master a new and radically different set of competencies. These include the ability to routinely and radically rethink the business, a focus on wealth creation not operational efficiency and the talent to build an inspiring, innovation-based culture that is designed from the customer backwards. How do you develop these competencies?
“Rowan Gibson energized our associates and demystified the process of innovation. We fully intend to accelerate the momentum that has built up, and to put full-time senior resources behind driving the ideas that he shared.”
- | Mars
“Rowan Gibson’s motivation and leadership have changed the dynamics of our organization.”
- | Bayer Healthcare
“Opened the eyes of our executives.”
- | UPM Kymmene
“Rowan got the top score in our evaluations.”
- | The Concours Group