This is a session at Innov8rs Connect – Talents & Teams, 14-15 May 2020

Empowering Your Employees to Innovate

Our environment today demands Innovation to be woven into every aspect of your company’s culture. In this talk we will explore case studies from top employers highlighting connection between innovation, employee engagement and financial performance.

According to recent Gallup poll, 85% of employees were either not engaged or were actively disengaged at work. They don’t feel empowered to make an impact, and they have little, if any, connection to the company’s mission, strategy, or outcomes. Even worse, many employees barely know what the mission is, let alone the strategy or outcomes to achieve it, typically because it is never fully explained or consistently emphasized. So, how to we expect our employees to innovate in such environment?

In this session we will discuss pragmatic and replicable steps you can take to empower your employees to innovate. We will address inclusion and diversity and how different points of view should be encouraged because they are essential to creating a safe and
welcoming environment for innovation. You’ll best funding models, cross-functional partnerships and the role all functions, including HR play in innovation, arming you with pragmatic ways to empower your workforce.

Alex Goryachev

Managing Director / GM – Global Co-Innovation Network & Employee Innovation Programs at Cisco
Author of Fearless Innovation

ALEX GORYACHEV, author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller FEARLESS INNOVATION: Going Beyond the Buzzword to Continuously Drive Growth, Improve the Bottom Line, and Enact Change and an award-winning Silicon Valley veteran whose resume reads like a brief history of digital disruption.

Alex is the managing director of Cisco’s global Co-Innovation Centers where he spearheads several award-winning international programs and initiatives to accelerate innovation – whether that impacts operations, businesses processes, or technology.

He is a sought-after speaker on innovation and a regular contributor to Forbes, Chief Executive Magazine, Information Week, and other leading media outlets.

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