This is a session at Innov8rs Shanghai, 26-27 June 2019

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Effective Innovation Leadership: How Are You Flexing your Imagination and Energy Muscles?

Innovation is the exploration of addressing the pains, the gains, and the co-creation. It’s about how fast you can unlearn, relearn and master new skills. Clearly, to thrive in this era of digitization and speed, different skill-sets, mindsets, and tool-sets are needed. Key among them – the need to bring people together as a team. The need to demonstrate deeper empathy. The ability to deal with uncertainty.

All of this can be daunting, exhausting and sometimes demotivating. Innovation leadership is less about ‘managing processes and KPIs’ and more about ‘managing you and your teams’ energy and imagination’. It’s like our muscle. It needs regular flexing and exercising to keep oneself oiled with the right energy and imagination. This short workshop will give you an exciting taste of bringing this as part of your regular work routine:

  • Roleplay: Interconnectivity of energy and imagination muscles and its role in driving innovation
  • Read the signs: What is the quality and why do you and your teams need to flex these muscles
  • The Stretch technique: The best flexing technique(s) that will help you work more effectively and more collaboratively with your teams and partners
  • Putting into practice: Live application demo with cross-functional and cross-industry corporate leaders on how this paves way for a more effective leadership approach.

Nishtha Mehta

Corporate Innovation Lean Startup Coach and Executive Leadership Facilitator

As a lean innovation coach and executive leadership trainer with China/India/APAC experience of over 15 years, Nishtha designs, facilitates and delivers open innovation and digital capability acceleration for corporate workplaces with the purpose to infuse start-up, learn-by-doing, experiment, ‘fail fast-build-right’ and intrapreneur culture.

At CollabCentral, she runs organizational digital capability assessment; problem framing and strategic visioning with leadership; open innovation, corporate intrapreneurship, new business/new service design go-to-market, lean start-up and growth hacking programs.

Client partners range from the Fortune 500 companies across different industries – to name a few: L’Oreal, Starbucks, Bosch, Unilever, Philips, Adidas, Estee Lauder, Castrol, BP, Wyeth Nutrition, AB InBev, Ogilvy, IPG Mediabrands, PHD Media.

An active mentor in the startup & tech community and an avid enabler of cross-industry talent collaboration, recognized as 2018 China Digital A-List talent, 2015 Asia Pacific 40 under 40 talent by Campaign Asia – Nishtha lives with the motto – ‘commit to the uncomfortable’. With her recent podcast show #NishHosts Show on Asia Tech Podcast, she aims to bring out In the Making stories of Asian Leaders and entrepreneurs that can pave the way to a peer support network that benefits them back.