Today, change happens fast, competition is fierce, and disruption is a constant threat. How can you stay ahead in such a shifting landscape? By adopting the Silicon Valley mindset.

This mindset is rooted in one word: impact.

By leveraging new technologies, talent, strong ecosystems, agile leadership, and ingenious approaches to business, Silicon Valley impacts entire industries in ways that shape the world. For a company to thrive—or even survive—in the next decade, its leaders will need to understand the Silicon Valley mindset and be able to put it to work.

While we can’t replicate Silicon Valley itself, you can definitely apply the same winning principles anywhere in the world and achieve similar success.

Understanding the Silicon Valley mindset will help you rethink your business strategies, revisit your approaches to talent management, and change the way you interact with and attract new customers.

Your Expert: Stefan Lindegaard

As a global thought leader on leadership in general and corporate innovation management in particular, Stefan Lindegaard travels around the world to interact with executives and corporate innovation teams who want to take their innovation capabilities and efforts to the next level.

For Stefan, this is more than just work. It is a passion as he truly cares about these great people who like him believe that big companies can make the world a better place for all of us through their innovation efforts.

Besides being a frequent writer on LinkedIn, Stefan is also an acclaimed author, keynote speaker, advisor and entrepreneur.

What You'll Learn

The Silicon Valley Fast Track is a highly personalized Silicon Valley learning experience with global thought leader Stefan Lindegaard.

This five-day program prepares you to be a successful leader in today’s rapidly changing business world.

You will spend the first four days on a tour of Silicon Valley, immersing yourself in the Valley’s unique ecosystem and acquiring critical knowledge and skills firsthand from some of the world’s most ingenious companies. On the fifth day, you are on your own, but Stefan will work with you privately to provide personalized advice specifically tailored to the needs of you and your company.

This is an outstanding opportunity to learn about emerging technology trends, network with cutting-edge people, and even build new partnerships for your company.

Stefan’s inspiring, hands-on approach will empower you to take your new insights, perspectives, and learnings home, and apply them at your own organization.

Program Elements

A key takeaway: Talent is integral to an organization’s success. Your company’s future depends upon the people you can attract and retain. So, what traits and skills matter most? How can you optimize the effectiveness of people and teams? What are the right ways to lead people? How can you identify and develop intrapreneurs? You will learn the answers to these questions and gain insights into other talent management issues that are critical to ensuring your company’s success.

Many of the things that sound like science-fiction to us now will become a reality at some point during the lives of today’s youth. Widespread hyper-connectivity and new technologies such as virtual and augmented reality, machine learning and AI, robotics, self-driving cars, blockchain, additive manufacturing, and IoT are the catalysts fueling disruption. These are new topics for many corporate innovation teams and they need to excel here to become valuable for their company. You will get an introduction to what matters today and you will experience how some of the best companies use and work with the latest technology trends and discover how you can apply them at home to create new opportunities for your own business.

Leaders today and in the future will be forced to navigate in a landscape of high-uncertainty. There are two key elements for success in such a volatile environment. First, you must be able to attract and retain the best talent possible. And, you must utilize cutting-edge technologies to create groundbreaking products and services that outrun and outplay those of your competitors (both known and unknown).

Never has it been more challenging, nor more intellectually stimulating, to be a business leader than it is today. Not everyone is up for the challenge, and many will be replaced in the coming years. So, the question is: Are you up for it?

What is the secret sauce that makes the best startups so successful? Our program will give you a chance to find out through discussions with the startups themselves. You will also learn the perspectives of the players in the ecosystems that enable their success. One key to the secret is understanding that no one can do it alone.

How to go from surviving to thriving? To stay ahead in a world of disruption, you need to increase the speed of implementation and be able to seize and react to new opportunities. We will look at the next practices for corporate innovation based on global inspiration and with a special focus on talent management, leadership styles, organizational models, and the external partnerships needed to define a successful corporate innovation strategy and approach.

Because communication today is more critical than ever before, effective communication capabilities are vital to your company’s innovation efforts (as well as to your own leadership approach in general). We will explore ways to create an active communication platform in the context of your innovation activities with both internal and external stakeholders.

To excel as a leader in an era driven by digital technologies, you will need to reinvent yourself and create a new career image. A solid networking and learning strategy is key to personal transformation. As part of this program, you will receive coaching in the most efficient ways to network and learn. You will also get insights on the best ways to build your personal reputation as an influencer and how to convincingly sell your vision and ideas.

This is not yet another innovation safari that takes you to startups with cool office spaces and beautiful furniture and gives you photo opportunities at the great companies we visit.

We will have much more substance given Stefan’s expertise, network and willingness to work with you and the group to develop your mindset and a better toolbox.

As an example, all participants will be asked to write down a short description of their expected outcomes for our visit and then Stefan will do his best to set up relevant visits and facilitate discussions that address this. This allows you to focus on  creating tangible outputs you can bring back home.

You’ll even get the support from Stefan – and the other participants – in how to implement your new insights into your organization.

What Others Say

“The original objective of this trip was to get our innovators exposed to the highly dynamic innovation environment found in that part of the world.
However, the results were much more than that, as it proved to be a highly transformative experience that changed the way participants understand how “innovation works” and which challenged all their assumptions.”

Rafael Lemaitre, SIA Partners (United Arab Emirates)

“I’ve known Stefan for almost five years on the global innovation circuit. He always asks thought-provoking questions, and I enjoy sharing my experiences and perspectives with him in turn.
In addition to being smart, well-read, and intellectually curious, Stefan is one of the best networked people in the innovation world. This allows him to be on the leading edge of innovation trends as well as fearlessly test his hypotheses with thought leaders and practitioners. If you’re serious about innovation, I recommend you get in touch with Stefan.”

Navin Kunde, Clorox (USA)

Improve innovation outcomes.Boost your career.

Because of the highly tailored and personalized nature of this program, spots are limited. The fee for this program is $ 5,500 excl hotel and travel.

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