Upcoming webinars

Flourish or Die: building a path to sustainable change making

Catalysts drive change. They create new startups, change how teams work, develop best practices, even reimagine entire organizations. They process complex information quickly. They connect dots where others don’t. They have a strong intuitive sense and are more comfortable with risk. They create visions. They tend towards action.

The risk of unsupported, unintentionally focused catalytic behavior is that it often leads to burnout, chaos, and even isolation.
But being a catalyst isn’t really a choice…it’s a way of being that most would say is in the fiber of their very being. So how do we best support these powerful individuals?

Catalyst Constellations was birthed by two catalysts who have spent years in the trenches and supporting others (by creating best practices and organizations to support them…as catalysts, we just can’t help ourselves!). We have distilled our learning and created a practice to help catalysts flourish…and keep their journey moving forward sustainably.

This session provides concrete insights about what it means to be a catalyst and how you can create a sustainable path forward to realize your vision.

Hosted by: Shannon Lucas & Tracey Lovejoy

Shannon Lucas // VP, Head of Emerging Business Global Customer Unit

Shannon Lucas is a global thought leader on intrapreneurship for successful corporate innovation programs. For over twenty years she has been working with startups and cutting-edge technology companies, launching her own ventures, and driving innovation into the world’s largest companies.

Tracey Lovejoy // Coach. Researcher. Facilitator. Catalyst.

Tracey Lovejoy is a Seattle-based executive coach who works with Catalysts and their teams, to help them harness their vision and confidence so they can more powerfully change the world. Tracey helps people move past their barriers and supports them in bringing their visions to life—whatever their visions may be.

When: May 23, 10am EST, 4pm CEST

It’s free – click here to register


Identifying and Overcoming Barriers to New Product Adoption

Consumer failure to adopt innovative products often dooms many of them to failure. As the pace of technological innovation accelerates, and “smart” products and the IoT become a reality, how do you motivate consumers to adopt these products?

In this webinar, Professor Gita Johar of Columbia Business School will discuss why consumers may be resistant to new products and how firms can overcome these intrinsic barriers to adoption. She will draw on her research findings and elaborate on how consumer desire for control, identity-based motivations, and search for meaning act as potential barriers to adoption and discuss interventions that can help firms overcome these barriers.

Hosted by: Professor Gita Johar of Columbia Business School

Gita Johar // Meyer Feldberg Professor of Business @Columbia Business School

Gita V. Johar (PhD NYU 1993; MBA Indian Institute of Management Calcutta 1985) has been on the faculty of Columbia Business School since 1992 and is currently the Meyer Feldberg Professor of Business. Professor Johar’s expertise lies in consumer psychology, focusing on how consumers react to marketing efforts, especially advertising, promotions and sponsorship.

When: May 23, 11am EST, 5pm CEST

It’s free – click here to register


A Sneak Peek Into Whirlpool’s Innovation Machine

Let’s have a look how we can move beyond today’s obstacles, and future-proof corporate innovation, and our organizations in general. The single biggest threat facing organizations today is their inability to innovate, experiment consistently and cost effectively. Ludwig will examine the 5 current challenges that plague corporate innovators and how to address them by leveraging AI, industry standard operating procedures and proven best practices.

105 years since it was originally founded, Whirlpool is operating in a new world where the next 10 years of profitable revenue growth are substantially more challenging. Phillip, Whirlpool’s Global Innovation Director, will share the ambitious initiative underway at Whirlpool to leverage the insights and expertise of the company’s 100,000 employees and its extensive network of suppliers and partners around the world to bring order to the data chaos by creating a new system of record for innovation for all of the company’s internal, crowdsourced and open innovation activities. The vision is to build a sustainable innovation management practice that delivers a sound innovation portfolio aligned with corporate strategy.

Hosted by: Ludwig Melik and Phillip Swanson

Ludwig Melik // CEO at Planbox

Ludwig Melik is the CEO of Planbox (www.planbox.com), a pioneering provider of AI-Powered Agile Innovation software delivering exceptional business value to global clients such as Honeywell, Sun Life Financial, Whirlpool and Verizon. Ludwig’s mission is to help organizations thrive by transforming the culture of agile work, continuous innovation and creativity across the entire organization.

Phillip Swanson // Innovation Capabilities Lead @Whirlpool

A journalist and communicator by trade Phill has focused his creative energy during his time at Whirlpool into a role of intrapreneurship. From launching homebrewing appliances on IndieGoGo, to helping develop digital platforms, Phill relies on a deep knowledge of Service Design, systems thinking, and lean startup principles to help drive a culture of innovation at Whirlpool.

When: June 12, 11am EST, 5pm CEST

It’s free – click here to register


Rebel Talent: Why It Pays to Break the Rules at Work and in Life

Do you want to follow a script — or write your own story? In her talk, based on her new book Rebel Talent, Francesca will share insights on why the most successful among us break the rules, and how rebellion brings joy and meaning into our lives.

Rebels have a bad reputation. We think of them as troublemakers, outcasts, contrarians: those colleagues, friends, and family members who complicate seemingly straightforward decisions, create chaos, and disagree when everyone else is in agreement. But in truth, rebels are also those among us who change the world for the better with their unconventional outlooks. Instead of clinging to what is safe and familiar, and falling back on routines and tradition, rebels defy the status quo. They are masters of innovation and reinvention, and they have a lot to teach us.

Francesca has spent more than a decade studying rebels at organizations around the world, from high-end boutiques in Italy’s fashion capital, to the World’s Best Restaurant, to a thriving fast food chain, to an award-winning computer animation studio. In her work, she has identified leaders and employees who exemplify “rebel talent,” and whose examples we can all learn to embrace. Whether you want to inspire others to action, build a business, or build more meaningful relationships, Rebel Talent will show you how to succeed — by breaking all the rules.

Hosted by: Francesca Gino, Harvard Business School Professor and Author of “Rebel Talent” (DeyStreet, 2018) and “Sidetracked” (HBR Press, 2013)

Francesca Gino is an award-winning researcher and the Tandon Family Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Her consulting and speaking clients include Bacardi, Akamai, Disney, Goldman Sachs, Honeywell, Novartis, P&G, and the U.S. Air Force, Army, and Navy. She has been honored as one of the world’s Top 40 Business Professors under 40 by Poets & Quants and one of the world’s 50 most influential management thinkers by Thinkers 50. Her work has been featured on CNN and NPR, as well as in the EconomistFinancial TimesNew York TimesNewsweekScientific American, and Psychology Today.

When: June 14, 11am EST, 5pm CEST

It’s free – click here to register