Trep Talks: Cultures of Innovation

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Trep Talks: Cultures of Innovation
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Tue 25 February 2020
Tuesday 25 February 2020
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Trep Talks: Cultures of Innovation

A pioneer of innovation has passed.

Clayton Christensen, a Harvard professor, expert on disruptive innovation, superstar consultant, and author of the groundbreaking book, “The Innovator’s Dilemma,” died on Thursday, January 25th.

It’s in this solemn time that we should take a moment to appreciate people like Clayton that have pushed the limits of our understanding. So, too, should we deepen our understanding of what it means to innovate, why innovation matters, and the forces that drive innovation.

Clayton would want us to ask:

With all of the deep knowledge available, why do the vast majority of organizations still fail at innovation?

Even for organizations that claim to be innovative, there exists an obvious gap between innovation in theory and innovation in practice. Many of these organizations lack the capacity — including skills, methods, and processes — to discover, design, develop and implement new solutions that create customer value.

Here is some truly puzzling logic proving how little we know about innovation:

Great innovations happen when there are lots of different people contributing ideas and collaborating on solutions. So as the number of people in the company increases, so, too, should the potential for great ideas which could ultimately end up being innovations. But why is it, then, that the difficulty of being innovative grows in correlation with company size?

Renowned innovation enthusiast Henry Doss speculates:

“[...] yes, big businesses are constrained in very specific ways – technology, regulatory environment, capital, risk. But it’s not these real-world constraints that inhibit innovation. It’s business culture.”

Culture enables organizations to acquire capabilities related to people - to gain human capital. We can’t always measure the direct impact that company culture has on innovation, but we can plainly see it.

An innovative company culture supports the process and need for always getting better, learning and experimenting at a fast speed, as well as balancing between freedom and responsibility. And innovative cultures are critical for companies that want to succeed.

Join us on February 25th to explore how environments that support creative thinking and innovation generate exciting and unexpected outcomes. We’ll examine why it’s so important for companies to update their innovation frameworks - and we’ll talk about what innovation-first organizations look like.

What you’ll learn:

  • What innovation culture is and how we can best support it.
  • The values and beliefs that reinforce innovation culture and lead to innovation-oriented patterns of behaviour.
  • How to leverage the existing strengths of a given ecosystem to create a thriving culture of innovation.

Who should attend?

Leaders who want to consider new approaches and new opportunities. Startup founders who want to learn about innovation tools, processes, and methods that allow your teams to achieve better results.

What you will get:

A stronger understanding of concepts that will allow your teams to generate ideas, innovate on those ideas, and execute effective solutions.


5:30 - 6:30 pm | Networking & Social

6:30 - 8:00 pm | Panel

8:00 - 8:30 pm | Q&A

Beverages avaliable for purchase

Alcohol $5

Non-alcohol $3


Attendees consent to their filming and sound recording as members of the audience. By entering this event you agree to being filmed or photographed which may be used for marketing or promotional purposes.

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