SIR RAY AVERY— Dream big and do bigger— 7-8.30am, October 4
Genuine innovation in business is rarely the result of a happy accident. First you must create an environment that encourages innovation, then nurture and grow a creative culture. Make it possible for people to dream big and do bigger. Few know more about how to achieve this than Sir Ray Avery. A true polymath, Sir Ray is the smartest guy inmost rooms and amaster of creative problem-solving. At this special keynote event, he’ll share some of his considerable knowledge and give priceless advice on how to build a creative, game-changing business culture.
WENDY THOMPSON— Social media Q+A workshop— 10-11am, October 4
There’s no single-solution model for social mediamarketing. Every business’s needs are unique to it and every company is at a different stage in their social media journey. Rather than give you a homogenous talk, Wendy Thompson is going to provide some personalised answers to your social media questions. Come with some prepared questions and receive some tailored advice from Wendy. Wendy’s personal motto is “have fun and get sh*t done” so this is sure to be as enjoyable as it is insightful. Wendy is founder and CEO of Socialites, NZ’s largest specialist social media agency, which she started in 2010 after 15 years in the digital agency world.
DR MIKE ASHBY— Upping the Ante— 5.30-7.30pm, October 4
A lot of corporate governance focuses on risk management; for aspiring growth businesses, that’s a smaller part of the puzzle. Dr Mike Ashby has worked with hundreds of business owners and says
one of the greatest obstacles to growth is most don’t consider risk, except when trying to reduce or avoid it. The biggest returns lie in the areas of greatest uncertainty, but for the most part we want to reduce uncertainty. Mike will show you how to be deliberate and mindful in your approach to risk and why that’s even more importantwhen you’ve found some success. Once people have their businesses at a certain level they tend to back off risk. That can be more dangerous than taking more on. Mike will explain how the ‘three horizon framework’ will allow you to manage your current risk while taking on other, higher return risk. Mike is an experienced business mentor and author of the book ‘Breakpoints’: How to shift your business to the next level. Formerly a strategist and partner at Ernst & Young Consulting and then COO of South Cross Healthcare, Mike is a popular and busy business adviser and speaker.