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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.

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