How to Create an Innovative Organization by Frank Wander

Saturday July 12, 2014 at 8:00 am

The Presentation: “How to Create an Innovative Organization

Every firm faces daunting challenges: Cloud, Mobile, Social Media, Big Data, Security and an Employee Disengagement Crisis.   Some are even calling this the end of business as we know it.  As this transformation unfolds, talent will reemerge as the source of enduring competitive advantage.  In this presentation, Frank will share how the winning companies of today have learned to unlock the talent potential of their workforce, by building innovative and high performing cultures.  People aren’t interchangeable parts – they never were.  Every leader must become as adept at running the human infrastructure, as they are at managing process and technology.

In this talk, Frank will share:

  • What culture actually is
  • The five levels of cultural maturity
  • How you can design a high performing culture
  • Why institutional knowledge has such high productive and innovative value
  • Why certain roles are assets, and others are expenses


About the speaker:  Frank Wander is an author, former CIO, and founder of PeopleProductive, a technology driven consultancy providing workforce productivity and innovation solutions to clients.  After investing many years transforming failing IT divisions across corporations, Wander realized these failures had a consistent root cause: corporate cultures where the leaders knew everything about products, processes and technology, but nothing about the human factors that underpin workforce productivity and innovation.  This awareness led him to write a book for Wiley Publishing, titled Transforming IT Culture: How to Use Social Intelligence, Human Factors and Collaboration to Create an IT Department that Outperforms.  This book is the missing Operators Manual for the human infrastructure.

PeopleProductive helps companies build high performing cultures, by applying the human factors of productivity and innovation to unlock five levels of cultural maturity.  Products include cultural assessments, cultural transformation roadmaps and implementations, management off-sites/workshops, organizational design services, workforce planning, and training.  In these times of tight budgets, the largest unexploited opportunity for most companies is to unlock the full talent potential of their existing staff, often doubling their productivity.

Prior to the Institute, Frank was a Chief Information Officer at three different companies, most recently at Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. Wander is a sought after speaker and panelist at industry events who connects with his audience by sharing meaningful stories, and proven strategies for creating high performance. He has given the keynote address at many technology industry events, and has appeared on Business Insider, internet radio, and in the Wall Street Journal.

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