Company Directors Course Specialisation - Directing Innovation

Mon 18 Mar 2019
9.00am to 4.30pm

(Arrival time: 8.45am)
10 This event will earn you 10 DPD units


Australian Institute of Company Directors
Level 26, 367 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC


Single Members: A$1,494.00 Non-members: A$2,101.00

Ross Dawson

Founding Chairman, Future Exploration Network

Ross Dawson is a leading futurist, keynote speaker, strategy advisor, and bestselling author. He is Founding Chairman of Future Exploration Network, which helps leading organisations act today to create a successful future, and Advanced Human Technologies, a professional services and publishing firm.

Ross has delivered keynote speeches and strategy workshops in 29 countries across six continents for companies such as American Express, Commonwealth Bank, Coca-Cola, EY, Google, News Limited, Procter & Gamble, PwC, Visa and many other leading organisations.

He is author of four books including the acclaimed book Living Networks, the bestseller Developing Knowledge-Based Client Relationships, the highly successful Implementing Enterprise 2.0, and most recently Getting Results from Crowds, and has published over 100 articles in leading publications worldwide.

Ross’s frequent media appearances include CNN, Bloomberg TV, Sky News, ABC TV, Today and Sunrise shows, New York Times, The Guardian and many others.

Ross has run executive education programs and lectured at numerous academic institutions around the world, including the University of Virginia, Australian Graduate School of Management, Singapore Institute of Management, Malaysian Director’s Academy, Institute of Banking and Finance, and Singularity University in Silicon Valley.

Ross has been named as one of the most influential people in the world in the future of work, Enterprise 2.0, and crowdfunding, and has also been named by Digital Media magazine as one of the 40 biggest players in Australia’s digital age.

Directors need to make strategic decisions in volatile and fast-moving environments. This specialisation course will equip you with the skills to plan and prepare for market fluctuations, and implement those plans with confidence.

As emerging marketplaces and industries evolve and developments in artificial intelligence, big data and automation continue apace, directors need to be ready to grapple with big decisions, while protecting their stakeholders.

You will build the resilience and capability for your board to direct your organisation through uncertain times. Armed with the tools and methodologies to encourage a more agile perspective on how your business could strategically operate in what can be referred to as a ‘VUCA’ (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) world, you will be able to create an environment and culture to ensure your leadership team can execute an innovative strategy to fuel efficient growth.

Recognising the importance of a comprehensive response to market disruptors and long-term strategy is understood best through experience. This course provides an intensive and safe environment to test assumptions and put theory into practice.

The course operates with the support of a highly skilled and experienced facilitator, a thorough and engaging hypothetical company case study, and a small group of peer directors.

Who should attend?

The course is tailored to experienced directors wishing to take their performance to the next level and make strategic decisions in an agile way to suit rapidly evolving markets.

It is required that participants have completed the Company Directors CourseTM, Company Directors Course Update or International Company Directors Course to attend this course. It is preferable but not mandatory for participants to have successfully completed the assessment for the Company Directors Course or International Company Directors Course.

This course is suitable for:

  • Alumni of the Company Directors Course (mandatory requirement)
  • New and experienced directors
  • Those seeking a directorship in the next two years
  • Directors planning to strategically grow or realign their company
  • Chief Executive Officers / Managing Directors

What will you learn?

After completing the highly focused and practical course, you will have the confidence and tools to make agile decisions in the face of disruptive forces.

You will be able to:

  1. Apply the learning from the Company Directors Course directly into practice in the context of disruption and innovation.
  2. Evaluate and assess strategy and risk in the context of the VUCA environment with respect to change, disruption and innovation.
  3. Analyse the dependency on culture of an innovation environment.
  4. Appraise strategies focused on growth through innovation.
  5. Evaluate risk appetite in the context of a VUCA environment.

What can you expect?

The focus of the course is on decision making, board dynamics and re-aligning the board’s mindset and approach to their business in the context of ‘VUCA’. Each table will work in groups as a simulated board. Each ‘board’ will respond to market shifts, devise recommendations and assess strategic shifts and risk appetite, and report back to the broader group.

This course is a full-day course. On the day, participants will work with their ‘board’ to navigate the challenges of a hypothetical company experiencing a significant business model disruption.

An experienced facilitator will lead the discussion at the start and end of the day, as well as through a series of plenary groups and provide expert guidance and support throughout the day.


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