The Walking Dead – Why innovation can defeat the zombie invasion

Date: Thursday, November 6, 2014 Date: Thursday, November 6, 2014 Time: 07:45 - 09:15 Location: The Corinthian Club, Glasgow

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The title had people talking ahead of the breakfast – “what exactly does Paul have in mind for today’s talk?”

Paul Fletcher, senior business consultant at Enabling Innovation returned to entertain the Comms audience for a third time in as many years highlighting to us the zombie invasion that is attempting to suck the blood from the heart of our wonderful businesses and organisations.

Paul explained the ‘zombie invasion’ can be characterised by top down hierarchical behaviour where middle managers and employees don’t contribute, many just do their jobs and those who want to push for more are defeated by cynicism are eventually bitten by ‘the walking dead’ syndrome; just going through the motions with lethargy and plodding pack mentalities.  Defeating this has been the job of leadership and consultancy for years, but instead of ‘destroying the zombie brain’ we can now turn to innovation practice to halt the invasion; once and for all!

Everyone can innovate whether you are a zombie (Shock horror), a loner, an extra or the hero. Amongst other things its about giving employees time to play and this can be done by encouraging a creative environment and culture in an organisation. Experiment and play with systems to improve your business by inviting everyone to participate in their vision and ideas for the future – harness the stuff that makes people tick.

Paul told us that if it seems like an up hill battle then collaborate and pull on the talents and ideas of others to make projects happen and excel. Scottish and Southern Energy have created a JEDI movement (Just Effing Do It) – which of course resonated with the audience! Paul had us all making ‘droning’ noises every time he mentioned the word ‘zombie’ and I’m sure many of us went back to work and listened out for the office zombies ‘droning’ their way through the day.

Culture change can be difficult but if it’s not addressed head on then the zombies and their pals the ‘energy vampires’ will pull us down and make us less productive and of course less innovative and I’m sure anyone who was at the breakfast will agree these zombie people need to be well and truly nailed back into their coffins – I’m off to B&Q to buy some stakes! Thanks to Paul our ‘Zombie’ fighter, the event was ‘fang-tastic.

Thanks to all who attended this year and we wish you a great Christmas and look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.

Julian  🙂

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