Soren Kaplan, Author of Leapfrogging: Harness the Power of Surprise for Business Breakthroughs and Managing Principal, InnovationPoint
Most leaders and organizations want breakthroughs — like the ability to proactively predict exactly when, where and how to place talent, which roles are the most critical for the future, who possesses the potential talent? How can you precisely measure and predict team effectiveness? But many leaders struggle with the often unspoken principles and practices required for creating these breakthroughs. If workforce planning and analytics are the answer, how can HR convince the C-Suite that such endeavors are worthy of the time and effort involved? If these strategies are already in place but could be functioning better, how can HR make them more successful? What opportunities does HR have for breakthrough innovation?
In his keynote session, Soren Kaplan will talk about how business breakthroughs deliver positive surprise to both internal stakeholders and the market, and outlines the key leadership competencies required for anyone who wants to “change the game.” Breakthroughs for HR involve defining opportunities to add significant business value, providing a compelling picture of the value before it’s made, and persisting through the challenges of innovation. Every organization deals with uncertainty and using the element of surprise during the innovation process itself can help HR create and provide clarity and direction to the organization.