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Rajeev Peshawaria

Five People Management Hacks for the Digital Economy

Most of the 20th century management practices were designed to maximise control over employees. From punch cards to “management by objectives,” employees were told what, when and how much they needed to do, and supervised closely. It is commonly believed that if left to their own devices, employees will do as little as possible to survive.

Thanks to 24/7 connectivity and the arrival of the gig economy, today’s 21st-century workforce is more empowered than ever before. The open source era is placing a huge amount of freedom and opportunity at the hands of employees raising a critical question for employers: How do you retain and motivate employees when today’s workforce craves their own career paths, having multiple employers in multiple industries and are driven to succeed for reasons far more intrinsic than purely financial?

Should employees be given total freedom to decide and self-manage? While it sounds counter intuitive, the answer is a big yes. The command and control style of management, and the one-size-fits all performance management yardstick will no longer work in this age of mass customization. There is no more business as usual. Management practices need a complete overhaul, throwing away the old tropes around performance and motivation in order to remain relevant and ahead in the decades to come.

The challenge is how. The good news – there are practical solutions:

  • To maximise productivity, set them free
  • Play favourites
  • Ditch the salary surveys
  • Trust them to do the right thing
  • Develop leadership energy, not competencies
  • This Masterclass will provide you with a radical but much needed way of thinking about performance management in the open source era. Grounded on global research, the session challenges conventional wisdom taking you through five people management hacks that will influence how you motivate and manage employees for superior performance in a highly connected, fast-moving 21st century.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Understand current trends impacting the workplace
    • Challenge current management practices against the backdrop of today’s economy
    • Gain insight into new approaches for maximising performance and motivation

    Dr Thun Thamrongnawasawat

    OSI: The Future Makers©

    A lot of people around the world are worried about widespread job losses to automation and AI in the coming years. What will happen to them? How should they change? How should they prepare? The fears are genuine. Yet, the 21st Century has made ordinary people more empowered than ever before. Technology gives us instant connectivity, which saves time, and allows anyone to bring anything to the world, literally. Right now, we have more time, more knowledge, more friends, and more opportunities to create positive changes to the world around us (think Grab, Airbnb, and start-ups like 11th Hour) than at any point in history.

    In the open source era, we can all be significantly better, and faster, at innovating. You don’t have to be a genius to innovate; you just have to care and learn a few critical skills. Combining learning from neuroscience with integrated and design thinking, the Open Source Innovator session will take you through the process of innovation in the 21st Century. How has innovation changed? Why is empathy important? How to ask the right question? What to do with the idea? Where to go for support? Come join this practical call for action to make your contribution to the world. By becoming an OSI, you –and the people in your organization– can thrive into the future, lead a productive life, and turn long-lasting leadership energy into making a difference!

    The 20th Century innovation was about a few persons finding GREAT discoveries. The 21st Century is about many people doing GOOD things together for a better future.

    What are you waiting for?

    Learning Objectives:

    • Appreciate how innovation has changed and how to play your part
    • Learn key skills to get started on becoming an open source innovator

    Peter Webb

    Leadership Energy Coaching: How to Better Manage Yourself and Others in Times of Disruption

    Digital disruption, AI, blockchain, and the shift to platform-based, “open source” business models are some of the factors contributing to heightened uncertainty and demand for an agile and innovative workforce. Coaching is increasingly seen as a flexible, individually-tailored business performance intervention and an accelerator of organisational learning – a crucial component for enterprises to thrive.

    And the use of coaching is growing. 93% of US-based Global 100 companies use executive coaches. In the UK, 88% of organisations use coaching. In Australia, 64% of business leaders and 72% of senior managers report using coaches.

    So, how can leaders in the current business environment utilize coaching skills for business transformation? Doesn’t coaching take up valuable time that should be spent on business-critical tasks? Can you bring about change just through conversation?

    In this master class, you will experience how to shift yourself and others from the language of blame and complaint to the language of purpose and values for sustained leadership energy.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Identify the language barriers to achieving success
    • Understand the language of commitment
    • Practice the leadership energy coaching approach for sustainable change

    Lalit Gupta and Subba Vaidyanathan

    Mindful Leadership in the Open Source Era

    What is common between former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, Salesforce CEO Mark Benioff and LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner? They are clearly the biggest names when it comes to innovation and disruption. However, fewer people know that each one of these leaders and disruptors is also a regular mindfulness practitioner.

    We live in the era of distraction and disruption. The changes that we constantly deal with today are not evolutionary. They are revolutionary in nature. What does that mean? Things that we took for granted are no longer true and the things that we always did habitually are no longer effective.

    In such a scenario, how do you take charge as a leader in your personal and professional life. How do you deal with this level of uncertainty without stress, fear or anxiety? Are you still pursuing success using the same principles that made you successful before in a world that has changed dramatically in so many ways? Considering the rate of change and transformation, how can you still perform at your full potential?

    The answer could lie in the ancient practice of Mindfulness. Mindfulness is not just a skill that you learn, it is an intimate journey of self-discovery to gain clarity about who you are and then aligning this with what you’re pursuing in life. So, join us in this journey of deep self-reflection and self-discovery and unleash your full potential by aligning your life with who you are.

    Learning Objectives:

    • To redefine leadership in and for Open source era
    • Gain deeper understanding of science and practice of mindfulness and how it relates to leading a fulfilling, purposeful and meaningful life