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 Innovation Mindset



Welcome to the Chief Disruptor Breakfast Club, the only place where you can have your morning coffee with the innovators and disruptors in business and technology.

On Tuesday and Thursday mornings, tune in to hear our Guest Disruptors give us the inside track on the biggest trends in a live interview, where you can ask them (just about) anything.

Throughout history, adversity and difficulty have forced humans to innovate. Today this is the case more than ever, with budgets cut and teams working apart. The barriers to innovation have grown, alongside the need for it. In the second series of Chief Disruptor Breakfast Club, we'll be examining what it means to be an innovative organisation and how disruption can be a driving force for good.

Series 2, Episode 1: The Anatomy of Innovation

When we say "innovation", we could mean anything from creating a new product to transforming a process to having cool ideas. We kick off the series with a deepdive into what innovation actually means, and how it can be a tool for pivoting during this time.

Date: Tuesday 9 June

Time: 8:15am - 9:00am

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S2, E1: The Anatomy of Innovation

Series 2, Episode 2: Data Inspiration
with Guest Disruptor Dr Mark Cote, Senior Lecturer in Digital Culture & Society at King’s College London

Data is essential to understanding and fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, but how it's collected and used raises some challenging ethical questions over privacy. We explore what the pandemic is teaching us about our relationship with data, and how these conundrums will play out over the long term.

Date: Thursday 11 June

Time: 8:15am - 9:00am

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S2, E2: Data Inspiration

Series 2, Episode 3: The Secrets of High-Growth

It is a common misconception that only the young and agile can achieve high-growth: the average age on Fortune’s 2019 list of fastest-growing companies is 38 years old. We delve into the secrets behind high-growth in an uncertain world.

Date: Tuesday 16  June

Time: 8:15am - 9:00am

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S2, E3: The Secrets off High-Growth

Series 2, Episode 4: Managing the Distributed Office

Businesses today are forced into a balancing act: teams are facing budget cuts, while customer needs are evolving. We examine the pressure points on innovation teams and how to innovate with what you have.

Date: Thursday 18  June

Time: 8:15am - 9:00am

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S2, E4: Managing the Distributed Office

Series 2, Episode 5: Building the Digital Experience 

How do you deliver the best possible digital experience in exceptional circumstances? We explore how to focus on what matters to customers in a world where priorities are shifting, and how to formulate the optimal digital response.

Date: Tuesday 23  June

Time: 8:15am - 9:00am

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S2, E5: Building the Digital Experience

Series 2, Episode 6: The Decentralised Web

Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the World Wide Web, is among the advocates of a newer, freer internet - one that allows people to communicate without relying on tech giants that profit from their data. We look into the privacy concerns and the ethics behind Web 4.0, and examine the impact on big tech.

Date: Thursday 25  June

Time: 8:15am - 9:00am

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S2, E6: The Decentralised Web

Series 2, Episode 7: Rebuilding Economies

World figures from Mikhail Gorbachev to Sundar Pichai to Bill Gates have pronounced the crisis as an opportunity to look toward building a more inclusive, sustainable economy. But what does that involve, and who should drive it?

Date: Tuesday 30  June

Time: 8:15am - 9:00am

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S2, E7: Rebuilding Economies

Series 2, Episode 8: How to Disrupt Without Alienating People

Disruptive innovation: sometimes positive, sometimes negative, almost always a force for lasting change. We talk about what disruption looks like in different contexts, and whether you can 'do' disruption positively.

Date: Thursday 2  July

Time: 8:15am - 9:00am

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S2, E8: How to Disrupt Without Alienating People


Series 1, Episode 1: How to Pivot, Not Panic
with Guest Disruptor Ben Legg, Seasoned Technology CEO

It's like a fight or flight reflex: businesses have two options in a crisis and what they choose determines their survival. We examine the characteristics of "pivot" companies vs. "panic" companies, to learn what works and what doesn’t.

Date: Thursday 9 April

Time: 08:15am - 09:00am

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Episode 1 - How To Pivot Not Panic

Series 1, Episode 2: Innovating through Crisis
with Guest Disruptor Rich Corbridge, Director of Innovation, Boots UK

Experts have said that the next 10 weeks of innovation during crisis will determine the next 10 years of business. How can you make sure that you’re spending it doing the right thing?

Date: Friday 17 April

Time: 08:15am - 09:00am

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Episode 2 - Innovating through Crisis

Series 1, Episode 3: The Opportunity Mindset
with Guest Disruptor Lori Beck, VP Consumer Insights, Coty

Well-loved British brands are stepping up to serve during COVID-19, with some opening mini supermarkets and others transforming their supply chain. How can your business see the opportunity to help?

Date: Tuesday 21 April

Time: 08:15am - 09:00am

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Episode 3 - The Opportunity Mindset

Series 1, Episode 4: Automation Nation
with Guest Disruptor Phil Scully, CIO, Costa

It’s a critical time for all businesses and, if used well, technology can be the second workforce stepping in to help. We find out the secret to automating your business so you can focus on innovation.

Date: Thursday 23 April

Time: 08:15am - 09:00am

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Episode 4 - Automation Nation

Series 1, Episode 5: How to Know When you Need a Strategy Revamp with Guest Disruptor Tom Best, Auctioneer, Director of The Auction Collective

"The last thing we need right now is a vision," said Lou Gerstner when he took on the role of CEO at IBM. It was met with gasps - but it gave the company a new sense of urgency. When it comes to strategy, how do you know when to deconstruct what exists and start afresh? 

Date: Tuesday 28 April

Time: 08:15am - 09:00am

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Episode 5

Series 1, Episode 6: Tales from the Pivot Masters
with Guest Disruptor Kyle Grant, Ex-NASA, Forbes 30 Under 30, Founder of OXWASH

Many businesses over the years have responded in new and often ingenious ways to crisis. We look at some of the best stories of businesses responding quickly and effectively to change, to answer the question: what does it actually look like to pivot?

Date: Thursday 30 April

Time: 08:15am - 9:00am

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Episode 6

Series 1, Episode 7: Remote Work Realities
with Guest Disruptors Geoff McDonald, Former Global VP, Unilever and Co-Founder, Minds@Work and Stefan Stern, Writer and Former FT Commentator

It's been 6 weeks since lockdown was announced. Remote working has become the new normal, but for many it holds many barriers. What are some of the lessons for keeping people motivated at this time, and what are the areas that still need work?

Date: Tuesday 5 May

Time: 08:15am - 9:00am

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Episode 7

Series 1, Episode 8: Creating A New Normal For Your Customers with Guest Disruptor Neil Tanna, CEO & Founder, Zyng

Getting an accurate picture through data is a critical component of responding to change. As the crisis evolves, the thirst for information is challenging established data practices and sources. We examine what organisations can learn from some of the key debates around credibility of data, and the different interpretations of "the truth" emerging as we learn more about COVID-19.

Date: Thursday 7 May

Time: 8:15am - 9:00am

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Episode 8

Series 1, Episode 9: Community Through Crisis: Responding to Refugees with Guest Disruptor Charlie Fraser, Co-Founder, The Entrepreneurial Refugee Network

With the country in crisis, many employees are being hit hard. Refugees are hit harder, with 70% of them facing income losses as a result of coronavirus. We are joined by Charlie Fraser, co-founder of The Entrepreneurial Refugee Network, to explore how community can be a stronghold for many people at this time. 

Date: Tuesday 12 May

Time: 8:15am - 9:00am

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Episode 9

Series 1, Episode 10: The Journey To Truth Through Data with Guest Disruptor Will Mace, CEO, EQ-Connect

Getting an accurate picture through data is critical to innovation, yet organisations struggle to share information and collaborate, missing out on opportunities to drive lasting change in their sectors. With the credibility of data practices very much in the news, we explore how collaboration can lead to truth and trust in data.

Date: Thursday 14 May

Time: 8:15am - 9:00am

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Episode 10

Series 1, Episode 11: Purpose and Mission: How To Lead Through Adversity with Guest Disruptor Brandie Deignan, Managing Director, Marco Pierre White Restaurants

Blockbuster. Toys 'R' Us. Yahoo. Time and time again, leaders are often the ones blamed for the fall of an organisation. At a time that demands quick response and strong leadership, we explore the qualities of a great leader that will carry a business through a period of uncertainty.

Date: Tuesday 19 May

Time: 8:15am - 9:00am

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Episode 11

Series 1, Episode 12: What Matters and What Doesn't for COVID-19 Digital Strategy with Guest Disruptor Ritesh Jain, COO|CTO| Former Global Head of Delivery - Digital Technology, HSBC

In 2020, 40% of disruptors claim to have "digital in our DNA". It's no surprise that digital readiness is inherently linked to the ability to respond and innovate, but as everything around us changes, the components of digital strategy are being reprioritised. We hear from a digital expert on what matters and what doesn't in today's climate.

Date: Thursday 21 May

Time: 8:15am - 9:00am

Episode 12

Series 1, Episode 13: Tales from the Pivot Masters, Part II
with Guest Disruptor Tessa Clarke, CEO & Co-founder at OLIO

"This moment will make people think creatively and think ahead," said Alphabet CEO, Sundar Pichai, this month. With many businesses transforming how their products are delivered to stay afloat, we look at what it actually means to pivot effectively during crisis.

Date: Tuesday 26 May

Time: 08:15am - 9:00am

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Episode 13

Series 1, Episode 14: Architecting a New Vision with Guest Disruptor Mark Cliffe, Global Head of the New Horizons Hub at ING Bank

To bring the series to a close, we challenge the seductive notion of a ‘new normal’. Mark Cliffe, Global Head of New Horizons Hub, ING Bank, discusses what structural shifts might occur in response to the pandemic and how businesses need to radically rethink the way they look at the world in order to carve out a positive future.

Date: Thursday 28 May

Time: 8:15am - 9:00am

Episode 14

Series 1 Finale: Chief Disruptor LIVE: Virtual

We've explored how to "Pivot, Don't Panic". Now it's time to apply that knowledge and Pivot To A New Future. At Chief Disruptor LIVE: Virtual, we'll be packing the day with masterclasses and insights, to help you develop actionable roadmaps for your organisation. It's time to move

Date: Tuesday 2 June.

Time: 9:00am-4:00pm

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