Following the 2017 Schneider Electric Innovation Hub Business Forum and in keeping with our theme for 2017: Sustainability, the French-Australian Chamber of Commerce was delighted to host a Business Workshop on the topic “Innovate and Lead Sustainably” on Thursday 22 June.
This interactive breakfast session led by Rachel Audigé, Founder of S.I.T. and Leigh Morrison, Founder of be., consisted of two workshops for senior leaders, focusing on different areas relating to innovative thinking and energy management.
The first seminar run by Rachel Audige, was focused on sustainable innovation and alternative ways of thinking “inside the box”.
Rachel demonstrated that sustainable innovation is about innovating what we already have, rather than ‘’doing innovation’’. She explained that there is a general tendency to consider sustainable innovation as reducing or eliminating elements of a current product, while our intuition pushes us to add new features and new choices in order to innovate. She introduced us through various exercises and examples to Systematic Inventive Thinking, which is about imposing an artificial constraint on the creative process to reconcile both and exploiting existing resources. This methodology enables us to have more inventive, feasible ideas and better business results.
Leigh Morrison followed with a seminar about sustainable leadership and methods of managing energy.
Leigh explained to participants how sustainable leadership practice blends methodologies and practices in emotional resilience, mindfulness and wellbeing, supported by leadership theory. It is an assessment of our current energy levels. Leigh showed us practices and tools that we could apply to our team, organisation or ourselves in order to effectively manage and wisely invest our amount of energy. She explained that sustainable leadership practice is deeply grounded in personal responsibility and the ability to recognise what boosts or drains our energy and how to make choices on what best fuels us.
Both coaches encouraged active participation, resulting in lively discussions and exchanges of ideas.
We would like to thank Rachel and Leigh for running such a fun, educational and interesting session and we have received some fantastic feedback.
Many thanks to Bénédicte Collin, Director at Caisse de depots et placements du Quebec and member of FACCI’s Advisory Council for chairing this session.
Thanks to all who attended and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
You can take a look at our event photo gallery here.
Please note: Rachel and Leigh will be running a subsequent session in Melbourne on 26 July.
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