Keynotes

Mo recently addressed delegates at our Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia conference. Using a dynamic and engaging style of anecdotes, movement and passionate story telling Mo challenged delegates to approach wicked problems by asking different questions. This led to much post session discussion on what might be the different questions! It was a unique combination of awakening people to possibilities rather than 'giving the answers' Well done Mo - the hall marks of a true change agent.
Kate Charters 
Convenor SEGRA
All presentations are energetic, engaging and interactive. They don’t just deliver information – they are designed to provide an experience that embeds the learnings in a lasting and memorable way. Each presentation is adapted to incorporate specific contexts and information, and can be used to enhance or reinforce existing innovation, culture, change, leadership or engagement programs.
Recognising Underlying Patterns and Structures in Business
I spoke at the 2011 Creative Innovation conference — this is a speaker taster plate
The Importance of Ambiguity

Why it's Good to Get Wicked

NAVIGATING WICKED PROBLEMS IN A VOLATILE WORLD
45-60 minute presentation
Why do so many projects and companies fail? Because people consistently misunderstand the nature of the problems they are trying to solve. There are three main classes of problem: Simple, Complex and Wicked. Each has distinct characteristics and demands a completely different approach. And since the increasingly complex and interconnected world we live in is throwing up increasingly wicked problems, we need to develop new ways of responding to them. Why? Because our traditional problem solving approaches not only don’t work, they usually make the situation worse.

Come and learn how to first identify the class of problem you are facing, the skills you need to use to tackle it, and then watch your success rate rise.  

Design Thinking:
Silver bullet or emperor's new clothes?

LOOKING BEHIND THE HYPE TO THE PITFALLS AND POTENTIAL OF OUR LATEST INNOVATION OBSESSION
45-60 minute presentation
Four years ago, hardly anyone had heard of it. Now everyone wants some. Agencies are springing up everywhere. Companies are gobbling up designers by the truckload to fill senior management positions that didn't even exist a few years ago. Restructures, innovation and design labs abound as companies rush to keep abreast of the new wave, sheep-dipping employees by the thousands and developing their own proprietary models and approaches. No longer restricted to NPD and UX, design thinking is reaching its tentacles into the hallowed domains of strategy, leadership and culture, promising to breathe new life into stagnant lands.  
So what lies behind the hype? Can you still be innovative without drinking the cool-aid? Where are all these design thinking experts coming from? And is it really possible to scale something so individual and ad hoc across a corporate cultures spanning tens of thousands of people, a multi-plex of entrenched systems and a globe full of cultures? Where can it really add value, and how can companies really make it work?

Box? What Box?

EMBRACING CHAOS AND FINDING CERTAINTY IN AMBIGUITY
45-60 minute presentation
To grow and innovate – either as individuals or businesses – we have to go beyond learning from past experiences and case studies to learning from a future that hasn’t happened yet. Which is why the IBM survey of 600 CEOs declared that creativity – and the ability to handle ambiguity and complexity – is the number one quality leaders need today. Find out why embracing ambiguity will dramatically increase your success rates, and learn how to shift from a Probability to a Possibility mindset in order to become a more effective creative leader.

Failing to Succeed

HOW TO ENSURE FAILURE IS YOUR FAST TRACK TO SUCCESS
45-60 minute presentation
How well do you fail? Really? Most companies spout “fail fast” meaning “so long as no one sees and you get it right quickly”. There is no doubt that the quality of your failure determines the quality of your success. It’s why artists and entrepreneurs see it as breeding ground for insights, breakthroughs and shortcuts to great results. But we aren’t taught to fail lest we be seen as failures, and few of us are able to get the ROI from the experience, leading to possibly the greatest source of waste a company has. Learn how to turn a potential disaster zone into a fertile breeding ground for true innovation and lasting success.

See Change

PERCEPTION IS THE KEY TO RESULTS
45-60 minute highly interactive presentation
Most people try to change the results they get by doing something different, then wonder why the changes don’t stick and failure rates of 70-90% are the norm. To make lasting changes, we have to understand how things work and then go to the root cause of everything we do: how we consciously and unconsciously perceive the world in the fist place. Experience at least one way of seeing that you can apply instantly in any situation to get faster, better, lasting results. Using art.
See Change: How the Brain Sees