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KIERAN FLANAGAN SPEAKER, AUTHOR & TRAINER

Kieran Flanagan is a global thought leader who helps leaders, professionals and organisations develop inspirational #leadership, make positive #change and be more #creative in their problem solving, innovation and opportunity mining.

Rated in “the top 25 C-Suite Speakers to watch” by Meetings & Conventions USA, she works with professional services firms training their future leaders, was the strategic and creative lead behind the most successful new product launch in Australian history and was the mind behind Coca-Cola’s most extraordinary brand turn around. She has worked with the UN in Singapore - developing strategies to fight human trafficking in Asia, has run design thinking & innovation programs for Unilever, Bayer and the NSW and Australian Government Departments as well as facilitating cultural change programs for tech giants across multiple continents.

Kieran believes passionately that our greatest competitive advantage is our capacity to re-think, un-think and out-think our limitations. She teaches individuals and teams how to develop resilience as a creative process, guides leaders in identifying where their innovation efforts and skills investment should be focused and helps organisations build more innovative cultures whilst developing their upcoming leaders.

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Kieran’s focus is changing how we think about thinking, how we think about change and ultimately, how we think about leadership so that we can move from simply leading our teams to leading an entire industry with vision and creativity. In other words, she helps people make positive change and make change positive!

If you want your team to take Apple’s advice and learn to “Think Different”, Kieran is the perfect speaker, trainer and facilitator for you team or conference.

Keynote Speaking - Kieran speaks to organisations around the world about #Leadership #Change and #Creativity

Leadership Development - Kieran works as a trainer and mentor helping leaders change how they lead and lead the change they wish to see in the world

Consulting - As Co-Founder of The Impossible Institute with Dan Gregory, Kieran works with large organisations,  SMBs & Entrepreneurs helping them develop strategies that drive engagement and change

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BOOK KIERAN FLANAGAN AS YOUR KEYNOTE SPEAKER

If you’re experiencing a world of change and disruption, navigating a cultural, leadership or marketplace transition, or when teamwork & innovation has stalled…

and you’ve previously had speakers like Michael McQueen, Anders Sorman-Nilsson, Adam Fraser or Jason Fox… 

or you enjoy the work of Seth Godin, Edward De Bono, Sir Ken Robinson or Daniel Kahneman…

and you really need to develop purposeful creativity, greater resilience, and to move your culture from “change negative” to “change positive’…

as well as generating reviews like, “In the12 years of running our conference, Kieran is the first speaker to receive a 100% approval rating from all delegates!“

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KEYNOTE SPEECHES

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#CHANGE

CHANGE POSITIVE

Make positive change. Make Change Positive.

We’re living in an age of unprecedented social change and commercial disruption where predictions by Futurists and Economists oscillate between the positively exciting to the absolutely terrifying.

In this inspiring and thought-provoking presentation, Kieran will help your team navigate the three spheres of change and help you and your team shift your mindset from Change Negative to Change Positive through Inspiration, Ideation and Implementation.

KEYNOTE & WORKSHOP OUTCOMES:

 Explore the three spheres of change

 Identify your organisation’s change priorities

 Develop mental agility and the 6 R's of resilience

 Learn where to invest training and strategy

 Make the actual process of change positive

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#CREATIVITY

FUTURE SMART

Tomorrow's critical capability is creative problem solving.

The World Economic Forum, EY and IBM have all identified Creative Problem Solving as “the critical skill for professionals and leaders in the 21st Century”. And yet, most still view creativity as  talent you are either born with or not, rather than as a discipline, mindset and skill that can be developed.

In this liberating and exciting presentation, Kieran will help you and your team unlock your genius, expand your cognitive bandwidth and out-think your limitations.

KEYNOTE & WORKSHOP OUTCOMES:

 Learn how to think in questions

 Be more flexible in your problem solving

 Raise your team's collaborative intelligence

 Expand the boundaries of possibility

 Drive innovation on purpose

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#LEADERSHIP

VISIONARY LEADERSHIP

Do more than just lead your team, lead your entire industry.

True leadership is about so much more than who reports to us professionally or defers to us in social situations, it is about driving change and shaping the future of your industry, category and community.

In this challenging and inspiring presentation, Kieran will explore the measures and metrics of leadership that matter today, and how you can become a thought leader in your field and lead the change you wish to see in the world.

KEYNOTE & WORKSHOP OUTCOMES:

 Develop your thought leadership

 Become a more inspirational leader

 Identify untapped strategic opportunities

 Communicate your vision with purpose

 Define the future of your industry

WORKSHOPS & MASTERCLASSES

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CHANGE BY DESIGN

The World Economic Forum has identified creative & critical thinking, cognitive flexibility, collaborative teamwork and a capacity for complex problem solving and innovation as five of the Top 10 critical skills for 21st century leaders, teams and professionals.

Kieran’s Change by Design workshops and masterclasses are designed precisely to develop these skills in your team, to help you rethink the way you think and to build an organisational culture that is more resilient, opportunity focused and change positive.

Each workshop is tailored to the individual needs of your organisation and team, combining elements of the following modules to increase creativity, drive innovation, build greater teamwork, facilitate entrepreneurship and develop problem solving skills.

TRAINING MODULES

DESIGN THINKING & INNOVATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING

• Learn how to think in questions not statements

• Generate answers not just “the answer”

• Expand your cognitive bandwidth through opportunity mining

• Discover a method to facilitate complicated problem solving

• Innovate on purpose: consistently, congruently & deliberately

 

COLLABORATION SYSTEMS & TEAM DESIGN

• Raise your Collaborative Intelligence (We-Q)

• Design teams for cognitive diversity & constructive "conflict"

• Incorporate a process for sharing ideas early & rough (Wet Paint™)

• Establish a culture of shared ownership around a singular purpose

• Learn the “language of teams” through Default Thinking Frames™

FACILITATION MODULES

STRATEGIC FUTURING OFFSITES

• Use “Risk Prototyping” as a method for driving innovation

• Create a Change Positive Strategic Plan

• Identify the hidden gaps in your SWOT analysis

• Develop multiple ‘futures’ to test strategic opportunities & risks

• Drive change rather than being driven by it

 

ISSUE HACKS

• Build better brainstorming processes

• Capture stronger insights by testing issue origins

• Discover how to use reframing to drive team resilience

• Learn how to pitch your ideas - selling up, down and out

• Develop better judgement and build an ideas evaluation framework

TESTIMONIALS

Kieran is this generation's Edward De Bono.

THOUGHT LEADERS GLOBAL, AUSTRALIA

An extraordinary ability to solve highly complicated and political problems.

UNITED NATIONS, SINGAPORE

Kieran facilitated a highly engaging, entertaining and thought-provoking workshop around entrepreneurship, risk-taking and decision making within a highly regulated environment.

BAYER, AUSTRALIA

I learned a huge amount and the team feedback has been incredibly positive. 

CA TECHNOLOGIES, ASIA PACIFIC

We've had amazing feedback - Very grateful!

XERO, AUSTRALIA

Kieran’s opening Keynote established the spirit of the conferece from the outset. Embracing the theme in an engaging, relevant and lively presentation. She was the perfect choice.

AUSTRALIA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS, AUSTRALIA

Kieran Flanagan did a phenomenal job.

iMEDIA, USA

Kieran’s opening Keynote established the spirit of the conferece from the outset. Embracing the theme in an engaging, relevant and lively presentation. She was the perfect choice.

AUSTRALIA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS, AUSTRALIA

Delegates were literally buzzing through the hours of workshops that followed and we were able to achieve the directions we required to take us forward.

TOURISM & EVENTS QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA

Kieran’s presentation was a breath of fresh air. She is a ball of energy, totally engaging, brilliant use of humor, super visuals and great delivery, but above all she was totally on message with great content. They loved her.

ROTARY INTERNATIONAL, AUSTRALIA

Kieran delivered riveting speeches that kept a diverse audience engaged and wanting more.

NAVITAS, MALAYSIA

Kieran’s deep insight, cutting humour and ability to convey complex messages to our audience were the stand out features of her keynote. it's great to work with stage professionals who deliver.

NSA, AUSTRALIA

Kieran Flanagan’s presentation was so inspiring - thank you.

DELOITTE, AUSTRALIA

In 12 years of running SWB, Kieran is the first speaker to receive a 100% approval rating from all delegates!

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Read more of Kieran's Thinking here

Why you should forget work life balance and have cocktails instead

By kieranftii | May 21, 2018

Kieran Flanagan Work life balance makes me vomit in my mouth a little. It’s one of those phrases used constantly but in truth it sets all of us up to fail. I prefer the notion of work life blending. Here’s why. Work life balance is an oppositional concept.  On one side we  have life and the…

Reframe Time: You don’t have all year

By kieranftii | April 10, 2017

by Kieran Flanagan I am pretty sure  Xmas just happened and somehow it’s April. Hilarious. IT IS APRIL! Just 263 sleeps until Xmas again. Perhaps it’s time to “reframe time”. Not that I am a Griswald kind of girl who counts down the days in eager anticipation, (although I am partial to a fairylight or two thousand). But…

Future Leadership: How do we lead when they no longer work FOR us?

By kieranftii | July 26, 2016

by Kieran Flanagan Ah the good old days when leadership resembled a tidy, symmetrical pyramid of hierarchical control. Leaders at the top with layers of obedient minions, ready to do your bidding… or suffer the inevitable consequences. But what does future leadership look like? Things were far from equitable but nonetheless the way leadership worked was…

Don’t ignore what is unchanging

By kieranftii | July 26, 2016

by Kieran Flanagan In a world of relentless change, most leaders and organizations understand the importance of keeping up to date, but often forget the importance of looking to what will endure. What is unchanging is just as important a consideration when it comes to inventing our futures as what will. The legendary adman Bill Bernbach (one of New York’s real Madmen) wisely…

Loyalty might just be an old-fashioned ideal

By kieranftii | July 26, 2016

by Kieran Flanagan “Surely not,” you say! Well, hear me out. Staff loyalty was once the ultimate measure of a leader. When a leader was great people stuck around. They progressed through the company. They grew old there. They got a gold watch. Today staff tenure is in decline. The average length of time millennials stay in a…

Resilience is no longer enough

By kieranftii | March 4, 2013

by Kieran Flanagan Resilience has become the word of the moment. How many times have you heard this conversation? We’re facing a lot of change. We really need our people to be more resilient. Resilience is so hot right now. (Best read with a Beyoncé flourish and finger snaps) Yet I wonder if it is…

Speaking enquires contact Nicola

+61 (0)437 820 989

speaking@theimpossibleinstitute.com

All other enquiries contact Kerryanne

+61 (0)2 9651 5384

info@theimpossibleinstitute.com

PO Box 226

Broadway NSW 2007

Australia

© 2018 Kieran Flanagan