BeReady - the digital series for Top Executives
Digital live sessions to inspire and equip top executives to shape the future of their business
What you can expect
Are you ready for the future? Expect an inspiring combination of insights from thought leaders and useful frameworks and management tools, in an engaging discussion of the organizational capabilities needed to define and execute your company’s growth strategy. Trusted BU faculty member Jim Dowd (Harvard Business School) will be our moderator for these short, digital live sessions.
Here you find the recordings of the digital live sessions – for internal use only
BeReady >> to drive culture as a social movement
The aim of transformation is behavioral change at all levels of the organization. We know that top-down initiatives for creating large-scale change often fail. In this session we examine the mechanisms of social movements to better understand how groups or even individuals can drive deep change. We will discuss how leaders can engage and orchestrate the energy of employee groups in their business to pursue strategic goals.
Jim Dowd (HBS) hosting Leandro Herrero (CEO The Chalfont Project)
BeReady >> to model inclusive behavior in your organization
We know that diverse teams hold the potential for superior decision-making, but that potential can only be realized when their differences are leveraged by inclusive leadership. If leaders are not intentionally inclusive they are unintentionally exclusive. In this session we will identify and demonstrate small behaviors and tipping point skills that enable leaders to increase employee engagement, communicate more effectively, and shape an inclusive environment for their team and the people around them.
Jim Dowd (HBS) hosting Tiq Milan (Facilitator at LifeLabs Learning)
BeReady >> to establish a learning culture for business growth
Learning in organizations has never been more important than it is today. When aligned with company’s strategic goals, a learning culture is an essential driver to accelerate business growth. No company proves this more than Microsoft, where leaders worked hard to transform a “know-it-all” culture to a “learn-it-all” culture. In this session, a leader from Microsoft will share insights into their learning culture and its benefits for customers, employees, and leaders.
Jim Dowd (HBS) hosting Edith Wittmann (Member of German Board of Microsoft)
BeReady >> to shape a safe environment for innovation
Sustained success in a changing world demands continuous innovation, which requires persistent trial and error. This iterative approach is possible only where people feel safe to explore new ideas, to speak up, to run experiments, risking failure, and try again. In this session we examine how leaders foster psychological safety in their company and enable more candor and creativity in their teams.
Jim Dowd (HBS) hosting Amy Edmondson (HBS)
BeReady >> to transform your company – and yourself
Organizational transformation is never easy. Leaders as well as employees can feel overwhelmed by the continuous pressure to learn and change in response to new opportunities in the digital world.
In this session we will closely examine the people side of digital transformation and discuss how leaders themselves must transform in order to transform their companies for the digital age.
Jim Dowd (HBS) hosting Linda Hill (HBS)
BeReady >> to understand and influence organizational culture
When we talk about leading transformation in our companies, we often refer to “changing the culture” as one of our toughest challenges. But what exactly can leaders do to shape a company’s culture? In this opening session we will focus on what’s real about culture – and what isn’t -- and identify ways that leaders can influence culture to enable organizations to achieve strategic goals.
Jim Dowd (HBS) hosting Sarah Schmidt and Bennet van Well (Metaplan)
BeReady >> to build a responsive, human-centered culture
As the world grows increasingly complex and uncertain, traditional hierarchical structures and legacy procedures and practices prevent us from evolving our businesses in the right pace. In this session we explore the need for a new organizational operating system that fosters our ability to grow, innovate, adapt, and remain resilient
Jim Dowd (HBS) hosting Aaron Dignan (founder "The Ready")
BeReady >> to collaborate across boundaries
In knowledge-based work the capability for collaboration - in the same room or across the world - has become a crucial asset for any company. But what key variables determine the success or failure of any collaboration? In this session we focus on how leaders enable productive and sustained collaboration both within their organizations and with other organizations in the business ecosystem.
Jim Dowd (HBS) hosting Thomas Schumacher (osb)
BeReady >> to shape the future with the future
It seems contradictory: a VUCA world demands flexibility and fast adaptation, but at the same time sustained competitive advantage requires purposeful long-term thinking. In this session we consider the challenges of our businesses today in the light of our aspirations for the future. What kinds of innovation do we need to address both at the same time?
Jim Dowd (HBS) hosting Roman Krznaric (public philosopher)
BeReady >> to explore possible futures for your business
Envisioning alternative positive futures for your business is an essential driver for growth. In this session, we will equip you with a practical tool – the Disruption Map – to help identify implications of select technologies or trends. Further, the Map can assist in structuring the unintended consequences as well as reveal hidden opportunities for your business
Jim Dowd (HBS) hosting Pascal Finette (be radical)
BeReady >> to venture an ambitious future
The courage to think big is one of the main drivers for innovation.But what does it take to build and scale an innovation mindset in your company? This session reflects on the organizational challenges of true innovation.
Jim Dowd (HBS) hosting Tom Malnight (IMD)
BeReady >> to manage your business ecosystem
This session explores the underlying principles of business ecosystems in the era of digital transformation. What are the key determinants that drive success or failure of this form of collaboration?
Jim Dowd (HBS) hosting Jeffrey Rayport (HBS)