“What’s next?” is the question of the moment. As economies re-open and companies move toward stability, business leaders are navigating a new phase of this crisis — and preparing for a post-COVID-19 future. How can leaders navigate disruptive change and own the future? What are the shared challenges business leaders face? What are the strategies appropriate for these unprecedented times? How can leaders make decisions in the face of never-ending uncertainty?
Join fellow senior leaders in structured discussions to explore these questions in the context of critical issues facing senior leaders. Led by senior members of the Innosight team, these three 90-minute virtual sessions will be built around a discussion-based format, where you’ll have a chance to trade perspectives with a small group of no more than 10-15 executive peers.
Balancing Urgent Priorities with Longer Term Growth
Thursday, September 10, 6:00-7:30PM CET, 12:00PM-1:30PM ET
Led by Patrick Viguerie, Managing Partner, Innosight
The pandemic has upended 2020 for most companies and led to rapid refocusing of short-term plans and budgets: first to stabilize things in the immediate wake of the crisis, and next to manage through a different 2020. In this environment, it’s difficult to think ahead, yet as every CEO knows, for most companies, the disproportionate part of the company’s value lies past the crisis, in the recovery, and is acutely sensitive to future growth. As companies begin to look past the crisis, it’s critical that they have a plan for growth for 2021 and 2022. This discussion will focus on:
- How companies can achieve the right balance across urgent operating priorities and longer term growth
- Understanding and evaluating the tradeoffs between the two
- How to think about setting a clear growth agenda and resourcing it effectively and in a way that maximizes value
Patrick Viguerie is managing partner of Innosight and the coauthor of the recent Harvard Business Review article “We Need a Rational Approach to Reopening” and is the coauthor of the book, The Granularity of Growth. He was previously a senior partner at McKinsey & Company.
The Future of Remote Work
Thursday, October 8, 6:00-7:30PM CET, 12:00-1:30PM ET
Led by Mark Johnson, Cofounder and Senior Partner, Innosight
How should leaders think about the future of remote work given what we’ve learned so far with the COVID-19 crisis? We suspect a company’s workforce will be less remote in ten years than many leaders are predicting today, but much more remote than they could have imagined six months ago. But more important, senior leaders now have a unique opportunity to reimagine the future of their work systems and what they want to achieve long term. Higher productivity? Savings on office space and travel? Better morale and higher retention rates? This discussion will focus on:
- Exploring the Objectives. The future of the workforce and remote work is a system problem, so how do you identify specific outcomes your company hopes to achieve.
- Envisioning the Future. How to think and plan with a “future back” approach to envision your workforce of the future and how remote work will play into that future.
- Determining to How the Vision Will Play Out. How to figure out what needs to be learned or key assumptions to test today and how best to experiment to begin realizing the vision.
Mark Johnson is cofounder and a senior partner at Innosight and coauthor of the recent Harvard Business Review article “Leaders, Do you Have a Clear Vision for the Post-Crisis Future?” He is also coauthor of the new book, Lead from the Future: How to Turn Visionary Thinking into Breakthrough Growth.