IMG_2035An event for the whole organization. Spark brings together leaders from across disciplines and fields, to explore ways to create lasting change.

Trying to introduce change in an organization can be a frustrating and lonely pursuit. Come to Spark. Talk to others who are doing it. Learn from the leading-edge experiments of radical companies. Hear inspiring examples and practical advice for taking action and overcoming obstacles. Develop skills and plans and return to work ready to make change happen.

Below you’ll find the key topics that Spark will cover; the foundation for building organizations we want to work in.

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Today it is essential to be able to rapidly innovate and respond to changing business conditions. Organizations with motivated employees grow faster and are more profitable. They have lower rates of absenteeism, lower turnover and reduced costs. These aren’t ‘soft’ benefits – they are the marks of success. As the world of work changes around us we need to change with it.

Learn how to grow high-performing teams through inspiring leadership. See how to harness the creativity that surrounds us. Learn how to structure your organization and your work so that people are happy, productive and innovative. Spark is devoted to making your company a dynamic, joyful place to work.

 

Discover. Observe. Network.

so_team_courtyard_01Spark the Change is not just about HR, IT, Senior Leadership, Change Management, Strategy, etc. – it is about your entire organization and how you can focus on improving the whole, not a just single part.

Often advocates for change focus on a single discipline. If you change a single part of a system the other parts can falter. Spark the Change will show you how to leverage the whole organization to create lasting change.

This means that leaders and managers from all areas of your organization should attend. You’ll find Spark the Change even more valuable if you can persuade colleagues from outside your own discipline to attend with you.

You want to come to Spark the Change. You know your organization will benefit from it, but how can you convince your boss to send you? Here are some ideas that might help you have that conversation.

Boss: Spark eh? What would our company get out of it?

You: I’ll hear speakers from diverse fields, like organizational development, change management and agile practices. I’ll have conversations with people who are also passionate about organizational excellence.

The sessions will give me proven, repeatable techniques for change. I promise to take a bunch of notes! I will bring those ideas back and share them with others.

I’ll learn about making daily improvements in the way we work. I’ll come back to work a way more skilled and valuable professional.

Most importantly I’m going to be learning by doing. All of the sessions have been designed to give me concrete practices I can use right away!

Boss: That sounds good, what else?

You: Oh, there is a Spark Award as well. Once I come back and use these ideas to improve our company I might win my registration back! It’ll give us some free promotion as well… it’ll show how progressive we are and how we care for our people and support them learning new techniques and skills!

Boss: Wow, you totally have to go. Take your team with you. Here’s a huge budget for all your expenses. And a promotion for being so smart. High five!


Themes for Spark the Change


Organizing the Organization

Natural hierarchies / flat structures

Leadership without politics; decisions without democracy

Freedom vs efficiency – exploding the myths of centralisation

The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth – Performance measures that work

Unleashing People

Imagine, innovate, achieve – the trinity of creativity

Trust and partnership – employee ownership in action

The one who says no – redefining management power

Fighting fear – analysing what we give up when we change the way we work

Disruption & Change

Riding or drowning? The technology wave

Failing early and often – how to embed experimentation

Survival of the most open – mastering new tools, new skills & new challenges

Balancing short term responsiveness with long-term objectives

Fantastic day at @SparkConf. Interesting ideas, debate and people – plus session was invaded by a remote control robot!

Barry O'Neill

Author, Lean Enterprise, @BarryOReilly