It was a delight to watch Dr. Ricketts engaged the audience right from the first sentence and keep their attention throughout the entire presentation. He was informative, humorful, and witty with a subject that would have been challenging for anyone else. I wish all the opening presentations for our conferences were done with such precision and professionalism.
Dr. David Ricketts
Now that rapid change has become the norm, there is no better guide to inspire the innovators within your organization than Harvard Innovation Fellow Dr. David Ricketts. For the past decade, Dr. Ricketts has been teaching the next generation of innovation leaders and is now sharing the stories and strategies that are helping leaders and their front line teams develop disruptive innovation in their organizations. Harvard chose David to usher in a new era of innovation leaders, and so have many of the world's leading organizations, such as Mastercard, General Motors, Disney, Dell, and the U.S. Military. Dr. Ricketts has provided them with systematic steps that serve as a call to action to reimagine and accelerate a culture of innovation with an eye towards unparalleled success. Leaders everywhere are looking to redefine the culture of innovation by engaging all of their people in varying stages of innovative thinking, collaborating and doing. Dr. Ricketts shares the tested and successful innovation strategies that will spark the innovators inside your organization and help them utilize those skills with newfound confidence. Designed to innately appeal to the inner curiosity of the audience, each of Dr. Ricketts' keynotes weaves in a focus on harnessing individual creativity, an appreciation of the limitless possibilities achievable through building the right innovation process, and most importantly, how to use this to turn future trends into today's success stories. Before joining academia, Dr. Ricketts was a former head of R&D in the semiconductor industry, where he led front-line innovators in product development and research departments, from initial concept and intellectual property (IP) development through to testing and customer service. His work on identifying and developing high-value products in the corporate environment provides a real-world context for his research into innovation, and his process for discovering high-impact problems. Early on in his career, Dr. Ricketts learned that those who followed the traditional path did well, but those who had new ideas, who could innovate, were the ones really making a difference. Ever since then, he has shifted his focus to new ideas, new solutions, and new possibilities.
Dr. David Ricketts
Featured Keynote Programs
The Innovation Mindset
How Your Approach Will Accelerate Your Innovation
What separates innovators from the non-innovators? While skills, smarts and luck play a role in your success, how you approach problems can separate you from someone who is a doer to someone who is an innovator. Drawing on rich examples from leading innovators of today and yesterday, this keynote will give you a look inside the mindset of innovators in order to allow you to accelerate your innovation process and become more innovative.
In this keynote you will learn:
How continual innovation is required to achieve and maintain leadership in your business and career
How understanding and prioritizing value in the problems you work on can make the difference between being a do-er and an innovator
How finding problems that match your competitive advantages and personal strengths will lead to more innovative products and services
How finding the right problem makes all the difference in the world
How the representation of problems can be the difference between accelerated solutions and barriers to your success.
As an experienced speaker, executive, scientist and researcher, Dr. Ricketts shares his research on innovators and the keys to their success in a easy to understand, inspiring way. His content draws upon scientific and business principles, but relates them to the goals of your organization. He works with your organization prior to the keynote to understand and customize learning points to enhance the business and organization goals of your company.
This keynote is available in a 45 min and 60 min format, as well as a 90 min keynote with extended content about leadership or creativity.
Creativity in Innovation
How to Discover and Solve High-Value Problems
How does your organization create? Do you rely on a few individuals who are naturally creative or is creating new ideas and value for your customers a cornerstone of your competitive advantage? Creativity is often spoken about as necessary component of innovation - but how do we create? What are the effective ways that you instill creativity in your organization and how can you help your employees be more creative? Drawing on research in psychology, business and the arts, this keynote presents the key components to the creative process and how they can be incorporated into your organizations every day practice.
In this keynote you will learn:
The role of creativity in innovation
The three tenets of creativity
How to create environments and management that foster creativity
How to use creativity to solve complex problems and develop new products
How to build creativity into your organization's every day processes
As an experienced speaker, executive, scientist and researcher, Dr. Ricketts shares his research on innovators and the keys to their success in an easy to understand, inspiring way. His content draws upon scientific and business principles as well as artistic creativity, but relates them to the goals of your organization. Dr. Ricketts is an avid jazz musician and sculpture and has worked extensively with the creative arts. He works with your organization prior to the keynote to understand and customize learning points to enhance the business and organization outcomes for your company.
This keynote is available in a 45 min and 60 min format, as well as a 90 min keynote with extended content about leading creativity.
Build a Culture of Innovation in Your Organization
The key to re-imagining innovation in your organization is to spark innovative thinking within your people. Drawing upon almost 20 years of leading teams to develop new products as well as teaching the next generation of great innovators at Harvard, Dr. David Ricketts shares the key principles to re-imagining innovation.
His three part innovation process empowers teams to create a culture of systemic innovation that becomes foundational to your culture. Dr. Ricketts’ presentation will inspire you to re-imagine your culture of innovation by showing you how to 1) connect innovation to your teams’ everyday jobs; 2) add the principles of innovation to their expertise; and 3) create a process to turn new ideas into executable solutions.
A specific process for innovation throughout your organization.
Empowered team members bringing new ideas and actions steps from within the organization.
An inspired workforce who know that innovation is an important part of their mindset as well as their job description.
An overall understanding of innovation approaches that leads to the execution and transformation of a formidable culture of innovation for the future.