Andrew Grant

  • Innovator and Creativity Leader  
  • Team Development Expert
  • CEO of Tirian

Andrew Grant Speaker Profile:

Andrew Grant is the CEO of Tirian, author of ‘Who Killed Creativity?’, and creative designer of Tirian programs which are sold under license internationally. Andrew has worked on creative thinking, leadership and team development for top executive clients in multinational companies throughout the world for more than 15 years and is a recognized leader in the field.

He is regularly engaged by many fortune 500 companies as a facilitator to assist with design thinking , ideation & dealing with wicked problems, and has been in high demand as a keynote speaker where he has shared the stage with top international speakers such as Stephen Covey, Jonas Ridderstrale, Tony Buzan, and Bob Nelson.

Andrew has been a keynote presenter and executive level facilitator in over 25 countries, and has successfully worked with over 30 different nationalities. He has presented international keynotes at the Four Seasons Hotels IMC, AMP, IHG, IBM, J&J, Accenture, the American Creativity Association, the World Innovation Conference, & the global leadership conference for Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), where he ran several key sessions – including the opening keynote, and moderation of the inaugural merger meeting between YPO & WPO. The feedback received after the event was rated one of the highest ever achieved. He has also designed and run workshops for companies such as: Nestle; to discover creative ways to use less energy in cooking and bringing more nutrition to consumers in emerging markets, and many large international banks- to help them implement key initiatives.

Andrew has also been invited to speak on Leadership in the Middle East, presenting for 90 mins to over 2000 participants at once. Previously, as a lecturer in Education at the Central Philippines University, Andrew worked on breakthrough education projects across Asia. He has also worked pro bono with aid groups in El Salvador, Thailand and tribal India. In 1996 he worked with the International and Indian Schools Total Health Program and helped to produce a health program that today is now reaching over 25 million children worldwide.

Andrew Grant has co-authored several books (including his latest book on creativity “Who Killed Creativity” (Wiley 2012)) plus over 30 corporate educational resources, simulations & programs that are licensed worldwide.He has featured on BBC and ABC TV, Singapore radio, and in several international newspapers and magazines, including the Wall St Journal and Financial Review.

When not travelling – Andrew lives with his family between Sydney & Bali.

To book Andrew Grant call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.

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  • Speaking Topics:

    Business Culture, Change, Creativity, Creativity & Innovation, Futurist, Leadership, Organizational Skills, Teambuilding

  • Travels From:

    California

  • Price:

    $15,000 - $20,000

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Andrew Grant Speaker Profile:

Andrew Grant is the CEO of Tirian, author of ‘Who Killed Creativity?’, and creative designer of Tirian programs which are sold under license internationally. Andrew has worked on creative thinking, leadership and team development for top executive clients in multinational companies throughout the world for more than 15 years and is a recognized leader in the field.

He is regularly engaged by many fortune 500 companies as a facilitator to assist with design thinking , ideation & dealing with wicked problems, and has been in high demand as a keynote speaker where he has shared the stage with top international speakers such as Stephen Covey, Jonas Ridderstrale, Tony Buzan, and Bob Nelson.

Andrew has been a keynote presenter and executive level facilitator in over 25 countries, and has successfully worked with over 30 different nationalities. He has presented international keynotes at the Four Seasons Hotels IMC, AMP, IHG, IBM, J&J, Accenture, the American Creativity Association, the World Innovation Conference, & the global leadership conference for Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), where he ran several key sessions – including the opening keynote, and moderation of the inaugural merger meeting between YPO & WPO. The feedback received after the event was rated one of the highest ever achieved. He has also designed and run workshops for companies such as: Nestle; to discover creative ways to use less energy in cooking and bringing more nutrition to consumers in emerging markets, and many large international banks- to help them implement key initiatives.

Andrew has also been invited to speak on Leadership in the Middle East, presenting for 90 mins to over 2000 participants at once. Previously, as a lecturer in Education at the Central Philippines University, Andrew worked on breakthrough education projects across Asia. He has also worked pro bono with aid groups in El Salvador, Thailand and tribal India. In 1996 he worked with the International and Indian Schools Total Health Program and helped to produce a health program that today is now reaching over 25 million children worldwide.

Andrew Grant has co-authored several books (including his latest book on creativity “Who Killed Creativity” (Wiley 2012)) plus over 30 corporate educational resources, simulations & programs that are licensed worldwide.He has featured on BBC and ABC TV, Singapore radio, and in several international newspapers and magazines, including the Wall St Journal and Financial Review.

When not travelling – Andrew lives with his family between Sydney & Bali.

To book Andrew Grant call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.

1. The Magic of Creative Thinking & How To Really Think Outside The Box 

“We see not the world ‘as it is’ – but we see the world in a way that proved useful in the past.” 

A FAST PACED active session that is packed full of magic tricks, which quickly segues to challenging people about their mindset and mental models, peppered with some interesting information from neuroscience. Through a powerful metaphor, this session shows the strong connection between what magicians and creative thinking have in common: why people are so easily fooled by magic, and so readily blocked from solutions based creative thinking.

At the end of this keynote participants will develop the ability to look for solutions outside their standard boundaries and habitual ways of thinking. (Can also be presented with specialist magician mentalist including pre/ post lobby magic)

2. The Crime: Is Creative Thinking Dying? & What Can We Do About It?

An IBM survey of over 1500 CEOs has revealed that creative thinking skills are the greatest attribute needed for leaders in the next 5 years.  And yet research has shown that while IQ has been on the rise, since 1990 creative thinking (CQ) has been rapidly declining. Whilst 98 % of children are ranked as “geniuses” in divergent thinking, by adulthood this number has dropped to a mere 2%.

THIS session takes the participants on a journey from the classroom to the boardroom, helping them understand the current creative thinking crisis. It looks at the implications in the workplace of a number of dramatic statistics, and shows how it is possible to rise above these stats and develop a creative and innovative culture. 

At the end of this keynote participants will be able to identify the importance of developing creative thinking.

3. The Scene: Dealing with Disruptive Innovation & How To End Up On Top

“Innovation emerges out of the structural tension between the way things are and the way we imagine they could be, therefore the gap between what people can do today and what they want to be able to do is driving change beyond what anyone may have anticipated.” 

THIS session explores the difference between an ordinary organisation and one that has a culture of creativity – revealing a 40000 year old secret to dealing with disruptive innovation. This session reveals why it’s going to be critical to become a creative and innovative organisation, and demonstrates how organisations can best prepare for the future. The future is described as a place where small companies topple the large, the super large eat up industries, and customers will innovate with or without the organisations: good news for the prepared, but devastating for those in denial. This session will encourage participants to see the importance of thinking ahead and being prepared, showing that creative thinking is no longer a luxury for the gifted few, but a necessity for survival. 

At the end of this session participants will be able to identify the importance of harnessing disruptive innovation and creating a positive innovative culture, facilitate better decisions by showing how to pay close attention to signals that point the way forward. AND help question unconsciously held biases and world views to come up with authentic alternative realities.

4. The Investigation: Profiling the Creative Thinking Killers & Creating A Culture Of Innovation

“The most ambitious criminologists are not just satisfied with analysing data from the past – they want to predict and control the future.” 

MODERN DAY PROFILING is not only used to catch criminals, but predicative methodology is now being used in many areas to predict and control an environment. This interactive keynote turns the audience into detectives, and investigates what kills creative thinking in a fun Cluedo (Clue) CSI style session. It takes the 7 ‘creative killer’ suspects and puts them through a line up and profiling process. A few suspects are then examined in-depth. Humorous facts and interesting research into neuroscience reveal how it is possible to overcome these blockages or at least avoid them, both on an individual, team and organisational level. (A Special Asian cultural version of this keynote is available).  

Suspects include: Control, Fear, Pressure, Insulation, Narrow Mindedness, Apathy & Pessimism.

At the end of this keynote participants will be able to identify the key blocks to creative thinking and how they can be dealt with. 

5. The Forensic Lab & The Neuroscience Of Creative Thinking 

Why is it important for adults to learn to play intelligently, and why is having “down time” simply not good enough for creating an innovative environment? How can individuals capitalize on the power of the neural network to create profound “Eureka!” moments?  

Most people hang on to habitual behaviors and attitudes as a survival mechanism, and yet outside of these boundaries is a universe of possibilities. We can become trapped inside these perceived limits by our instinctive ‘fight, flight or freeze’ responses to stress. The primitive human brain is designed to respond at an instinctive ‘reptilian’ level under pressure without allowing more reflective and advanced creative thinking. Learning to be creative takes more than some quick inspiration, it involves developing a plastic receptivity and cognitive flexibility that enables us to imagine and invent the potential future. By re-training the brain to utilise these innate creative processes effectively, highly creative thinking and problem solving can be achieved. This session reveals how it is possible to maximise individual creativity – and how to avoid the potential ‘creativity killers’. With fascinating insights from the latest research in neuroscience into the workings of the creative brain, individuals learn how to access and harness their unique creative skills.

6. The Rescuers: Creative Thinking Rescue Strategies (a human centric design thinking approach)

Creativity can occur in any company on a haphazard basis. But how can leaders promote creative thinking as a way to solve problems better, faster and more cost effectively? 

THIS KEYNOTE focuses on the key rescue strategies and works through them to show participants how they can use these strategies to develop their creative thinking skills.  It reveals a model for developing DESIGN THINKING, IDEATION & CREATIVE THINKING that directly addresses the key creative thinking blockers, and works towards creating a positive organizational culture that supports creative thinking and innovation. The practical and immediately applicable approach provides a valuable structure for promoting creative thinking on an ongoing basis.

Rescue approaches include: 1. Enquiry: Opening up thinking, 2. Exploration: Imagining options, 3. Solution: Making connections, 4. Application: Testing for implementation

At the end of this keynote participants will have learnt a practical model for developing creative thinking and will have had practice in using it. 

OTHER SIGNATURE KEYNOTES …

Collaboration: The Collaboration Deception why we find it hard, but really need to collaborate  

Why do bees discriminate against some of their own in order to protect their collaborative community? How has tourism destroyed age old farming practices overnight by ignoring collaborative principles? And what do the stone age hunters have in common with stockbrokers in terms of reasons to collaborate? The motivation behind apparent collaboration can be deceptive, and many teams need to understand what dynamics can drag a team down before they will be able to build a collaborative community. This dynamic keynote or workshop includes a fascinating social experiment based on game theory that will challenge the smartest of players to build collaboration in an often cutthroat competitive environment. 

Leadership: Inventing the Future & The leader as a storyteller 

How leaders can construct an authentic organisational narrative Why are many of today's leaders stuck in a void between Facebook and indigenous cultures? Why is checking morning emails more dangerous than smoking marijuana? Why does Coke taste better when you know its Coke? How did the Australian Aboriginals sustain their environment for tens of thousands of years without a government or the internet? Effective leaders have a clear picture about their basic purpose and their teams share a common set of values, which provides a vision and drives actions towards high performance. The stories leaders share about the organization reveal the predominant corporate culture. The deliberate use of story can also be instrumental in shaping the culture. By identifying the stories people tell and analysing these, it is possible for leaders  to gain an understanding of significant experiences and issues that may need to be acknowledged and managed. 

Cisco Systems

"Andrew always presents the positive BUT also strongly encourages individuals to directly address issues in a non conflict way. It is very hard to do this and make it work. Andrew did this brilliantly."

VP Neurosciences Global Medical Affairs, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) (Keynote to the international Global Medical Affairs team / Berlin Germany)

"Andrew has the capacity to magically captivate your audience, regardless how jet-lagged they are, and transform the meeting place into an open and receptive arena that serves as a great springboard to talk about change towards more innovation."

General Manager / SenVP Consumer Products Disney Asia/Pac

"You gave us compelling ideas that are worthwhile for use in our marketing."

Cisco Systems

"Andrew always presents the positive BUT also strongly encourages individuals to directly address issues in a non conflict way. It is very hard to do this and make it work. Andrew did this brilliantly."
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