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CEO of Tirian, breakthrough author and creativity authority.

We want innovation, but a creative culture must come first.

Andrew Grant is recognized as a global creative thinking pioneer and highly engaging keynote speaker. As the author of several books and over 30 original and sophisticated organizational development programs on the market today, Andrew brings a unique contemporary perspective to the field of innovative thinking and creative problem solving.

Andrew is a highly experienced and humorous presenter and facilitator, who will challenge leaders and their teams to thinking differently about innovation and creative thinking.

Andrew can present to an audience that is wanting outcomes delivered engagingly in an intelligent and interactive way (not just entertainment, not a dry talk, and not childish games or gimmicks). Topics are presented in a unique way previously not experienced, with a specialization on fully engaging interactive sessions on creative thinking and innovation. Andrew practices what he preaches, and offers not only an intelligent session on the topic but one that is presented creativity.

Current work

Andrew Grant and his partner Gaia Grant (Sydney Uni Business School researcher) have spent 30 years travelling the world to look at why is it that some societies, cultures and organisations seem to have raced ahead, whilst others appear to have been left behind. They have also developed an Innovation Climate Indicator (iCLi) to assess the innovation readiness of both individuals and organizations, to ensure innovation can actually happen.
Outside of their corporate work, Andrew and Gaia have also worked on breakthrough pro bono education projects across Asia, including designing educational material that has been targeted to reach over 25 million people in developing countries worldwide.

Previous experience

Author: Andrew has a wealth of knowledge & experience working internationally, and is both globally minded and culturally fluent, resulting in sessions that are always relevant and sensitive to both the local mindset and diverse audiences. He has co-authored over 30 corporate educational resources, simulations and programs in total, which are used by Fortune 500 companies worldwide. Companies such as Visa use Tirian programs as an induction program for every new manager worldwide.

He is also the co-author of the breakthrough new book The Innovation Race: How to Change a Culture to Change the Game, along with international bestseller ‘Who Killed Creativity?... And How Can We Get it Back?

Speaker: In his role as a keynote speaker, Andrew has been in high demand internationally: including delivering keynotes at:
• Young Presidents’ Organisation (YPO) Global Edge & GLC ROW Conference (Aust) (Europe)
• Four Seasons Hotel International CEO Conference (Canada)
• The World Innovation Conference (France),
• Salesforce Road Show
• TEDx (HK).
• HR Summit & HR Smart Workforce (Singapore)
• APEC CEO Summit & APEC University Leaders’ Forum (Vietnam)
• Innoday Competing for the future (Stockholm)

Andrew has delivered a series of headline keynotes at extended international roadshows for Fuji Xerox, PwC, J&J, and Citibank.
Media: Andrew consistently receives the highest rated feedback for his sessions due to his creative and educationally sound presentations methods. Andrew’s significant success comes from the fact that he is not only able to talk intelligently and engagingly about the important elements of creative thinking and innovation, but it is easy to see in everything he does. As a result Andrew has been featured in a number of international media including BBC and ABC TV along with commercial TV, Reuters, Harvard Business review, Fast Company and the Wall St Journal.

Consultant and Facilitator: As an executive level global culture consultant and facilitator, Andrew has been engaged by market innovation leaders to help create a culture of innovation including:

• Nestle (sustainable innovation solutions for emerging markets in
• Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts (preparing the exec team & GMs
for the future of the hospitality industry, Canada)
• Disney (creating compelling ideas for marketing, HK),
• Mercedes Benz (innovative brand positioning, China)
• Estee Lauder (reimagining regional retail models),
• Salesforce (looking at the future of marketing and the customer
• UAE Prime Minister’s office / Duke University & (to help Dubai
and the region develop future leaders in innovation)

… Along with a number of large finance institutions (UBS, DB, Citi, Goldman Sachs, Barclays, Credit Suisse, AMP, BNP Paribas - assisting with dealing with changes to regulations).

Talking Points

The Innovation Race: Who wins, who loses and who gets eliminated? Why innovation doesn’t always work.

When it comes to the ‘innovation race’, are you more of a traveler or a tourist? Or are you simply an armchair observer? Most of us marvel at the pace of innovation, but few understand how to engage with the topic. Yet your approach to innovation may be critical for future survival. Although we are all keen to hear current market leaders share their predictions, hoping to pick up the latest trends in innovation and stay ahead of the curve, we are not always shown how to practically prepare for the innovation race. Perhaps it’s time to identify just how innovation ready you and your organisation are, and what you might need to do about it. This session considers what it really means to compete in the innovation race, and what the implications are for those who win, lose and are eliminated. Unique global and historical research from a broad range of cultures and contexts provides a sobering understanding of what it will take to stay in the innovation race for the long run. Practical tools for becoming an effective ‘ambidextrous’ innovation leader, able to both draw from and build on the past but also see into the future, are then introduced. This is a ‘futurist keynote’ with a difference, providing real strategies that will allow the much talked about ‘Forth Industrial Revolution’ to be a growth opportunity, rather than a dangerously disruptive and potentially eliminating threat. (Presented at the APEC CEO Summit Danang)

The Paradox of Leading Sustainable Innovation: The Monk and the Mobile

Companies like Google may appear to be leading in the ‘innovation race’, but do they have all the solutions and can they be simply copied? Our research has revealed that most companies today only have half the story right, and that a new perspective and model is needed to overcome the challenges. This presentation identifies core sustainable innovation strategies for surviving and thriving in ‘the innovation race’. It reveals that by simply changing perspective, new ideas can be better supported through to implementation. Discover how to lead and manage innovation through successfully navigating the 4 key innovation paradoxes. Practical strategies and the ‘polar positioning’ tool are introduced to show how to navigate these paradoxical tensions successfully. The fast-paced global adventure reveals how different cultures and companies around the world have effectively managed the key Exploration / Preservation innovation paradox, along with the 4 contributing sub-paradoxes.

The Collaboration Deception: Leading Collaborative Innovation

This is a unique keynote that includes a powerful game-theory style interactive session. In this session the participants become involved in a social experiment and discover firsthand what happens when trust is removed from the equation. Leaders and teams can benefit from this program through learning how to build long lasting trust with fellow team members, vendors, partners and associates. They will understand what to look for in a healthy teams and business relationship, and how to collaborate to avoid those that are in it for themselves.

If you can’t answer these 4 questions - you need this session:

• What happens when the right decision for the individual is the wrong one for the group?
• How can a potentially cooperative strategy get an initial foothold in an environment that is predominantly uncooperative?
• What type of strategy can thrive in a diverse environment composed of other individuals using a wide range of more or less sophisticated strategies?
• Under what conditions can such a strategy, once fully established among a group of people, resist invasion by a less cooperative strategy?

The Magic of Creative Thinking… And How To Really Think Outside The Box

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)

The Creativity Crisis: Is creative thinking dying just when companies need it the most?

And What Can We Do About It?

We need to be creative to be innovative. We have heard of the importance of ‘design thinking’ as a tool to be more effective. But the relentless push to innovate faster is producing a toxic culture that may undermine the whole creative process. In our rush for end results fast, we could ironically be killing the very thing that will lead us to innovation: creativity. An IBM survey of over 1500 CEOs has revealed that creative thinking skills are the greatest attribute needed for leaders in the coming 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. Includes a quick interactive CQ Torrance testing that thoroughly engages the audience. (Alternative titles: “Who Killed Creativity, and How To Get It Back?” & “Why Design Thinking too often Fails” )

How to use CQ as a competitive advantage in the workplace

This fun interactive session assesses individuals and the team, and then maps the Creative Quotient (7) skills needed to use the Creative Thinking Strategies to their full potential. The session then goes onto to show how CQ has direct business applications, through connecting case studies to the CQ Torrance testing and design thinking models. CQ stands for curiosity quotient and concerns having a hungry mind. People with higher CQ are more inquisitive and open to new experiences. Paul Torrance became famous in the field for starting to identify specific qualities that can be linked to creative thinking, and he has measured these qualities in individuals in longitudinal studies over the past 60 years
Both the book and the 'roadshow' are captivating. Andrew Grant has star quality and uses it positively. Andrew has worked on leadership and team development around the globe for more than 15 years, but his presentation still yields the bravado of youth, nicely seasoned with the wisdom of a recognised leader in his field. He's young at heart, and ferociously clever with it. South China Morning Post

Exceeded expectations... your program made our team more comfortable working with these issues, gave the topic more credibility, and it was actionable.

Nestle Switzerland

A truly magnificent achievement, particularity since the audience was from a multitude of cultures and listened in 5 different languages. This event scored the highest feedback in our 10 year history.


One of the highest ranked seminars of the year for YPO (Young Presidents Organization) scoring an amazing 9.6/10.


A quick note of appreciation for the keynote you delivered in Singapore this week. The time you took to have dinner with myself and several event attendees the night prior offered a great opportunity to connect you to the details of the industry and the points of interest of the audience. You asked some great questions and were able to leverage the information shared into a presentation that really connected the audience and the topic together - thank you! I know that this connection took place based on the feedback I received from people at the event. Innovation, adapting to change, the importance of creativity, and how to introduce it into your daily life, personally and professionally: all of these were themes in the feedback I received. A little bit of humor, some magic and the simplicity of how you presented a pretty substantial topic kept the audience fully engaged and wanting more! As a sponsor, as an event participant, and as a person who cares about innovation and creativity, I thank you!

Kelly Services
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