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If change is not optional, then neither is foresight.

Brad Howarth is obsessed with helping people and organisations adapt to change. As a writer, researcher and author Brad has been examining the impact of technology-driven change on business and society for 25 years, writing for local and international publications including The Australian and BRW, and now he primarily works on developing whitepapers and research reports. Brad works with an extensive network of collaborators and thought -leaders, and brings an evidence-based approach to understanding current and future scenarios based on identifying case studies that represent best practice and defining their shared traits.

Brad has authored four books focusing on topics including change and adaptation, entrepreneurship and innovation, and life in a highspeed broadband society, and continues to contribute to numerous publications in Australia and around the world.

Current Work:

Brad is involved in an ongoing research program to understand and respond to the impact of technology-driven change. He works directly with businesses and community organisations to create strategy documents, research reports and discussion papers, and facilitates workshops that bring greater understanding regarding the impact of change and the possible responses.

Some of the findings of this work are included in his books Managing for Change and Innovation is for Everyone, co-authored with Peter Fritz AM, and he continues to write on these topics for numerous publications here and around the world.

Brad is also a passionate advocate for the need to ensure that all members of society can share the benefits of digital technology, having served as Ambassador for the Broadband for the Bush Alliance and Champion for the National Year of Digital inclusion. Brad believes that as more and more elements of society switch to digital technology it is vital that we do not create a society of digital ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’, but instead ensure everyone has access to digital services and the training to use them effectively.

Brad is an accomplished Keynote Speaker on the topic of change, delivering presentations focusing on topics such as the impact of technology on business and society, the future of work and management structures, and how organisations can best understand and respond to change.

He is also in demand as an MC, having hosted conferences and events for organisations including the Committee for Melbourne, the AHRI, and Worksafe Tasmania. Brad brings deep domain experience across numerous industries, and his background as a journalist makes him well suited to facilitating panel sessions and on-stage interviews.

Brad’s message is simple - If change is not optional, then neither is foresight.

Talking Points

Defining the New Normal

We are a long way from settling into the ‘new normal’, but there is plenty we can extrapolate on how the economy and society might evolve based on current evidence. There is also much that we can do to fill in the gaps, and to give ourselves the best possible chance to respond to changes as they happen. The new normal is not a description of the world post-COVID-19, but a phrase for describing the mindset of the leaders that will thrive in that changed environment.

Key Takeaways:
- An assessment of the changes in society and those that lie ahead
- Techniques for improving the ‘sensing capability’ of an organisation
- Techniques for melding leadership, culture and tools to create a more responsive and resilient organisation.

Voyaging into the Unknown

If the future is unknowable, that doesn’t mean we can’t put in place strategies today to help us deal with any eventuality. Adaptation and resilience are the characteristics that will define those organisations that emerge in the best shape from 2020, and these characteristics can be developed in any organisation.

Key Takeaways:
- Strategies for creating a more adaptable organisation.
- Advice on how to find new opportunities.
- Examples of how other organisations have adapted to change.

Managing for Change

We know that change is inevitable, but how many of us can honestly say we are able to adjust to change when it happens? But rather than simply reacting to the changes happening around us, what if we could anticipate and plan for change before it happens?

Brad Howarth is fascinated by change. As a journalist, he has been reporting on change for more than 20 years, and in 2015 co-authored the book Managing for Change, which provides guidance on taking a more active approach to change. In this interactive presentation/workshop, Brad takes participants through practical strategies for better understanding, envisioning and planning for change, with the goal of helping them design and shape their future of in a rapidly changing world.

Key Takeaways:
- Advice on creating a framework for goal setting and realisation
- Strategies for becoming more personally adaptive and resilient

Workshop: The Masterclass

Navigating to unknown shores: A workshop on building strong opportunities in an era of rapid change

As a student of change, Brad has spent the last 25 years studying the traits of organisations that successfully navigate change, and of the people who lead those organisations. The Masterclass will examine these traits and provide pointers on how business leaders can adopt these in their own working lives. The Masterclass will ask participants to explore future possibilities and market changes, take a different perspective on risk, and consider the skills that will be essential as they navigate through the next ten years.

Key Takeaways:
- An exploration of the challenges and opportunities that face specific organisations or communities
- Advice on how to build capabilities to respond to these changes
- Examples of organisations that have successfully transformed

The Attributes of Transformative Leaders

The business landscape is changing rapidly, forcing many organisations to respond in new and innovative ways.

But if the tools of change are the same for every business, why do some organisations change successfully, while others don’t? Why do some not even bother to change at all, and ultimately fail anyway?

Through 2019 Brad embarked on a major research project to examine organisations that were successfully changing, to determine whether they shared common attributes that showed their outcome was more than just random chance. Through speaking to their senior leaders he came to understand the circumstances that had set them on their change journey, and identified those factors that could be modelled and adopted by other organisations.

The findings from this work are contained in my presentation The attributes of transformative leaders. Through the use of examples Brad demonstrates to the audience the common attributes they can bring into their own organisations, and provide practical advice on how to ensure their transformation journeys are successful.

Key Takeaways:
- Insights into the traits that are common amongst transformative leaders
- Case studies on organisations that have successfully transformed
- Advice on how to bring a transformation capability into your organisation

The Evolution of Skills and the Future of Work

In 2019 Brad undertook a second major research project to investigate the skills that will be needed in the workplace over the next ten years. Through interviews with numerous workplace leaders, he was able to discern the nature of the changes that will impact workplaces and identify the skills that will be needed to meet these future challenges. The findings of this research is contained in the thought leadership report series The Evolution of Skills, published by TAFE NSW. The research report examined four industries in-depth - government, healthcare, infrastructure and logistics - although the key findings are consistent across all industries.

In this presentation, Brad speaks in detail about the factors that will impact the workplace of the future, and examine the skills that employers will need to help them best respond to what is to come, with practical advice on steps employers can take to ensure they are developing the skills they need. This presentation will also benefit individuals who may be wondering what skills they should acquire today to maximise their value in the workplace in years to come.

Key Takeaways:
- Exploration of the future skillsets required across specific industries
- Advice on how to develop these skills within an organisation
- Case studies of organizations that are meeting their future skills challenge

Workshop: Virtual storytelling - mastering online delivery for presentations, workshops and roundtables

The world might be in turmoil, but your message still needs to get out there.

The COVID-19 crisis and resultant shutdown of mass gatherings doesn’t mean that all business must grind to a halt. The need for organisations to communicate their message to the market remains. And while the activities such as conferences, workshops and roundtables might be suspended for now, we live in an era where digital tools give us the potential to replicate much of the experience of a live event virtually.

But presenting in virtual formats is not the same as doing so from a stage, lectern or meeting room. It requires a rethink of content, flow and format, to ensure the presenter can build and maintain engagement with their audience. At the same time, virtual presentations also provide opportunities for different forms of interaction, and when executed correctly, can live on as part of a growing repository of digital content.

In this virtual course, I will cover:
- The essentials of presenting
- Content considerations
- Crafting your story
- Tips for successful delivery
- Virtual considerations
- New considerations for content flow
- Tips for engaging with a virtual audience
- Production considerations
- Considerations for larger events
- Presenting from a virtual stage
- What changes, what stays the same
- Ideas for different formats
- Encouraging interaction
- Workshops and meetings
- Tips for running the ‘room’
- Managing interaction

Key Takeaways:
- Techniques for creating more effective communications to leave a lasting impression
- Advice on developing messages and using supporting evidence
- Tips for improving your delivery

Brad is an exceptional presenter who understands the intricacies of the ever-changing world of technology and also manages to actively involve the audience throughout his presentations. Brad presented on the 'Next Big Things' that will happen in the online/interactive industry at the end of year wrap up panel for Interactive Minds. He also participated in our expert panel discussion. His insights and knowledge are exceptional and his easy rapport with the other panellists and audience made him a standout guest speaker. Interactive Minds

I have worked with Brad for over 10 years. All my interactions with Brad as writer, reporter and more recently as Panel Host or Master of Ceremonies have been positive. And whether it was the public face of Oracle, Intel or currently TIBCO that I manage, I can rely on Brad to assist and guide me.

TIBCO Software Inc.

Brad did an excellent job as MC of our HR Technology Conference. He was very well received by the audience and guest speakers. Brad has an easy going communication style and is professional and easy to work with.

Australian Human Resources Institute

I was looking for a new face in regard to the subject of the future and technology. Not just another futurist talk about stuff that people would never use, something more hands on for business owners as well as having the knowledge at a far greater level. Brad was perfect. His presentation was pitched right at the required level. He took the time to talk to the Members of our Industry to find out their thoughts and needs and he also took the time to not only talk with me on the phone but also in a face to face meeting about the theme of the conference and what I was trying to achieve. He was actually interested! Some of the comments from his session included... - Extremely worthwhile. - Very insightful and relevant. - I'm from the IT industry and have followed Brad. I thought he did a brilliant 'futurist' presentation to get us thinking. - Made a usually bland subject very interesting. - Relevant to lovers of global workforce and internet workers. I guess we need to know this stuff to keep current in a changing world. Not my cup of tea however I was engaged and found the session exceptionally informative. - WOW, did Brad shift us into the future and what can be possible? His presentation was edgy, he obviously is passionate about his topic and this was evident throughout his presentation. He opened my mind to what can be created, if we use our imagination and embrace technology, and apply it in those areas that work best.


Brad is a skilled and professional moderator. He oversaw two sessions at our forum, on relatively technical and obscure Internet-related issues. He was able to strike a balance between making the sessions accessible to the average layperson and useful for those with previous subject matter knowledge. Brad's pacing of the sessions was excellent, allowing our panellists to make their points and audience members to contribute frequently. He was well briefed and well prepared and I would not hesitate in engaging him again and recommending his services to others.

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