Event factfile

Date of event: 12 September 2019
Event ends: 12 September 2019
Start time: 09:30
End time: 16:30
Price: Exclusive to members of The Henley Partnership. *Up to 2 Places*
Hardwiring Innovation


Innovation is generally acknowledged to be a key driver of business growth; yet, sixty percent of change initiatives currently fail. Studies show a strong correlation between investment in innovation capability plus culture and company success, and this Hardwiring Innovation Masterclass with Paul McWhinnie looks at the key elements businesses need to have in place to successfully innovate, change and grow.

Using case studies from leading innovative companies, participants will explore what is required to create an innovation capability and culture, how to evaluate an organisations’ innovation competency and climate, and how to manage and lead change to release organisational innovation potential. The session has a particular focus on People Centred Implementation and Change Acceleration, as the failure of many change initiatives lie in an inability to appreciate the importance of rapid behavioural change as well as structural change.

Key Learning Outcomes

By the end of the event you will leave with a deep understanding of:

  • why innovation is so fundamental to success in today’s business climate and how having a number of key strategies for managing innovation and entrepreneurship is now an essential part of any leader’s tool kit
  • how truly effective innovation leadership entails aligning what you say with what you do, while emphasising the critical importance of a clearly articulated vision for innovation
  • how to quickly grasp an organisation’s innovation capability and process in order to:
    • jettison the cultural barriers to innovation and win the hearts and minds of staff
    • clear away the people barriers to change and so empower and motivate staff
    • introduce processes and systems that encourage innovation
    • develop high-performance innovation teams and create structures to stimulate an internal and external ideas marketplace
  • the barriers to innovation and how the effective use of change management techniques can help to make your organisation more innovative

Event Content and Delivery Style

Our aim is to deliver an interactive, relevant, useful, challenging and thought-provoking session offering a mix of:

  • practical insights garnered from real-world experience, best practice and case studies
  • facilitated discussion to draw out participant experiences and insights
  • group work and peer-to-peer working to learn from the experiences and insights of fellow participants
  • models and mechanisms designed for immediate application to self, team and organisation

Who Should Attend?

This Hardwiring Innovation Masterclass is a high-energy, interactive and practical event aimed at leaders from any function who want to develop and firmly embed a truly innovative, entrepreneurial and action orientated culture within their organization.


The primary theme is INNOVATION and the secondary theme is STRATEGY.

It is relevant to the development of Innovation, Change, Leadership, Growth, People, Behaviour.

THP, The Henley Partnership.

Paul McWhinnie

Paul McWhinnie

Paul McWhinnie has extensive strategic and creative experience on the art and science of innovation, marketing and growth, with clients such as Unilever, Virgin, O2 and Novartis. He has launched and built companies, products and brands that have disrupted and dominated market categories. He is an expert consultant, facilitator and trainer who also lectures on Innovation at MBA level.

In 2004, Paul founded Renaissance Thinking Ltd, a specialist innovation consultancy dedicated to improving innovation performance, on the insight that to thrive in the digital age companies must adopt a renaissance mentality, which embraces the new era, challenges the status quo, adopts a radical innovation agenda, and ultimately, creates their own future.

*Per member organisation. “Up to” indicates the maximum number per member organisation, it is not an allocation of places. All places are subject to availability at the time of nomination. Nomination Forms are dealt with on a first come first served basis and a place cannot be booked or held without a fully completed and approved Nomination Form.

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Contact Us

For more information please contact The Henley Partnership Team by email at thp@henley.ac.uk or by phone on +44 (0) 1491 418 855.

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Henley Business School, Greenlands Campus

Henley Business School,Greenlands,Henley-on-ThamesOxfordshire