In this week’s episode of the Innovation Storytellers Show, I speak with Ian Wright, the founder and CEO of the Disruptive Innovators Network. We discuss the power of having a community of change-makers and problem-solvers to support and inspire innovation. Ian highlights the potential for businesses to perform even better during challenging times as they are forced to be more creative and open to change. We also discuss the importance of effectively communicating complex problems, citing companies like Airbnb and Uber as prime examples of disruptive innovation.
Leadership is a key theme in the conversation, with Ian stressing the need for leaders to effectively communicate their vision and the future they are trying to create. He also highlights the importance of problem-solving skills and the ability to bring others along on the innovation journey. Traditional business and leadership skills may not be enough in today’s world. Ian emphasizes the need for leaders to experiment, be willing to fail, and compellingly articulate their vision.
Ian believes that innovation is a skill that can be taught and developed but should be more valued compared to other investments like technology.
Name: Ian Wright
Title: Founder & CEO
Company: Disruptive Innovators Network
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Ian Wright is a seasoned executive with 35 years of corporate experience and a deep understanding of innovation and problem-solving. As the founder and CEO of the Disruptive Innovators Network, he brings together leaders passionate about driving change and inspiring innovation.
With 20 years of experience at senior executive level, including a recent stint as the Deputy Chief Executive/Director at HouseMark, Ian has a proven track record of building successful business programs and leaders’ networks. He has partnered with top tech companies such as Apple, Google, and Amazon and has established the social housing sector’s first crowdfunded startup accelerator, Evolve.
Ian focuses on business innovation, organizational culture, new technologies, and customer experience. He serves as an innovation advisor for LMarks and supports Social Enterprise UK. Currently, he is retained by several leading housing providers to help build their innovation capabilities.