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Disrupting large organizations from within

Disrupting large organizations from within | David Gram

David Gram

April 7, 2021


How to challenge the status quo with disruptive and provocative new ideas and projects – without losing the support and respect from colleagues and management? This is a difficult balance and many intrapreneurs either give up and do as they are told, or they burn out and leave. To overcome this, the intrapreneur will need to balance the rebel nature of the innovator with the diplomatic skills of the corporate navigator, and companies will need to build a culture of intrapreneurship. The presentation will include insights on:

  • Embracing disruptions without disrupting the healthy existing business
  • Building a strategic foundation and structure for radical innovation
  • Fast and low-risk learning using design thinking and agile development
  • Fostering a culture of Intrapreneurship
  • Becoming a Diplomatic Rebel

Audience takeaways: Understand the 5 habits of highly impactful intrapreneurs and how to become a Diplomatic Rebel. Learn how to foster and train these skills and how to build and lead an organization of diplomatic rebels.

About David Gram

Diplomatic Rebels

David has worked with radical innovation and lean start-up methods in small businesses and large global corporations for the last 16 years – e.g. as Head of Innovation at Scandinavian Airlines, as Senior Innovation Director in LEGO’s Future Lab, and recently as Venture Partner in LEGO Ventures. Using design thinking and agile development, David has been developing and leading innovation units and projects from early incubation to full maturity. He has recently been instrumental in building and launching LEGO Ventures, the new strategic venture arm at the LEGO Brand Group. David is co-founder of Diplomatic Rebels; a company dedicated to empower companies and intrapreneurs around the world to become stronger innovators.

Through his experience, David has obtained several unique insights and developed approaches to how businesses can stay afloat in an ever-faster changing world and transform the organization into a change-leading innovator. He believes that anybody can become an innovator in their own organization or as he calls it a Diplomatic Rebel. As an experienced international keynote speaker and executive advisor, David is using his passion for breakthrough innovation to inspire and infuse this new mindset and toolbox in organizations around the world.



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