August 11, 2020 – Figure 8 Thinking Natalie Nixon and Essential Stories Kurian Tharakan

August 11, 2020 – Figure 8 Thinking Natalie Nixon and Essential Stories Kurian Tharakan


 
 
Dr. Natalie Nixon – CEO of Figure 8 Thinking  

Creativity is our ability to toggle between wonder and rigor
to solve problems. Entrepreneurs must google between
wonder and rigor.

Dr. Natalie Nixon

Natalie Nixon is president of Figure 8 Thinking, a consulting firm that emboldens organizations to apply creativity for transformative business results. A global speaker and regular contributor to Inc. on creativity and the future of work, she is also the editor of “Strategic Design Thinking: Innovation in Products, Services, Experiences, and Beyond.” She holds a PhD in Design Management from the University of Westminster in London and a BA in Anthropology and Africana Studies from Vassar College, and lives in her hometown of Philadelphia. Her new book is “The Creativity Leap: Unleash Curiosity, Improvisation, and Intuition at Work.”

 
 
Kurian Mathew Tharakan – founder of StrategyPeak Sales & Marketing Advisors

A great leader with a poor story becomes a poor leader. But a
mediocre leader with a great story has the opportunity to
become a great leader.

Kurian Tharakan

Kurian Mathew Tharakan is the founder of StrategyPeak Sales & Marketing Advisors, a strategic marketing consultancy. He has worked with hundreds of companies on their strategy to enter and scale in new markets. A guest lecturer and keynote speaker, Kurian also brings over 30 years of experience to the classroom, stage, and as an author on the influence of culture and social psychology to drive organizational performance. He says great companies share two common traits – one, they have the ability to forge a formidable, resilient culture and two, they are able to infuse these cultures with compelling strategic narratives  to drive people forward. An entire organization can be revitalized when the two traits are combined. He shares his marketing experience and wrote The 7 Essential Stories Charismatic Leaders Tell, an international best-selling book in nine categories in eight countries.  The book will show you the key skill to great leadership starts with learning a simple toolset.