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Dimis Michaelides

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Leadership, Innovation and Creativity Expert

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The keynote speaker Dimis Michaelides is an expert on leadership, innovation and creativity, whose keynotes often include a touch of … magic! In 2007 he published The Art of Innovation - Integrating Creativity in Organizations  and developed a methodology to help organizations, teams and individuals achieve their full creativity and innovation potential.

With extensive international business experience, our speaker Dimis Michaelides uses his Keynotes to inspire people and transform organisations around the globe. He has delivered presentations and workshops in numerous forums including TEDx, Harvard Business Review and the European Conference for Creativity and Innovation to name but a few.

The keynote speaker Dimis Michaelides has experience across the world in General Management, Marketing and Finance at the World Bank in Washington, Zeneca and the Council of Europe in Paris and Laiki Cyprialife in Nicosia, Cyprus. He has also served on numerous Boards of Directors in private companies and non-profit organisations in Cyprus, the US, Russia and Brazil, including the Board of Trustees of the Creative Education Foundation in the United States.

In addition to his business experience, Dimis Michaelides has taught as a visiting Professor at the Executive MBA programs of INSEAD (Fontainebleau), CK Graduate School of Business (Beijing), Jiaotong University (Shanghai), Royal Holloway University and the Cyprus International Institute of Management (CIIM). Dimis is also a graduate of the London School of Economics, London Business School, Sussex University and INSEAD.

Our inspiring speaker Dimis Michaelides is fluent in Greek, English and French and has a working proficiency in Spanish and Portuguese. Aside from his professional interests, Dimis is a keen magician and performer.

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    Speaker Dimis Michaelides Keynote Topics

    • The Art of Innovation – How to integrate creativity in Organisations
    • Leading Innovation in Practice – A Roadmap for Organisational Innovation
    • Innovation for Life – Why it is necessary and how to do it
    • Creativity isn’t what it used to be – Changing perceptions and practices

Interview with Dimis Michaelides

What kind of unique experiences have you had as a result of your profession?

Acting as Master of Ceremonies (with a little magic) – presenting prize-winning innovation teams from all over the world for Banque Nationale de Paris … Speaking in the awe-inspiring ambiance the Benedictine Abbey of San Pietro in Assisi, Italy … Opening Innovation Day for Universidad del Rosario, Bogota, Colombia and Turkey Innovation Week, Ankara in the same week … Getting the magic timing in sync with the translation in an Audi product launch in Chengdu, China … A keynote on Innovation Leadership at the School of Public Administration in Brussels in the presence of a Commissioner who had been working at the World Bank in Washington at the same time as me, many years before ….

Do you have a favourite experience from your speaking career?

“Wow! That’s exactly what we all needed to hear! It will make my work so much easier tomorrow,” and a big hug from a European Education Minister who, the next day, was to confront teacher representatives hostile to her curriculum makeover proposal.

What do you gain personally from being a public speaker?

Plenty of intelligent conversations with people who face real innovation challenges in their businesses and the opportunity to inspire and support them.

When did your interest in magic begin?

When I turned thirty, right after I organized a gala evening for a product launch featuring 12 close-up magicians and a grand illusionist.

Do you encounter common themes with businesses who are having problems with creativity or innovation?

Although businesses innovate in very different ways the things that drive innovation in organizations are in fact quite similar. First innovation must be valued at the top and strategic choices must be made – how much energy and resources to devote to innovation as opposed to operational efficiency, and a clear definition of what the company’s own innovation is all about.

Then, organizing structures to deliver innovation – which is not easy because it usually involves internal changes and overcoming resistance to these. Finally, the full commitment of leadership and all people to nourish and develop an innovation culture. This is a multi-faceted affair that often calls for changes in people’s behaviors and company norms.

Can you give three tips to individuals who are struggling with creativity?

  • Actively seek new experiences. There is lot of evidence that after engaging in a novel experience, the propensity to generate new ideas increases significantly.
  • To creatively resolve a challenge spend roughly an equal amount of time to a) deeply understand your challenge, b) generate imaginative solutions and, c) implement your best solution.
  • Seek creative solutions do so alone AND with other people. Solitary idea generation and collaboration/teamwork complement each other beautifully.
  • And here’s a fourth tip: Creativity calls for courage, so take personal responsibility for your own creativity.
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