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Jens Heitland: Unleashing Human Innovation Through Leadership

Jens Heitland

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Jens Heitland is a leading mind in corporate innovation, known for his focus on combining innovation and leadership to create "human innovation".

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Jens Heitland is a seasoned innovator, speaker, and entrepreneur, with a focus on human-centric innovation and leadership. He has held global innovation positions at companies such as IKEA, Deutsche Bank (M+W Zander), Fjord (Accenture), and Foot Locker. Today, he owns several businesses, including SUCCEED, The Human Innovation Academy, and HEITLAND INNOVATION, and is a respected public speaker, lecturer, and podcast host in the innovation field.

Why you should book Jens Heitland for your next event

  • Expertise in Human Innovation: Jens Heitland is a leading authority on human innovation, and his approach to innovation and leadership has helped many organizations transform their businesses. His insights on human-centric innovation are unique, practical, and relevant to a wide range of industries.
  • Proven Track Record: Jens has worked with some of the world’s most successful companies, including IKEA, Deutsche Bank, and Fjord (Accenture). He has led global innovation initiatives and has a proven track record of delivering results. His experience in the corporate world gives him a unique perspective that he shares with audiences around the world.
  • Engaging Speaker: Jens is a dynamic and engaging speaker who connects with his audience and delivers practical insights in an entertaining and memorable way. He has spoken at numerous events around the world, including StartUp! Barcelona University and Amsterdam University, and his podcast “Human Innovation – The Jens Heitland Show” is highly rated.

Jens Heitland combines Innovation and Leadership to Human Innovation.

After Jens stepped down as global Head of Innovation IKEA Centres in 2019, he set out to accelerate the way organizations innovate successfully. He believes that processes and the organizational setup are just one part of the Innovation equation. Human Leadership is the missing part to innovate an organization successfully.

Innovation + Leadership = Human Innovation

Everything he does is part of this equation. Jens is considered one of the leading minds of corporate innovation. Known as CONNECTEUR he is described as a forward thinker and connector of thoughts, people and businesses by the people he engages with.

Jens is an innovator at heart – he innovates businesses with people. Today he owns or co-owns several businesses. He is the founder of SUCCEED, a Leadership Education Platform that is set out to bring leadership education to 1 billion people by 2030. He owns The Human Innovation Academy where he and his colleagues help innovative leaders and teams to build innovation into their organizations. Jens owns HEITLAND INNOVATION, a company that helps organizations to innovate through an innovative interim Innovation Manager setup which has served clients in UK, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, United States, The Netherlands and Spain. In addition to contributing to several companies he lectures at StartUB! Barcelona University, Amsterdam University and is a Startup Mentor at StartUB! of Barcelona University.

His podcast Human Innovation – The Jens Heitland Show ranks among the top podcasts in the innovation field globally. He is a public speaker and talks about human innovation, reverse mentorship and what he learned innovating at local and global positions in companies like IKEA, Deutsche Bank(M+W Zander) , Fjord (Accenture) and Foot Locker.

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Innovate the Human Way

What I learned from innovating as the global head of innovation IKEA centres:

Jens brings with a lot of passion and humour his view on Human Innovation, the place where Applied Innovation and Leadership seamslessly blend.

The key takeaways are:

  • Applied Innovation enables organizations to succeed.
  • Leaders are they key in innovation success and have to enable all employees of the organization to innovate.
  • Processes and the organizational structure including the leadership approach build a culture to enable innovation to flourish
  • Human Innovation is a human centred innovation system embedded into the organization that allows people naturally to innovate day in day out.

Book this keynote in order to learn how to set this up and you’ll dive into the magic zone of innovation. Below the surface is where the magic happens.

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