Strong demand for Ross's expertise has seen him deliver keynote speeches across six continents and consult to leading organizations worldwide. He is author of the bestseller Developing Knowledge-Based Client Relationships, and the acclaimed book Living Networks, which foresaw the social networking revolution. Ross's frequent media appearances include CNN, Bloomberg TV, SkyNews, European Business Network, Channel News Asia, ABC TV, Today and Sunrise shows, Washington Post, CIO, Australian Financial Review, BRW and many others.
Ross was recently named by Digital Media magazine as one of the 40 biggest players in Australia's digital age. Ross has run executive education programs and lectured at numerous top-tier academic institutions around the world, including Australian Graduate School of Management, Institute of Banking & Finance, and the University of Virginia. He holds a B.Sc (Hons) from Bristol University and a Grad.Dip in Applied Finance from Macquarie University, and is certified as a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). He has extensive international business experience, and speaks five languages.
- Profiting from Technology Trends
Information technologies are creating extraordinary new possibilities for organizations and their customers. Inter-connectivity is reshaping the business landscape, from how consumers build relationships with companies, to the structure of the supply chain and the nature of global competition. However, it is often difficult to keep up with the pace of change. Technology futurist Ross Dawson can help by pointing organizations to current and future trends in technology and clarifying how these innovations can create business value. Notable trends include the proliferation of the mobile, the power of the cloud, new elements of the media and marketing landscape, and user-driven computing. Dawson also examines how online technologies can build a more efficient organization, including the use of social media and other tools to access new markets, tap global talent, and build powerful customer relationships.
- Competing in the Global Economy
The increasing pace of change in business is creating massive challenges and opportunities. The swift rise of communications technologies, global competition, regulatory pressures, and outsourcing are just some of the forces that must be understood and addressed in any effective business strategy. In this interesting keynote, business strategy consultant and keynote speaker Dawson explains the MegaTrends of the global economy, the implications of a networked world based on talent and innovation, and the challenges and opportunities of generational change.
- Social Media and the Future
In the last decade, social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia, LinkedIn, blogs and more have transformed how people communicate with friends, keep up with news, do business, and express their opinions on the companies they buy from. No organization can ignore the fact that their customers are talking about them with the world at large, and making decisions based on what they find on Internet, be it true or false. Many companies have discovered that social media in fact offers extraordinary opportunities for marketing, building powerful customer relationships, and attracting talented staff.
- Tapping Personal Networks to Drive Business Success
Research has repeatedly shown that an individual’s success and work performance are driven by the quality of their personal networks. Today, the degrees of separation between people are rapidly shrinking. We still meet people and develop many relationships face-to-face. However, online social networks are adding many ways to connect with people, build relationships, exchange ideas, and create an extraordinary life. Those who have the skills and character to create value with others will prosper the most. In this interactive keynote address, business networking expert Ross Dawson will show how connecting with the living networks can create liberating opportunities for yourself and others.
- Harnessing the Power of Innovation
In a globalized, commoditized world, the only remaining sustainable advantage lies in consistent innovation. Networks, both inside and outside the organization, are the keys to successful innovation in products, business processes, and strategy. Staff and their ideas can be connected in new ways to yield powerful outcomes. Even giants such as IBM, Boeing, and Procter & Gamble have realized they cannot be self-sufficient in innovation, making them adopt “open innovation” approaches that reach outside to a larger world of talent. Open source software concepts provide a valuable foundation for many emerging commercial models. Today more than ever, those who are better at developing rich knowledge-based relationships have an enormous advantage over their competitors, especially in terms of innovation.
- The Future of Financial Services
Ross Dawson is globally recognized as a leading keynote speaker and futurist with deep expertise in financial services. Dawson has worked for Merrill Lynch and was Global Director – Capital Markets at Thomson Financial. He assists many top financial institutions with their preparations for the future of financial services. The Global Financial Crisis was a massive shock to the system that triggered a major transition for the financial services industry, driven by regulatory shifts, changing customer attitudes, the rapid development of online services, competition from new sources, and industry consolidation. Those finance professionals that embrace new approaches will thrive as the sector adjusts to a dramatically different post-crisis world. This keynote can be adapted to a variety of financial services sectors, including banking, broking, financial markets, investment banking, wealth management, financial planning, and insurance.
- Shaping the Future of Healthcare
Healthcare is going through a massive transformation, driven by new medical and information technologies, and a social shift of power to the individual. Better-informed patients’ now expect to be participants in their medical care, while heightened sharing of research findings is accelerating scientific progress. The ability to capture and analyse health data real-time is enabling a shift from reactive to predictive medicine, responding before crises happen, and assisting people in changing their behaviours, while connected health is enabling remote consultations and even surgery. These and other major shifts require adaptation, but also point to tremendous opportunities for the medical profession.
- Creating the Future of Business
Powerful driving forces across business, technology and society are shaping our world in unforeseen ways. Online and mobile communication, globalization, attitudes to the environment, generational change, rising customer expectations and many more issues raise vital challenges for companies. However, these and other shifts also uncover extraordinary business opportunities. In this keynote, business futurist Ross Dawson shows what is shaping the future of business in your industry and how you can take the right steps to succeed in this exciting world.
- Embracing the Future
We live in a time of accelerating change, when the fortunes of companies rise and fall faster than ever before, driven by new technologies, global competition and heightened consumer expectations. We can choose how we respond to these dramatic shifts—by seeing the challenges before us, or by seizing the enormous opportunities that arise from embracing the future. In this engaging keynote speech, futurist speaker Ross Dawson provides clear insights into the possibilities and potential of the world today, and the action you can take to create an extremely successful future for yourself and your company.