Hari Abburi - Speaker - Profile
Hari is an internationally recognized global executive and consultant to Fortune 500 firms, mid-size enterprises and start-ups. Through his firm, The Preparation Company, he helps CEOs, Chief Transformation Officers, Chief Digital Officers and Chief HR Officers and their teams develop strategies to change faster than the industry curve.
Hari is the Managing Partner for a niche agility-focused consulting firm, The Preparation Company. He is a global management executive who specializes in strategy and transformations. His experience is in the context of start-ups, M&As and growth capabilities across 55+ countries.
He is a board advisor of a conversational science start up from San Francisco and teaches his agility-based strategy framework at Caltech Center for Technology and Management Education.
He is a board advisor to start-ups in US and Europe. His industry experience that spans 55+ countries is focused on M&As, Integrations, Start-Ups and Transformations includes executive roles with Hoerbiger, Aon Hewitt, Walmart JV, Baxter, Coca-Cola, GE and Andersen He has lived in Switzerland, Malaysia, Singapore and India.
He is a member of the Los Angeles Business Journals Leadership Trust, Forbes HR Council and Executive Education Faculty at Caltech Center for Technology and Management Education. Hari is on Advisory Boards for Start-Ups in United States and Europe.
Speaking / Master class Topics
1. Leading At the Speed of the Customer® | Agility, Strategy and Leadership
Have you wondered how non-industry companies are disrupting traditional players? Or why smaller companies scale up so rapidly to displace large players? What is so different in how that shape strategy? What type of leadership is needed to be thriving in the disruptive world? This session takes you into a new approach to strategy for a world yet to be discovered. We help apply the three elements of agility to your company and explain the new world of business: There is no such thing as a single-industry company anymore, every business is a platform, data, and technology business, with technology and data, the lines blur even between seemingly dissimilar industries, for the customer, experience from one instance is immediately transferred to a completely different instance in real-time as an expectation, the future of the workforce is augmented—a mix of human full-time employees, gig talent, robotics, and AI-driven automation.
2. Ideas don’t die. Companies do.© | Innovation
This session takes you into a whirlwind of ideas centric strategies at the intersection of industries, technologies, interfaces and insights. We decode innovation for you. Camera as an idea transitioned from Kodak to Nokia Phones to the professional grade cameras in smart phones today. This has futrher evolved into Robotic Process Automation using computer vision to process insurance claims and present decision points to human managers. Ideas transition through companies and it is fascinating to analyse how a same or similar idea has been used as strategy by different companies through history. Some of the most intriguing and successful products and services on the market today have existed in one form or another for decades or even centuries. For example, the idea of renting your house to another person has probably existed since people actually owned real estate. Even interface features like ‘Stories’ from snapchat found its way into Instagram, Facebook and has created the idea for the mass popularity of Tik Tok today. A number of individual companies rise and fall every year. The ideas that fuel them live on and wait the next bright entrepreneurial mind to bring them to life more effectively.
3. By Design© | Design Thinking
A high-energy session that takes you around the world in design from products, services, solutions across multiple industries. The session introduces our proprietary design thinking approach IMAGINE. DESIGN. PREPARE. LEAD. The Participants will also be able to try the approach through quick cases and exercises in this session. The session is an audio-visual, hands-on, experimentation centric, cross-cultural, global, multi industry journey of examples. The participants will be able to develop idea thinking, ideation in one’s mind in its purest form through design or imagination briefs, design Products, Services & Tasks or anything, make it teachable and application centric across all levels or jobs or functions in a company, learn to develop comparative thinking of dissimilar ideas that drives industry disruption and understand the business value of design.
4. Leadership for Digital Transformation | Digital Transformation
Companies on an average change their business models every 3-4 years due to digitization and new technologies. In many cases, new entrants from a dissimilar industry often disrupt well established players. The Digital Transformation Leadership session is designed to help leaders understand all the complexities of a digital transformation and simplify it for the leaders to implement. Digital transformation is multi-layered, multi-dimensional journey, which if not fully appreciated creates more confusion than clarify. This session decodes the definition of digital and lays out the both the approach to digital transformation and leadership imperative for a successful transformation. The session is designed to convert appreciation of leadership in a digital age and uses case studies, research from around the world.
5. Agile People Strategy© | People Strategy & HR
This is one-of-its-kind session to help HR professionals understand people strategy for agility and for a disruptive world. It helps participants go into reinventing HR practices through the lens of an agile business strategy. In a world where augmented talent is key to the future, the session explores how a people strategy can seamlessly integrate humans and technology. It goes into a new approach to workforce planning, re-inventing performance management, new leadership necessities for succession. The session includes how we can apply learnings from the interface economy on to how HR creates world-class touch points for employees and how brilliant interfaces create dynamic data for analytics.
6. Purpose+Process+People: 3P© | Leading Change
The 3P© approach has been developed with learning from complex change, restructuring and M&A situations across 50+ Countries. This approach is scalable from simple change situations to complex ones like M&A integrations. The simple yet comprehensive approach is also very visual helping participants through the 9 steps of the approach. The participants get to keep the approach tool-kit and apply it in their companies. The participants will be able to understand change for agile businesses through a simple step-by-step approach to understand and apply accelerated change in an agile business world, learn to apply 3P© for small or large/complex projects or business scenarios in a company, test change agility through a mix of multi-industry and multi business strategy case studies (M&As, Restructuring, Market- Entry, Turn-around etc), learn change management as a teachable leadership skill, so that the participant can re- teach the approach to their teams and learn through an unique Listen-See-Learn-Apply© method that creates hands- on, visual, discussion centric learning.