WHAT WE DO
The Impossible Institute
The Impossible Institute™ is a strategic think-tank that was founded by Dan Gregory & Kieran Flanagan to challenge the limits of what’s possible.
We help leaders, teams and organisations develop the capabilities, strategies and tools to drive commercial creativity and lead positive change through:
• Commercially viable insights
• More innovative thinking
• Highly collaborative teams
• Solution focused strategies
• Persuasive pitching & presenting
• Performance by design
At The Impossible Institute™, we believe that while brain training may have improved our mental hardware, unless we also update our cognitive software we run the risk of simply reaching the same, predictable solutions more swiftly.
We deliver Keynote Speeches, Training Workshops and Leadership Programs as well as facilitating innovative solutions to a huge range of complicated, and often political, problems including:
• Social Change Strategies for The United Nations in Singapore & White Ribbon Australia
• Guided Innovation off-sites for The Australian Public Service & Pharmaceutical Industries in the UK
• Business Model workshops for Entrepreneurs in the USA, Asia & Australia
• Process Design Sessions for Retailers in Asia & Australia
• Education & Engagement Programs for Global Banking Corporations
• Leadership Development for Multinational Technology giants
• Business Strategy & Leadership Mentoring for Professional Service firms
WHO WE ARE
Dan Gregory & Kieran Flanagan
Kieran Flanagan and Dan Gregory, the Co-Founders of The Impossible Institute™, have worked in the fields of Creativity, Communication and Behavioural Strategy for over 25 years.
Together, they are the strategic and creative team behind the most successful new product launch in Australian history and have applied their considerable experience to social change programs for the United Nations in Singapore, to category re-inventions for the likes of Coca-Cola, Unilever and News Corp. and to leadership development programs across Australia, Asia, Europe and the USA for organisations in categories as diverse as Banking & Finance, Education, Technology, Pharmaceuticals, Real Estate & Retail.
Dan & Kieran are the co-authors of two books:
• Shift - An analysis of future trends in Business, Society, Communications & Technology
• Selfish Scared & Stupid - A treatise on Human Behaviour asserting that Behavioural Strategy should align with human nature
They also write for Success Magazine & CEO Magazine in the USA and are regulars on ABC TV’s Gruen Series, Sunrise on Channel 7 and Sky Business News.
Voted by Meetings & Conventions USA as two of the “Top 25 C-Suite speakers to watch”, both Kieran and Dan wow their audiences with a mixture of commercial acumen, creative insight and the kind of comedic wit you’d expect with backgrounds in on air media and stand up comedy.
For more on Kieran, visit Kieran Flanagan Speaker
For more on Dan, visit Dan Gregory Speaker
HOW WE HELP
Unlock your creative genius
Insight Mapping will help you and your team develop a greater appreciation and empathy for your clients, customers and constituents and define an innovation lens where you align your value with their values.
This program will help your team develop a solution-centric mindset and increase their cognitive bandwidth, resilience & agility. Learn to think in Impossible Questions and apply Design Thinking Techniques.
Through the use of the 4 Thinking Frames methodology, your team will learn how to identify and move past their default thinking filters and develop a shared language that drives understanding & collaboration.
Purpose & Positioning
Purpose & Positioning helps you articulate the 4 stands you take in life and business: What you stand for, who you stand with, what you stand against and how you stand up. All of which helps you stand out!
Pitch Present & Persuade
Whether you’re a leader wanting to engage your team, a professional trying to get buy in or a sales person trying to increase your influence this program will take your persuasive skills up to level “MadMen”.
In this highly practical program you’ll learn how design beats discipline and motivation, how your weaknesses can become assets and how you can create a bias towards success and away from failure.
FOR LARGE ORGANISATIONS
The Impossible Institute™’s Leadership Program develops three fundamental leadership capabilities:
Inspiration - Your capacity to increase your influence, define a vision and lead your people to it.
Innovation - Your willingness to reinvent and lead your category and the marketplace into the future.
And Implementation - Your ability to lead change and deliver strategic performance and results by making powerful decisions.
It is delivered across 4-12 months (the latter being the norm) and includes 4 immersive training days applied to the four types of leadership listed below, as well as 3 group mentoring days, 2 sessions with subject matter experts chosen to fit your organisation’s specific needs, and a focussed project to drive accountability, make progress visible and ensure what is learned drives a commercial outcome and is not simply an academic exercise.
A complete leadership curriculum:
The "Self-Leadership" Immersion focuses on developing self awareness, uncovering your strengths and most importantly, transforming your weaknesses into assets. This training day includes unpacking unconscious biases and creating a consciousness about where your blindspots are and designing systems that support you and your team in achieving peak performance.
2. Team Leadership
It's been said that a true leader is defined not by how they lead, but by who follows them and how willingly they do so. This immersion explores team design as well as how to drive greater collaboration, increased cohesion and clearer lines of communication. A leader never has absolute control over the culture that emerges in an organisation, however they can, and should, define the environment and the expectations that allow it to flourish.
3. Thought Leadership
If you're not leading positive change, are you really leading at all? We're inclined to think, "Not so much!" That's why this training day helps your leadership teams to develop a unique leadership voice, to increase their standing as industry influencers and to create greater synchronicity between both reputation and implementation. They’ll examine the themes of legacy, reputation, personal brand, mentoring and succession planning.
4. Market Leadership
This immersion offers perhaps the greatest commercial impact and growth for leaders and organisations. We'll work with your leaders and teams to define your Innovation Lens™ - the value exchange through which all commercial decisions can be measured and aligned with your strategic metrics. Our belief is that Innovation is a critical leadership capability - that it is more than just new product or service design - it is the capacity to define the future of, not just an organisation, but your industry.
FOR ENTREPRENEURS & SMB
The Impossible Institute™'s Small Business Development series, known as "Stones for David", was created to serve a part of the business community that has been neglected by the majority of the marketing and communications industry – Small to Medium Enterprises, Entrepreneurs and Professional Practices.
Neglected because, individually, they have limited purchasing power.
However, in a combined fifty year history of marketing and advertising effectiveness, and as veterans of entrepreneurial start-ups themselves, the founders of The Impossible Institute™ have built a powerful reputation for not just for launching new products into the market place successfully, but also for helping these small starts-ups take on industry heavy weights and, in some cases, become heavy weights themselves.
This includes the most successful new product launch in Australian history, Australia's most successful brand resurrection as well as launching household brand names like Nandos, and helping big John Symond launch Aussie Home Loans... "We'll save you!".
Today’s market place offers greater opportunities for small businesses than ever before and the digital revolution is putting the bloated, slow moving, reigning champions on notice.
There has never been a more critical time for small business to Think Big!
Dan and Kieran are this generation's Edward De Bono."
THOUGHT LEADERS GLOBAL, AUSTRALIA
Dan, as usual, you were the post man. You delivered."
An extraordinary ability to solve highly complicated and political problems."
UNITED NATIONS, SINGAPORE
Dan Gregory and Kieran Flanagan did a phenomenal job. Both Gregory and Flanagan were personable, professional and very engaging."
Kieran and Dan facilitated a highly engaging, entertaining and thought-provoking workshop around entrepreneurship, risk-taking and decision making within a highly regulated environment."
I learned a huge amount and the team feedback has been incredibly positive. "
CA TECHNOLOGIES, ASIA PACIFIC
We've had amazing feedback (on Dan & Kieran) - Very grateful!"
The feedback from your presentation has been bombarding! Which is bloody awesome!"
Kieran’s opening Keynote established the spirit of the conferece from the outset. Embracing the theme in an engaging, relevant and lively presentation. She was the perfect choice."
AUSTRALIA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS, AUSTRALIA
Signs of genius."
THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, AUSTRALIA
Delegates were literally buzzing through the hours of workshops that followed and we were able to achieve the directions we required to take us forward."
TOURISM & EVENTS QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
Dan had the room engaged from the outset and took our team on a 90 minute journey, resulting in eyes and minds being opened to new opportunities. The feedback after the event was overwhelmingly positive - we wouldn’t hesitate in working with Dan again in the future."
Kieran’s presentation was a breath of fresh air. She is a ball of energy, totally engaging, brilliant use of humor, super visuals and great delivery, but above all she was totally on message with great content. They loved her."
ROTARY INTERNATIONAL, AUSTRALIA
I have the opportunity to work with many speakers and presenters throughout the year, and I can say without bias that (Dan’s) presentation was the best I have seen in a very long time."
DG GLOBAL, THAILAND
Kieran delivered riveting speeches that kept a diverse audience engaged and wanting more."
Dan has that unique ability of entertaining an audience with humour while giving them a wide range of strategies that can make a significant difference to their bottom line."
AUSTRALIAN FITNESS NETWORK, AUSTRALIA
Kieran’s deep insight, cutting humour and ability to convey complex messages to our audience were the stand out features of her keynote. it's great to work with stage professionals who deliver."
Dan Gregory appeared at our annual top tier dealer network conference as our keynote presenter. Dan was engaging, entertaining and informative and we were so impressed that we are preparing to work with him again this year for another area of our business."
HUNTER DOUGLAS, AUSTRALIA
Kieran Flanagan’s presentation was so inspiring - thank you."
It was a pleasure to deliver the genius of Dan Gregory to our members at the Real Estate IQ Conference. Dan’s infectious enthusiasm, coupled with his brilliance, was incredibly well received by our audience with many following up on his presentation in months to come. I would personally recommend Dan’s services to any event manager who is looking to effectively engage, educate and inspire their delegates."
In 12 years of running SWB, Kieran is the first speaker to receive a 100% approval rating from all delegates!"
What a fantastic way to kick off the New Year! (We've been) flooded with phone calls and emails about Dan and what a wonderful speaker he was."
EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATION OF GREATER PHOENIX, USA
Rarely have I heard anybody articulate their thoughts with such clarity and vision. His intelligence and insight provides a much greater understanding of how to engage your customers, your team and the community. I would whole heartedly recommend Dan, you will never be disappointed."
HORTICULTURE AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA
I was laughing and learning... Dan is the Australian Ricky Gervais!"
THE ENTOURAGE, AUSTRALIA
He more that lives up to his own advertising!"
ASSOCIATION OF CORPORATE COUNCIL, AUSTRALIA
Our recent Business Partner Exchange event was a great success, largely in part due to Dan Gregory. Dan met our brief completely, with his presentation providing a strong and supportive storyline for our launch. We couldn’t have asked for more, and are looking forward to other opportunities to work with Dan in the future."