Sullivan & Stanley proudly opened its doors to 150 senior executives and interim change agents for its third Future of Business Summit.

Armed with world-class speakers and with the message of transformation at the top of the agenda, S&S uncovered success stories from leaders at the largest roofing manufacturers in Europe, BMI Group and the world of Formula One.

With so much thought-provoking content to take away, we’ve summarised each speakers’ presentation below. Keep an eye out for in-depth analysis and key takings on each topic from S&S founder Pat Lynes in the next few weeks!

Shreyas Mysore, CIO, BMI Group

You might not of heard of the BMI Group before, but you’re most likely living under one of its roofs. As the world’s largest roofing manufacturer, it has comfortably been sitting in the construction landscape, untouched by disruption, especially in relation to technology.

As tech is one of the most agile components of business and with the construction industry being 10 years behind, it opened up a huge opportunity for BMI Group to step up and get ahead of the curve.

Being a progressive company, BMI Group hired Shreyas to lead its transformation to take advantage of the untapped tech movement and prepare BMI for 2030. His solutions were to “clear the noise first and fix the basics” and to empower with strategy, but lead with delivery.

Upon arrival, Shreyas was faced with one of the hardest tasks of business – challenging the perception of technology internally. Tech is one of or in some cases the most under-invested parts of any business. It affects systems and processes, but most organisations don’t realise the impact it has on its most important assets – its people.

If businesses lack the judgement and knowledge to drive technology at its core, it means employees are falling further behind, becoming unfit for change. Once change is imminent and employees are unfit, they become part of the problem rather than the solution. The repercussions – removal of the current workforce to rebuild the organisation to become fit for purpose.

Seven months into its transformation journey, the BMI Group has seen drastic changes, however it is starting to come together, with the right people leading the charge, all of which understand the journey and purpose.

Mark Gallagher, Formula One Executive

No industry or organisation is safe from disruption. As a highly successful business, it is hard to imagine a point in time where Formula One was struggling to dominate the racing sports industry.

Mark revealed that over the years F1 has seen challenges and disruption from the implementation of regulations including advertising restrictions, to consumer shifts and engagement with the introduction of technology and in turn a change in viewer habits, as well as new markets such as esports. All of which, it has successfully overcome.

It’s secret? The agility and forward thinking to rapidly transform, as well as the strong leadership and team morale to thrive. In Mark’s own words, “change isn’t a point in time, it is ever present” – an important ethos for any organisation to live by.

As Mark dug deeper into the inner workings of F1s transformation, he uncovered the journey of Red Bull. An energy drink company, who boldly took on a solely dominated car market, with the acquisition of Jaguar Racing – a team which had never won a race. From being laughed at the start line to now having 59 wins under its belt, it proved through a clear vision and the right mentality and culture, that successful disruption can come from anywhere.

Are you ChangeReady?

As part of the evening, S&S Transformation Partners Jacqueline Shakespeare and Adrian Stalham outlined not only the importance of change, but the hardship in being ready for its impact.

How often have we started to change and the result has been much more complex than initially anticipated? The stronger the foundations we put in place before change begins, the better position we are in to navigate through the journey and be successful in delivery.

Through years of change and transformation experience, Jacqueline and Adrian found that the successful outcome of change initiatives is driven by how strongly an initiative is set up against six variables known as the ChangeReady6 – strategy, leadership, people, customer, delivery and value. It is this thinking that has seen S&S launch its ChangeReady scorecard. Keep an eye out for a post from Jacqueline and Adrian to explain in more depth the importance of ChangeReady6.

Final thoughts

Disruption is everywhere, no industry is safe. Because of this, it is essential to highlight and share the successful transformation stories from across all industries. If we are going to have any hope of helping companies born in the 1900s to thrive in the 21st century, we need to not only shine a torch on the stories of success, but help lead these organisations to drive through the bumpy conditions of the road ahead.

We’ll deep dive further into BMI, F1 and S&S ChangeReady scorecard in the next few weeks – watch this space!