By Kerry Needs   |  
October 21st, 2020

From surviving to thriving: stories of resiliency, innovation, and adaptation through adversity

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2020 has been the year that changed everything. A global pandemic disrupted the world, sending many businesses scrambling in two directions – to stay safe and protect everyone’s health, while maintaining revenue streams to stay afloat at the same time.

For many sectors, this year has felt like a struggle to survive. The hospitality industry was ‘brought to its knees’, retailers saw mass closures, and public sectors struggled to keep up with ever-changing guidance. Manufacturers and logistics providers saw huge disruptions to their supply chain due to country lockdowns and reduced demand from consumers. Government aid has propped up some sectors; but their supply is not inexhaustible, and many businesses are flailing.

Today, we’re still in uncharted waters. Threats such as new wave closures, potential virus transmissions, and waning consumer confidence lurk in the mind of every business owner. So, how can we foster resiliency and innovative thinking at this time?

By listening to the people that have already been there – who have handled extreme adversity, managed crises and embraced failures as a way to grow. 

As businesses, we can learn from these individuals; who quickly adapt to their environment, dig down to find inner strength, and leverage what tools they have at their disposal in order to make pivotal shifts. 

To that end, we’re hosting a Virtual Summit event to pull together a group of individuals who embody the spirit of innovation. SafetyCulture Summit 2020: From Surviving to Thriving will explore fast adaptation, innovation and how businesses can make pivotal shifts in business operations to grow rapidly into 2021. SafetyCulture Summit 2020 is the ultimate virtual event for leaders and innovators in operations, safety, risk, and quality. Get inspired from those who’ve handled adversity with courage and creativity. 

“The lessons and developments from this period will change industries forever.”

Luke Anear, SafetyCulture CEO

Innovate to evolve

Businesses who were able to evolve during 2020 have gone beyond sink or swim – they are chasing a new mindset, with fervour and positive expectation. They’ve introduced disruptive technologies and processes early on, and are able to stay flexible enough to change and evolve their mindset according to the immediate needs of a situation.

In order to adapt, we must evolve our thinking. That often means disrupting our thought patterns, and ways that we’ve always done things.

Research shows that businesses succeed due to the ‘shark-fin’ effect – encouraging innovation at a rapid pace, responding resourcefully in choppy waters, and being able to navigate to calmer seas.

Fast adaptation is essential 

For businesses who don’t adapt, or adapt too slowly, they run the risk of becoming irrelevant as customers move onto new things.

Responding with speed is critical in a pandemic, and that means embracing digital solutions wherever possible. Switching gears isn’t easy, and it isn’t comfortable – but it is critical in order to thrive beyond COVID-19.

Don’t just survive: thrive

2020 might have been about survival, but 2021 is a chance to make a significant shift in your business and drive quality and efficiency for your customers. It’s time to stop reacting and start responding with a new mindset.

SafetyCulture Summit 2020: From Surviving to Thriving promises to be one of the stand-out events for the year for anyone who wants to optimize their operations successfully. 

Join us for a deep dive into how to strengthen your business for next year, focusing on better safety practices and learning from those who are masters of adaptation.

“Most businesses adopted new practices this year in a rush; now is a chance to reflect on how this groundwork can be optimised so teams can do their best work” 

Luke Anear, CEO

Masters of adaptation

At the SafetyCulture Summit 2020: From Surviving to Thriving, we’re bringing together some unique individuals who are masters of adaptation. 

These people know how to dig deep and think differently in a crisis, and between them our speakers have faced emergency landings, outer space, prison, adversaries and more. You’ll hear inspirational stories from a range of diverse perspectives, encouraging new ways of thinking around safety and innovation.

You’ll hear from us, too. In 2020, our flagship product iAuditor was named winner of Best SaaS for Health and Safety or Risk Management at the SaaS Awards. We’ll share key moments of SafetyCulture’s journey in 2020, how we’ve responded to challenges and our learnings we’ll take forward.

When you grab your seat at the virtual event, you’ll get access to a half day of inspirational conversation, including:

  • 3 amazing keynotes
  • 2 fireside chats
  • Live Q&As
  • Insights into new technologies

SafetyCulture Summit 2020 is a global event that runs in two different sessions across four different time zones:

  • United Kingdom: November 18, 3:00 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. GMT
  • Americas: November 18, 7:00 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. PST
  • Americas: November 18, 9:00 a.m. – 1.30 p.m. CST
  • APAC: November 19, 11:00 a.m. – 3.30 p.m. AEST

SafetyCulture Virtual Summit 2020

Ready to move from just surviving to thriving? Secure your FREE spot at the Virtual Summit today.

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