Stephen Shapiro

Stephen Shapiro

Best-Selling Author and Leading Authority on Creativity & Innovation
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Innovate the Way you Innovate: Increasing Innovation RIO Tenfold
Well-intentioned leaders, in their attempts to boost innovation, are inadvertently destroying it. What if “thinking outside the box” actually kills innovation? What if failure is not a necessary component of innovation? It’s time to innovate the way you innovate. During this interactive keynote, you will discover that innovation isn’t just about generating occasional new ideas; it’s about staying consistently one step ahead of the competition. This educational experience brings to life the concept in Stephen Shapiro’s latest book: “Best Practices Are Stupid.”

You will discover why:

  • you don’t want to innovate everywhere. Avoid trying to improve every aspect of your business. Instead, “innovate where you differentiate.” Focuses energy where there is the greatest potential impact.
  • asking for ideas is a bad idea. Avoid suggestion boxes or abstract questions. They create a lot of noise and wasted energy. Instead, provide well-framed challenges to increase creative output. “Don’t think outside the box, find a better box.”
  • expertise is the enemy of innovation. Breakthroughs are rarely developed by experts within your industry or area of specialization. Instead, reframe your challenge to find solutions elsewhere.

    This keynote is customized to address the specific topics of greatest interest to your audience.

    Personality Poker: Creating High Performance Innovation Teams
    Contrary to conventional wisdom, opposites do not attract. As a result, in business, we tend to surround ourselves with people who are similar to us. Although this is great for efficiency, this lack of diversity can kill innovation. How can you increase your innovation potential? Come play poker with author Stephen Shapiro. While playing this fast-paced, highly interactive game, you will discover:

  • Your primary innovation style and your innovation blind spots
  • Why the person you like the least is the person you need the most
  • How to create a high-performing innovation team that leverages divergent points of view

    This is the most interactive keynote you will ever experience. And we have done it with audiences as large as 1,000 people. This is an incredible way to kick off your conference as it will set the tone for the rest of your event.

    Creating a Pervasive Culture of Innovation: Innovation for Innovators
    You’ve decided to invest in innovation. You have a team of innovators ready to change your culture. But where do you begin? This presentation is designed specifically for individuals tasked with making innovation a reality in your organization. We address a wide range of issues such as:

  • Why failure is bad but experimentation is good
  • How to measure innovation to ensure you are innovating efficiently
  • What organization structures help push innovation to the lowest levels of the organization
  • How to identify your organization’s differentiator and its impact on innovation
  • How to motivate everyone in the organization to participate in innovation
  • How to maximize your innovation ROI with a challenge-centered approach

    The “Innovate the Way You Innovate” presentation provides the basics. This presentation provides the specifics necessary for any company to create a pervasive culture of innovation.

    The content of this presentation is from the Best Practices Are Stupid book.

    Making the Impossible Possible: Creating Thinking for Front-Line Employees
    Are you looking for a presentation that will help everyone in your organization be more creative? If so, this is the presentation for you. We use a number of different techniques that will increase the quality of solutions you receive from each and every employee.

  • Making the impossible possible. This fun technique has its roots in magic and is fundamentally different than how most people solve problems.
  • Make connections. Most people solve problems through their “expertise” lens. But this limits potential solutions. Instead find someone else who has solved a similar problem.
  • Predict what the competition will do. A good source of creative inspiration is to look at what you fear your competition will do…and then beat them to the punch.
  • Speaker’s Corner. Inspired by Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park, London, this technique is a free-market approach to developing solutions. It is fast, fun, and wildly efficient.
  • Why Book Stephen Shapiro?

  • For any organization that requires rapid and predictable change from developing new products and services to creating new business models, Stephen helps accelerates innovation.

  • He turn heads, opens minds, and captivates audiences with his provocative results-focused content on innovation, reducing risk, and increasing ROI.

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    Stephen Shapiro is one of the foremost authorities on innovation culture, collaboration, and open innovation.

    During the past twenty years, his message to hundreds of thousands of people in over 40 countries around the world has focused on how to enable innovation by bringing together divergent points of view in an efficient manner.

    Over the years, Stephen Shapiro has shared his innovative philosophy in books such as 24/7 Innovation, The Little Book of BIG Innovation Ideas and Goal-Free Living. He led a 20,000 person process and innovation practice during his 15 year tenure with Accenture. And his Personality Poker® system has been used by more than 50,000 people around the world to create high-performing innovation teams.

    His latest book, Best Practices Are Stupid: 40 Ways to Out Innovate the Competition (Portfolio Penguin), has been featured on ABC News, CBS Interactive’s BNET, Southwest Airline’s Spirit Magazine, Investor’s Business Daily, and more. It was selected as the best innovation and creativity book of 2011 by 800-CEO-READ. And it is an international #1 best selling business book.

    His work has been featured in Newsweek, Entrepreneur Magazine, O-The Oprah Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. His clients include Nike, Microsoft, Staples, GE, NASA, BP, Johnson & Johnson, The United States Air Force, Fidelity Investments, Pearson Education, Nestlé, and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

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    “Stephen’s passion for innovation is infectious. His mandate to focus innovation relentlessly on well-articulated problems has caused an internal shift in mindset and approach for our innovators. Personality Poker is a thought-provoking and fun approach to understanding and leveraging diversity. Stephen delivers both in a way that is truly inspirational and actionable.”
    --Procter & Gamble

    “Stephen brought incredible energy and highly relevant messages that made it possible for us to rethink our innovation principles and extend them to our customer-facing functions. His thought provoking insights pushed us to re-examine our mental models and spark new ideas for innovation with and for our customers. Stephen has a fun and highly infectious style and could be an asset to any organization trying to make innovation a reality.”

    “Stephen Shapiro, according to the evaluation forms, was among the best in a strong roster of speakers at our 2013 Innovation Master Class Conference held at 3M’s Innovation Center. The positive written-in comments further reflected the value that our sold-out crowd of innovation leaders received. His style is interactive while delivering practical but unique perspectives, which challenge all to new thinking. Personal stories of professional experiences add the measure of ‘memorability’ that helped the stickiness and authenticity of the messages as well. We are delighted to work with Stephen and thought we should share a few verbatims from those forms: ‘very entertaining but more importantly extremely informative and thought provoking’, ‘highlight of the conference for me’ and ‘excellent, energetic’.”
    --The Conference Board

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