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It’s time to innovate the way you innovate!

What if your organization could…
  • Make innovation a repeatable and predictable process?
  • More effectively motivate and engage employees to maximize returns?
  • Efficiently solve and implement its most pressing challenges
  • Leverage open innovation to speed time-to-market, reduce costs, and minimize risk?
Innovation, when done right, can deliver all of these benefits. And Stephen Shapiro can help you get there.

Who is Stephen Shapiro?:

During his 15-year tenure with the international consulting firm Accenture, Shapiro established and led a 20,000 person process and innovation practice. In 2001 he left the management consulting world to write his first book, 24/7 Innovation. He has since been featured in Newsweek, Investor’s Business Daily, Entrepreneur Magazine, O-The Oprah Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and other prestigious publications. He is also the author of Goal-Free Living, The Little Book of BIG Innovation Ideas, and Personality Poker®. His latest book, Best Practices Are Stupid, published by Penguin, was select as the “best innovation and creativity book of 2011″ by 800-CEO-READ. He has presented his own tried-and-tested formula for success to hundreds of thousands of people in over 40 countries. Among the dozens of leading organizations he has advised are Staples, GE, BP, NASA, The United States Air Force, Johnson & Johnson, Fidelity Investments, Pearson Education, Nestlé, and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

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Innovate the Way You Innovate
Instilling a Pervasive Culture of Innovation

Well-intentioned leaders, in their attempts to boost innovation, are inadvertently destroying it. What if everything you know about creating a culture of innovation is wrong? 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.”

Innovation Personality Poker®
Creating High Performing 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
The Performance Paradox
Increasing Human Performance

Every leader dreams of finding the magic bullet that will increase creativity, boost productivity, and improve morale. Surprisingly, one of the most effective solutions may be the most counter-intuitive: sometimes less effort, not more, yields optimal results. To create a pervasive culture of innovation, you must first create an environment of performance and motivation. Although goals and performance targets are useful tools, they can also have a detrimental impact on results. When people are too future-fixated, their creativity and overall performance diminish. Find the sweet spot of optimal performance, and you will undoubtedly see an increase in employee productivity, creativity, and satisfaction—all with less effort.

Breakthrough Thinking at Breakneck Speeds

An innovative organization is built on finding better solutions to emerging opportunities. But what if your employees lack the skills to think creatively? The good news is, everyone is creative. Unfortunately many have learned bad habits that stop innovation from emerging. “SpeedIdeating” is a hands-on, rapid fire creativity session where you will learn radical, and pragmatic, techniques for solving your most pressing business problems. During this fast-paced, engaging, and highly interactive speech, you will gain powerful insights into problem statement development, techniques for generating breakthrough ideas, and tools for enhancing team creativity. You leave with practical solutions. More importantly, you will be armed with powerful techniques that you can use on a daily basis.

All keynotes are customized to meet your organization's specific needs. Don't see what you are looking for? Call us and we will create a program that will address your most pressing innovation challenges.

What People Are Saying:

“Stephen Shapiro is the best presenter of ideas since Tom Peters.”– Michael Johnson, former Business Week writer

“I give Stephen Shapiro my highest recommendation as a speaker on the topic of innovation. I would strongly recommend him to any organization.”– Julie Meringer, Former Managing Director, Forrester Research Inc

“I would highly recommend Stephen to any organization who is serious about making innovation a reality.”– Dan Kaus, Workshops Brand Manager, BP Lubricants

“Your creative talents and inspiring presentation made for our most memorable meeting”– Fidelity Investments

“When Stephen steps on the stage, he’s like a bolt of lightning.”– Traci Fenton, CEO, WorldBlu Inc.

“Our customers loved you! You received both a standing ovation and the highest marks of any speaker.”- Diana Grimberg, Maconomy, Denmark

“You were one of the most dynamic, engaging, and energizing speakers we’ve ever had!”– Margarita Rozenfeld, CEO, Yes! Circle

“Wow! Participants were amazed at how many new creativity and innovation techniques they learned in just an hour”– Karl LaPan, President, Northeast Indiana Innovation Centre

“Thank you for a fabulously thought provoking presentation”– Anthony Priest, President, Harvard Business School Club of Washington, DC

“When he was done, he received a standing ovation – unusual for our group. I highly recommend Stephen as a speaker.”– Victoria Cliche, Executive Director, Creative Education Foundation

"Your engaging and dynamic presentation style has set a new standard for keynote speakers for years to come.”– Paul Ostergaard, CEO, ShipServ

“I’m delighted to report that the expectations of this year’s conference were by far exceeded on every front. This is due in no small part to your special contribution to the program.”– Joe Cleveland, President, Lockheed Martin Enterprise Information Systems

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