Hall of Fame Speaker
Stephen Shapiro cultivates innovation by showing leaders and their teams how to approach, tackle and solve their business challenges. Applying the knowledge he has accrued over decades in the industry, Stephen is able to see what others can’t: opportunities to improve innovation models and the cultures that support them. Read More >
Personality Poker in Action
Stephen Shapiro on ABC News
TEDx NASA | Innovation Keynote
What if your organization had an effective and systematic approach to deal with any problem or opportunity? Read More >
To find better solutions, you need to first ask better questions. The questions you ask determine which solutions you’ll see and which will remain hidden.
This interactive keynote contains a very simple tool to reframe any problem multiple ways: twenty-five lenses that help you gain different perspectives. Packed with powerful stories and practical tools, this speech will enable everyone on your teams to start mastering any challenge.
This keynote/workshop will help the audience…
During this customizable and interactive keynote, the audience will not just leave with new concepts, they will have powerful tools they can apply every day.
For longer sessions, teams will have a chance to apply the twenty-five lenses. Not only does this leave people with a deeper understanding, but you also will capture valuable insights that the company can use. This can be done with audiences of any size.
This enlightening experience brings to life the concept in Stephen Shapiro’s latest award winning book, Invisible Solutions. Read Less ^
To get the most from your innovation efforts, you need to know how to choose where to place your bets. If you try to be great at everything, you’ll be great at nothing. The key is to define and refine your differentiator – the reason why customers do business with you and not someone else. This practical and powerful keynote (or workshop) helps teams get clarity around what makes them special and then gives them the tools to use that to prioritize investments. Read More >
The two key frameworks people learn are:
You will discover that being different is not the same as being differentiated.
Armed with these tools, everyone in your organization will gain clarity on how to prioritize their time so that each and every person makes the greatest impact. The goal is to innovate where you differentiate.
Read his Harvard Business Review article, “Do You Know What Makes Your Company Distinctive?” to learn more on his perspectives on differentiation.
All participants receive access to a digital portal with a variety of materials, including 4 pages of questions they can ask customers to clarify their differentiator. You don’t just leave this session with new insights; you leave with the tools necessary to turn the concepts into reality. Read Less ^
We live in challenging times. Inflation. Supply chain disruptions. Pandemics. War. Talent shortages. Read More >
Given this level of uncertainty, we need a different approach for innovation. When you can’t predict what will happen next, traditional long-term investment strategies fail.
The key to being nimble during these turbulent times is to focus on placing many small bets – rather than a few large ones.
But what bets do you place? Which bets should you kill? And when should you double down? Answering these questions is the key to success.
During this interactive session, you will discover:
We also have fun with a simple gambling simulation that demonstrates how we can lower our risk with our bets. The key is getting as many insights about the future, for the lowest possible investment.
This practical session will not only give everyone the tools and mindset for creating small experiments, but also will leave them with specific actions they can take within the next seven days to make progress with their innovation efforts.
The concepts are so simple to implement that companies can create an entire culture around experimentation with little effort, time, or cost.
The “small bets” approach demonstrated during this session are truly a game changer for any organization of any size. Read Less ^
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. Read More >
How can you increase your innovation potential? Play Personality Poker® with Stephen Shapiro! This fast-paced, highly interactive game will help you discover:
This is the most interactive keynote you will ever experience and has been done with audiences of more than 1,000 people in a Vegas casino! Be ready for an incredible way to kick off your conference as it will set the tone for the rest of your event! Read Less ^
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. Read More >
During this customizable and 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 enlightening experience brings to life the concept in Stephen Shapiro’s latest books, Invisible Solutions and Best Practices Are Stupid.
You will discover why: Read Less ^
You’ve decided to invest in innovation. Read More >
You have a team of innovators ready to change your culture.
Now where do you begin?
Stephen’s presentation, consisting of content from his best-selling book, Best Practices are Stupid, is specifically designed for individuals tasked with making innovation a reality in your organization. Throughout this impressive presentation, Stephen will address a wide range of issues such as:
“Innovation for Innovators” provides the basics and the specifics necessary for any company to create a pervasive culture of innovation. It is often most powerful when done as a longer workshop rather than a keynote. Read Less ^
“Knowledge fades if you don’t access it. The 30 day challenge was great in that it forced you to recall what you learned before you forget. There were many subtle points that could get lost among the main themes.”
"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. Stephen delivers both in a way that is truly inspirational and actionable."
"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 … Stephen has a fun and highly infectious style and could be an asset to any organization trying to make innovation a reality."
"Stephen Shapiro is the best presenter of ideas since Tom Peters."
"Your interactive presentation captivated the audience and received great feedback from attendees."
"The audience loved you and the feedback was amazingly positive. Just to give you an idea of how positive it was, during IndustryWeek’s webcasts (which we typically do once a week) and all of our online conferences, we collect data on a lot of these same questions. The presenter rating you received, 4.52, was one of the highest of all time. We’ve only seen maybe a dozen speakers (out of 250+ presenters we’ve tracked since 2005) surpass the 4.0 mark, so to see a number above 4.5 is wonderful."
"The success of your presentation began long before you stepped in front of the audience. You delivered much more than a speech; you delivered lasting results. I would highly recommend you to any organizations who is serious about making innovation a reality."
“Enjoyed working with Stephen and found his knowledge of innovation, conversational style and delivery smooth and effective. He’s a great evangelist for innovation gifted at simplifying complex principles so they are easily assimilated and put into practice.”
"When Stephen steps on the stage, he’s like a bolt of lightning."
"Our Personality Poker event created a buzz that continued well past the event. A month later, I continue to see evidence that the awareness the game fosters really stuck."
"Personality Poker is a simple yet extremely effective tool for understanding personality mixes and their impact on driving or blocking innovation."
"Your presentation was intellectually witty and captivating. You provided the audience with a relevant and timely prescription for identifying extraordinary solutions to well-defined questions."
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