Natalie Nixon | Creativity Strategist, President of Figure 8 Thinking LLC

Natalie Nixon

Creativity Strategist, President of Figure 8 Thinking LLC

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Natalie Nixon

Natalie Nixon, Ph.D. is the creativity whisperer for the C-Suite. She is a creativity strategist, global keynote speaker, and author. As CEO of Figure 8 Thinking, LLC she advises leaders on transformation and helps them amplify growth and business value - by applying wonder and rigor.

Natalie is one of Real Leaders' "Top 50 Keynote Speakers in the World for 2022". She is the author of the award-winning The Creativity Leap: Unleash Curiosity, Improvisation, and Intuition at Work - an honoree in the creativity category of Fast Company's 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards. In 2022, LinkedIn launched Natalie's course "Lead with Inquiry, Improvisation & Intuition". Her firm Figure 8 Thinking, was named among the top 20 women-led innovation firms by Core 77 in 2021.

Natalie is a trustee of the Smithsonian's Cooper Hewitt Design Museum; Vassar College; and Leadership+Design. She received her BA (honors) from Vassar College and her Ph.D. from the University of Westminster in London. She is certified as a Foresight Practitioner by the Institute for the Future.

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Creativity and Leadership
Getting Buy-in Through Empathy and Curiosity

The businesses and organizations that lead with inquiry and empathy are ultimately the most innovative. Integrating design thinking, lean and agile methods are a few ways to do this. That’s because curiosity and empathic leadership are rooted in open, growth mindsets. They also generate collaborative work environments and lead to building customer-centered products and services. In this session, Natalie Nixon shares the major and practical business outcomes that are directly tied to inquiry-based leadership.

The Future of Work
The 4 Shifts Your Organization Must Make…Now!

“The best algorithms will still depend on humans asking a better question.” — Natalie Nixon The future of work will require more than a familiarity with virtual reality, big data, artificial intelligence and robotics. It will require people with a heightened creative capacity. In the 4th industrial revolution where cloud technology, automation and cryptocurrency are realities, boundaries between technology and humans have completely blurred. Now more than ever, the human quotient and the creativity are critical business assets. In this session, Natalie Nixon offers provocative ways to embrace the future of work and outlines 4 shifts every organization must make to be nimble and adaptive.

Adapt and Disrupt
Getting Excellent at Change

“Plans are fiction. They haven’t happened yet. Learn to improvise.” — Natalie Nixon We all know that the only constant in life is change; yet we don’t design adaptive organizations. Most companies are disrupted because they do not know what business they are actually in and what their customers really need. This session will lead you through principles of improvisation and the key questions your leadership should be able to answer and then use to assist teams and employees.

Innovation IQ
How to Master the 3 Drivers to Stay Out Front and Lead

“The more diverse the inputs, the more innovative the output.” -Natalie Nixon Business management guru, Peter Drucker, was famous for having written that “culture eats strategy for breakfast.” He was right. Unfortunately, most companies only pay attention to organization culture when it’s too late in the game. In this session, Natalie Nixon will leave you with tips for developing the 3 tenets of culture—people, process and place—to design an organizational culture that is primed for innovation and a prosperous future state.

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Navigating Spaces - Tools for Discoverby Natalie Nixon

Navigating Spaces - Tools for Discover

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The Creativity Leapby Natalie Nixon

The Creativity Leap

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"Natalie Nixon's new book provides a fresh primer on how to cultivate creativity in the workplace."
--Nir Eyal, bestselling author of Hooked and Indistractable

Too many people associate creativity solely with the arts, even though to be an incredible scientist, engineer, or entrepreneur requires immense creativity. And it's the key to developing breakthrough products and services. Natalie Nixon, a creativity strategist with a background in cultural anthropology, fashion, and service design, says that in the fourth industrial revolution a creativity leap is needed to bridge the gap that exists between the churn of work and the highly sought-after prize called innovation.

Nixon says that since humans are hardwired to be creative, it is a competency anyone can develop. She shows that it balances wonder (awe, audacity, and curiosity) with rigor (discipline, skill-building, and attention to detail), and that inquiry, improvisation, and intuition are the key practices that increase those capacities. Drawing on interviews with fifty-six people from diverse backgrounds--farming, law, plumbing, architecture, perfumery, medicine, education, technology, and more--she offers illuminating examples of how creativity manifests in every kind of work.

Combining creativity tools and techniques with real-world stories of innovative people and businesses, this book is a provocation, an inspiration, and an invitation to unleash the innate creativity that lies within each of us. It offers a more dynamic and integrative way to adapt and innovate, one that allows us the freedom to access our full human selves.

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