Stephen Shapiro | Re-Think The Traditional Methods of Innovation

Stephen Shapiro

Re-Think The Traditional Methods of Innovation

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Stephen Shapiro

Stephen Shapiro helps organizations drive tenfold improvements on their innovation ROI over traditional methods. To do this, he gets everyone focused on the most critical opportunities for avoiding disruption and staying relevant.

Stephen is a business author, consultant and speaker on the topics of innovation and collaboration.

He started his innovation work over 20 years ago while leading a 20,000-person innovation practice at the consulting firm, Accenture.

Since then he has written five books, including "Best Practices Are Stupid," which was named the best innovation and creativity book of the year by 800-CEO-READ. His sixth book, "Invisible Solutions," will be published early 2020.

His Personality Poker card game has been used around the world to create high-performing innovation teams.

Stephen has presented at conferences in 50 countries and in 2015 he was inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame.

In 2017, he was recently a regular judge and mentor on the TLC innovation reality television show, "Girl Starter."

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Innovate the Way You Innovate

Well-intentioned leaders, in their attempts to boost innovation, are inadvertently destroying it. What if “thinking outside the box” actually kills 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.

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.” Focus your energy where there is the greatest potential impact.
Asking for ideas is a bad idea. Avoid suggestion boxes or abstract questions. These create wasted energy that reduces your ROI. 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.

The pragmatic approaches shared in “Innovate the Way You Innovate” have increased innovation ROI tenfold or more.

Personality Poker

Don’t Let Your Innovation Potential Fall Short

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? Play Personality Poker® with Stephen Shapiro! This fast-paced, highly interactive game will help you discover:

Your primary innovation personality
Your innovation blind spots
Why the person you like the least is the person you need the most
What is missing from your team that is limiting innovation and success
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 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!

Innovation for Innovators

Create Your Best Innovation Culture

You’ve decided to invest in innovation.

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:

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
“Innovation for Innovators” provides the basics and the specifics necessary for any company to create a pervasive culture of innovation.

Making the Impossible Possible

Developing Breakthrough Solutions

Innovation isn’t just for innovators! It’s for everyone. This interactive keynote – which can be done with any size audience and is relevant to everyone – shares a number of practical techniques that anyone in your organization can use. For example, it can help:

Sales reps develop new and better ways of closing the deal
Marketers create more compelling and persuasive campaigns
IT develop better technology more rapidly with lower risk
HR professionals better engage employees and improve performance management
Manufacturing reduce costs and improve quality
Everyone be more productive and better at solving your business challenges

Some common activities include:

Make the impossible possible
This fun technique has its roots in magic and is fundamentally different than how most people solve problems.

Predict what the competition will do
A good source of creative inspiration is to look at what you fear your current – and future – competitors will do…and then beat them to the punch.

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.

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.

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