Leadership

Red Rubber Ball - Jamie Mustard's new book

Becoming Iconic: “The Red Rubber Ball Guy”

by Jamie Mustard, excerpted from his new book THE ICONIST: The Art and Science of Standing Out.

Here is a beautiful example of someone rose from humble circumstances to become known for Block concepts that have become more recognizable than their names.

Kevin Carroll was abandoned by his parents at six years old as a result of poverty and addiction. Today in his fifties, having lived a remarkable life, a singular concept has come to define Kevin’s astonishing career: a red rubber ball, the kind of red rubber ball we all played with on elementary school playgrounds. Continue reading

Change - Keynote Speaker Jeff Leitner

Why Most Change Initiatives Fail. And What to Do About It

“Write down a change you would like to make in an organization that you are currently with…or  change in the marketplace. Any kind. It can be a big change, it could be a small change – strategic, tactical, something you want people to start doing, something you want people to stop doing,” says Jeff Leitner as he looks around a room filled with CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, and other C-Suite executives at this year’s InterimExecs’ RED Team meeting. He continues “You’re change is absolutely, almost certainly going to fail. It’s not your fault. It has nothing to do with your particular genius – has nothing to do with your insights. Changes fail. They almost always fail.” Continue reading

Nancy Giordano talks about the Big Shift for Business Leaders

What Is The Role Of Business In A Shifting Society?

What Is The Role Of Business In A Shifting Society? 

by Nancy Giordano

Back in the 1790’s, the Industrial Revolution was underway. Artisans making one product gave way to mechanization with companies making multiple products. In the 1830’s, US railroad companies became the first truly modern management organizations. Those early superhighways lowered the cost of moving goods and information, and by the 1920’s, a new type of professionally managed corporation owned by retail investors and run by powerful executives, replaced the early founder-led firms. Management suddenly became a career. Focus on rapid expansion, mass production and meeting increasing mass demand created sprawling conglomerates with giant interdependencies and unprecedented levels of complexity. Along the way we didn’t stop to measure the cost of it all… Continue reading

Speaker Jamie Mustard on Attention

Why Standing Out is So Important

If we do not grab the attention of others immediately, we could lose them forever.

 By Jamie Mustard

There is no doubt that technology has made our lives easier, but it has also made our lives harder in invisible ways. Technology-induced change has created an explosion of content and choice—a deluge of products, services, and voices in constant competition for our attention. In our always-on, internet-connected world, wave after wave of information bombards our senses and dilutes our individual voices. Whether we are conscious of it or not, we’re drowning in a sea of white noise. Continue reading

futurist and keynote speaker Nancy Giordano at AAPN

Nancy Giordano Explores the Future and “Leadering” at Apparel Industry Conference

AAPN’s annual meeting featured impressive keynote speakers, including strategic futurist Nancy Giordano, and provided lots of opportunities for networking and developing business relationships in the apparel supply chain. Continue reading

tech leadering - Nancy Giordano leading business speaker

Tech future demands “Leadering”

One of the world’s leading futurists, Nancy Giordano, argues for a new kind of leadership, writes Arthur Goldstruck

It is somewhat reassuring to learn that Nancy Giordano has 43,000 unopened emails on her computer. As a global “brand futurist”, she is in demand to lead transformation strategies at major corporations, and present her framework for visionary leadership at conferences and events. She is also a mother of three and a part-time lecturer at Singularity University in Silicon Valley.

If someone operating at the cutting edge of technology has such a cluttered inbox, the rest of us can be forgiven for not keeping up. However, she reassures us, she is on top of the important correspondence. Speaking at VeeamOn, a conference hosted by data backup and management company Veeam in Miami, Florida, she makes the case for “audacious leadering” as the key to being on top of the rapid technological change that the coming years will bring. Continue reading

Unlimited Leadership - Inspiring Speaker Lance Secretan

Unlimited Leadership: Stop Hindering, Start Unleashing

by Lance Secretan

UNLIMITED: un·lim·it·ed, adjective – not limited or restricted in terms of number, quantity, or extent.  (example: “the range of possible ideas was unlimited”)

  • Synonyms: inexhaustible, limitless, illimitable, boundless, immense, vast, great, extensive, immeasurable, incalculable, unfailing, infinite, endless, never-ending, bottomless, measureless
  • Antonyms: limited, finite

This definition, when applied to leadership, sounds like the type of place where we want to work. Places where we pursue dreams, not mission statements.  Places where we are inspired, not managed. Places where we care about each other, not tear each other down.  Where great ideas grow, where customers feel loved, and where we wear our company pride on our sleeves.  A place, in other words, where we are inspired and high performance is the new normal. Continue reading

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Women in business talk failures, successes and advice

As part of the SuiteWorld 2019 dedicated Women in Business track, a host of women with backgrounds in the business world shared their advice for women in a male-dominated environment

Deborah Perry Piscione, CEO of network Alley to the Valley, said she saw a significant difference in the way women behaved towards each other when she moved to a different part of the US.

After moving from Washington where she worked in government to Silicon Valley, she found the women had a different attitude, seeking to help each other as opposed to climb over each other to reach the top. Continue reading

Speaker Deborah Perry Piscione - successful business women

10 Habits That All Strong Businesswomen Practice

by Deborah Perry Piscione

Now more than ever, women are poised to rule in the professional world and beyond.

In technology, Moore’s Law is the idea that the number of transistors on a chip doubles every year, while the costs are halved. Similarly, the trajectory of women’s influence in work, politics and culture is moving at an exponential pace, and changes are occuring in a fraction of the time it took to advance previous gender parity initiatives. Continue reading

Vivek Wadhwa on Standing on Principles

Come Clean When Things Go Wrong

The controversies involving Jeff Bezos and Ralph Northam show why building trust is important

by Vivek Wadhwa 

Two notable Americans faced firestorms of criticism last week: A governor whose medical school yearbook page showed a racist image and a billionaire whose infidelity was exposed by a tabloid. The politician — Virginia governor Ralph Northam — handled the PR crisis in the worst way possible by deflecting and denying, which led to calls for his resignation. The reclusive billionaire, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, turned crisis into opportunity by disclosing embarrassing information and positioning himself as a superhero, telling everyone that he was standing up to a bully on their behalf. Continue reading

Artificial Intelligence Keynote Speakers

Artificial Intelligence: A Primer for Selecting Conference Keynote Speakers on the AI Topic

by Michael Humphrey

In 1995, the internet exploded with the promise of e-commerce and the digitalization of information.  The first keynote speakers talking about the internet were overwhelmingly IT scientists and technology futurists, sharing their insights as to WHAT the technology advancements were.

But after a few years, the business experts emerged, showing WHY it was important and HOW to use it for profit.

Artificial Intelligence SpeakerThe same is now happening with Artificial Intelligence, and related technologies such as autonomous systems, robotics, etc.  The fascination is currently on the WHAT, but we are already starting to see a shift toward the WHY and the HOW.  This means an eventual shift from computer scientists and futurists, to business strategy experts.

This is when the AI wave will become truly revolutionary for business.

The Key Shifts Include:

  • Business Strategy:   Robert Safian has been exploring what leading companies like Netflix, Amazon, Spotify, Nike, Goldman Sachs and others are already doing with AI to disrupt their industries
  • Future of Jobs:    Vivek Wadhwa is at Harvard University running the first ever global research study on how AI will change how we work and the future of professions.
  • Disruptive Innovation:    Michelle Lee shares the patent trends from the USPTO to learn where companies are making multi-billion-dollar bets on the future of AI.
  • Financial Future:    Nancy Giordano has been diving into the success of blockchain and crypto-currency technologies throughout the world.
  • Leadership Tools:    Rebecca Costa’s latest book looks at how AI and predictive analytics is providing leaders an accurate look into the future, changing how we make decisions and allocate strategic resources.
  • Medicine and Health:   Tarun Wadhwa has drilled down into the fascinating uses of AI that are changing every aspect of the medical and self-healthcare industries.

 

About the author:  Michael Humphrey is a 30-year veteran of the speaking industry and is currently the CEO of Nextup Speaker Management.

Leadership Speaker Lance Secretan

Why Leadership Needs To Embrace People (Not Frighten Them)

excerpt from Lance Secretan‘s The Bellwether Effect

From Classical to Quantum Leadership

Classical physics invites us to measure matter and energy through observable human experience, analyzing the separate parts, and this is largely the way we explain science and technology today. Newtonian Mechanics, electrodynamics, thermodynamics and the laws of special and general relativity form the toolbox of scientists practicing classical physics. This way of seeing things works well with physical objects ranging from the level of atoms, molecules and larger, but at the atomic level and below, these tools and laws become ineffective, failing to provide a correct description of life. Using these crude tools, we mistakenly believe that all observable objects are separate from each other. So we see competitors, colleagues, vendors, customers, media, unions, regulators and shareholders as separate entities and as separate from us. Continue reading

spotify - Robert Safian

Spotify’s $30 Billion Playlist for Global Domination

by Robert Safian

How CEO Daniel Ek plans to beat Apple, Amazon, and Google at the music game.

For 70 days at the beginning of this year, Daniel Ek and a group of friends competed to see who could cut their body-fat percentage the most. Ek, the 35-year-old cofounder and CEO of the streaming service Spotify, went on a special regimen, which included twice-a-day workouts and a single meal—specially configured for him—eaten at a set time each afternoon. “You look great,” teased music impresario Scooter Braun, a participant in the contest, who texted his friend after noting Ek’s slimmed-down physique during Spotify’s web-broadcast Investor Day presentation in late March. “Too bad you lost.” Continue reading

Lance Secretan - Inspiring Workplaces

The Shortage of Inspiring Places to Work

by Lance Secretan

Business leaders are crying the blues about the so called, “shortage of talent”.

Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, a Professor of Psychology at Columbia University, where he teaches MBA students, says that when he began teaching MBA students they all wanted to work for corporate giants like Goldman Sachs, IBM, and Unilever. A decade later, those names were more likely to be Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon. But today, he says, MBA students no longer want anything to do with the corporate world at all. Continue reading

Rebecca Costa Speaker on Big Data

Rebecca Costa Wows Leaders at Data Conference.

Speaking at a big data conference, Rebecca Costa advised business leaders to get used to the idea of “predapting” (preparing to adapt ) to changing technologies and economic conditions. Information is flooding over us in unprecedented volumes, speed and diversity. We have to adapt to change before the change takes place. “We can’t wait to adapt, because if you can’t get our ahead of it …  the train will have left the station.”

Costa also talked about predictive analytics as one of the most powerful tools that organizations can invest in.  We are in an era when we can accurately predict outcomes, which will radically change how we lead. Continue reading

Bellwether Effect Lance Secretan

The Passionate Workforce: Creating Companies that Inspire Customers, Shareholders and Employees

by Lance Secretan

A client recently asked me to support them in enhancing their culture and raising the performance of their team.

Following our discussion they told me that they wanted to focus on “more technical and practical things” first— like, improved writing skills, better time management, and stronger sales  and customer service skills. After focusing on these items, they said, they would ask us to help them strengthen their corporate culture and leadership capabilities.

Isn’t this exactly how we repeatedly get things upside down? If I don’t get along with my boss, or if I don’t enjoy my work, or if I’m not inspired, or if I don’t feel appreciated—you can teach me better writing skills until you are blue in the face, but it won’t have much impact, because I am not inspired enough to learn and grow. We continue to get our priorities mixed up this way.

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Top Leadership Speakers

Leadership Speakers That Matter

Leadership has entered into a new era.  Science, technology, workforce changes and new business models have advanced leadership tools and skills, and our understanding of how to use them.  If we don’t keep up, someone else will, and nobody wants to be left in someone else’s wake.  Meet a few of these pioneers in leadership:

Robert Safian Keynote SpeakerROBERT SAFIAN – During his twelve years of running Fast Company, Safian started researching the exciting emergence of Flux Leadership.  This is as much about new mindsets as it is about skills, and it is driving the wave of disruptive innovations and new strategies.  Safian has interviewed and researched the great disruptors of our time, and helps us understand how to create flux leadership cultures in your organization.

 

 

Rebecca Costa with black polo sweaterREBECCA COSTA – Costa has already won numerous awards for her advancement in the sciences regarding leadership adaptation and predictive technologies.  She has revealed the rapid change in the tools, methods and skills that are crucial for modern leaders.

 

 

 

Dr Lance Secretan with winter scene behindLANCE SECRETAN – This legend in executive leadership coaching has introduced his best work yet, showcased in his new book The Bellwether Effect.  He explores the corrosive effects of chasing cookie-cutter business trends, and provides truly inspiring leadership alternatives that are proven to significantly boost growth, increase retention, and create cultures that adapt to change rapidly.

 

 

Nancy Giordano profile image with blue dressNANCY GIORDANO – She has quickly built a reputation as the top strategic futurist, melding the trends in advancing technologies with leadership strategies.  She helps organizations capture opportunities and get out in front of future competition.

 

 

 

Deborah Perry Piscione profile imageDEBORAH PERRY PISCIONE – Her ground-breaking work on bridging the gap between great ideas and implementing those ideas has made her one of the top leadership and innovation experts in the world. She has developed the largest pool of research on building innovative leadership cultures, which she highlighted in her three acclaimed leadership books.

Inspiring Leadership Speaker Lance Secretan

Changing How We Lead Will Change The World

Lance Secretan interview by Bill Fox

Would you rather live and work in a world where we are inspiring each other — or one where we are focused on the process and mechanics of things? Read why and how the 21st Century is calling on all of us to make this leadership in our interview with Lance Secretan.

Lance is Founder and CEO of The Secretan Center, a former Fortune 100 company CEO and is a pioneering philosopher whose bestselling books, inspirational talks, and life-changing retreats have touched the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide, and author of 22 books about leadership, inspiration, corporate culture and entrepreneurship.

In his latest book, The Bellwether Effect: Stop Following. Start Inspiring!, he proposes a theory that explains how and why leaders are attracted to, and seduced by, trendy ideas, and the process by which these ideas then become mainstream — and how we can change it. Continue reading

Motivational speaker Lance Secretan on inspired leadership

Why “Employees First” Drives Dramatically Better Organizations

(excerpt from Lance Secretan’s book, The Bellwether Effect)

The purpose of any organization is to provide maximum value to customers and/or other stakeholders. The people who do that are employees. If we need to prioritize at all, we might put the employee as the top priority, because if we inspire employees, they will inspire customers—and, of course, everyone else.

Therefore, the employee is the new customer. This is how Virgin, Southwest Airlines, Starbucks, The Boston Beer Company, The Container Store, EllisDon, HCLTechnologies, New Belgium Brewing and others, have become extraordinarily successful. Southwest Airlines even extends this ranking: employees first, customers second, shareholders third. Ritz-Carlton refers to its employees as “Ladies and Gentlemen” and the company’s motto is “We are Ladies and Gentlemen serving Ladies and Gentlemen.” Continue reading

motivational leadership speaker Lance Secretan

Motivational Leadership vs. Inspirational Leadership

by Lance Secretan

MOTIVATION is based on fear…..INSPIRATION is based on love.

MOTIVATION is based on a need for each other…..INSPIRATION is based on love for each other.

MOTIVATION is driven by the social self…..INSPIRATION is energized by the essential self.

MOTIVATION is based on me, on serving my needs…..INSPIRATION is based on you, on serving your needs.

MOTIVATION is a “push”…..INSPIRATION is a “pull”.

MOTIVATION is an idea you go after…..INSPIRATION is an idea that goes after you.

MOTIVATION is lighting a fire under someone…..INSPIRATION is lighting a fire within someone. Continue reading

Complexity by Futurist and speaker Nancy Giordano

Bring It On! Complexity, Simplicity, and Power of “Flow”

by Nancy Giordano  (8 minute read)

Welcome to the age of increasing complexity, volatility, interdependence, diversity, ambiguity, flux and more. Bring it on…

Affected by many conflicting yet interdependent factors that demand constant adaptation and speed of response, organizations of all sizes are being required to deal with what are now very complex decision making environments.  Companies are being challenged by unexpected competitors, attacked by cyber-criminals, and talked about by unpredictable customers constantly.  Are most structures set up to deal with such a barrage? Continue reading

Business Speaker Robert Safian on Flux Leadership

The Risks and Opportunities of Flux

By Robert Safian  (3 minute read)

Once upon a time, the most successful business models were conceived to exploit clear gaps in established, stable commercial markets. Why take a risk in new, undeveloped areas when existing ones were rich with opportunity?

But something happened on the way to the corporate future: Startup enterprises began unlocking value at extraordinary levels, and established systems were shaken by disruption. Technological and social transformations set in motion a different kind of economy — an innovation economy — defined by constant and accelerating change. Continue reading

Keynote Speaker Rebecca Costa on Predictive Analytics

Predictive Analytics: The End of Risk?

by Rebecca Costa

What is risk? What compels most of us to avoid it while others run straight into the fire? Is risk a necessary component of progress? And more importantly, can risk ever really be eliminated? If so, how?

In the insurance industry, risk is all about math. Premiums are based on complicated actuarial tables, the cost of medical care, survival rates, the demographics and mix of participants, and so on. Similarly, in times of war, military leaders also rely on statistical analysis to assess risk. Continue reading

Thought-leader Robert Safian Offers Alabama Nonprofits Advice on a Changing World

By Michael Tomberlin for Alabama NewsCenter

It’s easy to see why anyone could have trepidation when it comes to dealing with today’s speed of change.  Keynote speaker Robert Safian said the chaos is neither good nor bad, but it is real and must be acknowledged and dealt with.  “The world is changing. It’s changing at a pace that we haven’t seen before, and we’re not really trained for it, and we have to retrain ourselves to be able to make the most of it,” Safian told Alabama NewsCenter. “The opportunities with all of this change are spectacular, but you have to open yourself up to those ideas.”

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Futurist Nancy Giordano Speaker

Interview with Strategic Futurist Nancy Giordano

Interview by Mike Parker

“We’re at the front-end of a giant technological wave, which doesn’t just change our processes, but will change the whole nature of work for huge factions of society.”

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Changing Leadership

The World Has Changed…So Why Hasn’t Management?

By Deborah Perry Piscione

It is remarkable, with so much knowledge of modern management practices, that only a small number of companies manage to generate significant revenue from new businesses. Surveys of senior executives indicate that only 6 percent are satisfied with their company’s innovation performance.

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Leadership Speaker Robert Safian

Robert Safian Urged Audience to Focus on ‘Missions’ in Business

By Jamie Wilson

To wrap up the 2018 VM Summit, Robert Safian, founder of Flux Group and former editor-in-chief of Fast Company engaged the audience through four lessons and seven questions. His aim was to showcase the kind of tactics that define the modern company. These lessons and questions that Safian went through explored office and organization culture and the need for businesses to focus on “missions.” 

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How We Do It: Creating a Culture of Innovation

by Deborah Perry Piscione

One of the key differences between being a manager and being a leader is the focus from what you do in business to how you get things done. How do you enable employees who have good ideas to build upon them in a safe environment and make them great, free from the burden of bureaucracy? How do you start from a place of trust and measure results, not just in increments of time, but also by creative pursuits, productivity, and overall outcome?

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Is There Any Priority Higher Than Leadership?

In a conversation I had recently with a prospective coaching client, they explained that they were not yet ready to move forward because “of other priorities”. 

Are there any priorities higher than effective and inspiring leadership?

The way I see things, every problem we are suffering from in the world is a leadership problem. And every triumph and success we are achieving in the world is a triumph for excellent leadership. The bigger the challenges, the larger the dreams, and the greater the scale of influence—then the greater the importance of outstanding leadership.

Therefore, are there any priorities higher than becoming a better, more successful and more inspiring leader?