What is the purpose of your organization? Why does it exist?
I'm not sure about you but sometimes I will say that I want and need change, but more often than not, what ends up happening is we run away from it, afraid of the risks it might bring to our life and/or business. Hey, that's normal! We're wired towards survival.
But as our guest today says, past success isn’t really a great predictor of future success but a great predictor of future failure. That's why we need to value innovation.
Stephen Shapiro cultivates innovation by showing leaders and their teams how to approach, tackle, and solve their business challenges. The first innovation opportunity Stephen spotted was the opportunity to innovate within his own life.
He left Accenture after publishing his first book, “24/7 Innovation”, to become a full-time innovation speaker and advisor to clients around the world. Stephen continues to work with transforming businesses to improve innovation practices through customized keynotes, speeches, advisory engagements, and other services. He has a degree from Cornell University in Industrial Engineering and is based out of Orlando, Florida.
Back in 2020, the mid-pandemic, Stephen really helped me figure out what to do next with my business. I heard him chat with Jenny Blake on the Pivot Podcast and he talked about innovation as staying relevant.
I think with all the constant changes in our world, it’s so important to consider how you can and your business remain relevant, and that is through the process of innovation. Tune in as Stephen dives into the details today.
In this conversation, you’ll hear Stephen discuss:
(00:00:03) Episode snippet
(00:00:56) Introducing today’s guest, Stephen Shapiro
(00:03:25) What led Stephen to the work he does today
(00:05:21) Eyes on the future, not back in the past
(00:06:42) What is it that makes you distinctive?
(00:08:40) Innovation as a value + relevance as the key to innovation
(00:11:26) Data from the Implicit Association Test + Innovation in executives
(00:14:52) Stephen’s thoughts on the one-day design sprint
(00:16:33) It’s all in the framing of the problem where real value comes from
(00:19:15) We ask questions to validate our belief but that isn’t really effective
(00:22:29) From zero to 20,000 people in nine months
(00:25:52) Clarity drives efficiency: What’s next for Stephen
(00:30:02) Rapid Round
(00:33:41) Connect with Stephen Shapiro
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