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At a glance:As the co-founder of Fast Company, Polly Labarre inspires people to engage and reimagine the challenges they face, become fearless experimenters, and rethink the work of leadership.
As a co-founder and editorial director of the MIX (Management Innovation eXchange), LaBarre puts her passion for making human endeavors more productive, creative, and fulfilling to the test. The MIX is a pioneering open innovation project dedicated to reinventing management for the 21st century. The initiative gathers celebrated thought leaders, in-the-trenches innovators, and maverick entrepreneurs from around the world to share breakthrough practices and advance important ideas about the future of organizations, work, and strategy.
LaBarre is the co-author of the best-selling book Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win, which The Economist named a “Book of the Year” and called “a pivotal work in the tradition of In Search of Excellence and Good to Great.” She was a founding member of Fast Company magazine, where she was senior editor for the better part of a decade. More recently, she has been a business and innovation correspondent for CNN where she produced regular segments on big ideas and best practices from the world of business and beyond.
A sought-after speaker, moderator, and interviewer, LaBarre has delivered hundreds of keynote addresses around the world and her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including Fast Company, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review online, and The Huffington Post. Her widely syndicated blog, The Fresh MIX, convenes important thinkers, progressive practitioners, and agenda-setting ideas about 21st-century organizations.
LIBERATION LEADERSHIP: The end of leadership as we know itCatching the future depends less on planning for what will come next and more on continuously experimenting with what could come next. In order to innovate and adapt in this creative, disruptive economy, every organization must develop the capacity (and the appetite) for experimentation and even failure. Despite the life or death stakes, this is not natural behavior for most organizations. Polly shows how the best companies today manage this. Her rich stories and practical perspectives and practices show how you can spread the mindset and methods of experimentation. Audiences leave knowing the five strategies for turning their organization into a lab for perpetual innovation.
A MAVERICK AGENDA FOR INVENTING THE FUTURE: How to disrupt like an insurgentWhen the world stands still, size, strength, and stability offer an advantage. But in a world of relentless change, it's the most creative and disruptive organizations that win. The challenge: most organizations are programmed to safeguard the status quo. So, how do you unleash your organization's inner insurgent? How do you build a company with the drive to disrupt the status quo and the capacity to change ahead of change? Polly unpacks a set of actionable strategies drawn from her research and work inside some of the world's most successful and innovative organizations. Audiences learn a completely new mindset for changing the way they change.
THE HUMAN EDGE: Unleashing the most powerful force in businessFor every leader unsettled by rampant disruption, unbounded competition, relentless commodification, there is a powerful antidote already inside the organization: the untapped audacity, imagination, energy, resourcefulness, curiosity, intuition, and artistry of its people. Those fundamental human qualities are the engine of the creative economy — the source of all value. And yet, too few organizations are designed to unleash, mobilize, and amplify that human edge. In this presentation, Polly takes audiences on a journey to the far front edge of organizational life and offers a look deep inside the "positive deviants" gaining advantage from their human edge. The lessons Polly draws from their success will inspire organizations looking to transform their cultures and position themselves for the future.
THE MIND OF THE INNOVATOR: Make creativity a habit and become an innovator-for- lifeIf you want to create the future of your organization, your industry, or your profession — there's no better place to start than supercharging your own creative capacity. The good news: we are all born with some kind of creative genius. The tough news: as we advance through our achievement-oriented, data-driven institutions — we tend to grow out of our creativity rather than into it. In this captivating presentation, Polly will introduce the core creative mindsets and habits that set the greatest artists, inventors, and creators apart. She'll share a wealth of strategies and portable practices to help you see more, see differently, find answers in the most unexpected places, experiment fearlessly and tap into your powerful intuition. The goal: to help you turn creativity into a way of life.
TURN YOUR COMPANY INTO A LAB: Creating a culture of everyday, everywhere experimentationCatching the future depends less on planning for what will come next and more on continuously experimenting with what could come next. In order to innovate and adapt in this creative, disruptive economy, every organization must develop the capacity (and the appetite) for experimentation and even failure. Despite the life or death stakes, this is not natural behavior for most organizations. Polly shows how the best companies today manage this. Her rich stories and practical perspectives and practices show how you can spread the mindset and methods of experimentation. Audiences leave knowing the five strategies for turning their organization into a lab for perpetual innovation.