Stephen Shapiro, From Nerd to Innovator
Stephen Shapiro started his innovation work over 20 years ago while leading a 20,000-person 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, and his sixth book will be published early 2020. Stephen has presented at conferences in 50 countries and in 2015 he was inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame.
- Inusual is building a corporate innovation school to help people and organizations become extraordinary
- Inusual is growing a professional community of innovative leaders
- Inusual is serving organizations to go from conventional to exceptional, coaching people to innovate
- Inusual is in the market because innovation is difficult and we want people to have a creative and engaging job
- At Inusual, we are training people to stop reacting, and start creating.
Questions Stephen Shapiro answers:
- How do you define innovation?
- Are there specific industries ripe for innovation?
- As a leader, how can you foster or teach innovation within an organization?
- As someone that guides leaders, do you have any specific methodology to encourage people to solve problems?
- From your experience, how much time should a team dedicate to innovate?
- From a leader’s perspective, what is the biggest innovation leadership challenge?
- How do you as a leader create a safe space for innovation?
- Are there any specific areas within an organization more prepped and excited about innovation?
- When speaking of ROI or metrics or KPI, how can you measure innovation within organizations you lead ?
- How would you advise a team to celebrate innovation?
- What do you see as a challenge for an innovative leader to inspire his/her team to innovate?
- In your opinion what is the future of innovation? Is the attitude innovate or fade away?
- What is a common characteristic of Innovative leaders?
Stephen's Social Media links:
Personality Poker - www.personalitypoker.com
Stephen’s new book: Invisible Solutions releasing in early 2020
Blog Spotlight of the week:
Want to be an innovative leader, be like Daniel Ek, creator of Spotify and follow this tried and true advice as it pertains to innovation:
Use a passion to Innovate, even when the odds aren’t in your favor, innovation can be your best friend, especially with passion as a running mate.
Don’t be afraid to reinvent. The starting block is not a stranger for innovation. When your current system, product, service or opportunity isn’t cutting it, don’t run from starting over, erasing the board and digging deep to find something that makes you and your team happy.
Ek created a service that has 160 million active users, 8 million who pay to use it, without a doubt, innovation played a huge part in this solid gold idea.
What are you going to do with that? Are you devoting yourself to something that rally makes you happy or is it time to reinvent?