For two decades Polly LaBarre has used her writing and speaking to help make organizations more resilient, innovative and inspiring – and to embolden and equip leaders at every level to make a meaningful impact. Polly began her career at Fast Company magazine and is also co-author of the bestselling book, Mavericks at Work. She also has a widely syndicated blog, Fresh MIX, which delivers agenda-setting ideas about 21st-century organizations. She has field-tested insight on the crucial question facing every leader and organization today: How do we change the way we change? She reveals the most practical and high-impact ways to innovate, adapt and succeed — redefining how leadership, change, innovation, collaboration, employee engagement, organizational culture, accountability, and disruptive strategy are done. Polly provides an action plan to help leaders make their organizations fit for the future.
A Maverick Agenda for Inventing The Future: How to disrupt like an insurgent
When 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.
Liberation Leadership: The end of leadership as we know it
The era of the heroic, all-knowing, all-powerful leader is over. Leadership is no longer a function of your
title or where you sit in the organization. It’s a function of your capacity to get things done with other
people. In this presentation, Polly shows what this actually looks like in practice at bold and successful
organizations that have transformed their leadership mindset and reaped the rewards. She offers fresh and
practical approaches using vivid storytelling. You’ll walk away understanding the most important things
you need to do to “leader-proof” your organization.
Turn Your Company Into a Lab: Creating a culture of everyday, everywhere experimentation
Catching 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.
The Human Edge: Unleashing the most powerful force in business
For 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-life
If 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.