If you want to understand how to lead, innovate, and thrive in today’s uncertain times, award-winning author, strategist, and innovation advisor Larry Robertson is the ideal choice. Larry brings to the stage a rare combination of expertise across creativity, entrepreneurship, and leadership. Known for his ability to connect intimately with groups large and small and to motivate them to action, he’s regularly appeared alongside other exceptional leaders and speakers – from former Secretary of State General Colin Powell to Charles Schwab. An exceptional storyteller, Larry is uniquely gifted at sharing the practical knowledge he’s gained over 30 years advising some of the most innovative leaders and organizations on the planet. Not only a leading thinker, Larry has authored award-winning books, written over 100 articles as a popular columnist for Inc. Magazine, The Creativity Post, and Fast Company, and had his work featured in the Chicago Tribune, AdAge, SmartBrief, and MSNBC.
Leadership in Uncertain Times
What the best leaders know and do differently in this century of rapid change
In an honest, action-oriented talk, Larry Robertson reveals the patterns in the current environment that are redefining effective leadership for every leader and every organization. He explains how what worked in the past does not fit the present, sharing from his research what does work, who’s doing it well, and the five insights revealed across today’s most effective leaders. After hearing this talk and being caught up in its wide-ranging storytelling, you’ll walk away more confident and knowing exactly what you need to know to shape your own success in this century of change.
Audiences will learn:
- The important difference between the leader and leadership – it’s key to building the adaptable, innovative, and resilient cultures leaders say they want and need
- The five patterns across today’s most successful leaders, regardless of sector, that are allowing them to thrive in unpredictable times
- How to shift not just leadership, but the culture of an organization in the direction of twenty-first-century success
Entrepreneurship: Truths, Myths, and The Mindset That Makes It Work
How to give the perceived power of the few to your entire organization
We tend to think entrepreneurship is about risk-taking, when in fact it’s about quite the opposite. We define it as largely a solo act when going it alone is the best way to guarantee failure. We steadfastly believe that entrepreneurial success is tied to luck, even personality… We think of it as the same as small business… in short, the mythology around successful entrepreneurship is thick and false.
The most successful and, more importantly, the most sustainable entrepreneurs will tell you that the truth is far from these tales. Fortunately, Larry Robertson has worked with and interviewed hundreds of them, including entrepreneurial legends such as Nobel Peace Prize winner and father of microlending Muhammad Yunus, Newman’s Own Organics founder Nell Newman, Zipcar founder Robin Chase, and author of The Fifth Discipline Peter Senge, among more than 200 others.
In this captivating talk, backed by his award-winning book A Deliberate Pause: Entrepreneurship and its Moment in Human Progress, Larry weaves in some of the most fascinating, hilarious, and revealing stories but more importantly, he reveals the patterns and insights that distinguish these individuals and the simple knowledge and habits they possess that others can too.
Audiences will learn:
- The five most persistent myths that keep us from truly understanding entrepreneurship
- The difference between the entrepreneur and the far more vital entrepreneurial ecosystem
- The drivers behind why entrepreneurs do what they do, and more, why certain ones sustain their success over time where most do not
The Simple Truths Behind Innovation and Creative Cultures
How to understand what creativity is and put it to work for you and your organization
For more than a decade in annual surveys of thousands of leaders across sectors, two things have remained overwhelmingly the same. The first is that when asked to describe the environment in which they operate, leaders answer with a single word: unpredictable. The second steady pattern is in what they say they need to contend with in such an environment: creativity. But there’s a problem – most leaders don’t truly understand “creativity” or what it takes to instill it in a culture.
In this captivating talk, Larry draws from his award-winning book on creativity, The Language of Man. Learning to Speak Creativity. He highlights against the backdrop of research from nearly 200 years of creativity study, the insights and intimate stories from his in-depth interviews with more than 65 MacArthur Fellows, recipients of the so-called Genius Award. Larry makes clear what creativity actually is, why it’s patently false that only a few have this capacity, and how creativity is critical to the prosperity and resiliency of all organizations and all members of their teams.
Audiences will learn:
- The mythology behind genius, and the truth about the creative powers we all possess
- How inquiry and certain types of questions can powerfully catalyze creativity and shift cultures
- The eight simple truths that together create a simple and effective framework for tapping your creative capacity, and moving from dreaming to breaking through
“Larry is one of those rare speakers who is not only articulate and engaging, but also uniquely informed and authentic. His talk felt like a one-on-one session with a wise, warm, and witty advisor. Our audience benefited from Larry’s remarkable ability to make digestible and practical the deep insights he possesses from his 30 years of experience as an advisor to leaders, his extensive knowledge from writing two award-winning books, and his deep network of relationships. Far more than simply a speaker, I highly recommend Larry Robertson.”
“We were all impressed with your desire to dig deep into the goals of our symposium in order to customize your work to fit the audience and objectives. You went above and beyond our expectations, making the day memorable for everyone. One (audience member) commented that he felt like he was at a $10,000 a plate listening to you speak. I agree! It was an honor to work with you.”
“Leadership, entrepreneurship, and creativity are not the terms most people use when they reference state government officials, but you did. Your talk “From the Unpredictable to the Possible” was not only packed with relevant data, thoughtful anecdotes, and insightful comparisons but was more like a conversation with the Secretaries of State. You spoke to them like a trusted colleague whose role it was to dispense good advice, making them see things from a different perspective and reinforce that “change” is a concept to embrace. I had several people tell me your keynote was outstanding, using terms like “life-changing” and “incredibly impactful.”