Polly LaBarre

Speaker


Polly LaBarre

Co-Author, Mavericks at Work | Founding Member, Fast Company Magazine

For nearly 20 years, Polly LaBarre has worked to embolden and equip leaders in every realm to help make their organizations more resilient, innovative, inspiring, and accountable. A rigorous thinker, energetic storyteller, and tireless explorer of the frontiers of the business world, Polly takes audiences on an inspiring journey, bringing to life the people, organizations and ideas creating the future, to unpack the most practical and high-impact ways to innovate, adapt and succeed.

As a founding member of Fast Company magazine, Polly helped to shape the success of a magazine that changed the way leaders at all levels think about working and winning. She was a creator and host of the magazine’s agenda-setting Real Time gatherings, high-level roundtable series “Fast Talk,” and signature women’s leadership event. Now, as co-founder of the Management Innovation eXchange , she has built a platform to unleash innovators, entrepreneurs, and celebrated thought leaders to make real progress when it comes to making all organizations fundamentally fit for the future.

Polly is the co-author of the bestseller, Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win.  She served as a business and innovation correspondent for CNN and provided regular commentary on PBS’ Nightly Business Report. Her writing has appeared in dozens of publications, including The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review online, Fortune.com and the McKinsey Quarterly. Her widely syndicated blog, the Fresh MIX, convenes important thinkers, daring practitioners and agenda-setting ideas.

Polly is currently at work on a book about the future of management and large-scale change with Gary Hamel. She is on the board of advisors of TakingITGlobal, the leading online community for connecting and empowering young people to make a difference in the world. She is a graduate of Yale University.


Fit for the Future: Creating Adaptable, Innovative, and Inspiring Organizations

The big question leaders face today is: Are you changing as fast as the world is changing? If your answer is “No, not really,” you’re not alone. The “modern” organization was designed over a century ago to control processes, people and deviation from the norm.  How can entrenched organizations change their DNA?  Polly’s mind-flipping insights show audiences how to evolve their management model – the most powerful source of competitive advantage – and build an organization that is endlessly adaptable, relentlessly inventive, and genuinely inspiring.

Innovating Innovation: Making Innovation an Everyday, Everywhere Capability

Experimentation, risk-taking, and variety produce game-changing innovation. Polly shows how to make every management process a catalyst, not a wet blanket, for innovation. She shares how the world’s most innovative organizations/leaders are strengthening their innovation DNA.  They’re laying out the welcome mat for new (even dissenting) ideas, upgrading the innovation skills of every person in the organization, building in the crucial space and slack needed, creating a robust set of innovation metrics and tools, and leveraging new social technologies in service of invention, bureaucracy-busting and experimentation.

Human Organizations for Human Beings

For too long, the ruling ideology of too many organizations has been control – controlling people, information, and deviations from the norm. That’s exactly the wrong design for generating the innovation and engagement required to thrive in the 21st century. Now, leaders must focus on mobilizing and unleashing the full imagination, passion, and initiative of every person inside the organization. In this presentation, Polly introduces audiences to fresh ideas and “positive deviants”—the organizations and leaders riding the waves of change by busting bureaucracy, instituting radical autonomy, rethinking the work of leadership, promoting artistry and creativity, and cultivating trust and well-being.

Building the Social Organization (From Web 2.0 to Management 2.0)

The Web is transforming management models as profoundly as it already has business models. Polly LaBarre shows leaders how progressive companies are already using the new social technologies and undergirding principles of the Web to reinvent how they do strategy, allocate resources, make decisions, lead, engage, develop, and reward people. In this talk audiences learn how to expand the scope of employee freedom – to connect, contribute, create, choose, and to challenge – open up the organization, trade hierarchy for meritocracy, cultivate community, build collaboration, and court serendipity – all without sacrificing scale, efficiency, and discipline.

The End of Leadership as We Know It

Polly’s presentation builds on the key theme of the new era — 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.  You’re a leader today because you have followers—not the other way around. At some point or another then, everybody in the organization has a chance to exercise his or her leadership capability. Polly offers practical ways to embed 21st century leadership capability across the organization by rethinking values, breaking down bureaucracy, increasing engagement, banning orthodoxy and welcoming mavericks, misfits and heretics.

A Maverick Manual for Success

If we want originality, invention and game-changing disruption – we need people who ignore rules, flout convention, defy the gravity of the status quo, question constantly, and experiment fearlessly. In a world of non-stop competition and rampant commodification, mavericks are the people who invent the future and create the most value. You don’t have to be a born maverick – or a disruptive startup – to push your organization, your industry, or the world into the future. You just have to think (and act) differently. Polly’s “maverick manual” shows how to replace rules with values, hack the status quo, embrace and connect misfits and troublemakers and make a system-wide impact – even when you don’t own the system.

Moderator, Interviewer, Emcee and Sense-Maker

Polly LaBarre has designed and hosted events, led panels, interviewed celebrated thinkers & doers on stage and on television, and earned accolades for her ability to connect the dots and draw out valuable insights during her interactions.  Whether hosting, interviewing one-on-one or moderating a panel discussion, Polly will help create a lively and informative forum for the issues you want to explore.

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