Bill Taylor

Bill Taylor

Entrepreneur | Co-Founder, Fast Company | Bestselling Author

Bill Taylor shows business leaders a path forward from now to what’s next in a world filled with non-stop disruption. A spirited and hard-charging entrepreneur, Taylor co-founded Fast Company, easily the most influential magazine on business and innovation in the last two decades. Highlighting leaders and companies that are upending their organizations and industries is Taylor’s passion — and he had a front-row seat. Today, Taylor continues to inspire a generation of executives and company-builders to think differently about leadership, change, culture, and the new world of work.

Taylor is the bestselling author of three books, with his latest Simply Brilliant: How Great Organizations Do Ordinary Things in Extraordinary Ways offering strategies on how to unleash breakthrough creativity and cutting-edge performance in even the most competitive, hard-to-change fields. It was named “Best Strategy and Leadership Book of 2016” by 800CEORead. Taylor also writes regularly for the Harvard Business Review.

Taylor’s three books are just the latest chapter in a career devoted to challenging conventional wisdom and showcasing the power of business at its best. At Fast Company, he launched a magazine that has won just about every award there is to win in the magazine world, from “Startup of the Year” to “Magazine of the Year” to three National Magazine Awards. In recognition, Taylor was named “Champion of Workplace Learning and Performance” by the American Society of Training and Development. Past winners include Jack Welch of GE and Fred Smith of FedEx.

In addition to writing, Taylor is passionate about speaking — bringing audiences ground-breaking new ideas and techniques to compete, innovate, and succeed. In a business environment where ordinary is not an option, he is a natural storyteller who inspires people to avoid the experience trap and not allow what they know to limit what they can imagine about the future.

Taylor is a graduate of Princeton University and the MIT Sloan School of Management.


Big Change for Fast Times

Transforming Your Organization and Challenging Yourself

In this era of hyper-competition and non-stop disruption, size doesn’t matter. It’s a world where the smart take from the strong and the most urgent work for every organization and leader is the work of making meaningful, deep-seated change. When customers have higher expectations than ever, and digital technologies and new business models create more choices than ever, then familiar ways of working and competing become less effective than ever. That means even the most successful companies have to rethink and reimagine every aspect of how they do business and deliver results.

One challenge is originality — not to be the best at what others already do, but to be the only one who does what you do. Another challenge is people and culture — in a world transformed by technology, infusing your organization with a deeper sense of humanity. A third challenge is rethinking the logic of risk — recognizing that in an environment of constant disruption, “playing it safe” may be the most dangerous course of all.

Armed with challenging ideas and in-depth case studies, Bill Taylor shows how organizations and leaders can unleash long-lasting, positive change in turbulent, fast-moving times.

Simply Brilliant Leadership: The Art of Going from Now to Next

Don’t Let What You Know Limit What You Can Imagine

As the world is being remade before our eyes, the leaders who make a difference are the ones who can reimagine what’s possible at their organization and in their field, and who can turn bold strategies into relentless execution. And they’re not just CEOs; they’re executives running business units, managers in charge of key departments, engineers or marketers running project teams, and entrepreneurs building a company from scratch.

Regardless of their formal role or title, high-impact leaders make sure their expertise doesn’t get in the way of innovation. They champion provocative thinking that energizes their colleagues, and create organizations where people get the chance to be at their best every day. Put simply, the best leaders are the most insatiable learners and the most authentic mentors. Bill Taylor offers hands-on thinking gleaned from the extraordinary leaders he’s studied over the last 25 years — leaders who are as competitive as they are human, and as creative as they are consistent.

Talent, Culture, and the New World of Work

How to Unleash and Sustain Fierce Execution and Nonstop Innovation

Business today is about distinctive competitive strategies, game-changing technologies, and creative social media and marketing. But the most successful organizations, those built on fierce execution and non-stop innovation, work as distinctively as they compete.

The first question great organizations can answer is: What separates us from our rivals in the marketplace? But the next question is: What holds us together as colleagues in the workplace? In an era of brash ideas and disruptive business models, organizations that create the most extraordinary value are the ones that generate the most widely shared sense of commitment, connection, and compassion among colleagues.

Whether you’re in a fast-moving digital field or a more traditional, slow-to-change industry, your organization can’t be exceptional unless it embraces cutting-edge technologies and also puts a sense of humanity back into the business. Bill Taylor reveals how some of the world’s most high-performing and creative workplaces engage their people to unleash and sustain a culture of fierce execution and non-stop innovation. The lessons and case studies are a cutting-edge agenda for recruiting, evaluating, organizing, and retaining talent.

Technology, People, and the Future of Competition

The Human Side of IT Leadership

Big Data. Cloud Computing. AI. The digital revolution is reshaping the logic of business, work, and society. Companies use digital tools to reach more people in more places more quickly than ever. Social media and peer-to-peer communications reshape how brands communicate with customers and how colleagues collaborate with one another. Startups unveil new business models that shift the economics and overturn the logic of long-established industries.

While technology is driving dramatic change, what customers, partners, and employees truly value is a deeper and more authentic sense of humanity — organizations that create experiences that are as memorable as they are efficient, leaders who recognize that disruptive technologies are at their most powerful when they are embedded in a culture of collaboration and trust.

Bill Taylor draws on cutting-edge insights about technology and timeless truths about culture to show engineers, project leaders, and marketers the inexorable connection between technology and humanity — and why the most effective IT leaders are the most human leaders.