For nearly 20 years, Polly LaBarre has worked to embolden and equip leaders to ramp up originality, invention, and game-changing disruption. Co-author of the bestseller, Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win, and founding team member of Fast Company magazine, she is an energetic speaker who leaves her audiences with actionable lessons from organizations and leaders who are transforming their cultures and industries. She inspires people to engage and reimagine the challenges they face, become fearless experimenters, and rethink leadership.
As a founding member of Fast Company magazine, LaBarre played a central role in the remarkable success of a magazine that recast the conventional wisdom on power, competition, work, leadership, innovation, and change.
As co-founder of the Management Lab, LaBarre has spent the last decade working to develop a methodology, platform, and practical tools for building organizational capability and accelerating change. She and her colleagues deployed that pioneering approach to collaborative innovation in a range of large-scale experiments in “hacking management” inside leading companies and across a global community of some 35,000 management innovators.
Besides her bestselling book and work at Fast Company, LaBarre’s writing has also appeared in a variety of publications, including Fast Company, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Fortune.com, the McKinsey Quarterly, and she has served as business and innovation correspondent for CNN.