Former Commander, USS Benfold and Author, It’s Your Ship
SUMMARY: Mike Abrashoff was the most-junior officer in the Pacific Fleet when he took command of the near-worst performing ship. Twelve months later, the USS Benfold was the best ship in the entire Navy – using the same crew. The story of that stunning transformation has lessons for every organization: leadership matters – and culture is everything. Mike’s written three books – his first, It’s Your Ship, has sold over 1 million copies. His Leadership Roadmap offers clear, battle-tested, and actionable steps. Mike shows people at every level of the organization how to engage and take incremental steps toward change that can make a dramatic difference at work. Mike is clear, “I didn’t turn the ship around – my crew did that. What I did was to create an environment where they felt safe, empowered and supported.
When you do that, anything is possible.”
Senior Editor-at-Large, Fortune and Bestselling Author; Arming Leaders to Confront Disruption Change and Win
SUMMARY: The best companies and leaders win by confronting reality faster than the competition. Geoff Colvin of Fortune delivers valuable insights to help them do just that. His unique perspective stems from unparalleled access to top global business leaders who tell him what they’re seeing, thinking, and doing. As a result, Geoff can show audiences a clearer path through an uncertain future. Geoff unpacks actionable insights illuminating the economic, market, political, and technological forces driving disruptive change. Geoff’s columns and cover stories in Fortune have earned him millions of loyal fans, many of whom also hear him on the CBS Radio Network, where he reaches seven million listeners each week. Geoff Colvin is author of four books including the groundbreaking international bestseller Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else. His latest book is The New York Times lauded Humans are Underrated which dramatically portrays the future of work and the crucial, changing role of humans in a workplace filled with robots and smart technology.
Co-author, Mavericks at Work; Co-founder, Management Lab; Founding Writer, Fast Company; Helping Leaders & Organizations Become More Resilient, Innovative & Inspiring
SUMMARY: All change goes against the rules. Polly LaBarre arms leaders with a Maverick Manual to hack the status quo and ramp up originality, invention and game-changing disruption. The true work of leadership, she says, is inspiring, unleashing, and amplifying human creativity, passion, and resourcefulness - creating a cultural DNA where the response to change happens almost as fast as change itself. Co-author of Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win and founding team member of Fast Company magazine, Polly is co-founder of Management Lab, the think-and-do tank where she consults with top global brands. Polly is also a top speaker who leaves audiences with actionable lessons from organizations and leaders who are transforming their cultures and industries by breaking the rules and harnessing the human element. She inspires people to engage and reimagine the challenges they face, become fearless experimenters, and rethink the work of leadership.
First Woman Thunderbird Pilot, Combat Veteran, Fighter Squadron; Commander, White House Fellow & Adviser, and Indomitable Spirit
DAVID MEERMAN SCOTT
Business Growth Strategist, Entrepreneur, VC Strategic Partner; WSJ Bestselling Author of Eleven Books, Latest is Fanocracy
Entrepreneur & Innovator; Co-founder, Fast Company; Bestselling Author: Simply Brilliant, Practically Radical, and Mavericks at Work
SUMMARY: Bill Taylor shows business leaders a path to do the hard work of big change in a world where change is bigger, faster, and more dramatic than ever. As a young entrepreneur, Bill co-founded Fast Company, the bold business magazine that redefined the genre and chronicled the tech-fueled revolution that transformed business and work. Chronicling and learning from free-thinking leaders and game-changing companies is Bill’s passion – and he had a front-row seat to the forces that have redefined the logic of business and personal success. After selling the magazine, Bill has continued to inspire a generation of executives and company-builders to think differently about leadership, change, culture, and the new world of work. He’s written three bestselling books filled with examples of new ways to innovate and succeed: Simply Brilliant: How Great Organizations Do Ordinary Things in Extraordinary Ways, Practically Radical, and Mavericks at Work. Bill also writes regularly for the Harvard Business Review. In a competitive environment where ordinary is not an option, Bill Taylor is a natural storyteller who inspires people to transform their organizations and challenge themselves, to make sure that what they know doesn’t limit what they can imagine about the future.