Fit for the Future: Creating Adaptable, Innovative & 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 & 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.