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Spotify’s $30 Billion Playlist for Global Domination

by Robert Safian

How CEO Daniel Ek plans to beat Apple, Amazon, and Google at the music game.

For 70 days at the beginning of this year, Daniel Ek and a group of friends competed to see who could cut their body-fat percentage the most. Ek, the 35-year-old cofounder and CEO of the streaming service Spotify, went on a special regimen, which included twice-a-day workouts and a single meal—specially configured for him—eaten at a set time each afternoon. “You look great,” teased music impresario Scooter Braun, a participant in the contest, who texted his friend after noting Ek’s slimmed-down physique during Spotify’s web-broadcast Investor Day presentation in late March. “Too bad you lost.” Continue reading

Top Leadership Speakers

Leadership Speakers That Matter

Leadership has entered into a new era.  Science, technology, workforce changes and new business models have advanced leadership tools and skills, and our understanding of how to use them.  If we don’t keep up, someone else will, and nobody wants to be left in someone else’s wake.  Meet a few of these pioneers in leadership:

Robert Safian Keynote SpeakerROBERT SAFIAN – During his twelve years of running Fast Company, Safian started researching the exciting emergence of Flux Leadership.  This is as much about new mindsets as it is about skills, and it is driving the wave of disruptive innovations and new strategies.  Safian has interviewed and researched the great disruptors of our time, and helps us understand how to create flux leadership cultures in your organization.

 

 

Rebecca Costa with black polo sweaterREBECCA COSTA – Costa has already won numerous awards for her advancement in the sciences regarding leadership adaptation and predictive technologies.  She has revealed the rapid change in the tools, methods and skills that are crucial for modern leaders.

 

 

 

Dr Lance Secretan with winter scene behindLANCE SECRETAN – This legend in executive leadership coaching has introduced his best work yet, showcased in his new book The Bellwether Effect.  He explores the corrosive effects of chasing cookie-cutter business trends, and provides truly inspiring leadership alternatives that are proven to significantly boost growth, increase retention, and create cultures that adapt to change rapidly.

 

 

Nancy Giordano profile image with blue dressNANCY GIORDANO – She has quickly built a reputation as the top strategic futurist, melding the trends in advancing technologies with leadership strategies.  She helps organizations capture opportunities and get out in front of future competition.

 

 

 

Deborah Perry Piscione profile imageDEBORAH PERRY PISCIONE – Her ground-breaking work on bridging the gap between great ideas and implementing those ideas has made her one of the top leadership and innovation experts in the world. She has developed the largest pool of research on building innovative leadership cultures, which she highlighted in her three acclaimed leadership books.

Inspiring Leadership Speaker Lance Secretan

Changing How We Lead Will Change The World

Lance Secretan interview by Bill Fox

Would you rather live and work in a world where we are inspiring each other — or one where we are focused on the process and mechanics of things? Read why and how the 21st Century is calling on all of us to make this leadership in our interview with Lance Secretan.

Lance is Founder and CEO of The Secretan Center, a former Fortune 100 company CEO and is a pioneering philosopher whose bestselling books, inspirational talks, and life-changing retreats have touched the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide, and author of 22 books about leadership, inspiration, corporate culture and entrepreneurship.

In his latest book, The Bellwether Effect: Stop Following. Start Inspiring!, he proposes a theory that explains how and why leaders are attracted to, and seduced by, trendy ideas, and the process by which these ideas then become mainstream — and how we can change it. Continue reading

Motivational speaker Lance Secretan on inspired leadership

Why “Employees First” Drives Dramatically Better Organizations

(excerpt from Lance Secretan’s book, The Bellwether Effect)

The purpose of any organization is to provide maximum value to customers and/or other stakeholders. The people who do that are employees. If we need to prioritize at all, we might put the employee as the top priority, because if we inspire employees, they will inspire customers—and, of course, everyone else.

Therefore, the employee is the new customer. This is how Virgin, Southwest Airlines, Starbucks, The Boston Beer Company, The Container Store, EllisDon, HCLTechnologies, New Belgium Brewing and others, have become extraordinarily successful. Southwest Airlines even extends this ranking: employees first, customers second, shareholders third. Ritz-Carlton refers to its employees as “Ladies and Gentlemen” and the company’s motto is “We are Ladies and Gentlemen serving Ladies and Gentlemen.” Continue reading

Business Speaker Robert Safian on Flux Leadership

The Risks and Opportunities of Flux

By Robert Safian  (3 minute read)

Once upon a time, the most successful business models were conceived to exploit clear gaps in established, stable commercial markets. Why take a risk in new, undeveloped areas when existing ones were rich with opportunity?

But something happened on the way to the corporate future: Startup enterprises began unlocking value at extraordinary levels, and established systems were shaken by disruption. Technological and social transformations set in motion a different kind of economy — an innovation economy — defined by constant and accelerating change. Continue reading

Thought-leader Robert Safian Offers Alabama Nonprofits Advice on a Changing World

By Michael Tomberlin for Alabama NewsCenter

It’s easy to see why anyone could have trepidation when it comes to dealing with today’s speed of change.  Keynote speaker Robert Safian said the chaos is neither good nor bad, but it is real and must be acknowledged and dealt with.  “The world is changing. It’s changing at a pace that we haven’t seen before, and we’re not really trained for it, and we have to retrain ourselves to be able to make the most of it,” Safian told Alabama NewsCenter. “The opportunities with all of this change are spectacular, but you have to open yourself up to those ideas.”

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Why Trump and Twitter Are Birds of a Feather

by Vivek Wadhwa

In the 1930s, psychologist B.F. Skinner put rats in boxes and taught them to push levers to receive a food pellet. They pushed the levers only when hungry, though. To get the rats to press the lever repeatedly, even when they did not need food, he gave them a pellet only some of the time, a concept now known as intermittent variable rewards. Casinos have used this same technique for decades to keep us pouring money into slot machines. And now the technology industry is using it to keep us checking our smartphones for emails, for new followers on Twitter, or for more “likes” on photographs we posted on Facebook.

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Deborah Perry Piscione Speaker

Innovation Lesson: Embrace the Quirky

by Deborah Perry Piscione

One of my colleagues in Silicon Valley shared an experience with a programmer who wanted to work on a project. The programmer was quirky in the extreme; he wouldn’t look the project lead in the eye and spent most of his time staring intently at his own shoes. The interview was awkward, with the programmer talking at length about his video game play, while responses on work topics were monosyllabic.

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Futurist Nancy Giordano Speaker

Interview with Strategic Futurist Nancy Giordano

Interview by Mike Parker

“We’re at the front-end of a giant technological wave, which doesn’t just change our processes, but will change the whole nature of work for huge factions of society.”

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Changing Leadership

The World Has Changed…So Why Hasn’t Management?

By Deborah Perry Piscione

It is remarkable, with so much knowledge of modern management practices, that only a small number of companies manage to generate significant revenue from new businesses. Surveys of senior executives indicate that only 6 percent are satisfied with their company’s innovation performance.

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Leadership Speaker Robert Safian

Robert Safian Urged Audience to Focus on ‘Missions’ in Business

By Jamie Wilson

To wrap up the 2018 VM Summit, Robert Safian, founder of Flux Group and former editor-in-chief of Fast Company engaged the audience through four lessons and seven questions. His aim was to showcase the kind of tactics that define the modern company. These lessons and questions that Safian went through explored office and organization culture and the need for businesses to focus on “missions.” 

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How We Do It: Creating a Culture of Innovation

by Deborah Perry Piscione

One of the key differences between being a manager and being a leader is the focus from what you do in business to how you get things done. How do you enable employees who have good ideas to build upon them in a safe environment and make them great, free from the burden of bureaucracy? How do you start from a place of trust and measure results, not just in increments of time, but also by creative pursuits, productivity, and overall outcome?

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Robert Safian Delivers Fascinating Speech to Business Leaders

By Kim Mikus, originally posted on the Daily Herald

Speed matters, as does a willingness to embrace new tactics and change in the workplace in order to grow as a company, award-winning national journalist Robert Safian told more than 500 business leaders Friday.

Safian has interviewed the most innovative CEOs in the country and shared what he has learned from stories he has written about them for Fast Company, Fortune, Time and other magazines. He was the keynote speaker at the annual Big Event breakfast at Marriott Lincolnshire held by Lake County Partners, celebrating its 20th anniversary.

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Lance Secretan Inspirational Leadership

New Book by Lance Secretan

The Bellwether Effect:  Stop Following, Start Inspiring

Working with some of the most inspiring leaders in the world he has pondered why organizations adopt, invest in and continue to support ineffective business practices, often erroneously referred to as “best practices”, even though there is scant evidence that they work, and plenty of evidence that they don’t. Many leaders are so disconnected from the operating and administrative practices of their organizations that they are relying on what they are told by others for their sense of the organization’s pulse. This creates an echo chamber, an “emperor’s new clothes” syndrome, and what Lance Secretan refers to as the accompanying “dissonance”—a perception at the top that all is well, while the experience in the rest of the organization is that it isn’t.

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