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Lance Secretan - Inspiring Workplaces

The Shortage of Inspiring Places to Work

by Lance Secretan

Business leaders are crying the blues about the so called, “shortage of talent”.

Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, a Professor of Psychology at Columbia University, where he teaches MBA students, says that when he began teaching MBA students they all wanted to work for corporate giants like Goldman Sachs, IBM, and Unilever. A decade later, those names were more likely to be Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon. But today, he says, MBA students no longer want anything to do with the corporate world at all. Continue reading

Deborah Perry Piscione - Creating Value First

Creating Value before Making Money

by Deborah Perry Piscione

In 2010, Stanford University graduate Kevin Systrom was working on a multifeatured HTML5 (the markup language that structures content for the web) check-in project on mobile photography, originally called Burbn. He began to build the prototype without any branding elements or design at all, just concentrating on its functionality and usability. After meeting a VC from Baseline Ventures and another from Andreesen Horowitz at a party, Systrom pitched his idea and within two weeks, he had raised a total $500,000 from both. Continue reading

Speaker Robert Safian - Artificial Intelligence

5 Lessons of the AI Imperative, from Netflix to Spotify

by Robert Safian for Fast Company

Last month, Netflix quietly deleted all the remaining user reviews on its service. And just like that, CEO Reed Hastings completed the latest shift in his company’s ever evolving strategy: away from the wisdom of crowds in its content recommendations, in favor of the wisdom of the machine. The algorithm is now firmly in charge at Netflix—as it increasingly is across the economy.

The past year has seen a crescendo of fascination with—and fear of—artificial intelligence. This theme is a central feature of the tech backlash buffeting formerly bulletproof companies like Facebook and Google, fueling U.S. congressional hearings and editorial-page outrage. Yet it’s also the most potent new engine for business efficiency, an essential driver of competitive advantage from Amazon to Accenture. Continue reading

Rebecca Costa Speaker on Big Data

Rebecca Costa Wows Leaders at Data Conference.

Speaking at a big data conference, Rebecca Costa advised business leaders to get used to the idea of “predapting” (preparing to adapt ) to changing technologies and economic conditions. Information is flooding over us in unprecedented volumes, speed and diversity. We have to adapt to change before the change takes place. “We can’t wait to adapt, because if you can’t get our ahead of it …  the train will have left the station.”

Costa also talked about predictive analytics as one of the most powerful tools that organizations can invest in.  We are in an era when we can accurately predict outcomes, which will radically change how we lead. Continue reading

Bellwether Effect Lance Secretan

The Passionate Workforce: Creating Companies that Inspire Customers, Shareholders and Employees

by Lance Secretan

A client recently asked me to support them in enhancing their culture and raising the performance of their team.

Following our discussion they told me that they wanted to focus on “more technical and practical things” first— like, improved writing skills, better time management, and stronger sales  and customer service skills. After focusing on these items, they said, they would ask us to help them strengthen their corporate culture and leadership capabilities.

Isn’t this exactly how we repeatedly get things upside down? If I don’t get along with my boss, or if I don’t enjoy my work, or if I’m not inspired, or if I don’t feel appreciated—you can teach me better writing skills until you are blue in the face, but it won’t have much impact, because I am not inspired enough to learn and grow. We continue to get our priorities mixed up this way.

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Innovation vs Invention by keynote speaker Deborah Perry Piscione

Invention vs. Innovation: What Drives True Disruption?

by Deborah Perry Piscione

Innovation has always been defined quite differently from invention. It used to be that innovation was “the introduction of something new; a new idea, method or device; a novelty.” In a more modern and revised definition, innovation is “the creation of better or more effective products, processes, services, technologies or ideas that are readily available to markets, governments, and society.” The definition of innovation has now changed to reflect its differentiation from improvement, in that innovation refers to the notion of doing something differently rather than doing the same thing better. 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.

Vivek Wadhwa technology speaker

Workplace Technology is as Addictive as a Casino’s Slot Machine — and Makes Us Less Productive

by Vivek Wadhwa, appearing in MarketWatch

Many of us are addicted to social media. Whether it be Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, or Twitter, the technologies’ creators have found ways to keep us coming back for more. Google design ethicist Tristan Harris has called the smartphone a “slot machine in our pocket”: one carrying a litany of addictive applications and fostering harmful behaviors.

Now, that same slot machine is becoming entrenched at work. And it is making our lives more disconnected, more disjointed, less productive, and less satisfying. Continue reading

Vivek Wadhwa speaker on technology addicition

How Design Can Make Tech Products Less Addictive

Excerpt from Vivek Wadhwa‘s book, Your Happiness Was Hacked

Product design doesn’t have to make dependency the priority

It’s the summer of 2018, the summer of Fortnite, and we all know we are addicted. Addicted to email, Snapchat, Instagram, Fortnite, Facebook. We swap outdoor time on the trail for indoor time around the console. Our kids log into Snapchat every day on vacation to keep their streaks alive and then get lost in the stream. Continue reading

Keynote Speaker for your next event

The Science of Choosing the Perfect Keynote Speaker

by Mike Humphrey

Okay, I’ll admit, it may not be a “science”, but there is a proven system to choosing keynote speakers that can greatly increase your chance of making the perfect choice. For 30 years I have worked with a huge spectrum of speakers, from little-known rising stars to the biggest names on the planet, and I have seen both home-runs and strikeouts when it comes to choices for keynote presenters.

So here is my system, developed from the experience of thousands of event planners, speaker agents, and speakers. Continue reading

Speaker Vivek Wadhwa on the Internet of Things

When Your Scale Talks to Your Refrigerator

From Vivek Wadhwa’s award winning book, The Driver in the Driverless Car: How Our Technology Choices Will Create the Future

Your refrigerator will talk to your toothbrush, your gym shoes, your car, and your bathroom scale. They will all have a direct line to your smartphone and tell your digital doctor whether you have been eating right, exercising, brushing your teeth, or driving too fast. I have no idea what they will think of us or gossip about; but I know that many more of our electronic devices will soon be sharing information about us— with each other and with the companies that make or support them.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a fancy name for the increasing array of sensors embedded in our commonly used appliances and electronic devices, our vehicles, our homes, our offices, and our public places. Those sensors will be connected to each other via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or mobile-phone technology. Continue reading

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

Nextup Speakers on Evergreen Speech Topics

What Are Evergreen Topics?

Some topics remain interesting and relevant for weeks, months, and even years. They tend to be important topics or topics that are a majority of people can relate to.  For example, a personal story that shows how a speaker overcame an obstacle like addiction or disease would never lose its human-interest factor. Evergreen speaking topics don’t have expiration dates. They are new and relevant like computers as opposed to old and irrelevant like typewriters. Permanently relevant topics are referred to as “evergreen,” because they are like evergreen trees and shrubs, which stay green throughout the year. Some evergreen topics presented by business keynote speakers include the following broad-based subjects, which may change definitions as time goes by: 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

motivational leadership speaker Lance Secretan

Motivational Leadership vs. Inspirational Leadership

by Lance Secretan

MOTIVATION is based on fear…..INSPIRATION is based on love.

MOTIVATION is based on a need for each other…..INSPIRATION is based on love for each other.

MOTIVATION is driven by the social self…..INSPIRATION is energized by the essential self.

MOTIVATION is based on me, on serving my needs…..INSPIRATION is based on you, on serving your needs.

MOTIVATION is a “push”…..INSPIRATION is a “pull”.

MOTIVATION is an idea you go after…..INSPIRATION is an idea that goes after you.

MOTIVATION is lighting a fire under someone…..INSPIRATION is lighting a fire within someone. Continue reading

How to Become a Motivational Speaker

All motivational speakers are not just self-help gurus, although there’s certainly nothing wrong with getting help for yourself. The point is, there are many kinds of speakers and numerous topics to be addressed. So, if you have the desire to be a motivational speaker, you might want to consider what the best world-class speakers have in common.

  • Strong public speaking skills.
  • Passion for a message.
  • Know the audience.
  • Deliver a timely message.
  • Stay focused on a topic.
  • Having empathy for others.
  • Be and sound authentic.

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Benefits of Choosing a Motivational Speaker

Best Business Speakers

The troops need motivating! The right motivational speaker at your event inspires your audience and reflects positively on you as the sponsor of his or her presentation. Also, everyone benefits from a fresh voice with an interesting story. The presentation may be highly personal or strictly about business. The point of hiring a motivational speaker is to add a big dose of inspiration into the crowd, whether they are your sales employees, fellow members of an organization, or any other group that aims to achieve certain goals.

If your business is launching a new product or is going through a significant change, it’s a good time to let everyone know you need them to redouble their efforts. Instead of repeating speeches they may have heard from you in the past, you can hire one of the best business speakers from Nextup Speaker Management. We provide speakers who excel at impressing audiences on a number of topics. Our world-class speakers come from many different industries, but all have the talent that is necessary to fire up your audiences with inspirational and memorable presentations. Our effective speakers aim to provide you with the topic you need, from reaching specific goals to increasing sales number, losing weight or strategies to expand your market reach.

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Why Women Still Get So Few Keynote Speeches

I first published this article in 2015, and there was a universal outpouring of agreement and support for promoting more women into keynote slots. In fact, for conference held in the second half of 2017 and the first half of 2018, there was nearly a doubling of the number of women keynotes. But that still leaves only 2.2 out of every 10 keynotes being women for corporate events and industry association conferences. Continue reading

Complexity by Futurist and speaker Nancy Giordano

Bring It On! Complexity, Simplicity, and Power of “Flow”

by Nancy Giordano  (8 minute read)

Welcome to the age of increasing complexity, volatility, interdependence, diversity, ambiguity, flux and more. Bring it on…

Affected by many conflicting yet interdependent factors that demand constant adaptation and speed of response, organizations of all sizes are being required to deal with what are now very complex decision making environments.  Companies are being challenged by unexpected competitors, attacked by cyber-criminals, and talked about by unpredictable customers constantly.  Are most structures set up to deal with such a barrage? 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

Keynote Speaker Rebecca Costa on Predictive Analytics

Predictive Analytics: The End of Risk?

by Rebecca Costa

What is risk? What compels most of us to avoid it while others run straight into the fire? Is risk a necessary component of progress? And more importantly, can risk ever really be eliminated? If so, how?

In the insurance industry, risk is all about math. Premiums are based on complicated actuarial tables, the cost of medical care, survival rates, the demographics and mix of participants, and so on. Similarly, in times of war, military leaders also rely on statistical analysis to assess risk. Continue reading

Keynote Speaker Vivek Wadhwa on our Jobelss Future

Love of Learning is the Key to Success in the Jobless Future

By Vivek Wadhwa for The Washington Post

Not long ago, schoolchildren chose what they wanted to be when they grew up, and later selected the best college they could gain admission to, spent years gaining proficiency in their fields, and joined a company that had a need for their skills. Careers lasted lifetimes.

Now, by my estimates, the half-life of a career is about 10 years. I expect that it will decrease, within a decade, to five years. Advancing technologies will cause so much disruption to almost every industry that entire professions will disappear. 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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How Millennials See Meetings Differently

Millennials are the largest, most diverse, most educated and most connected generation of our time.  At 80 million in the United States alone, they are a critical demographic to attract to your meetings and conventions.  While older professionals seek the traditional meeting model, millennials are looking for something more interactive.  Instead of a speaker giving a presentation for an hour, they would rather have the majority of that hour be Q&A.  This is a generation that wants to be heard and have conversations instead of listening to a presentation straight through.  The PCMA Education Foundation found that “old-school” meeting formats are the number one repellant for millennial attendees. It’s time to change the traditional speaker and panel formats to incorporate technology and audience participation.

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Future of Healthcare: When We Become the Data, and the Doctors are the Software

by Vivek Wadhwa

There is nothing like a near-death experience to make you acutely aware of how much we rely on medicine and the healthcare system. I suffered a massive heart attack in March 2012 and nearly died. The doctors saved me. Since that terrifying event, I have tracked developments in technology, medicine, and wellness carefully. All along, I wondered why so much health care aimed at saving us after we fell ill rather than at keeping us healthy and spotting the problems well in advance. People in the healthcare sector call such an approach wellness care, or preventive medicine.

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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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