Each of these presentations draws from the lessons of working with 25 percent of the Fortune 100 and hundreds of startup companies.

Keynote Speech:
Balancing Imagination and Execution

Is your team better at creating big ideas or masterful execution? This fun and interactive keynote speech is based on Mike’s bestselling book Free the Idea Monkey to focus on what matters most. Your team will see how the most successful companies manage the healthy and essential tension between the divergent and convergent thinkers on your team; The Idea Monkeys and the Ringleaders. In the end, they will realize that everyone is a hero in this story.

Key takeaways include: 

      • How to identify the ideas that will create the biggest impact
      • Simple processes to maintain the proper balance between ideas and execution
      • Why Idea Monkeys and Ringleaders are both essential to create disruption
      • The innovation portfolio model that leading companies use to maintain balance
      • Techniques to get the most out of your visionaries and operators

Keynote Speech:
PLAN D—Empowering Disruptors

What do Oprah Winfrey, Elon Musk, Richard Branson and Walt Disney have in common? They are all Disruptors, which means they know how to blow sh** up for the good of the whole.

Do you?

Boxer Mike Tyson famously said, “Everyone has a plan until you get punched in the mouth.” Today, leaders are being “punched in the face” by the confluence of game-changing technology, aggressive entrepreneurs and impatient consumers. This leaves winning leaders with three choices: They can be the Disruptors themselves, partner with Disruptors, or learn how to manage Disruptors even better.

This keynote presentation is based on Mike’s best-selling book Plan D. It is a highly entertaining talk that focuses on the unexpected, amusing and replicable superhero powers of business Disruptors. Mike will teach you how to dream, drive and deliver like the “crazy ones.”

Key takeaways include:

  • The three keys to being the Disruptor—not the disrupted
  • Disruptor frameworks that you can easily “parallel engineer” (read: steal)
  • How Disruptors find a yin for their yang
  • Why Disruptors believe in ghosts (and you should too)

* This fun, interactive presentation was the second highest at the YPO Regional Couples Retreat in Telluride, Colorado. Mike finished second to a sex therapist at a couples retreat. He can live with this outcome. So can his wife.

Keynote Speech:
Getting Innovation Unstuck

How can a sophisticated organization, be so committed to a life-or-death mission — innovation — but still not achieve it? This was the innovation paradox Mike wrote about in his first book Brand New: Solving the Innovation Paradox.

This presentation is designed to help your team get unstuck. It turns out that there is a predictable pattern of where and how innovation teams get. Better still, there are proven and reliable ways to get your team unstuck, accelerating innovation success in your company.

Mike regularly gives this presentation on executive and board retreats. It contains valuable data that helps teams benchmark their innovation progress.  

Key takeaways include:

      • You have heard of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, now you will understand the Innovator’s Hierarchy of Needs
      • Four places teams get stuck on the innovation journey and how to avoid them
      • The critical difference between invention and innovation

Keynote Speech: 

Drama sucks. It sucks energy; it sucks fun; it sucks the creativity out of even the most resilient teams and relationships.

This presentation has been highly rated on corporate, couples and family retreats. It is designed to keep leadership teams, partners and couples focused on great outcomes. It gives them the awareness, frameworks and language to recognize and move quickly from complaining to creating. It will help you and the people you care about the most create a drama-free future.

Key takeaways include:
• How to immediately recognize drama
• Your role in drama and how to instantly change it
• The three questions that move people from being a victim to being a creator
• How to be a better boss, parent, partner and friend

Transformation Boot Camp

Create the Leadership Culture You Need to Succeed

Is your executive team ready to lead the innovation charge? This half, or full-day boot camp is designed to help businesses learn the proven, fundamental innovation methods that Fortune 500s use to get the most out of their people, their processes and their intellectual property.

The Innovation Boot Camp is designed to jump-start your team and provide the common language, focus, tools and momentum to heighten the likelihood of success.

Key takeaways include:

  • How to create both evolutionary and revolutionary ideas
  • 3 proven steps that ensure innovation success
  • How to audit, prioritize and manage an innovation portfolio
  • Fun techniques to consistently create bigger ideas
  • The top 3 reasons big ideas fail and what you can do to overcome them

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