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Business as If People Mattered: A Practically Radical Approach to Managing People

Friday, November 14, 2014
10:15am - 11:30am

Where do great ideas come from exactly? The traditional answer is that big ideas come from big thinkers. But what happens when markets become so unpredictable that no individual leader can think of everything?

In this mind-altering presentation, Bill Taylor demonstrates the power of a new model of invention that opens your organization to the outside. Brilliant people don’t have to work for you, he explains, in order to work with you.

Here are some principles for attracting the best ideas from the most people:
  • Keep your focus narrow and tightly defined. There's a big difference between tapping outside brainpower and engaging in free-form brainstorming.
  • Keep broadening the participants - the most amazing ideas often come from the most surprising places.
  • Don't keep all the benefits to yourself. If you expect people to share their best ideas with you, they'll expect something in return.
William Taylor is a graduate of Princeton University and the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is the author of several best-selling books on strategy, leadership and innovation including, The Big Boys: Power and Position in American Business; No-Excuses Management; Going Global; Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win and his latest project, Practically Radical: Not-So-Crazy Ways to Transform Your Company, Shake Up Your Industry, and Challenge Yourself.
He has published numerous essays and CEO interviews in The Harvard Business Review, and his column, "Under New Management," ran in the Sunday Business section of The New York Times. Another column, "Bill Taylor on Big Ideas," ran in The Guardian newspaper of London. Today, Taylor chronicles his research, insights and lessons in a popular blog Harvard Business Online, the digital arm of
The Harvard Business Review.
As co-founder and founding editor of Fast Company, he launched a magazine that won countless awards, earned a passionate following among executives and entrepreneurs around the world-and became a legendary business success. In less than six years, an enterprise that took shape in some borrowed office space in Harvard Square sold for $340 million.
Fast Company has won just about every award there is to win in the magazine world, from "Startup of the Year" to "Magazine of the Year" to two National Magazine Awards. In recognition of Fast Company's impact on business, Taylor was named "Champion of Workplace Learning and Performance" by the American Society of Training and Development. Past winners include Jack Welch of GE and Fred Smith of FedEx.
Taylor lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts, with his wife and two daughters.

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