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Innovation Instigator


Stephen Shapiro

Min - Max

$10000 -


Travels From

Orlando, FL

Short Description:

Stephen Shapiro started his innovation work 25 years ago while leading a 20,000-person innovation practice at the consulting firm, Accenture. Since then, he has written six books on innovation and has given speeches in 50 countries. In 2015, he was inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame.

Invisible Solutions: A Systematic Approach for Revealing Hidden Solutions to Important Opportunities

What if your organization had an effective and systematic approach to deal with any problem or opportunity?

To find better solutions, you need to first ask better questions. The questions you ask determine which solutions you’ll see and which will remain hidden.

This interactive keynote contains a very simple tool to reframe any problem multiple ways: twenty-five lenses that help you gain different perspectives. Packed with powerful stories and practical tools, this speech will enable everyone on your teams to start mastering any challenge.

Discover why we are hardwired to ask ineffective questions and how to work through those barriers
Understand the power and importance of well-defined questions
Reframe any problem multiple ways to help you find the optimal solution
During this customizable and interactive keynote, the audience will not just leave with new concepts, they will have powerful tools they can apply every day.

For longer sessions, teams will have a chance to apply the twenty-five lenses. Not only does this leave people with a deeper understanding, but you also will capture valuable insights that the company can use. This can be done with audiences of any size.

This enlightening experience brings to life the concept in Stephen Shapiro’s latest award-winning book, Invisible Solutions.


Finding Clarity in Chaos: Leadership Strategies for Thriving in Uncertain Times

In our fast-paced modern world, workplace burnout and confusion have become the norm.

But it doesn’t need to be this way.

Stephen Shapiro offers a powerful antidote to the dizzying spinning that has plagued so many organizations: Depth.

Depth provides stability, both professionally and personally. By focusing on what truly matters, we can strengthen our capacity to distinguish genuine opportunities from mere distractions.

Depth is more than a concept—it’s a practical skill akin to a basketball player executing a pivot. While one foot moves in a circular motion, the other remains anchored to the ground. The unsung hero is the foot that doesn’t move, as it provides the solid foundation and stability needed for future shifts.

This speech champions the planted foot. By focusing on what doesn’t—and shouldn’t—change, you can build a robust foundation that supports future shifts without wasting valuable resources on bright shiny objects or fleeting fads.

The emphasis has always been on what’s next.

But sometimes, we need to focus on what’s now. Where do we double down our efforts to achieve extraordinary returns today and tomorrow?

This positions you and your organization to shift from a place of power. It involves knowing where to channel your resources for the greatest impact, allowing you to offer clarity and direction to your employees—and in the process, becoming irreplaceable to your customers.

Stop the spinning and start winning.



Small Bets To Win Big at Innovation: The Power of Experimentation Rather than Failure

We live in challenging times. Inflation. Supply chain disruptions. Pandemics. War. Talent shortages.

Given this level of uncertainty, we need a different approach for innovation. When you can’t predict what will happen next, traditional long-term investment strategies fail.

The key to being nimble during these turbulent times is to focus on placing many small bets – rather than a few large ones.

But what bets do you place? Which bets should you kill? And when should you double down? Answering these questions is the key to success.

During this interactive session, you will discover:

  • How to place better (more frequent yet smaller) bets
  • How to determine which bets are not worth further investment (experimentation)
  • How to avoid failure – and what to do when you do fail
  • How to create a culture of experimentation – quickly and inexpensively
  • We also have fun with a simple gambling simulation that demonstrates how we can lower our risk with our bets. The key is getting as many insights about the future, for the lowest possible investment.

This practical session will not only give everyone the tools and mindset for creating small experiments, but also will leave them with specific actions they can take within the next seven days to make progress with their innovation efforts.

The concepts are so simple to implement that companies can create an entire culture around experimentation with little effort, time, or cost.

The “small bets” approach demonstrated during this session are truly a game changer for any organization of any size.



Personality Poker: Creating High-Performing Innovation Teams

Contrary to conventional wisdom, opposites do not attract. As a result, in business, we tend to surround ourselves with people who are similar to us. Although this is great for efficiency, this lack of diversity can kill innovation.

How can you increase your innovation potential? Play Personality Poker® with Steve Shapiro! This fast-paced, highly interactive game will help you discover:

  • Your primary innovation personality
  • Your innovation blind spots
  • Why the person you like the least is the person you need the most
  • What is missing from your team that is limiting innovation and success
  • How to create a high-performing innovation team that leverages divergent points of view

This is the most interactive keynote you will ever experience and has been done with audiences of more than 1,000 people in a Vegas casino! Be ready for an incredible way to kick off your conference as it will set the tone for the rest of your event!


Stephen Shapiro started his innovation work over 25 years ago while founding and leading Accenture’s 20,000-person process and innovation practice. Since then, he has written seven books on innovation, including Best Practices Are Stupid, which was named the best innovation and creativity book of 2011 by 800-CEO-READ (now Porchlight) and was an international #1 business best seller. His next book, PIVOTAL: Creating Stability in an Uncertain World, is scheduled to be published in June 2024. He is the creator of Personality Poker®, a card game used worldwide to develop high-performing innovation teams. Stephen has presented at conferences in over 50 countries, and in 2015, he was inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame. He is also a Senior Fellow with The Conference Board. When he’s not working with organizations helping them make the impossible possible, he enjoys dabbling in magic.

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