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Scott has brought diverse teams together, challenging enormous odds on, well above and underneath the earth's surface. Drawing on his lessons learned from the harsh vacuum of space, the route to the summit of Everest, and within tense operating rooms and board rooms, he relates attributes of situationally appropriate leadership and company culture that have yielded enormous successes over many years. Punctuated by great storytelling, breathtaking imagery and a self-deprecating good humor, his style is relatable and inspirational to all audiences!

The Requisite Innovator's Mindset: Open-mindedness and the relentless hunt for problems that need to be fixed

For a company to be truly disruptive and grow, it must create an environment wherein every employee is not only allowed to contribute to the advancement of the mission, they feel a deep-seated Obligation to Innovate. That's the kind of environment and work ethic Scott has spent a lifetime advancing: from developing tools and techniques to recover from the Space Shuttle Columbia accident to developing innovative medical devices and enhancing safety on the slopes of the world's highest mountains, he draws on his background working in extreme environments as a catalyst for innovation in daily life. He can transfer this mindset to your workforce with powerful examples from aerospace, medicine, mountaineering and everyday life with engaging, relatable stories and good humor!

Why can so few people at work genuinely say, “I love my job”? Gallup reports 87% of the global workforce is disengaged. But what if there were subtle, secret weapons that could turn employees into their most powerful, engaged, and productive selves? It’s not crazy talk. It’s actually happening. Using his unique blend of counterintuitive research and sidesplitting stories, Neil illuminates a clear path forward into workplaces where people show up inspired, do great work, and leave with full minds and full hearts. Raw, hilarious, and heartwarming, this is the perfect keynote to kick off or close your conference with the ultimate high. Past clients include: Audi (national dealer teams), AstraZeneca (sales agents), and TD Bank (top global leaders). 

Does great work lead to happiness? Or… does happiness lead to great work? Neil Pasricha shares counterintuitive research-based answers in this fun, fast-paced, research-grounded tour of the emerging neuroscience and positive psychology landscape. He challenges your audience by asking: “Would you press a button and have 31% higher productivity, 37% higher sales, and 300% greater creativity on Monday morning?” When heads start nodding, he shows how to get there. Based on fresh research Pasricha published in Harvard Business Review together with the latest in neuroscience and positive psychology, this speech is not true motivation – it’s application. Perfect for left-brained, analytical, or even skeptical audiences. Past clients include: Google (engineers), Kaiser Permanente (physicians), Citigroup (investment bankers).

Which company is #1 on the Fortune 500 today and has been for more than a decade? Walmart. The retail behemoth’s rise to half a trillion dollars in sales with over two million employees spread across the globe has been well-documented. But what hasn’t been documented is how they develop, nurture, and grow leaders up through those ranks. Neil Pasricha served as Director of Leadership Development inside Walmart for the past ten years – working directly for two CEOs and partnering with Harvard Business School to develop the first global executive program inside the retail giant. Join him as he shares a window into what his research and work reveal about what truly makes leaders tick and walk away with clear takeaways on how they can drive you and your teams. How do you lead a team of two, two hundred thousand, or even two million people? It starts with yourself. Let Neil show you how.

 

Daniel Pink (Exclusively WSB)

“A-B-C,” Alec Baldwin tells a group of salesmen in the classic movie Glengarry Glen Ross. “A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Closing. Always be closing, always be closing.” But best-selling author Daniel Pink says this steamroller approach has become a relic, because sales has changed more in the last 10 years than it did in the previous 100. Today, when buyers have just as much information as sellers—along with ample choices and the means to talk back—the rules have changed.

In his entertaining and provocative presentation, Pink—author of To Sell Is Human and one of the top business thinkers in the world—will draw on cutting-edge social science and best practices from organizations around the world to reveal the new A, B, Cs of selling. A-Attunement (taking another perspective). B-Buoyancy (staying afloat in an ocean of rejection). C-Clarity (identifying hidden problems and making sense of murky situations).

Pink will show you:

  • Why caveat emptor (buyer beware) is giving way to caveat venditor (seller beware); 
  • Five ways to frame messages to increase clarity and lead to action;
  • Why problem  finding has become more important than problem solving;
  • Why questioning your abilities before a sales call is more effective than pumping yourself up;
  • Why the most effective salespeople are not extroverts; 
  • Two principles that can move your sales from transactions to transcendence.

Daniel Pink (Exclusively WSB)

Leaders at every level today confront two stark realities. First, in these fiercely competitive and endlessly turbulent times, they must do more with less. Second, the old-school management techniques we’ve long relied on to produce results frequently fail. Enter Daniel Pink, best-selling author of Drive and To Sell Is Human, with a fresh approach.

Drawing on a rich trove of social science and cutting-edge practices from organizations around the world, Pink will demonstrate the new ways leaders are persuading, influencing, and motivating others. He will show the power of underused techniques such as perspective-taking, problem-finding, and using purpose as a motivator – and offer concrete steps to put these ideas into action.

In this entertaining and provocative presentation, you will learn:

  • Why changing people’s minds often matters less than giving them an “off-ramp” to act;
  • Why the most persuasive leaders aren’t introverts or extraverts, but “ambiverts”; 
  • 3 rules for taking the perspective of those you lead;
  • How the principles of improvisational theater can help you overcome resistance;
  • 5 ways to frame your message for maximum influence.

Daniel Pink (Exclusively WSB)

Innovation is no longer anyone's job. Today it's everyone’s job. That’s why a top concern of organizations around the world is not just generating a few new ideas— but creating an entire culture of innovation. In this entertaining and provocative presentation, Daniel Pink, best-selling author of Drive, A Whole New Mind and To Sell Is Human, shows how to build that culture. He explains which environments promote innovation—and which suffocate it. He describes why people accept some breakthroughs and reject others. And, he demonstrates new techniques for talking about innovations with colleagues, bosses and customers.

Using the latest findings from social science along with an array of fascinating stories, Pink reveals the big ideas and practical steps that innovators need to move others to their side. You will learn:

  • The single most important question you want colleagues and customers to ask;
  • The six new pitches of the 21st century;
  • How “blemishing” your offering can lead to increased buy-in;
  • How the three principles of improvisational theater can open others to your idea;
  • Why reducing others’ options can actually increase your persuasiveness;
  • How making your offering both personal and purposeful can deliver big results.

Daniel Pink (Exclusively WSB)

We’ve all been there. An organization announces a huge, comprehensive, top-down change initiative.  And we all know what happens next…almost nothing.  The siren call of big, dramatic change is seductive—but the reality of how organizations really transform is more complicated, says best-selling author Daniel Pink.

In his provocative and entertaining presentation, Pink will draw on his National Geographic television program Crowd Control, a wealth of social science evidence, and vivid examples from business to show that the most effective path to change is through small experiments that reveal larger truths and small wins that cascade to broader transformation.  

You will learn:

  • Why context matters more than content in changing behavior—and how to quietly reshape context to achieve your goals;
  • How to disrupt people’s “default behaviors” through novelty and surprise;
  • How to deepen results and response by moving from impersonal, abstract language to personal, concrete language.
  • When to use games—and equally important, when not to use them—to alter behavior;
  • How to appeal not just to people’s intellects, but also to their senses;
  • Why each week you should have two more conversations about “why” and two fewer about “how.”

Platon (Exclusively WSB)

A gifted communicator and storyteller, portrait photographer Platon shares his experience photographing an eclectic mix of world leaders, celebrities, our men and women in the military, members of the civil rights movement and human rights champions. He takes his audience on a roller coaster of emotions—from laughter to tears—with the most poignant and mesmerizing stories behind the photos. He answers the question, “Who is this person?” His presentation includes highlights from his book, Power, chronicling over 100 Heads of State including Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Nick Clegg, Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Medvedev, Muammar al-Gaddafi, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Benjamin Netanyahu, Mahmoud Abbas, Hugo Chavez, Robert Mugabe and Silvio Berlusconi. He also shares the stories from his photo essays on the U.S. military, civil rights movement, his work with Human Rights Watch which includes the leaders of the Egyptian revolution, his photo for TIME of Aung San Suu Kyi and, most recently, photographing Edward Snowden in Moscow for his exclusive interview with Wired magazine. His presentation promises to leave your audience wanting more from this master of his craft.

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