Stephen Shapiro - Innovation Expert Stephen Shapiro - Author Best Practices Are Stupid

Stephen Shapiro


Author, Innovation Consultant and Speaker

Stephen Shapiro is one of the foremost authorities on innovation culture, collaboration, and open innovation.

During the past twenty years, his message to hundreds of thousands of people in forty countries around the world has remained the same: Innovation only occurs when organizations bring together divergent points of view in an efficient manner.

Over the years, Stephen Shapiro has shared his innovative philosophy in books such as 24/7 Innovation and The Little Book of BIG Innovation Ideas. He has also trained more than 20,000 consultants in innovation during his 15 year tenure with Accenture. His latest creation Personality Poker, has been used by more than 50,000 people around the world to create high-performing innovation teams.

His work has been featured in NewsweekInvestor’s Business DailyEntrepreneur MagazineO- The Oprah Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.  His clients include Staples, GE, NASA, BP, Johnson & Johnson, The United States Air Force, Fidelity Investments, Pearson Education, Nestlé, and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Books by Stephen Shapiro

Best Practices Are Stupid

What if almost everything you know about creating a culture of innovation is wrong? What if the way you are measuring innovation is choking it? What if your market research is asking all of the wrong questions? It's time to innovate the way you innovate. Stephen Shapiro is one of America's foremost innovation advisrrs, whose methods have helped organizations like Staples, GE, Telefónica, NASA, the U.S. Air Force, and USAA. He teaches his clients that innovation isn't just about generating occasional new ideas; it's about staying consistently one step ahead of the competition. • Hire people you don't like. Bring in the right mix of people to unleash your team's full potential. • Asking for ideas is a bad idea. Define challenges more clearly. If you ask better questions, you will get better answers. • Don't think outside the box; find a better box. Instead of giving your employees a blank slate, provide them with well-defined parameters that will increase their creative output. • Failure is always an option. Looking at innovation as a series of experiments allows you to redefine failure and learn from your results. Shapiro shows that nonstop innovation is attainable and vital to building a high-performing team, improving the bottom line, and staying ahead of the pack.

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Personality Poker

Do you delight in planning and taking action? Do you revel in facts and data? Do you crave new ideas and experiences? Do you feel more complete when you are around others? In other words, are you a spade, diamond, club, or heart? Find out by taking one of the quickest, easiest, and most entertaining personality tests to ever hit the business market. Over 25,000 people in dozens of Fortune 500 companies have played Personality Poker to spur innovation and optimize growth. Use the included cards and Steve Shapiro's insightful techniques to identify your personality "strong suit," revealing where you really belong in an organization and how to maximize your contribution. You will also discover: --Why the person you like the least is the one you need the most --How your greatest strength can limit your success --Why homogenous teams are more efficient, but end up limiting innovation

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