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Josh Linkner

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Serial Entrepreneur, New York Times Best-Selling Author & Venture Capital Investor

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Josh Linkner Biography

Josh Linkner - a New York Times bestselling author - is a rare blend of business, art, and science.

On the business front, he’s been the founder and CEO of five tech companies, which created over 10,000 jobs and sold for a combined value of over $200 million. He’s the co-founder and Managing Partner of Muditā (mooDEE-tah) Venture Partners - an early-stage venture capital firm investing in groundbreaking technologies. Over the last 30 years, he's helped over 100 startups launch and scale, creating over $1 billion in investor returns. He's twice been named the EY Entrepreneur of The Year and is the recipient of the United States Presidential Champion of Change Award.

While proud of his business success, his roots are in the dangerous world of jazz music. He’s been playing guitar in smoky jazz clubs for 40 years, studied at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, and has performed over 1000 concerts around the world.

His experiences in both business and music led him to become one of the world’s foremost experts on innovation. Linkner is the co-founder and Chairman of Platypus Labs, a global research, training, and consulting firm. Today, he’s on a mission to help leaders Find A Way™ through creative problem-solving, inventive thinking, and ingenuity.

Speaking Topics
  • Find A Way™ A proven innovation framework to solve problems, accelerate opportunity, and sustain growth

    As we enter a new era of business, 50% of leaders in the United States have lost confidence in their ability to make decisions in the face of uncertainty. The level of disruption, technology threats, and volatility can be paralyzing. We are in a leadership crisis and must embrace a new model to meet today’s challenges.

    Prolific entrepreneur, venture capital investor, and innovation expert Josh Linkner helps you Find A WayTM through his proven 5-step innovation framework for cultivating full-organization ingenuity. Whatever outcomes you crave the most— from sales growth to competitive advantage to employee engagement — you’ll walk away with specific tools to drive sustainable success.

    The Find a WayTM framework prioritizes agility over brute force, creativity over hustle, and improvisation over perfect planning. Leaders who embrace the model are inspired and better equipped. They feel confident to move forward into the darkness and have a newfound capacity to win consistently, no matter the circumstances.

  • RETHINK. REBOOT. REINVENT. An innovative framework to navigate volatile times.

    Over the past 24 months, the world as we knew it was turned upside down. The COVID pandemic sent shock waves through our economy, supply chain, and workforce, ringing in a new era of accelerated transformation. The successful models of the past have been rendered obsolete, requiring leaders to rethink their strategy in this defining moment.

    In this inspiring and actionable keynote experience, 5-time tech entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author, venture capitalist, and world-renowned innovation expert Josh Linkner helps leaders respond to volatility with creative confidence. Exploring the core mindsets, habits, and tactics of the most innovative leaders on the planet, Linkner leaves audiences with an elevated capacity for inventive thinking and creative problem-solving through his battle-tested Reinvention Framework:

    • Reset. Pause, take inventory, and reassess. Recalibrate vision, goals, customer needs, market opportunity, regulatory environment, and competitive threats.
    • Release. Let go of existing assumptions and beliefs. Challenge conventional wisdom, defy traditional approaches, and reexamine previous models.
    • Reimagine. Spark fresh ideas using proven tools for creative problem solving and inventive thinking.
    • Redefine. Establish new rules of engagement. Retool existing approaches, models, and systems.
    • Realign. Reengage and reconnect key stakeholders (team, partners, customers, suppliers, media, investors) to the new reality.
    • Relaunch. Put new models into action intentionally while refining and readjusting in real time.
    • Reclaim. This deliberate framework will allow your organization and leaders to regain confidence, market leadership, and momentum.

    Participants (and their organizations) will leave the session…

    • Reenergized. Fueled with inspiration and energy to forge ahead in uncertain times.
    • Reequipped. Armed with a proven framework and specific tools to reinvent a new future.
    • Ready. Emboldened to meet the challenges of the day and drive sustainable success.

  • Disciplined Dreaming

    A proven system to drive breakthrough creativity.

    In our modern AI-driven world, creativity has become the currency of success. It’s the one thing that can’t be outsourced or automated; the indisputable competitive advantage. We are all hard-wired to be creative, yet most of us have underdeveloped creative skills. And today, more than ever before, creative problem-solving and inventive thinking are crucial to overcoming obstacles and seizing opportunities

    Based on the breakaway New York Times bestselling book published in 19 languages and globally recognized by over 2 million readers as the definitive work on applied creativity, author and creativity expert Josh Linkner takes the audience on a journey to unlock their dormant creative capacity. Inspiring stories, surprising truths, and instantly-applicable solutions make this keynote both energizing and actionable.

    This keynote serves leaders & teams who are:

    Facing increasing challenges and competitive threats Craving a new approach to harness their full creative potential Struggling to keep up with the pace of innovation

    The audience will leave with:

    • A proven model for harnessing and applying human creativity
    • An understanding of how the most innovative and disruptive leaders think and act
    • Practical techniques to generate more high-quality ideas at any time and for any challenge

  • The Innovative Leader

    A modern framework to lead with confidence in the face of uncertainty and change

    The business you're running today isn't the business you'll be running next year. In this moment of volatility and uncertainty, we are being called to lead in a radically different way… more decisive, creative, and adaptable. So how can we use this defining moment to ensure relevancy, sustainability, and success in the future?

    In this inspiring and practical keynote, battle-tested CEO, venture capital investor, and leadership expert Josh Linkner delivers a modern and accessible framework to help leaders thrive in the face of uncertainty and leverage their skills to move into uncharted territory with confidence.

    You’ll learn how to unlock inventive thinking, creative problem-solving, and ingenuity in every box of the org chart. The most successful leaders today help everyday people become everyday innovators. They make sure that innovation is an everyday business. This can’t-miss session goes way beyond the future of work.

    This is the future of growth, the future of relevancy, the future of leadership, and the future of success.

    This keynote serves leaders & teams who are

    • Being called to lead in a bold, new way
    • Overwhelmed with the demands of modern leadership
    • Craving a more innovative approach to drive explosive growth, gain competitive advantage, and get more from their teams

    The audience will leave with

    • A modern framework for innovative leadership
    • Insights from some of the world’s most prolific leaders
    • A behind-the-scenes view of legendary business disruption
    • Strategies to drive growth, engagement, and success amid change and uncertainty

  • THE MUSIC OF BUSINESS: Problem solving, collaboration and agility from the dangerous world of jazz music

    Live jazz is an art form that equates to real-time innovation. To even navigate through a single song, jazz musicians must collaborate, adapt to rapidly changing circumstances, and make decisions in the face of ambiguity. As the baton of leadership gets passed from one musician to the next, individual contributors are constantly course correcting, inventing, and creatively solving problems.

    Sounds just like your organization, doesn’t it?

    In this unique and memorable keynote, jazz guitarist and tech entrepreneur Josh Linkner uses a live musical performance as a metaphor for modern, innovative collaboration. Josh and his fellow musicians lead the audience on a musical journey, sharing an insider’s look at this stunning art form. Through the lens of a jazz musician, participants will gain a fresh perspective and new techniques for creative problem solving, improved collaboration, and real-time agility.

    This mesmerizing session’s finale features live audience participation. After helping to ”compose” a new jazz song, three audience members join the band and perform their new composition live in front of their peers (no musical experience necessary). Participants are given handheld percussion instruments • along with some fun props and costumes • and together with Josh and his fellow musicians, the group performs for the audience. This live performance brings the key learning principles to life, always ending in a cheering crowd and terrific pictures for social media.

  • BIG LITTLE BREAKTHROUGHS: How small, everyday ideas drive gigantic results

    The pressure to generate big ideas can feel overwhelming. We know that bold innovations are critical in these disruptive and competitive times, but when it comes to breakthrough thinking, we often freeze up. Instead of shooting for a $10 billion IPO or a Nobel Prize, the most prolific innovators focus instead on Big Little Breakthroughs – small, creative acts that unlock massive rewards over time. By building a daily habit of creativity, leaders and organizations not only enjoy a high volume of small wins, but also the daily practice of micro-innovations — the fastest route to discover the massive breakthroughs we seek.

    How did a convicted drug dealer use a Big Little Breakthrough to launch and scale a massively successful fitness company? Why was a nurse practitioner able to use daily micro-innovations to solve healthcare problems that the biggest corporations couldn’t crack? How did a tattoo lead to a 30% boost in performance for a publicly traded restaurant company?

    Big Little Breakthroughs isn’t just for propeller-head inventors, fancy pants CEOs, or hoodie-donning tech billionaires. Rather, it is a simple yet effective method for all of us to cultivate the power of human creativity. Focusing on a simple and deliberate approach to daily practice, the system enables people from all backgrounds, training, and walks of life to expand their creative skillset and mindset. It helps everyday individuals and leaders unlock inventive thinking and harness innovation to tackle tough challenges and seize bold opportunities.

    The Big Little Breakthroughs framework provides a specific and practical approach to unlocking dormant creative capacity. Instead of wild, risky and expensive moonshots, participants learn to unleash small, daily creative acts to drive gigantic results over time. In fact, cultivating high volumes of micro-innovations not only de-risks the creative process, it builds the much-needed skills that lead to colossal transformations...and the creative confidence to take responsible risks.

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Books
Big Little Breakthroughs: How Small, Everyday Innovations Drive Oversized Results

Big Little Breakthroughs: How Small, Everyday Innovations Drive Oversized Results

Hacking Innovation: The New Growth Model from the Sinister World of Hackers

Hacking Innovation: The New Growth Model from the Sinister World of Hackers

The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation

The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation

Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity

Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity

Leaning Forward: Surviving/Winning In the Future of Interactive Marketing

Leaning Forward: Surviving/Winning In the Future of Interactive Marketing

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Josh Linkner

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Serial Entrepreneur, New York Times Best-Selling Author & Venture Capital Investor

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Josh Linkner Biography

Josh Linkner - a New York Times bestselling author - is a rare blend of business, art, and science.

On the business front, he’s been the founder and CEO of five tech companies, which created over 10,000 jobs and sold for a combined value of over $200 million. He’s the co-founder and Managing Partner of Muditā (mooDEE-tah) Venture Partners - an early-stage venture capital firm investing in groundbreaking technologies. Over the last 30 years, he's helped over 100 startups launch and scale, creating over $1 billion in investor returns. He's twice been named the EY Entrepreneur of The Year and is the recipient of the United States Presidential Champion of Change Award.

While proud of his business success, his roots are in the dangerous world of jazz music. He’s been playing guitar in smoky jazz clubs for 40 years, studied at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, and has performed over 1000 concerts around the world.

His experiences in both business and music led him to become one of the world’s foremost experts on innovation. Linkner is the co-founder and Chairman of Platypus Labs, a global research, training, and consulting firm. Today, he’s on a mission to help leaders Find A Way™ through creative problem-solving, inventive thinking, and ingenuity.

Josh Linkner Speaking Topics

  • Find A Way™ A proven innovation framework to solve problems, accelerate opportunity, and sustain growth

    As we enter a new era of business, 50% of leaders in the United States have lost confidence in their ability to make decisions in the face of uncertainty. The level of disruption, technology threats, and volatility can be paralyzing. We are in a leadership crisis and must embrace a new model to meet today’s challenges.

    Prolific entrepreneur, venture capital investor, and innovation expert Josh Linkner helps you Find A WayTM through his proven 5-step innovation framework for cultivating full-organization ingenuity. Whatever outcomes you crave the most— from sales growth to competitive advantage to employee engagement — you’ll walk away with specific tools to drive sustainable success.

    The Find a WayTM framework prioritizes agility over brute force, creativity over hustle, and improvisation over perfect planning. Leaders who embrace the model are inspired and better equipped. They feel confident to move forward into the darkness and have a newfound capacity to win consistently, no matter the circumstances.

  • RETHINK. REBOOT. REINVENT. An innovative framework to navigate volatile times.

    Over the past 24 months, the world as we knew it was turned upside down. The COVID pandemic sent shock waves through our economy, supply chain, and workforce, ringing in a new era of accelerated transformation. The successful models of the past have been rendered obsolete, requiring leaders to rethink their strategy in this defining moment.

    In this inspiring and actionable keynote experience, 5-time tech entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author, venture capitalist, and world-renowned innovation expert Josh Linkner helps leaders respond to volatility with creative confidence. Exploring the core mindsets, habits, and tactics of the most innovative leaders on the planet, Linkner leaves audiences with an elevated capacity for inventive thinking and creative problem-solving through his battle-tested Reinvention Framework:

    • Reset. Pause, take inventory, and reassess. Recalibrate vision, goals, customer needs, market opportunity, regulatory environment, and competitive threats.
    • Release. Let go of existing assumptions and beliefs. Challenge conventional wisdom, defy traditional approaches, and reexamine previous models.
    • Reimagine. Spark fresh ideas using proven tools for creative problem solving and inventive thinking.
    • Redefine. Establish new rules of engagement. Retool existing approaches, models, and systems.
    • Realign. Reengage and reconnect key stakeholders (team, partners, customers, suppliers, media, investors) to the new reality.
    • Relaunch. Put new models into action intentionally while refining and readjusting in real time.
    • Reclaim. This deliberate framework will allow your organization and leaders to regain confidence, market leadership, and momentum.

    Participants (and their organizations) will leave the session…

    • Reenergized. Fueled with inspiration and energy to forge ahead in uncertain times.
    • Reequipped. Armed with a proven framework and specific tools to reinvent a new future.
    • Ready. Emboldened to meet the challenges of the day and drive sustainable success.

  • Disciplined Dreaming

    A proven system to drive breakthrough creativity.

    In our modern AI-driven world, creativity has become the currency of success. It’s the one thing that can’t be outsourced or automated; the indisputable competitive advantage. We are all hard-wired to be creative, yet most of us have underdeveloped creative skills. And today, more than ever before, creative problem-solving and inventive thinking are crucial to overcoming obstacles and seizing opportunities

    Based on the breakaway New York Times bestselling book published in 19 languages and globally recognized by over 2 million readers as the definitive work on applied creativity, author and creativity expert Josh Linkner takes the audience on a journey to unlock their dormant creative capacity. Inspiring stories, surprising truths, and instantly-applicable solutions make this keynote both energizing and actionable.

    This keynote serves leaders & teams who are:

    Facing increasing challenges and competitive threats Craving a new approach to harness their full creative potential Struggling to keep up with the pace of innovation

    The audience will leave with:

    • A proven model for harnessing and applying human creativity
    • An understanding of how the most innovative and disruptive leaders think and act
    • Practical techniques to generate more high-quality ideas at any time and for any challenge

  • The Innovative Leader

    A modern framework to lead with confidence in the face of uncertainty and change

    The business you're running today isn't the business you'll be running next year. In this moment of volatility and uncertainty, we are being called to lead in a radically different way… more decisive, creative, and adaptable. So how can we use this defining moment to ensure relevancy, sustainability, and success in the future?

    In this inspiring and practical keynote, battle-tested CEO, venture capital investor, and leadership expert Josh Linkner delivers a modern and accessible framework to help leaders thrive in the face of uncertainty and leverage their skills to move into uncharted territory with confidence.

    You’ll learn how to unlock inventive thinking, creative problem-solving, and ingenuity in every box of the org chart. The most successful leaders today help everyday people become everyday innovators. They make sure that innovation is an everyday business. This can’t-miss session goes way beyond the future of work.

    This is the future of growth, the future of relevancy, the future of leadership, and the future of success.

    This keynote serves leaders & teams who are

    • Being called to lead in a bold, new way
    • Overwhelmed with the demands of modern leadership
    • Craving a more innovative approach to drive explosive growth, gain competitive advantage, and get more from their teams

    The audience will leave with

    • A modern framework for innovative leadership
    • Insights from some of the world’s most prolific leaders
    • A behind-the-scenes view of legendary business disruption
    • Strategies to drive growth, engagement, and success amid change and uncertainty

  • THE MUSIC OF BUSINESS: Problem solving, collaboration and agility from the dangerous world of jazz music

    Live jazz is an art form that equates to real-time innovation. To even navigate through a single song, jazz musicians must collaborate, adapt to rapidly changing circumstances, and make decisions in the face of ambiguity. As the baton of leadership gets passed from one musician to the next, individual contributors are constantly course correcting, inventing, and creatively solving problems.

    Sounds just like your organization, doesn’t it?

    In this unique and memorable keynote, jazz guitarist and tech entrepreneur Josh Linkner uses a live musical performance as a metaphor for modern, innovative collaboration. Josh and his fellow musicians lead the audience on a musical journey, sharing an insider’s look at this stunning art form. Through the lens of a jazz musician, participants will gain a fresh perspective and new techniques for creative problem solving, improved collaboration, and real-time agility.

    This mesmerizing session’s finale features live audience participation. After helping to ”compose” a new jazz song, three audience members join the band and perform their new composition live in front of their peers (no musical experience necessary). Participants are given handheld percussion instruments • along with some fun props and costumes • and together with Josh and his fellow musicians, the group performs for the audience. This live performance brings the key learning principles to life, always ending in a cheering crowd and terrific pictures for social media.

  • BIG LITTLE BREAKTHROUGHS: How small, everyday ideas drive gigantic results

    The pressure to generate big ideas can feel overwhelming. We know that bold innovations are critical in these disruptive and competitive times, but when it comes to breakthrough thinking, we often freeze up. Instead of shooting for a $10 billion IPO or a Nobel Prize, the most prolific innovators focus instead on Big Little Breakthroughs – small, creative acts that unlock massive rewards over time. By building a daily habit of creativity, leaders and organizations not only enjoy a high volume of small wins, but also the daily practice of micro-innovations — the fastest route to discover the massive breakthroughs we seek.

    How did a convicted drug dealer use a Big Little Breakthrough to launch and scale a massively successful fitness company? Why was a nurse practitioner able to use daily micro-innovations to solve healthcare problems that the biggest corporations couldn’t crack? How did a tattoo lead to a 30% boost in performance for a publicly traded restaurant company?

    Big Little Breakthroughs isn’t just for propeller-head inventors, fancy pants CEOs, or hoodie-donning tech billionaires. Rather, it is a simple yet effective method for all of us to cultivate the power of human creativity. Focusing on a simple and deliberate approach to daily practice, the system enables people from all backgrounds, training, and walks of life to expand their creative skillset and mindset. It helps everyday individuals and leaders unlock inventive thinking and harness innovation to tackle tough challenges and seize bold opportunities.

    The Big Little Breakthroughs framework provides a specific and practical approach to unlocking dormant creative capacity. Instead of wild, risky and expensive moonshots, participants learn to unleash small, daily creative acts to drive gigantic results over time. In fact, cultivating high volumes of micro-innovations not only de-risks the creative process, it builds the much-needed skills that lead to colossal transformations...and the creative confidence to take responsible risks.

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  • How to book Josh Linkner?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Josh Linkner for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Josh Linkner, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Josh Linkner or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Josh Linkner?

    Speaking fees for Josh Linkner, or any other keynote speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The amount that Josh Linkner charges to speak often varies according to the circumstances, including their schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Josh Linkner, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Josh Linkner?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Josh Linkner for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Josh Linkner for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Josh Linkner or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Josh Linkner or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Josh Linkner is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Find A Way™ A proven innovation framework to solve problems, accelerate opportunity, and sustain growth, RETHINK. REBOOT. REINVENT. An innovative framework to navigate volatile times. , Disciplined Dreaming, The Innovative Leader, THE MUSIC OF BUSINESS: Problem solving, collaboration and agility from the dangerous world of jazz music and BIG LITTLE BREAKTHROUGHS: How small, everyday ideas drive gigantic results. The estimated speaking fee range to book Josh Linkner for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Josh Linkner generally travels from Detroit, MI, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Erik Qualman, Eric Boles, Erica Dhawan, Eduardo Briceño and Daymond John. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Josh Linkner for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Josh Linkner Speaking Topics

  • Find A Way™ A proven innovation framework to solve problems, accelerate opportunity, and sustain growth

    As we enter a new era of business, 50% of leaders in the United States have lost confidence in their ability to make decisions in the face of uncertainty. The level of disruption, technology threats, and volatility can be paralyzing. We are in a leadership crisis and must embrace a new model to meet today’s challenges.

    Prolific entrepreneur, venture capital investor, and innovation expert Josh Linkner helps you Find A WayTM through his proven 5-step innovation framework for cultivating full-organization ingenuity. Whatever outcomes you crave the most— from sales growth to competitive advantage to employee engagement — you’ll walk away with specific tools to drive sustainable success.

    The Find a WayTM framework prioritizes agility over brute force, creativity over hustle, and improvisation over perfect planning. Leaders who embrace the model are inspired and better equipped. They feel confident to move forward into the darkness and have a newfound capacity to win consistently, no matter the circumstances.

  • RETHINK. REBOOT. REINVENT. An innovative framework to navigate volatile times.

    Over the past 24 months, the world as we knew it was turned upside down. The COVID pandemic sent shock waves through our economy, supply chain, and workforce, ringing in a new era of accelerated transformation. The successful models of the past have been rendered obsolete, requiring leaders to rethink their strategy in this defining moment.

    In this inspiring and actionable keynote experience, 5-time tech entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author, venture capitalist, and world-renowned innovation expert Josh Linkner helps leaders respond to volatility with creative confidence. Exploring the core mindsets, habits, and tactics of the most innovative leaders on the planet, Linkner leaves audiences with an elevated capacity for inventive thinking and creative problem-solving through his battle-tested Reinvention Framework:

    • Reset. Pause, take inventory, and reassess. Recalibrate vision, goals, customer needs, market opportunity, regulatory environment, and competitive threats.
    • Release. Let go of existing assumptions and beliefs. Challenge conventional wisdom, defy traditional approaches, and reexamine previous models.
    • Reimagine. Spark fresh ideas using proven tools for creative problem solving and inventive thinking.
    • Redefine. Establish new rules of engagement. Retool existing approaches, models, and systems.
    • Realign. Reengage and reconnect key stakeholders (team, partners, customers, suppliers, media, investors) to the new reality.
    • Relaunch. Put new models into action intentionally while refining and readjusting in real time.
    • Reclaim. This deliberate framework will allow your organization and leaders to regain confidence, market leadership, and momentum.

    Participants (and their organizations) will leave the session…

    • Reenergized. Fueled with inspiration and energy to forge ahead in uncertain times.
    • Reequipped. Armed with a proven framework and specific tools to reinvent a new future.
    • Ready. Emboldened to meet the challenges of the day and drive sustainable success.

  • Disciplined Dreaming

    A proven system to drive breakthrough creativity.

    In our modern AI-driven world, creativity has become the currency of success. It’s the one thing that can’t be outsourced or automated; the indisputable competitive advantage. We are all hard-wired to be creative, yet most of us have underdeveloped creative skills. And today, more than ever before, creative problem-solving and inventive thinking are crucial to overcoming obstacles and seizing opportunities

    Based on the breakaway New York Times bestselling book published in 19 languages and globally recognized by over 2 million readers as the definitive work on applied creativity, author and creativity expert Josh Linkner takes the audience on a journey to unlock their dormant creative capacity. Inspiring stories, surprising truths, and instantly-applicable solutions make this keynote both energizing and actionable.

    This keynote serves leaders & teams who are:

    Facing increasing challenges and competitive threats Craving a new approach to harness their full creative potential Struggling to keep up with the pace of innovation

    The audience will leave with:

    • A proven model for harnessing and applying human creativity
    • An understanding of how the most innovative and disruptive leaders think and act
    • Practical techniques to generate more high-quality ideas at any time and for any challenge

  • The Innovative Leader

    A modern framework to lead with confidence in the face of uncertainty and change

    The business you're running today isn't the business you'll be running next year. In this moment of volatility and uncertainty, we are being called to lead in a radically different way… more decisive, creative, and adaptable. So how can we use this defining moment to ensure relevancy, sustainability, and success in the future?

    In this inspiring and practical keynote, battle-tested CEO, venture capital investor, and leadership expert Josh Linkner delivers a modern and accessible framework to help leaders thrive in the face of uncertainty and leverage their skills to move into uncharted territory with confidence.

    You’ll learn how to unlock inventive thinking, creative problem-solving, and ingenuity in every box of the org chart. The most successful leaders today help everyday people become everyday innovators. They make sure that innovation is an everyday business. This can’t-miss session goes way beyond the future of work.

    This is the future of growth, the future of relevancy, the future of leadership, and the future of success.

    This keynote serves leaders & teams who are

    • Being called to lead in a bold, new way
    • Overwhelmed with the demands of modern leadership
    • Craving a more innovative approach to drive explosive growth, gain competitive advantage, and get more from their teams

    The audience will leave with

    • A modern framework for innovative leadership
    • Insights from some of the world’s most prolific leaders
    • A behind-the-scenes view of legendary business disruption
    • Strategies to drive growth, engagement, and success amid change and uncertainty

  • THE MUSIC OF BUSINESS: Problem solving, collaboration and agility from the dangerous world of jazz music

    Live jazz is an art form that equates to real-time innovation. To even navigate through a single song, jazz musicians must collaborate, adapt to rapidly changing circumstances, and make decisions in the face of ambiguity. As the baton of leadership gets passed from one musician to the next, individual contributors are constantly course correcting, inventing, and creatively solving problems.

    Sounds just like your organization, doesn’t it?

    In this unique and memorable keynote, jazz guitarist and tech entrepreneur Josh Linkner uses a live musical performance as a metaphor for modern, innovative collaboration. Josh and his fellow musicians lead the audience on a musical journey, sharing an insider’s look at this stunning art form. Through the lens of a jazz musician, participants will gain a fresh perspective and new techniques for creative problem solving, improved collaboration, and real-time agility.

    This mesmerizing session’s finale features live audience participation. After helping to ”compose” a new jazz song, three audience members join the band and perform their new composition live in front of their peers (no musical experience necessary). Participants are given handheld percussion instruments • along with some fun props and costumes • and together with Josh and his fellow musicians, the group performs for the audience. This live performance brings the key learning principles to life, always ending in a cheering crowd and terrific pictures for social media.

  • BIG LITTLE BREAKTHROUGHS: How small, everyday ideas drive gigantic results

    The pressure to generate big ideas can feel overwhelming. We know that bold innovations are critical in these disruptive and competitive times, but when it comes to breakthrough thinking, we often freeze up. Instead of shooting for a $10 billion IPO or a Nobel Prize, the most prolific innovators focus instead on Big Little Breakthroughs – small, creative acts that unlock massive rewards over time. By building a daily habit of creativity, leaders and organizations not only enjoy a high volume of small wins, but also the daily practice of micro-innovations — the fastest route to discover the massive breakthroughs we seek.

    How did a convicted drug dealer use a Big Little Breakthrough to launch and scale a massively successful fitness company? Why was a nurse practitioner able to use daily micro-innovations to solve healthcare problems that the biggest corporations couldn’t crack? How did a tattoo lead to a 30% boost in performance for a publicly traded restaurant company?

    Big Little Breakthroughs isn’t just for propeller-head inventors, fancy pants CEOs, or hoodie-donning tech billionaires. Rather, it is a simple yet effective method for all of us to cultivate the power of human creativity. Focusing on a simple and deliberate approach to daily practice, the system enables people from all backgrounds, training, and walks of life to expand their creative skillset and mindset. It helps everyday individuals and leaders unlock inventive thinking and harness innovation to tackle tough challenges and seize bold opportunities.

    The Big Little Breakthroughs framework provides a specific and practical approach to unlocking dormant creative capacity. Instead of wild, risky and expensive moonshots, participants learn to unleash small, daily creative acts to drive gigantic results over time. In fact, cultivating high volumes of micro-innovations not only de-risks the creative process, it builds the much-needed skills that lead to colossal transformations...and the creative confidence to take responsible risks.

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