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Stephen Shapiro

Innovation Consultant & Bestselling Author of "Personality Poker" and "Best Practices Are Stupid"

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Stephen Shapiro Biography

Stephen Shapiro is one of the foremost authorities on innovation culture, collaboration, and open innovation. Many large corporate meetings and conferences kick off their event with him. He cultivates innovation by showing leaders and their teams how to approach, tackle and solve their business challenges. Applying the knowledge he has accrued over decades in the industry, he is able to see what others can’t: opportunities to improve innovation models and the cultures that support them.

The first innovation opportunity Shapiro spotted was the opportunity to innovate within his own life. Halfway through his 15-year tenure at Accenture, while co-leading the company’s business process reengineering practice, he realized he no longer wanted to be responsible for people losing their jobs. So he did exactly the opposite by building Accenture’s thriving 20,000-person process and innovation practice focused on growth and job creation. In 2001, after publishing his first book, 24/7 Innovation, he left Accenture to become a full-time innovation speaker and advisor to clients around the world. Since then he has published four more books – Goal-Free Living (2006), The Little Book of Big Innovation Ideas (2007), Personality Poker (2010) and Best Practices are Stupid (2011) — and spoken to audiences in 50 different countries. His sixth book, Invisible Solutions, published in 2020.

Today, he continues to focus on transforming the way businesses like 3M, P&G, Marriott, Nike, and Microsoft improve innovation practices through customized keynote speeches, advisory engagements and other services. Passionate and captivating, his high-energy approach to innovation gets audiences out of their seats and into new ways of thinking about their business challenges.

Shapiro just finished serving a six-year term on the Board of Directors of National Speakers Association (NSA) and is the recipient of the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation, NSA’s highest earned designation. In 2015 he was inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame. He has a degree from Cornell University in Industrial Engineering, which has helped him optimize the entire innovation process using the engineering techniques he learned there.

He was also involved with Girl Starter, a movement that encourages and enables young women to launch their own businesses. He was a judge and mentor on the television show (TLC) and has supported the speaking tour and other endeavors.

Stephen Shapiro is based in Orlando, Florida and loves traveling to meet his clients around the world.

Speaking Topics
  • Process Innovation

    It’s one thing to benchmark a competitor and attempt to match them stride for stride. It’s quite another to take the lead with product and process innovation. With Shapiro’s 7R’s – a powerful tool for reinvigorating your company’s processes – the competition will be looking up at what you’re doing and trying to figure out what they’ve missed. Loaded with practical examples.

  • Creating an Innovation Strategy

    Your organization must be aligned behind a clearly defined innovation strategy. But do you know what yours is? Do you know how innovation can help you beat the competition? Do you know how to target innovation within your organization? Do you know how your innovation strategy translates into a direct blueprint for change? This speech will give you a specific framework for creating lasting results in your organization.

  • Institutionalizing Innovation

    Creating a 24/7 Innovation Culture

    Change is the only constant in business. And when the pace of change outside of your organization is greater than the pace of change within, you will be out of business. How can you survive and thrive in this highly volatile environment? Only through the creation of a pervasive culture of innovation in your organization – an environment where innovation is as natural as breathing. In this keynote, you will learn tips for systematically moving from ad-hoc to organic innovation. Hear what leading edge companies are doing today, and what you can do tomorrow.

  • Speed Ideating

    Breakthrough Thinking at Breakneck Speeds

    An innovative organization is built on new ideas. But what if your employees lack the skills to think creatively? The good news is, everyone is creative. Unfortunately many have learned bad habits that stop innovation from emerging. “Speed Ideating” is a hands-on, rapid fire creativity session where you will learn radical, and pragmatic, techniques for solving your most pressing business problems. During this fast-paced, engaging, and highly interactive speech, you will gain powerful insights into problem statement development, techniques for generating breakthrough ideas, and tools for enhancing team creativity. You leave with practical solutions. More importantly, you will be armed with powerful techniques that you can use on a daily basis.

  • The Performance Paradox

    Increasing Human Performance

    Every leader dreams of finding the magic bullet that will increase creativity, boost productivity, and improve morale. Surprisingly, one of the most effective solutions may be the most counter-intuitive: sometimes less effort, not more, yields optimal results. To create a pervasive culture of innovation, you must first create an environment of performance and motivation. Although goals and performance targets are useful tools, they can also have a detrimental impact on results. When people are too future-fixated, their creativity and overall performance diminish. Find the sweet spot of optimal performance, and you will undoubtedly see an increase in employee productivity, creativity, and satisfaction—all with less effort.

  • Innovation Personality Poker

    Your organization’s ability to innovate would be supercharged if every employee understood how they contribute to – and detract from – the innovation process. To help provide these insights, we developed a highly interactive game called “Innovation Personality Poker.” All participants trade specially designed poker cards with each other. The objective is to get a perfect hand that reveals your preferred innovation style and how you can best contribute to the success of your organization. It will also help you build high performing innovation teams within your organization.

Videos
Books
Best Practices Are Stupid: 40 Ways to Out-Innovate the Competition

Best Practices Are Stupid: 40 Ways to Out-Innovate the Competition

Personality Poker: The Playing Card Tool for Driving High-Performance Teamworkand Innovation

Personality Poker: The Playing Card Tool for Driving High-Performance Teamworkand Innovation

Goal-Free Living: How to Have the Life You Want NOW!

Goal-Free Living: How to Have the Life You Want NOW!

24/7 Innovation: A Blueprint for Surviving and Thriving in an Age of Change

24/7 Innovation: A Blueprint for Surviving and Thriving in an Age of Change

FAQs
  • How do I book Stephen Shapiro to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Stephen Shapiro for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Stephen Shapiro, 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 speaking fee information and check availability for Stephen Shapiro or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Stephen Shapiro

    Speaking fees for Stephen Shapiro, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Stephen Shapiro are $30,000 - $50,000 for live events and $20,000 - $30,000 for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Stephen Shapiro, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Stephen Shapiro speak about?

  • Where does Stephen Shapiro travel from?

    Stephen Shapiro generally travels from Orlando, FL, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Stephen Shapiro’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Stephen Shapiro for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker 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. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Stephen Shapiro for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Stephen Shapiro or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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Innovation Consultant & Bestselling Author of "Personality Poker" and "Best Practices Are Stupid"

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Stephen Shapiro Biography

Stephen Shapiro is one of the foremost authorities on innovation culture, collaboration, and open innovation. Many large corporate meetings and conferences kick off their event with him. He cultivates innovation by showing leaders and their teams how to approach, tackle and solve their business challenges. Applying the knowledge he has accrued over decades in the industry, he is able to see what others can’t: opportunities to improve innovation models and the cultures that support them.

The first innovation opportunity Shapiro spotted was the opportunity to innovate within his own life. Halfway through his 15-year tenure at Accenture, while co-leading the company’s business process reengineering practice, he realized he no longer wanted to be responsible for people losing their jobs. So he did exactly the opposite by building Accenture’s thriving 20,000-person process and innovation practice focused on growth and job creation. In 2001, after publishing his first book, 24/7 Innovation, he left Accenture to become a full-time innovation speaker and advisor to clients around the world. Since then he has published four more books – Goal-Free Living (2006), The Little Book of Big Innovation Ideas (2007), Personality Poker (2010) and Best Practices are Stupid (2011) — and spoken to audiences in 50 different countries. His sixth book, Invisible Solutions, published in 2020.

Today, he continues to focus on transforming the way businesses like 3M, P&G, Marriott, Nike, and Microsoft improve innovation practices through customized keynote speeches, advisory engagements and other services. Passionate and captivating, his high-energy approach to innovation gets audiences out of their seats and into new ways of thinking about their business challenges.

Shapiro just finished serving a six-year term on the Board of Directors of National Speakers Association (NSA) and is the recipient of the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation, NSA’s highest earned designation. In 2015 he was inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame. He has a degree from Cornell University in Industrial Engineering, which has helped him optimize the entire innovation process using the engineering techniques he learned there.

He was also involved with Girl Starter, a movement that encourages and enables young women to launch their own businesses. He was a judge and mentor on the television show (TLC) and has supported the speaking tour and other endeavors.

Stephen Shapiro is based in Orlando, Florida and loves traveling to meet his clients around the world.

Stephen Shapiro Speaking Topics

  • Process Innovation

    It’s one thing to benchmark a competitor and attempt to match them stride for stride. It’s quite another to take the lead with product and process innovation. With Shapiro’s 7R’s – a powerful tool for reinvigorating your company’s processes – the competition will be looking up at what you’re doing and trying to figure out what they’ve missed. Loaded with practical examples.

  • Creating an Innovation Strategy

    Your organization must be aligned behind a clearly defined innovation strategy. But do you know what yours is? Do you know how innovation can help you beat the competition? Do you know how to target innovation within your organization? Do you know how your innovation strategy translates into a direct blueprint for change? This speech will give you a specific framework for creating lasting results in your organization.

  • Institutionalizing Innovation

    Creating a 24/7 Innovation Culture

    Change is the only constant in business. And when the pace of change outside of your organization is greater than the pace of change within, you will be out of business. How can you survive and thrive in this highly volatile environment? Only through the creation of a pervasive culture of innovation in your organization – an environment where innovation is as natural as breathing. In this keynote, you will learn tips for systematically moving from ad-hoc to organic innovation. Hear what leading edge companies are doing today, and what you can do tomorrow.

  • Speed Ideating

    Breakthrough Thinking at Breakneck Speeds

    An innovative organization is built on new ideas. But what if your employees lack the skills to think creatively? The good news is, everyone is creative. Unfortunately many have learned bad habits that stop innovation from emerging. “Speed Ideating” is a hands-on, rapid fire creativity session where you will learn radical, and pragmatic, techniques for solving your most pressing business problems. During this fast-paced, engaging, and highly interactive speech, you will gain powerful insights into problem statement development, techniques for generating breakthrough ideas, and tools for enhancing team creativity. You leave with practical solutions. More importantly, you will be armed with powerful techniques that you can use on a daily basis.

  • The Performance Paradox

    Increasing Human Performance

    Every leader dreams of finding the magic bullet that will increase creativity, boost productivity, and improve morale. Surprisingly, one of the most effective solutions may be the most counter-intuitive: sometimes less effort, not more, yields optimal results. To create a pervasive culture of innovation, you must first create an environment of performance and motivation. Although goals and performance targets are useful tools, they can also have a detrimental impact on results. When people are too future-fixated, their creativity and overall performance diminish. Find the sweet spot of optimal performance, and you will undoubtedly see an increase in employee productivity, creativity, and satisfaction—all with less effort.

  • Innovation Personality Poker

    Your organization’s ability to innovate would be supercharged if every employee understood how they contribute to – and detract from – the innovation process. To help provide these insights, we developed a highly interactive game called “Innovation Personality Poker.” All participants trade specially designed poker cards with each other. The objective is to get a perfect hand that reveals your preferred innovation style and how you can best contribute to the success of your organization. It will also help you build high performing innovation teams within your organization.

Stephen Shapiro Videos

  • Discovering 25 Breakthrough Lenses that Solve Any Business Problems
    What if your organization had an effective systematic approach for dealing with any problem? To get there, you have to understand that to find...
  • Boaty McBoatface | Stephen Shapiro #innovation #speaker
    Learn more about Stephen Shapiro, his books and services: https://www.stephenshapiro.com​ Stephen Shapiro cultivates innovation by showing...
  • Stephen Shapiro: "3-minute Speaker Reel"
    Helping Organizations Solve Their Most Difficult Business Problems - and Drive Tenfold Improvements in their Innovation ROI Hire Stephen to speak at...

Stephen Shapiro Books

FAQs on booking Stephen Shapiro

  • How do I book Stephen Shapiro to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Stephen Shapiro for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Stephen Shapiro, 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 speaking fee information and check availability for Stephen Shapiro or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Stephen Shapiro

    Speaking fees for Stephen Shapiro, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Stephen Shapiro are $30,000 - $50,000 for live events and $20,000 - $30,000 for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Stephen Shapiro, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Stephen Shapiro speak about?

  • Where does Stephen Shapiro travel from?

    Stephen Shapiro generally travels from Orlando, FL, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Stephen Shapiro’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Stephen Shapiro for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker 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. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Stephen Shapiro for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Stephen Shapiro or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Stephen Shapiro is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Process Innovation, Creating an Innovation Strategy, Institutionalizing Innovation, Speed Ideating, The Performance Paradox and Innovation Personality Poker. The estimated speaking fee range to book Stephen Shapiro for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Stephen Shapiro generally travels from Orlando, FL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Adrian Gostick, Mike Abrashoff, Peter Sheahan, Afterburner and Tim Sanders. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Stephen Shapiro for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Stephen Shapiro Speaking Topics

  • Process Innovation

    It’s one thing to benchmark a competitor and attempt to match them stride for stride. It’s quite another to take the lead with product and process innovation. With Shapiro’s 7R’s – a powerful tool for reinvigorating your company’s processes – the competition will be looking up at what you’re doing and trying to figure out what they’ve missed. Loaded with practical examples.

  • Creating an Innovation Strategy

    Your organization must be aligned behind a clearly defined innovation strategy. But do you know what yours is? Do you know how innovation can help you beat the competition? Do you know how to target innovation within your organization? Do you know how your innovation strategy translates into a direct blueprint for change? This speech will give you a specific framework for creating lasting results in your organization.

  • Institutionalizing Innovation

    Creating a 24/7 Innovation Culture

    Change is the only constant in business. And when the pace of change outside of your organization is greater than the pace of change within, you will be out of business. How can you survive and thrive in this highly volatile environment? Only through the creation of a pervasive culture of innovation in your organization – an environment where innovation is as natural as breathing. In this keynote, you will learn tips for systematically moving from ad-hoc to organic innovation. Hear what leading edge companies are doing today, and what you can do tomorrow.

  • Speed Ideating

    Breakthrough Thinking at Breakneck Speeds

    An innovative organization is built on new ideas. But what if your employees lack the skills to think creatively? The good news is, everyone is creative. Unfortunately many have learned bad habits that stop innovation from emerging. “Speed Ideating” is a hands-on, rapid fire creativity session where you will learn radical, and pragmatic, techniques for solving your most pressing business problems. During this fast-paced, engaging, and highly interactive speech, you will gain powerful insights into problem statement development, techniques for generating breakthrough ideas, and tools for enhancing team creativity. You leave with practical solutions. More importantly, you will be armed with powerful techniques that you can use on a daily basis.

  • The Performance Paradox

    Increasing Human Performance

    Every leader dreams of finding the magic bullet that will increase creativity, boost productivity, and improve morale. Surprisingly, one of the most effective solutions may be the most counter-intuitive: sometimes less effort, not more, yields optimal results. To create a pervasive culture of innovation, you must first create an environment of performance and motivation. Although goals and performance targets are useful tools, they can also have a detrimental impact on results. When people are too future-fixated, their creativity and overall performance diminish. Find the sweet spot of optimal performance, and you will undoubtedly see an increase in employee productivity, creativity, and satisfaction—all with less effort.

  • Innovation Personality Poker

    Your organization’s ability to innovate would be supercharged if every employee understood how they contribute to – and detract from – the innovation process. To help provide these insights, we developed a highly interactive game called “Innovation Personality Poker.” All participants trade specially designed poker cards with each other. The objective is to get a perfect hand that reveals your preferred innovation style and how you can best contribute to the success of your organization. It will also help you build high performing innovation teams within your organization.

Stephen Shapiro Speaker Videos

  • Discovering 25 Breakthrough Lenses that Solve Any Business Problems
    What if your organization had an effective systematic approach for dealing with any problem? To get there, you have to understand that to find better solutions, you need to first ask better...
    Boaty McBoatface | Stephen Shapiro #innovation #speaker
    Learn more about Stephen Shapiro, his books and services: https://www.stephenshapiro.com​ Stephen Shapiro cultivates innovation by showing leaders and their teams how to approach, tackle and...
  • Stephen Shapiro: "3-minute Speaker Reel"
    Helping Organizations Solve Their Most Difficult Business Problems - and Drive Tenfold Improvements in their Innovation ROI Hire Stephen to speak at your next event....

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.

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