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Margaret Heffernan

CEO, Entrepreneur, Columnist & Author of "A Bigger Prize: How We Can Do Better than the Competition"

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 Margaret Heffernan Biography

Dr. Margaret Heffernan produced programmes for the BBC for 13 years. She then moved to the US where she spearheaded multimedia productions for Intuit, The Learning Company and Standard&Poors. She was Chief Executive of InfoMation Corporation, ZineZone Corporation and then iCast Corporation, was named one of the “Top 25” by Streaming Media magazine and one of the “Top 100 Media Executives” by The Hollywood Reporter.

The author of six books, Margaret’s third book, Willful Blindness : Why We Ignore the Obvious at our Peril was named one of the most important business books of the decade by the Financial Times. In 2015, she was awarded the Transmission Prize for A Bigger Prize: Why Competition isn’t Everything and How We Do Better, described as “meticulously researched…engagingly written…universally relevant and hard to fault.” Her TED talks have been seen by over nine million people and in 2015 TED published Beyond Measure: The Big Impact of Small Changes. Her most recent book, Uncharted: How to map the future will be published in 2020. She is a Professor of Practice at the University of Bath, Lead Faculty for the Forward Institute’s Responsible Leadership Programme and, through Merryck & Co., mentors CEOs and senior executives of major global organizations. She holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Bath and continues to write for the Financial Times and the Huffington Post.

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Margaret Heffernan

The more we rely on technology to make us efficient, the fewer skills we have...
Books
Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril

Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril

Women on Top

Women on Top

How She Does It: How Women Entrepreneurs Are Changing the Rules of Business Success

How She Does It: How Women Entrepreneurs Are Changing the Rules of Business Success

The Naked Truth: A Working Woman's Manifesto on Business and What Really Matters

The Naked Truth: A Working Woman's Manifesto on Business and What Really Matters

Speaking Topics
  • WILLFUL BLINDNESS OR THE 20/20 COMPANY

    The biggest challenge we face is knowing what is happening in our companies and in our industry. Time after time, we either miss major opportunities, market shifts or warning signs. How does that happen? The disasters are often explained as 'bad apples' but the truth is that the hardest aspect of leadership is gaining true insight into the business and the environment in which it operates. If Microsoft could miss the Internet, Pepsi could miss water and Nokia could miss smart phones, insight isn't just about hiring smart people. It's about understanding the obstacles to transparency and putting the structures, process and culture in place to surface mission-critical information. Margaret Heffernan draws on a century of psychological and organizational research, together with her own experience running companies, to investigate how business leaders can be better sighted, alert to the external and internal threats that challenge their very existence. In a provocative and entertaining presentation, she outlines the key social and neurological reasons why we cant see what ought to be obvious, why we ignore what we most need to see and why most of those around us do likewise. With examples drawn from organizations worldwide, audiences will learn how better to manage internal intelligence and external networks to ensure that they dont get blind-sided.

  • TALENT, CONFORMITY, CULTURE: Getting the Best from People

    To build the best, smartest workforce requires hiring a broad range of diverse, talented individuals. But if thats all it takes, why is it so hard to increase productivity? Why has productivity fallen for the last 50 years? Why is creativity and innovation something employees seem good at when theyre on vacation, but not when theyre at work? If theyre leaving to become entrepreneurs, why couldnt they be inventive where they are now? It turns out that hiring diverse people is the easy part. Keeping them diverse, creative and engaged is the hard part. In this provocative presentation, Margaret Heffernan outlines the social, neurological and psychological reasons why we so rarely get the best out of the smart people we hire. And she proposes numerous strategies for hiring the best and keeping them that way.

  • MONEY AND MOTIVATION

    Does money motivate people or not? Psychology experiments prove that it does and it doesnt. Not much help if youre trying to incentivize your workforce. So how does money work in organizations? What are the unintended consequences of over-pay and under-pay? What role does money play in getting the most from your people? In this presentation, Margaret Heffernan examines the complex psychological and neurological attitudes we display towards money and proposes ways in which it can be used more effectively to galvanize and focus the talent in your team. She argues that money is the most powerful tool that companies regularly misuse, and proposes ways to get it to work for you instead of against you. In this illuminating presentation you will learn
    • the unintended consequences of pay
    • the fundamental needs of your workforce
    • better, cheaper ways to motivate smart people

  • THE ONE FIRM FIRM

    After years of streamlining and hunkering down to weather the crises, what companies now most need to do is pull their people together. Collaboration and innovation are vital skills in global business—but where do they come from? How do leading companies get the alignment, trust and energy they need to get their people to work well together? What are the impediments to, and habits of, creative collaborative teams? Working across cultures, time zones and technology is logistically difficult but it’s usually the human factors that make it hard for companies to achieve their aims. Everyone talks about collaboration but few know how to do it, what it feels like or what organizational structures enable—or disable—it. What they all know is that if they can’t figure out how to do it will, others will. In this presentation you will learn: -The meaning and characteristics of collective intelligence -The business case for collaboration -Incentives that make people pull together -What gets in the way of teamwork -How great leadership teams function

  • TWO FOR ONE: SEEING RISKS/SEIZING OPPORTUNITY

    Big data, market research, social media: we can know more than ever and yet we keep missing the most important trends, information and trends. Why? What makes companies and individuals willfully blind? Pulling together a century of psychological, industrial and economic research, Margaret Heffernan argues that willful blindness is the biggest risk most organizations face. But the good news is that those companies that confront the issue don’t just reduce their risk; they also make themselves inherently more creative and collaborative. It’s a twofer: when you see more, you can make more and risk less. In this provocative presentation, you will learn: -What blinds companies to their risks -Why most employees don’t share their knowledge -How companies can kill creativity—or stoke it -The power of noticing and acting on what you see -How diversity can make companies smarter

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    Booking fees for Margaret Heffernan, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. 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 Margaret Heffernan, 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 Margaret Heffernan?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Margaret Heffernan for clients worldwide for more than 15 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 Margaret Heffernan for your next private or corporate function.
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Margaret Heffernan

CEO, Entrepreneur, Columnist & Author of "A Bigger Prize: How We Can Do Better than the Competition"

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Margaret Heffernan Biography

Dr. Margaret Heffernan produced programmes for the BBC for 13 years. She then moved to the US where she spearheaded multimedia productions for Intuit, The Learning Company and Standard&Poors. She was Chief Executive of InfoMation Corporation, ZineZone Corporation and then iCast Corporation, was named one of the “Top 25” by Streaming Media magazine and one of the “Top 100 Media Executives” by The Hollywood Reporter.

The author of six books, Margaret’s third book, Willful Blindness : Why We Ignore the Obvious at our Peril was named one of the most important business books of the decade by the Financial Times. In 2015, she was awarded the Transmission Prize for A Bigger Prize: Why Competition isn’t Everything and How We Do Better, described as “meticulously researched…engagingly written…universally relevant and hard to fault.” Her TED talks have been seen by over nine million people and in 2015 TED published Beyond Measure: The Big Impact of Small Changes. Her most recent book, Uncharted: How to map the future will be published in 2020. She is a Professor of Practice at the University of Bath, Lead Faculty for the Forward Institute’s Responsible Leadership Programme and, through Merryck & Co., mentors CEOs and senior executives of major global organizations. She holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Bath and continues to write for the Financial Times and the Huffington Post.

Margaret Heffernan Videos

  • Margaret Heffernan
    The more we rely on technology to make us efficient, the fewer skills we have to confront the unexpected, says writer and entrepreneur ...
  • Margaret Heffernan's full presentation at Future Talent 2018 - YouTube
    Author and businesswoman Margaret Heffernan returned to the Future Talent stage to deliver a keynote titled 'We all need friends at work, ...
  • The sound of things not being said | Margaret Heffernan

Margaret Heffernan Books

Margaret Heffernan Speaking Topics

  • WILLFUL BLINDNESS OR THE 20/20 COMPANY

    The biggest challenge we face is knowing what is happening in our companies and in our industry. Time after time, we either miss major opportunities, market shifts or warning signs. How does that happen? The disasters are often explained as 'bad apples' but the truth is that the hardest aspect of leadership is gaining true insight into the business and the environment in which it operates. If Microsoft could miss the Internet, Pepsi could miss water and Nokia could miss smart phones, insight isn't just about hiring smart people. It's about understanding the obstacles to transparency and putting the structures, process and culture in place to surface mission-critical information. Margaret Heffernan draws on a century of psychological and organizational research, together with her own experience running companies, to investigate how business leaders can be better sighted, alert to the external and internal threats that challenge their very existence. In a provocative and entertaining presentation, she outlines the key social and neurological reasons why we cant see what ought to be obvious, why we ignore what we most need to see and why most of those around us do likewise. With examples drawn from organizations worldwide, audiences will learn how better to manage internal intelligence and external networks to ensure that they dont get blind-sided.

  • TALENT, CONFORMITY, CULTURE: Getting the Best from People

    To build the best, smartest workforce requires hiring a broad range of diverse, talented individuals. But if thats all it takes, why is it so hard to increase productivity? Why has productivity fallen for the last 50 years? Why is creativity and innovation something employees seem good at when theyre on vacation, but not when theyre at work? If theyre leaving to become entrepreneurs, why couldnt they be inventive where they are now? It turns out that hiring diverse people is the easy part. Keeping them diverse, creative and engaged is the hard part. In this provocative presentation, Margaret Heffernan outlines the social, neurological and psychological reasons why we so rarely get the best out of the smart people we hire. And she proposes numerous strategies for hiring the best and keeping them that way.

  • MONEY AND MOTIVATION

    Does money motivate people or not? Psychology experiments prove that it does and it doesnt. Not much help if youre trying to incentivize your workforce. So how does money work in organizations? What are the unintended consequences of over-pay and under-pay? What role does money play in getting the most from your people? In this presentation, Margaret Heffernan examines the complex psychological and neurological attitudes we display towards money and proposes ways in which it can be used more effectively to galvanize and focus the talent in your team. She argues that money is the most powerful tool that companies regularly misuse, and proposes ways to get it to work for you instead of against you. In this illuminating presentation you will learn
    • the unintended consequences of pay
    • the fundamental needs of your workforce
    • better, cheaper ways to motivate smart people

  • THE ONE FIRM FIRM

    After years of streamlining and hunkering down to weather the crises, what companies now most need to do is pull their people together. Collaboration and innovation are vital skills in global business—but where do they come from? How do leading companies get the alignment, trust and energy they need to get their people to work well together? What are the impediments to, and habits of, creative collaborative teams? Working across cultures, time zones and technology is logistically difficult but it’s usually the human factors that make it hard for companies to achieve their aims. Everyone talks about collaboration but few know how to do it, what it feels like or what organizational structures enable—or disable—it. What they all know is that if they can’t figure out how to do it will, others will. In this presentation you will learn: -The meaning and characteristics of collective intelligence -The business case for collaboration -Incentives that make people pull together -What gets in the way of teamwork -How great leadership teams function

  • TWO FOR ONE: SEEING RISKS/SEIZING OPPORTUNITY

    Big data, market research, social media: we can know more than ever and yet we keep missing the most important trends, information and trends. Why? What makes companies and individuals willfully blind? Pulling together a century of psychological, industrial and economic research, Margaret Heffernan argues that willful blindness is the biggest risk most organizations face. But the good news is that those companies that confront the issue don’t just reduce their risk; they also make themselves inherently more creative and collaborative. It’s a twofer: when you see more, you can make more and risk less. In this provocative presentation, you will learn: -What blinds companies to their risks -Why most employees don’t share their knowledge -How companies can kill creativity—or stoke it -The power of noticing and acting on what you see -How diversity can make companies smarter

FAQs on booking Margaret Heffernan

  • How to book Margaret Heffernan?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Margaret Heffernan for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 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. Fill out a booking request form for Margaret Heffernan, 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 Margaret Heffernan or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Margaret Heffernan?

    Booking fees for Margaret Heffernan, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. 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 Margaret Heffernan, 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 Margaret Heffernan?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Margaret Heffernan for clients worldwide for more than 15 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 Margaret Heffernan 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 Margaret Heffernan or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Margaret Heffernan 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.

Margaret Heffernan is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Margaret Heffernan for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Margaret Heffernan generally travels from UK and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Rebecca Walker, Billie Jean King, Tania Luna and Polly LaBarre. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Margaret Heffernan for an upcoming event.

Margaret Heffernan Speaker Videos

  • Margaret Heffernan
    The more we rely on technology to make us efficient, the fewer skills we have to confront the unexpected, says writer and entrepreneur ...
    Margaret Heffernan's full presentation at Future Talent 2018 - YouTube
    Author and businesswoman Margaret Heffernan returned to the Future Talent stage to deliver a keynote titled 'We all need friends at work, ...
  • The sound of things not being said | Margaret Heffernan

Margaret Heffernan Speaking Topics

  • WILLFUL BLINDNESS OR THE 20/20 COMPANY

    The biggest challenge we face is knowing what is happening in our companies and in our industry. Time after time, we either miss major opportunities, market shifts or warning signs. How does that happen? The disasters are often explained as 'bad apples' but the truth is that the hardest aspect of leadership is gaining true insight into the business and the environment in which it operates. If Microsoft could miss the Internet, Pepsi could miss water and Nokia could miss smart phones, insight isn't just about hiring smart people. It's about understanding the obstacles to transparency and putting the structures, process and culture in place to surface mission-critical information. Margaret Heffernan draws on a century of psychological and organizational research, together with her own experience running companies, to investigate how business leaders can be better sighted, alert to the external and internal threats that challenge their very existence. In a provocative and entertaining presentation, she outlines the key social and neurological reasons why we cant see what ought to be obvious, why we ignore what we most need to see and why most of those around us do likewise. With examples drawn from organizations worldwide, audiences will learn how better to manage internal intelligence and external networks to ensure that they dont get blind-sided.

  • TALENT, CONFORMITY, CULTURE: Getting the Best from People

    To build the best, smartest workforce requires hiring a broad range of diverse, talented individuals. But if thats all it takes, why is it so hard to increase productivity? Why has productivity fallen for the last 50 years? Why is creativity and innovation something employees seem good at when theyre on vacation, but not when theyre at work? If theyre leaving to become entrepreneurs, why couldnt they be inventive where they are now? It turns out that hiring diverse people is the easy part. Keeping them diverse, creative and engaged is the hard part. In this provocative presentation, Margaret Heffernan outlines the social, neurological and psychological reasons why we so rarely get the best out of the smart people we hire. And she proposes numerous strategies for hiring the best and keeping them that way.

  • MONEY AND MOTIVATION

    Does money motivate people or not? Psychology experiments prove that it does and it doesnt. Not much help if youre trying to incentivize your workforce. So how does money work in organizations? What are the unintended consequences of over-pay and under-pay? What role does money play in getting the most from your people? In this presentation, Margaret Heffernan examines the complex psychological and neurological attitudes we display towards money and proposes ways in which it can be used more effectively to galvanize and focus the talent in your team. She argues that money is the most powerful tool that companies regularly misuse, and proposes ways to get it to work for you instead of against you. In this illuminating presentation you will learn
    • the unintended consequences of pay
    • the fundamental needs of your workforce
    • better, cheaper ways to motivate smart people

  • THE ONE FIRM FIRM

    After years of streamlining and hunkering down to weather the crises, what companies now most need to do is pull their people together. Collaboration and innovation are vital skills in global business—but where do they come from? How do leading companies get the alignment, trust and energy they need to get their people to work well together? What are the impediments to, and habits of, creative collaborative teams? Working across cultures, time zones and technology is logistically difficult but it’s usually the human factors that make it hard for companies to achieve their aims. Everyone talks about collaboration but few know how to do it, what it feels like or what organizational structures enable—or disable—it. What they all know is that if they can’t figure out how to do it will, others will. In this presentation you will learn: -The meaning and characteristics of collective intelligence -The business case for collaboration -Incentives that make people pull together -What gets in the way of teamwork -How great leadership teams function

  • TWO FOR ONE: SEEING RISKS/SEIZING OPPORTUNITY

    Big data, market research, social media: we can know more than ever and yet we keep missing the most important trends, information and trends. Why? What makes companies and individuals willfully blind? Pulling together a century of psychological, industrial and economic research, Margaret Heffernan argues that willful blindness is the biggest risk most organizations face. But the good news is that those companies that confront the issue don’t just reduce their risk; they also make themselves inherently more creative and collaborative. It’s a twofer: when you see more, you can make more and risk less. In this provocative presentation, you will learn: -What blinds companies to their risks -Why most employees don’t share their knowledge -How companies can kill creativity—or stoke it -The power of noticing and acting on what you see -How diversity can make companies smarter

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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.

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