Bill Taylor

Bill Taylor’s attention-getting, audience-grabbing style and message really worked with our team. He was enjoyed by the entire audience.

– Philips Healthcare

About

Bill Taylor has encouraged a generation of executives and company-builders to think differently about change, leadership, and the new world of work. A spirited and hard-charging entrepreneur, Bill co-founded Fast Company, easily the most influential voice on business and innovation in the last two decades. Fast Company chronicles the revolution in management and competition driven by technology, and profiles the mavericks and rule breakers who achieve outsize success by taking a different path. In less than six years, a magazine that took shape in borrowed office space in Harvard Square sold for $340 million.

Speech Topics

The Hard Work of Big Change

In an era of hyper-competition and non-stop disruption, the most urgent work for organizations everywhere is the work of making meaningful, deep-seated change. When customers have higher expectation than ever, digital technologies and new business models create more choices than ever, and political and social trends create more turmoil than ever. That means even the most successful companies have to rethink and reimagine every aspect of how they do business and deliver results – building on their past success, as they build out a new perspective on the future. But how do you break new ground when there is so much pressure to avoid mistakes? How do you keep people focused and confident in a world that seems so uncertain? In short, how do you unleash long-lasting, positive change in turbulent, fast moving times? These are the questions Bill Taylor addresses in his provocative and energizing keynote. His message is designed to hep leaders from all walks of life transform their organizations, shake up their industries, and challenge themselves. He brings his message to life with colorful stories of organizations that are unleashing innovations and driving transformations in all sorts of fields – from retain to software, automobiles to financial services, hotels to hospitals. Ultimately, Bill’s message, lessons, and stories amount to a manifesto for change and a manual for achieving it – at a moment when change is the name of the game.

Leadership in An Age of Disruption

In a world being remade before our eyes, leaders who make a difference are the ones who can reimagine what’s possible at their orgainzation and in their field, and who can turn bold strategies into relentless execution. And they’re not just CEOs; they’re executives running business untils, managers in charge of key departments, engineers or marketers running project teams, entrepreneurs building a company from scratch. regardless of their formal role or title in the organization, high-impact leaders exude both originality and utility-provocative thinking that energizes their colleagues, a roll-up-the-sleeves approach to work and culture that shapes how everyone shares ideas and solves problems. Put simply, the best leaders are the most insatiable learners and the most effective communicators. In this inspiring and instructive keynote, Bill Taylor offers hands-on thinking gleaned from the most extraordinary leaders he’s studied over the last 25 years. These leaders have many different personalities and styles, they’ve built very different kinds of companies and organizations, but they’ve all wrestled with the defining questions that face leaders everywhere-questions whose answers amount to a new agenda for leadership. the challenge for leaders today is to help their organizations see things that other organizations don’t see, and to do things that other organizations can’t and won’t do. Bill’s insights, stories, and takeaways prepare leaders for every level to master that challenge.

New Rules for Entrepreneurs

There has never been a more excitin time to be an entrepreneur, whether it’s building a company from a blank sheet of paper, launching or investing in a franchise, or starting something new inside an established organization. I nthe old world of business, the strong took from the weak. If you had the deepest pockets, the biggest factories or labs, the best-known brands, you won by virtue of your power. In the new world of business, the msark take from the strong. The most successful entrepreneurs don’t try to out-compete their bigger rivals; they redefine the terms of competition by embracing one-of-a-kind ideas in a world filled with me-too thinking. Thanks to the revolutions in computing, communications, and social media, along with an explosion of new business models and new sources of financing, smaller and smaller groups of people can do bigger and bigger things. In this proactive and pragmatic keynote targeted to entrepreneurs, small-business leaders, and franchise owners and operators, Bill Taylor offers a set of principles and a collection of case studies drawn from some of the world’s most successful company-builders; founders of small banks, restaurants, retailers, consumer-product companies, software firms, franchises, even a parking garage. These hard-changing entrepreneurial leaders are winning big by changing the game in their fields. Bill offers a new business plan for entrepreneurial growth, and hands-on advice for turning goals into results.

Talent, Culture and The New World of Work

Business today is about distinctive competitive strategies, game-changing technologies, and creative social media and marketing. But the most successful organizations, those built on fierce executive and nonstop innovation, work as distinctively as they compete. The first question great organizations can answer is: What separates us from our rivals in the market place? But the next questions is: What holds us together as colleagues in the workplace? In an era of brash ideas and disruptive business models, organizations that create the most extraordinary value are the ones that generate the most widely shared sense of commitment, connection and compassion among colleagues. Whether you’re in a fast-moving technology fiedl or a more traditional, slow-to-change industry, your orgnaization can’t be exceptional in the marketplace unless it creates something exceptional in the workplace. In a keynote that is at once highly strategic and deeply human, Bill Taylor draws on his access to some of the world’s most high performing and creative workplaces to expore how organizations can unleash and sustain a culture of fierce execution and nonstop innovation. His ideas, lessons, diagnostics, and case studies are a pragmatic guide to the new world of work and a cutting -edge agenda for recruiting, evaluating, organizing, and retaining talent.

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