Erik Wahl is an internationally recognized artist, TED speaker, and No. 1 bestselling author. His breakthrough experience as an artist and entrepreneur has translated into making him into one of the most sought-after corporate speakers on the circuit today.
On stage, Erik’s keynote experience creates a dynamic multidimensional metaphor for how to systematically embrace innovation and risk. His message: disruption is the new normal and businesses must embrace creativity in a wholesale fashion, or risk being left behind. Erik’s presentation inspires organizations to be increasingly agile and outlines how to use disruption as a competitive advantage. Some companies will be disrupted others will choose to be the disruptor. Choose wisely.
His new book, The Spark and the Grind, activates the essential components of translating ideas into action. His breakthrough thinking has earned praise from the likes of top influencers in both art and business. Erik’s previous book, a bestseller called Unthink was hailed by Forbes Magazine as The blueprint to actionable creativity, and by Fast Company Magazine as “provocative with a purpose.”
The Warhol of Wall Street, the Renoir of ROI, The Picasso of Productivity, the Jobs of … Well, Jobs. Erik discovered an alarming truth early in his career as a partner in a corporate firm: organizations that encouraged the mental discipline of creativity did better than those that did not put innovation as a priority mission. So he set out to challenge companies to change their way of thinking.
In the meantime, inspired by street art, he became an acclaimed graffiti artist—though he has since stopped selling his works for personal gain, and instead uses his art to raise money for charities. His keynote is where his passion for business growth and art converge into a fascinating performance.
Erik’s list of clients includes AT&T, Disney, London School of Business, Microsoft, FedEx, Exxon Mobil, Ernst & Young, and XPrize.
It’s one thing to understand the importance of creativity to the success of your business, but what most people don’t understand is to how to put a structure in place so that innovation can find its way. The paradox of creativity is that structure creates freedom. Even the wildest minds require extreme orderliness and attention to detail so that they have the space and discipline to create.
- Beethoven sat down everyday at daybreak, regardless of season, and composed until 3:00pm.
- Kafka started writing at 11:30pm each night.
- Mozart taught lessons by day and composed only in the evenings.
- Picasso ate lunch each day with his family in silence and only allowed visitors one day per week.
- Mark Twain awoke at 5:30 am, ate a hearty breakfast, and wrote until 5:00 pm.
This program will allow your organization to:
- Deconstructs the discipline of the creative process to ignite ideas to action.
- Explores The Psychology of Success and the Science of Innovation to achieve superior levels of performance.
- Harness The mental toughness required to navigate ambiguity and master complexity in a rapidly changing business environment
- Disruption is the new normal. Are you creating or reacting?
This fast paced and highly interactive workshop is designed to provide specific strategies to unleash personal and professional achievement through creativity. By exploring techniques to stretch our minds, audiences will uncover new methods to solve old problems, discover new opportunities, and embrace the future of their business with greater creativity and innovation. Participants will learn the discipline of innovation and discover that we all have creative abilities that can be tapped to build a new vision for our future.
Your best sustainable edge in business is your ability to visibly differentiate yourself from your competition. The Art of Vision is an entertaining and highly practical program that uncovers new ways to make your organization more creative and ultimately more profitable. It is no longer enough to have good customer service and a good product. The truly great companies have altered the landscape to create a unique experience for the customer. Whether its sales, service or leadership principles; professionals at all levels can achieve superior performance by creatively differentiating themselves from the competition.