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Whitney Johnson

Distinguished Thought Leader on Innovation and Growth; Co-founder of Rose Park Advisors; Acclaimed Author

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Whitney Johnson is one of the top thought leaders in Disruptive Innovation, Change Management, Women in Business, Start-up Investing, and Empowerment. Johnson is well-known for inspiring innovation through personal disruption. Top companies and organizations throughout the world and across various industries have used her successful ideas to attain a competitive edge. As a poignant and powerful speaker, Johnson empowers her audiences to harness the powerful mindset of disruptive thinking. Her audiences learn how this mindset improves the odds of success for products, companies and even countries, and how the mindset begins with the individual"with disrupting oneself.

Johnson, a recognized expert, is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review. In 2011, her work was cited as a HBR Editor's Pick and appeared in the "Top 10 Business and Management Blogs" list by Marcus Buckingham of HBR. Johnson is the co-founder of Rose Park Advisors, Clayton Christensen's investment firm. She is also a Senior Advisor to the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, a former double-ranked Institutional Investor equity analyst, and author of Dare, Dream, Do: Remarkable Things Happen When You Dare to Dream (Bibliomotion, 2012).

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Consider this simple yet powerful idea: Disruptive companies and ideas upend markets by doing something truly different. They see a need; an empty space waiting to be filled, and they dare to create something for which a market may not yet exist. Yet executing on that disruption requires the learning and growth of your people. You know your people want to make progress, but don’t always know how. Sometimes they don’t know where to start. Once they start, they can struggle to maintain momentum, and once they’ve made considerable progress, they may tire of what they’ve been doing and need to do something new.

In this keynote, you’ll learn how to use the S Curve of Learning™ framework to identify where you and each member of your team is in their growth and how to help them navigate their growth––from the launch point to sweet spot to mastery. The fundamental unit of growth is the individual. Companies don’t disrupt, people do.

The most important funding mechanism for your company’s growth is the learning and growth of your people. But somehow jobs muffle people’s innate desire to learn–they find themselves bored, stagnant, or wanting more at work. In this keynote, you will learn about the S Curve of Learning™, a model for smart growth. We will answer questions like why, despite the desire to grow, can it be so difficult to start? What does it take to gain and maintain momentum once people start? And finally, why do people outgrow things so quickly? The answers to these questions prepare you to understand the growth process and identify where each person, including yourself, is in his/her growth. When you know where people are within their S Curves, you can help and support them as they move forward. Grow yourself to grow your people to grow your company. That’s smart growth.

The secret to building a high-performing team is to have a plan for developing each employee no matter where they are on their personal learning curves. In this keynote, you will learn about the S Curve of Learning™ framework and to identify where you and each member of your team is in their growth and then help them navigate their growth–from the launch point to the sweet spot to mastery.

Your team is a collection of S Curves. You build a team that can carry the high load of growth by building a portfolio of individual S Curves that matches your organization’s current needs. When you help each person navigate the entire growth cycle–help them learn, leap and repeat–it is impossible not to gain an organizational advantage. Don’t build just one A Team, build vast networks of A Teams across companies, careers, and lives.

We are living in an era of accelerating disruption–no one is immune. How you deal with disruption defines you. In this keynote, you will learn about the Seven-Point Framework of Personal Disruption, a proven algorithm for accelerating your growth. Whether you are early-career, mid-career, or a seasoned professional, deliberate self-innovation will help you build momentum along the various growth curves. If you want to be successful in unexpected ways, follow your own disruptive path. Dare to innovate. Do something astonishing. Disrupt yourself!

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