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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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$25,000 - $40,000

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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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Do you want to have a high-performing team that strives for greatness, even in the face of uncertainty?

Do you want to be a boss people love, while also driving high performance?

Building morale and high performance are about engagement, and engagement is all about learning, argues Whitney Johnson. In over twenty years of research, investing, consulting, and coaching, Johnson has seen that people need continuous learning and fresh challenges to stay engaged. In this program you’ll learn how to build an “A” team by leading team members on their current learning curve, how to design their jobs to maximize learning and engagement, and how to implement a seven-step process for advancing up the learning curve.

We all want opportunities to learn, experiment, and grow in our jobs. The best bosses know this, and they know how to make it happen through thoughtful role design and just enough challenge. The result is a team that learns how to thrive, no matter what the industry throws at them.

Everyone wants a culture of innovation: innovation opens new markets, creates jobs, drives revenue, and is an engine of economic growth and personal wealth. How do companies create and sustain an innovative culture? In this thought-provoking synopsis, Whitney Johnson, an award-winning equity analyst and professional investor, shares how she determines if a company and a prospective investment have an innovative culture. Johnson re-imagines the S-curve as a tool for understanding the learning curve of an innovative culture, identifying variables that can accelerate/decelerate innovation such as: taking the right kinds of risk, battling entitlement (a surefire innovation killer), and lastly, getting the mentoring equation right. Johnson’s intriguing approach helps audiences learn how to accelerate into the sweet spot of your their own S-curve curve. Johnson provides all the tools to put innovation on over-drive across an organization.

Disruptive thinking improves the odds of success for products, companies and even countries, and harnessing this powerful mindset begins with the individual. In this compelling keynote address, Whitney Johnson builds on her Harvard Business Review article Disrupt Yourself, applying the road-tested theory of disruptive innovation to the individual, providing practical tips along with real-world examples of personal disruption, with a focus on how managers can drive individual and firm-wide innovation. If managers are ready to move their organization to the next level, it’s time to disrupt the status quo and innovate from the inside. Johnson teaches them how by providing a step-by-step approach to improving innovation and growth.

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