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Polly LaBarre

    • Authority on Leading Organizational Change
    • Co-founder, Management Lab
    • Founding Team, Fast Company
    • Co-author, Mavericks at Work
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POLLY LaBARRE: Speech Overview – The Human Edge: Designing Work to Create a Cultural Advantage

POLLY LaBARRE: Speech Overview – The Human Edge: Designing Work to Create a Cultural Advantage

POLLY LaBARRE: Design an Architecture of Contribution

POLLY LaBARRE: Design an Architecture of Contribution

POLLY LaBARRE: Speech Overview – Leading in the New Work Order

POLLY LaBARRE: Speech Overview – Leading in the New Work Order

POLLY LaBARRE: Speech Overview – Roll With Change: Recipes for Reinvention & Resilience

POLLY LaBARRE: Speech Overview – Roll With Change: Recipes for Reinvention & Resilience

POLLY LaBARRE: Building the Capacity to Adapt to Change

POLLY LaBARRE: Building the Capacity to Adapt to Change

POLLY LaBARRE: Speech Overview – Designed to Flourish: Develop People, Defeat Disruption

POLLY LaBARRE: Speech Overview – Designed to Flourish: Develop People, Defeat Disruption

Polly LaBarre Speaker Biography


In a world awash in profound change and at a time when everything is on the table, Polly LaBarre helps leaders make sense of and creatively respond to the forces buffeting their organizations. A bestselling author, speaker, and thinker who’s advised top global organizations, Polly’s mission for the past 20 years has been to make every kind of organization fundamentally more resilient, innovative and inspiring. Her insights embolden and equip leaders at every level to make a meaningful impact. Polly is an inspiring and provocative voice on the big ideas and important questions that will shape the future of organizations, work, and collective progress.

Polly’s work is driven by three core questions: 1) How do we support human flourishing? 2) How do we cultivate the audacity of imagination required to tackle our most intractable problems? 3) And, how do organizations and individuals change how they change to become endlessly resilient?

To make genuine progress on those questions, Polly studies and works with progressive organizations, creates curriculum, and runs experiments for unleashing creativity, expanding collaboration, and accelerating change.

As cofounder of the Management Lab (with Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini), Polly spent the last decade working to develop a methodology, platform and practical tools for building organizational capability and accelerating change. Polly and her colleagues deployed that pioneering approach to collaborative innovation in a range of large-scale experiments in “hacking management” inside leading companies and across a global community of some 35,000 management innovators.

Polly is the coauthor of the bestselling book Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win (which The Economist named a “Book of the Year” and called “a pivotal work in the tradition of In Search of Excellence and Good to Great”). She was a member of the original team of Fast Company magazine, where she played a central role in the remarkable success of a magazine that recast the conventional wisdom on working, leading, and winning.

A sought-after speaker, moderator, and interviewer, Polly has delivered hundreds of keynote addresses around the world and developed and hosted numerous events. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including Fast Company, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Fortune.com, the McKinsey Quarterly, and The Huffington Post. In addition to frequent television appearances on CNBC, PBS’s Nightly Business Report, Good Morning America, and the Today Show, Polly has also been a business and innovation correspondent for CNN where she produced regular segments on big ideas and best practices from the world of business and beyond.

Polly is a passionate (and experimental) gardener, an ardent cook, and a devoted yogi. She serves on the board of CitySeed, a nonprofit working to build a just and healthy food system and economic opportunity in New Haven, CT. A graduate of Yale University, Polly lives with her family in New Haven.

For more information on Polly LaBarre, please contact Executive Speakers Bureau at 901.754.9404.

THE HUMAN EDGE: FULLY ENGAGED & RELENTLESSLY INNOVATIVE
Turning Culture into a Competitive Advantage

For every leader unsettled by rampant disruption, there is a powerful antidote already inside the organization: the untapped audacity, imagination, energy and passion of its people. Those fundamental human qualities are the engine of the creative economy—the source of all value. But too few organizations are designed to unleash, mobilize, and amplify that human edge. In this talk, Polly lays out a path for cultivating a culture of contribution, collaboration and innovation—one where everyone is switched-on and connected to each other and to customers. She inspires audiences with a set of strategies for re-designing systems, processes, and practices to make their organization fundamentally more innovation-friendly – embedding the mindsets and methods of experimentation into everything they do. Leaders at every level take away an increased capacity to inspire and unleash both creativity and accountability.

 

A MAVERICK AGENDA FOR INVENTING THE FUTURE
How to disrupt like an insurgent

Catching the future depends less on planning for what will come next and more on continuously experimenting with what could come next. In order to innovate and adapt in this creative, disruptive economy, every organization must develop the capacity (and the appetite) for experimentation and even failure. Despite the life or death stakes, this is not natural behavior for most organizations. The challenge: most organizations are programmed to safeguard the status quo. So, how do you unleash your organization’s inner insurgent? How do you build a company with the native drive to disrupt the status quo and the capacity to change ahead of change? Polly delivers a set of actionable strategies drawn from her research and work inside some of the world’s most successful, creative, and innovative companies. She helps people embrace a completely new mindset for changing the way they do organizational change.

 

LIBERATION LEADERSHIP
A New Way of Leading Change

The era of the heroic, all-knowing, all-powerful leader is over. Leadership is no longer a function of your title or where you sit in the organization. It’s a consequence of your capacity to get things done with other people. But as disruptive forces have transformed the workplace, the practice of leadership has lagged behind; stranded in outmoded mindsets, processes, and organization structure. In this presentation, Polly shows audiences a path to transforming the organization by rethinking how leadership is done. She reveals what new leadership models look like in practice at bold and successful organizations that have reshaped their leadership mindset and reaped the rewards. Polly’s vivid storytelling highlights how top leaders pressed the reset button on their leadership style to lead change in completely new ways. Audiences walk away understanding the most important things that need to be done to “leader-proof” the organization.

DESIGNED TO FLOURISH: DEVELOP PEOPLE, DEFEAT DISRUPTION
Change is an inside-out job. It’s not about reacting to external events or chasing trends, so much as it’s about developing your respond-ability—your elasticity, maturity, plasticity, openness, emotional dexterity, regulatory power, and more. Organizations that deliberately develop that capacity in every individual shore up their own resilience. In other words, “adult development” doesn’t just promote individual growth, it’s a cornerstone of organizational flourishing. Polly LaBarre takes the audience on a quick tour of the organizations and leaders investing in human flourishing in powerful new ways—and offers up a short course in “adult development,” including:

• How to begin, again (and again)
• How to change your mind—cultivating consciousness, mediating mindsets, biases, blinders
• How to develop intuition—learning to tune into your inner knowing
• How to train like an artist, a monk, and an athlete
• How to design and run self-experiments to accelerate your growth loops
• Principles for adult capacity building


ROLL WITH CHANGE: RECIPES FOR REINVENTION & RESILIENCE
Who hasn’t been rocked by change in the last few years? While we’ve all been forced to rethink, adjust, and adjust again, the gravitational pull of the status quo remains a stealthy enemy of innovation. What does it take to wake up an organization’s inner insurgent to change ahead of change? These times demand every organization dramatically amp up its agility, inventiveness, and adaptability. Drawing on her research and work inside some of the world’s most innovative and progressive organizations, Polly LaBarre lays out actionable strategies for building a perpetual innovation engine:

• What mindsets, practices and behaviors allow you to see the world differently and subvert the status quo
• Where to look for the future—and how to generate a whole new map of possibility
• How to embed innovation as a social process
• What it takes to create a robust architecture of collaboration for a distributed, ever-evolving cohort of innovation peers and partners
• How to build a resilient organizational microbiome by embedding the mindset and methods of experimentation into everything you do

 

LEADING IN THE NEW WORK ORDER
A monster wave of change has set off a vast reckoning with our taken-for-granted beliefs about every aspect of how and where work gets done. Every leader today must grapple with the inescapable imperative to create and embrace a comprehensive agenda for meaningful change on the design of work and the interconnected urgent challenges of our time—deep inequities, structural dehumanization, and environmental calamity. Polly LaBarre takes leaders on a journey across this new landscape—inspiring them with fresh thinking on the work of leadership and equipping them with powerful new approaches for this new work order, including:

• How to transcend the seemingly intractable tradeoffs between performance imperatives and responsibility for people and planet
• How to cultivate an “audacity of imagination” and galvanize people around a shared sense of purpose
• How to “leader-proof” your organization
• How to design platforms for involving, equipping, and connecting people
• How to build organizational respond-ability by enlarging individual responsibility
• How to grow your own resilience in the face of daunting uncertainty

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November 16, 2022

Excellent speaker! Polly brought high energy, expertise and engaging content to our event. We received tons of positive feedback--would definitely reccommend!

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