Polly LaBarre

  • Founding Member of Fast Company Magazine
  • Best Selling Business Author
  • Co-Founder of the Management Innovation eXchange (MIX)

Polly LaBarre is a bestselling author, speaker, and entrepreneur who has worked for nearly 20 years to embolden and equip leaders in every realm of endeavor to make their organizations more resilient, innovative, inspiring, and accountable. She is an inspiring and provocative voice on the big ideas and important questions that will shape the future of organizations, work, and success. In her speeches Polly showcases her brilliant storytelling ability and takes audiences on an inspiring journey – bringing to life the people, organizations and ideas on the fringe that are creating the future.

As a cofounder (with Gary Hamel) and editorial director of the MIX (Management Innovation eXchange), Polly is putting her passion for making the realm of human endeavor more productive, creative, and fulfilling to the test. The MIX is a pioneering open innovation project dedicated to reinventing management for the 21st century. The initiative, which aims to leverage the collaborative power of Web 2.0 to accelerate the development of Management 2.0, gathers celebrated thought leaders, in-the-trenches innovators, and maverick entrepreneurs from around the world to share breakthrough practices and advance important ideas about the future of organizations, work, and strategy. Supported by several leading institutions, including McKinsey & Co, Red Hat, and Gartner and partnered with Harvard Business Review and Fortune, the MIX hosts the world’s leading idea contest in the field of management (the Harvard Business Review/McKinsey M-Prize for Innovation) and an annual gathering of the vanguard of management innovators, the MIX Mashup (which Polly designs and hosts).

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” and has since been published in 16 countries around the world). She was a member of the original team of Fast Company magazine, where she was senior editor for the better part of a decade. More recently, Polly has 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.

A sought-after speaker, moderator, and interviewer, Polly has delivered hundreds of keynote addresses around the world and her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including Fast Company, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review online, Fortune.com, the McKinsey Quarterly, and The Huffington Post. Her widely syndicated blog, the Fresh MIX, convenes important thinkers, progressive practitioners and agenda-setting ideas about 21st-century organizations. Polly has presented her ideas in forums ranging from a regular commentary on PBS’s Nightly Business Report to CNBC’s “The Business of Innovation” series to frequent segments on ABC’s World News This Morning and Good Morning America.

Polly’s most recent research centers around social innovation and sustainable capitalism—what it means to win when good is the new measure of great. She serves on the board of advisors of TakingITGlobal, the leading online community for connecting and empowering young people to make a difference in the world. A graduate of Yale University, Polly lives in New Haven, CT.

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    Business Culture, Business Performance, Business Speakers, Business Strategy, Business Trends, Change, Creativity, Creativity & Innovation, Disruption, Diversity, Employee Engagement, Entrepreneur, Female Motivational, Human Resources, Innovation, Inspiration, Keynote, Leadership, Management, Moderator/Discussion Leader, Peak Performance, Teambuilding

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Polly LaBarre is a bestselling author, speaker, and entrepreneur who has worked for nearly 20 years to embolden and equip leaders in every realm of endeavor to make their organizations more resilient, innovative, inspiring, and accountable. She is an inspiring and provocative voice on the big ideas and important questions that will shape the future of organizations, work, and success. In her speeches Polly showcases her brilliant storytelling ability and takes audiences on an inspiring journey – bringing to life the people, organizations and ideas on the fringe that are creating the future.

As a cofounder (with Gary Hamel) and editorial director of the MIX (Management Innovation eXchange), Polly is putting her passion for making the realm of human endeavor more productive, creative, and fulfilling to the test. The MIX is a pioneering open innovation project dedicated to reinventing management for the 21st century. The initiative, which aims to leverage the collaborative power of Web 2.0 to accelerate the development of Management 2.0, gathers celebrated thought leaders, in-the-trenches innovators, and maverick entrepreneurs from around the world to share breakthrough practices and advance important ideas about the future of organizations, work, and strategy. Supported by several leading institutions, including McKinsey & Co, Red Hat, and Gartner and partnered with Harvard Business Review and Fortune, the MIX hosts the world’s leading idea contest in the field of management (the Harvard Business Review/McKinsey M-Prize for Innovation) and an annual gathering of the vanguard of management innovators, the MIX Mashup (which Polly designs and hosts).

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” and has since been published in 16 countries around the world). She was a member of the original team of Fast Company magazine, where she was senior editor for the better part of a decade. More recently, Polly has 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.

A sought-after speaker, moderator, and interviewer, Polly has delivered hundreds of keynote addresses around the world and her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including Fast Company, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review online, Fortune.com, the McKinsey Quarterly, and The Huffington Post. Her widely syndicated blog, the Fresh MIX, convenes important thinkers, progressive practitioners and agenda-setting ideas about 21st-century organizations. Polly has presented her ideas in forums ranging from a regular commentary on PBS’s Nightly Business Report to CNBC’s “The Business of Innovation” series to frequent segments on ABC’s World News This Morning and Good Morning America.

Polly’s most recent research centers around social innovation and sustainable capitalism—what it means to win when good is the new measure of great. She serves on the board of advisors of TakingITGlobal, the leading online community for connecting and empowering young people to make a difference in the world. A graduate of Yale University, Polly lives in New Haven, CT.

To book business and innovation speaker Polly LaBarre call Executive Speakers Bureau 901-754-9404.

No One Is as Smart as Everyone

In this eye-opening keynote, Polly LaBarre connects the dots between the spread of open-source technology, the rising tide of distributed creativity, and a new, more open, more collective approach to innovation. She introduces the audience to a set of compelling initiatives already underway in a variety of industries and business settings. The real bottom line: you have to generate the best ideas from the most people, and turn those ideas into decisive action.

Strategy as Advocacy & the Next Business Agenda

The only sustainable form of leadership is thought leadership: What ideas do we stand for? And how do those ideas challenge the accepted ways of doing things in our business? Originality is the acid test of strategy. In this inspiring presentation, keynote speaker Polly Labarre offers an inside look at a new generation of leaders, a special breed of companies, and an exciting mix of disruptive experiments that represent a remarkable force for growth.

Unleashing the Best

Why does the human side of business remain the last item on most leaders' list of strategic priorities? It's one of the great mysteries - and painful hypocrisies - of life inside most organizations. To create a truly distinctive organization, you need to design a distinctive approach to the workplace. In this spirited talk, business speaker Polly LaBarre describes how the most distinctive (and winning) organizations not only cast their companies with star performers, but create robust systems for unleashing the best from each individual and maximizing collaboration.

The Customer Revolution

It's nearly impossible to compete on price, and technology gives you a few months lead time at best. The only truly sustainable competitive advantage is customer experience. In tantalizing detail, Fast Company founder Polly LaBarre shows the audience how to create products, services, and companies that stand for something special in the eyes of their customers.

Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win

Vision Critical

Thanks so much, Polly was a HUGE hit. We couldn’t have asked for a better suited speaker. So much so that a lot of our attendees are asking for the video footage of the day so they can re-watch it.

Planetree

I would like to tell you that the Planetree audience loved your presentation! Great job! I heard comments that you were the best keynote we have ever had by far! Thank you again for the presentation and also meeting with our staff afterwards. It was sensational!

Infor

Polly was the perfect addition to our conference. Her keynote was the ideal complement to those that both preceded and followed her. She was very approachable, engaging and a true pleasure to work with—both for the accompanying speakers and the technical and production teams. The rave reviews continue to roll in.
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