By now, much has been written about the impact of social media on business. Most of this has focused on opportunities to leverage social media from a marketing or customer service viewpoint. Much less, however, has been written about how social changes the entire way we work. Social is more than Social Media. Based on her best-selling book 11 Rules for Creating Value in the #SocialEra, (published by Harvard Business Review Press, 2012) Nilofer Merchant speaks and inspires. She paints a vivid picture of the new world, and then shows us what it means for strategy, innovation, leadership, and even our own careers.
Keynotes and Workshops
As an operating leader with 20 years of experience, Nilofer engages audiences to do more than think differently, but to act differently. Not content to simply describe the state of affairs, she also offers prescient guidelines for taking the future into your own hands. Engage her for speaking gigs through her bureau, Speakers Spotlight. And, because leaders need help and perspective to navigate change, she can also be also hired for 1-2 day workshops. (Speakers Spotlight has a workshop division and can bring everyone together to customize one for your situation.)
Talks on Thriving in the Social Era:
Be personally more powerful. Nilofer coins a great new term: onlyness. Onlyness is what only any one individual brings to situations. It includes the skills, passions, and purpose of each human being, bringing new answers to old problems. Sample talk, here.
Leading people to greatness. Building great teams is more than “getting the right people on the bus”, it’s about the way in which you bring together talent, purpose and culture to create value together. Sample talk, here.
Build a culture of innovation. As change becomes the constant, adaptability is key to how organizations thrive in the Social Era. Collaboration outweighs control. Agile, flexible models allow good ideas to come from anywhere. We get strategies that are understood and embraced by the many, rather than the few. Sample talk, here.
Use shared purpose as the way to create and compete with the “big guys”. Many frameworks taught in business school (think Michael Porter, Taylor, PowerPoint, Ronald Coase, Command and Control, Value Chain, etc.) are obsolete and there are new rules of business performance that create scale. Sample talk, here. or at Google, here.
Seasoned and solid, she delivers. She has opened for Bono. She has inspired thousands alongside Malcolm Gladwell and Simon Sinek. She advises the Most Powerful Women that Fortune brings together, about the bottom-line impact of social. She’s headlined at global venues, like TED2013, TEDGlobal 2012 and TEDIndia 2009, and keynoted technology conferences like Web 2.0. She has led workshops at corporations such as Cisco, IBM, GE, and Intuit, and at industry venues like Parc’s. She also takes time out to teach future leaders at events such as University of Washington’s inaugural conference on Innovation. Google invited her as a speaker at their famous Google @Authors program to teach them about the Social Era. And earns rave reviews from those who have heard her rock the mic.
Audiences Love Her
Answering the question, “Why do we suck at innovation when we say we love it so much?”