Stephen Shapiro

Bestselling Author and World-Renowned Innovation Expert

Stephen Shapiro

Stephen Shapiro is the best presenter of ideas since Ton Peters.

Michael Johnson, Business Week

Stephen Shapiro cultivates innovation by showing leaders and their teams how to approach, tackle and solve their business challenges. Applying the knowledge he has accrued over decades in the industry, Stephen is able to see what others can’t: opportunities to improve innovation models and the cultures that support them.

The first innovation opportunity Stephen spotted was the opportunity to innovate within his own life. Halfway through his 15-year tenure at Accenture, while leading the company’s business process reengineering practice, he realized he no longer wanted to be responsible for people losing their jobs. So he did exactly the opposite by building Accenture’s thriving 20,000-person process and innovation practice focused on growth and job creation.

In 2001, after publishing his first book, 24/7 Innovation, Stephen left Accenture to become a full-time innovation speaker and advisor to clients around the world. Since then he has published four more books – Goal-Free Living (2006), The Little Book of Big Innovation Ideas (2007), Personality Poker (2010) and Best Practices are Stupid (2011) — and spoken to audiences in 50 different countries.

Today, Stephen continues to focus on transforming the way businesses like 3M, P&G, Marriott, Nike, and Microsoft to improve innovation practices through customized and keynote speeches, advisory engagements and other services. Passionate and captivating, Stephen’s high-energy approach to innovation gets audiences out of their seats and into new ways of thinking about their business challenges.

Stephen currently serves on the Board of Directors of National Speakers Association (NSA) and is the recipient of the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation, NSA’s highest earned designation. In 2015 he was inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame.

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  • What is #GoodBusy?

    Stephen Shapiro

    Starting January of this year I decided to try an experiment. The experiment is a very simple one. I work one hour a day. Now, I don’t always work an hour a day. Sometimes I don’t work at all, but I try to work an hour a day. Sometimes I work a little extra.

  • Study Something New

    Stephen Shapiro

    As a small business owner, obviously with anybody, you have to really be constantly learning and I have a very different point of view than some people. One of my beliefs is that expertise is the enemy of innovation.

  • Find a Better Box

    Stephen Shapiro

    Every small business wants grow their revenue, but from my perspective that is almost an unattainable goal because it’s too broad and abstract.

  • Navigating Through Blindspots

    Stephen Shapiro

    The question of blind spots to me is actually one of the most important business concepts to get into in business and innovation. The problem is our blind spot is the thing we don’t see and we have all different types of blind spots, for example: we will have an expertise blind spot.

  • Organizing to Improve Productivity

    Stephen Shapiro

    So the art of productivity is sort of interesting because I get asked into companies and one of the things you hear so often in a company is we need to do more with less and I love that productivity to me that sort of torture.

  • Working One Hour Per Day

    Stephen Shapiro

    Where do you draw the line? “It’s easy as an entrepreneur, as a small business owner, to spend 100 hours a week working because, well, there’s always something we could do” Stephen Shapiro, innovation consultant and bestselling author of Personality Poker and Best Practices Ar...


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