Writing for Forbes

November 12, 2013

forbes-logo11Starting today I will be writing a regular column on innovation for Forbes.com.

As a result, there may be a bit of a slow down on this blog while I write articles for them and the American Express OPEN Forum.

But don’t worry. All articles will eventually be posted here too.

Stay tuned!

Website Changes

September 13, 2013

webnewThis week we launched some changes to the website.

  • A revised home page with links to two new pages, one for meeting planners and one for innovation leaders. We also streamlined the look and feel slightly.
  • We revised the look of the blog “listing” page to only provide summaries
  • We removed the Facebook comments from the individual blog pages (and as a result we lost all of those old comments…sorry, but it had to be done). And we added new social media sharing capabilities. Check out my blog post on innovation at 3M for an example.

More changes will be made over time. I welcome any comments you might have on the changes. Thanks!

Free Quick Reference Card

July 20, 2013

Innovation ROI CardOn my Monday July 22 at 11AM EDT free webinar, I will be giving attendees my latest creation: The 10x Innovation ROI Quick Reference Card.

This 2-page checklist summarizes four important innovation concepts:

  • Ask the Right Challenge [FOCUS]
  • Frame Challenges the Right Way [FRAME]
  • Ask the Right People for Solutions [FIND]
  • Treat Innovation as an Experiment [FAIL]

Applying these approaches can massively improve your innovation ROI.

If you did not yet register, go here to reserve your free seat now.

NOTE: This event is oversubscribed. Therefore, we suggest you sign into the webinar 10 minutes early to ensure your slot.

P.S. For my international friends, here is a convenient time zone converter

P.P.S. This webinar will not be recorded. 

New Blog Features

January 27, 2013

Starting tomorrow, I will be creating 3 blog features every week:

  • Monday Morning Movie - I will shoot a brief video to share a concept around innovation.  This, as you probably guessed, will run Monday mornings.
  • Tuesday Transcription - A transcription of the Monday Morning Movie.
  • Wednesday Work Wisdom - This feature will be an article which discusses a concept specifically for the workplace.  It might be about innovation.  But it could also be about entrepreneurship or success.
  • Thursday Travel Tip - From time to time I will share an insight I have learned from my millions of miles of business travel.
  • Friday Fun Facts  - I want to close the week with some useful, yet fun information that will carry you through the weekend.  Sometimes they will be interesting facts.  And other times, they might just be something fun or funny.

Everything will be related to innovation, creativity, or success; anything that helps you as an organization or individual tap into your full potential.  And everything will provide new insights that will lead to new actions that will deliver new results.

P.S. As part of this redesign, the newsletter will also change to an every other week format that summarizes these features and more. 

SUCCESS Magazine Cover Story

September 15, 2012

The October issue of SUCCESS Magazine recently hit the news stands.  The cover story – Innovate or Die - is 3 pages dedicated my perspectives on how to innovate more effectively. If you get the physical copy (with CD), you will also find a 23 minute audio interview with me and the publisher, Darren Hardy.

In the article I answer six critical questions:

  • What would be your one piece of advice for a small-business owner or entrepreneur who wants to be more innovative?
  • Why do you believe expertise is the enemy of innovation?
  • Why should you work with people who are not like you?
  • What should someone look for in partnerships?
  • What is the #1 cause of innovation failure?
  • Is innovation always about creating products and services that are better and faster?

Read the entire article on SUCCESS.com (only until October 11)

If you find the article of value, please “like” it (Facebook), “tweet it” and share it with your friends. I want to make the article the most popular article in this issue!

Book in Dutch

July 27, 2012

I just received my copy of “Best Practices Are Stupid” in Dutch.  More translations are on their way!

Books in Chinese

June 22, 2012

I’m please to announce that both Personality Poker and Best Practices Are Stupid  are now available in Chinese.  I love the cover designs, especially the cat on the Best Practices Are Stupid book.

Best Practices Are Stupid #1 in Canada

March 26, 2012

Currently, Best Practices are Stupid is the best selling business book in Canada.

eCornell and TrainingIndustry.com Webinar

March 14, 2012

Innovation Book of the YearI recently gave an hour-long webinar for eCornell and TrainingIndustry.com.  Over 3,000 people registered for only 1,000 slots, maxing out the system.  Thousands of people were unable to attend, so they made the recording available to everyone.

I discussed some of the key concepts from my book, “Best Practices Are Stupid.”

Watch this wildly popular webinar by clicking here.

Strategic Partnership with Linkage

February 2, 2012

Press Release…

Stephen M. Shapiro Joins Linkage in Elite Partnership

Business Consultant to Bring Methodology on Innovative Culture to Linkage’s Clients

Burlington, MA (PRWEB) February 02, 2012

Linkage, a global leadership development company, announced its partnership with innovation guru Stephen M. Shapiro. Mr. Shapiro has consulted with Fortune 500 corporations for nearly 20 years on the subject of innovation; specifically focused on bringing together divergent points of view in an efficient manner. His partnership will provide Linkage’s clients with his proven innovation methodology through hands-on leadership training programs.

“This partnership adds an important dimension to Linkage’s innovation offerings by teaching leaders how to make their organizations more capable of innovation. This is a common challenge that we hear from clients. We are very excited to partner with Mr. Shapiro to help organizations improve their results in this critical area, and are pleased to introduce his cutting-edge methodology as part of our suite of leadership development programs,” said Ron Porter, Regional VP and VP, Innovation Practice at Linkage.

As President and CEO of 24/7 Innovation, Mr. Shapiro has worked extensively with global organizations in over 40 countries. Prior to that, he trained more than 20,000 consultants in innovation during his 15 year tenure with Accenture. His latest book, Best Practices are Stupid: 40 Ways to Out-Innovate the Competition, has been featured on ABC News, CBS Interactive’s BNET, Southwest Airline’s Spirit Magazine, and Investor’s Business Daily, to name a few. Best Practices was selected as a best book on innovation by 800-CEO-READ. Mr. Shapiro also authored 24/7 Innovation, Personality Poker, and The Little Book of BIG Innovation Ideas. His Personality Poker® card game has been used by more than 50,000 people worldwide to create high-performing innovation teams.

“Given today’s frenetic pace of change, the organizations that repeatedly and rapidly adapt and evolve are the ones that will survive. This requires that innovation be treated like a capability rather than a series of ad hoc events. Linkage brings much more than training; they bring the ability to create sustainable change,” said Shapiro.

Shapiro will be featured in Linkage’s Thought Leader Series on How to Out-Smart the Competition on Wednesday, April 18, 2012. In his 90-minute broadcast, he will explore why innovation isn’t just about generating occasional new ideas; it’s about staying consistently one step ahead of the competition. To learn more about this elite partnership or Linkage’s Thought Leader Series call 781-402-5555.

Linkage works with leaders and leadership teams worldwide to build organizations that produce superior results. For over 25 years, they have delivered on this promise by strategically aligning leadership, talent, and culture within organizations globally. They do this by providing strategic consulting on leadership development and talent management topics and through their learning institutes, skill-building workshops, tailored assessment services, and executive coaching.

Linkage is headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts with operations in Atlanta, Boston, New York, San Francisco, St. Louis and outside the U.S. in Athens, Bangalore, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Hamilton, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait City, Mexico City, Rome, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Vilnius.



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