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Diana Kander Joins the cmi Family!

By Diana Kander | Apr 10, 2022 | Comments Off

 

Diana demonstrates why curiosity is your greatest asset to drive constant innovation and help your company thrive

A highly sought-after keynote speaker, innovation consultant and New York Times bestselling author, Diana demonstrates why curiosity is your greatest asset to drive constant innovation. She teaches you how to challenge your own assumptions and ask thought-provoking questions. A serial entrepreneur who entered the United States as a refugee at the age of 8, she has launched and sold millions of dollars’ worth of products and services.

Diana delivers an engaging and captivating program that walks leaders and teams through specific ways to boost innovation and ultimately future-proof the organization.

“Diana delivered an on-point message about entrepreneurship and innovation which was a perfect complement to our program and was one of the highlights for our more than 400 attendees. Not only was Diana’s talk anchored in data and evidence, it also included plenty of relevant personal anecdotes as well as a dose of humor. In addition, she helped us structure a reaction panel for her talk which made every one of her points come through that much stronger for our audience.” Grupo Guayacan, Inc

Diana knows how to build a business from the ground up. Her first book, All In Startup, has been used by over 100 universities in their innovation courses and countless large organizations to help their employees think more like entrepreneurs. Her second book, The Curiosity Muscle walks readers through a methodology to keep curiosity alive and thriving inside of an organization, ultimately, future-proofing the business.

Diana’s most-popular programs, delivered in person or virtually, include:

Why Curiosity is the Ultimate Competitive Advantage

This keynote explains exactly why most companies reaching the peak of their potential lose their curiosity and crash into irrelevance. From how we develop blind spots about our business, to the pitfalls of feeling like an expert, this thought-provoking, engaging program reveals the smokescreens obscuring imminent threats to long-term viability. It walks you through specific ways to boost innovation, uncover customer needs, solve problems, create new value for customers, and increase employee engagement. Most importantly, Diana demonstrates why curiosity is your greatest asset to drive constant innovation and help your company thrive and compete on more than price alone — ultimately, future-proofing your business.

ROI & Key Outcomes:
  • How you can institutionalize curiosity, ask better questions to stay competitive and relevant to your customers and drive growth
  • How you can dramatically reduce the risk of new ideas and create a more innovative culture that leads to results
  • How to determine pitfalls within your organization and avoid falling into the “expert trap"

Ideal Audiences:
For All Company Meetings

Increasing the Speed of Innovation

The pace of change in today’s economy requires innovative, value-adding ideas to come from all parts of your organization – whether they are internal improvements or new sources of revenue. The way managers were traditionally trained stifles innovation and forces out-of-the-box thinkers out of the company. This interactive presentation outlines the must-have skill sets to effectively lead your employees. Diana will provide the framework for how your organization – and the people within it – can flourish in this hyper-competitive world.

ROI & Key Outcomes:

  • Learn new skill sets required of the innovative leader
  • Avoid common pitfalls of innovative leadership
  • Create an internal culture of innovation so that every employee is a resource to the effort

Ideal Audiences:
For Executives & Managers

How to Compete on Value Instead of Price

This presentation teaches a methodology used by both entrepreneurs and established organizations to continuously create new value for their customers. You will learn the key questions you must ask in order to uncover value-creating opportunities, as well as precisely how to ask them to effectively yield useful insights. Questions like: are you competing on price or value with your customers? If your focus is on value (which it should be), are you missing some key blindspots in your product or service? Are you measuring true data about the health of your project or just relying on vanity metrics that are concealing what’s really going on?

ROI & Key Outcomes:

  • Change the way you solicit feedback from customers to make it more actionable
  • Learn the key customer questions that will uncover value-creating opportunities.
  • Learn detailed examples to improve curiosity, creativity and leadership skills

Ideal Audiences:
For Sales Meetings

Diana is captivating and thought-provoking and provides provides highly tailored presentations – audiences leave with real world examples and takeaways to ensure success.

To learn more about creating a lasting impact at your next event, connect with us here.

 

 

How To Keep OTHERS Up At Night by Mike Rayburn

By Mike Rayburn | Feb 21, 2022 | Comments Off

 

A Secretary of Defense for the US was once asked a very revealing question: 

“What keeps you up at night?”

That’s important to know, right? What are our weaknesses, what are the threats? 

His answer completely rocked me.

He said, “Nothing. I keep others up at night.” 

What a revolutionary mindset! 

In essence, the safest, most successful approach is to be the one to whom others react, rather than vice versa. 

For my business clients it made me think of the many different approaches and mindsets they each have toward change. Most tell me they are managing change, embracing change, or adapting to change, with entire trainings and programs centered around those. 

These are noble aspirations… if the best you hope to do is survive. 

If, instead you want to thrive, to grow, to profit, to lead, I am inviting you to elevate to a new mindset.

It’s time for you to stop managing change, and start to create change… to lead change. 

I want you to be the ones who define the curve, rather than follow it.

Imagine the transformation you could create if all the time, money and effort you spend teaching your teams how to react to change, you instead spend teaching them to proactively create change - to discover, create and act on new opportunities pre-emptively?

You’d be unstoppable. 

This is the essence of the “What IF Mindset.” 

Yes, sometimes the unexpected happens and we must respond by managing, embracing or adapting. Please recognize, though, these are all reactive postures and we want to move back to proactive change quickly. 

To do this I want you to leverage an interesting phenomenon: When you boldly create and lead change, your response to outside change naturally strengthens, evolves, and in many cases becomes unnecessary. 

In essence, the best defense is a good offense. 

How do we create change? By constantly asking “What if we could that? What if we didn’t do that?” By adopting the “What IF Mindset” for innovation, creativity, radical problem solving, you harness your team’s sense of purpose.

You are surrounded right now by opportunities that you’re missing. From billion-dollar innovations that change the world, to simple productivity changes which supercharge your bottom line.

Together, let’s discover and act on those opportunities by elevating your organizational mindset to one of creating and leading change.

 

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Why Your Business Needs More Change by Mike Rayburn

By Mike Rayburn | Nov 16, 2021 | Comments Off

Hall of fame speaker, Mike Rayburn asks, “How do you open up more possibilities, solutions and ideas for your clients and your customers?”

He explains that when we ask, “What If,” we open ourselves up to the world of possibilities. Your clients and customers are coming to you for newer and better ideas and they love it when you open up more possibilities for them.

WE MUST CREATE MORE CHANGE
We are reluctant to accept or create more change. But, Mike says that the only way we can manage change is to create more change. To create more success, we have to step out and be the one who defines the curve.

WE ARE GOLDMINES OF UNTAPPED POTENTIAL
“I believe that we are each capable of far more than we ever believed possible. I believe that regardless of our level of success, we are each a goldmine of unrealized potential.” 

OPPORTUNITIES ARE EVERYWHERE
“We are surrounded every moment of the day by opportunities to access that potential. You are now walking through life no longer looking for reasons you can’t. Your default is to be the one who looks for reasons you can.”

THE TIME TO START IS RIGHT NOW
“I believe the time to open yourself to more possibilities is right now – you will generate more success by starting with the question, ‘What If?”

 

Avoid Being Disrupted… Plot Your Own Demise by Mike Rayburn

By Mike Rayburn | Oct 04, 2021 | Comments Off

 

How would you complete this phrase?

“If it ain’t broke… __________?”

“Don’t fix it, right?  

Here’s the problem with that: Time Breaks Everything!

You all know the story and have seen the casualties to go with it… taxis totally missed Uber and lost millions in sales and market share.

The casualty list is exhaustive and here are a few…

  • Record companies didn’t see iTunes/Spotify
  • Kodak didn’t see digital
  • Typewriters didn’t see computers
  • Blockbuster didn’t see Netflix
  • Gillette didn’t see Dollar Shave Club

So, do you think that’s still going on? Well… duh.

How can you prevent your industry, organization, or even your personal career from being Ubered… disrupted… rendered completely irrelevant?

Plot your own demise.

As much as possible, I want you to metaphorically step outside of yourself, look at your business anew and ask, “What IF someone were going to “Uber” us? How could they do what we do in a considerably better, cheaper and/or easier way?

The Transportation Security Administration hires experts to randomly smuggle firearms, explosives and all manner of contraband through their security.

Why? They’re looking for vulnerabilities. And so should YOU! 

There are three areas to consider immediately:

  1. Technology. How could someone totally reinvent your business using an app, robots, artificial intelligence, software or crowd-sourcing?
  1. Customer Service. The common denominator with most of the above businesses is their downfall was preceded by poor customer service? How could someone do the same thing you do and by simply being considerably better to their customers take you business? Where have your customers accepted sub-par treatment?
  1. Quality. What have your employees or customers come to accept as a limitation which someone else could solve and take business away from you?

All the businesses mentioned above were so busy doing what made them successful that they failed to see the larger picture, the trends, the changes happening right in front of them.

A great example we see in progress right now is the way Tesla, like them or not, is revolutionizing the automobile industry…

  1. Technology - theirs is the most advanced in the industry.
  2. Customer service - they have reinvented the sales/buying process getting rid of the objectionable tenets of the dealership model.
  3. Quality - a standard internal combustion engine/vehicle has approximately 1000 moving parts; a Tesla has eight.

Mindset: This isn’t about vulnerability, it’s about opportunity. 

My point here is not merely a defensive play to guard against being rendered irrelevant so you can continue as before.  

My real point is that discovering your vulnerabilities reveals your opportunities… to lead, to improve, to grow and to better serve your customers.  

Every vulnerability is an opportunity… discover them before someone else does.

Plot your own demise!

 

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One Simple Step to a Culture Of Innovation Mike Rayburn

By Mike Rayburn | Aug 23, 2021 | Comments Off

"Did you know, there are companies who actually pay their people for making mistakes and coming forth with them?"

Every one of my clients wants to grow their innovation, creativity, and performance.

They want their people to experiment; try things; create new products, processes, and services; implement radical problem solving; and to create change.

So, I get a unique view across a lot of different sectors at what works and what doesn’t.

The number one way organizations stifle any creative thought:

Punishing mistakes.

You want to KILL any hope of innovation and individual brilliance?

Punish mistakes.

Make people wrong for trying and coming up short.

And do not fool yourself.

Many, many organizations tell themselves they allow people to make mistakes and all the while have a covert, tacit punishment of mistakes.

Or, they have individual leaders who act out their own ego deficiencies by making others wrong for trying and failing.

This matters. This is toxic.

So, you need to find out.

And what’s the solution? How do you build a culture of innovation?

Give everyone in your organization…

the Freedom to Be Wrong.

The freedom to fail, fall short, to screw up.

Essentially, we’re talking about offering Grace, a culture where it’s safe to be vulnerable.

Brene Brown says vulnerability is the foundation of all creativity and innovation.
Now, before you get all shaky, we are not “skipping through the forest,” here.

It’s simply encouraging your people to try boldly, and offering a soft landing when people fail… which they will!

Did you know, there are companies who actually pay their people for making mistakes and coming forth with them

Radical? Sure. And what do they get for it?

A Culture of Innovation.

(Not to mention a fun place to work, eh?).

So, start to grow your culture of innovation by giving everyone...

The Freedom To Be Wrong.

 

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Becoming Legendary Leaders - Jason Hewlett

By Dori Pominville | Jan 22, 2019 | Comments Off

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhvxIaOYeUc&list=PLlhfpPEx8ark53hBmgjaf45zhUmXT8ey3

Learn more about Jason and his brand NEW topic here!

AI in Daily Life | Mike Walsh

By Dori Pominville | Jan 16, 2019 | Comments Off

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itlsI2YFM3g

Learn more about Mike Walsh and our other speakers on Future Technologies.

A Peek Into 2019

By Karen Harris | Jan 02, 2019 | Comments Off

2018 was truly an extraordinary whirlwind for our team, and the incredible speakers we represent. Milestones, Magic, and Lots of Flyer Miles for sure! That said, we’ve got our eyes on the year ahead and we just can’t wait to get started.

First up, we’re excited to announce the upcoming release of Mike Walsh’s new book, The Algorithmic Leader. Mike is an incredible keynote speaker, thought leader and futurist who has masterfully brought together years of research and insights from global leaders, AI pioneers and data scientists to share a set of 10 powerful principles for succeeding in an algorithmic age. He’s a brilliant mind, and we know that the strategies and ideas he shares can help business professionals and organizations the world over. I’ve been lucky enough to read an advance copy – it’s going to be a huge best seller!

Next, we are happy to announce two new keynote topics from the dynamic and engaging Tim Sanders. "Innovating Faster - Why Collaboration Changes Everything" and "Making the Leap to Essential" - both are so fitting and timely for audiences in our busy, sometimes chaotic world. The first is based on what he calls ‘disruptive collaboration,’ which is a problem-solving style that leverages sometimes unusual alliances along the fault-lines of a company or its market. In this keynote he shares how “the biggest leaps and turnarounds in business history came from collisions of thought, not safe work in our silos of excellence”. In the second keynote, Tim shares the disruptive innovations in today’s world that can chip away at client bases. The solution? To provide extraordinary levels of added value – becoming essential to work with. We are already booking these new topics, and we are certain they are going to help create lasting impact for our speaking clients.

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Lastly, we wanted to share with you the “What If Challenge” that Keynote Speaker and Author Mike Rayburn has designed as a follow up tool for clients. This system of sixteen 3ish minute videos each feature a powerful “What If” question that helps teams align and transform their mindsets for optimized performance, increased innovations, and an eye out of opportunities. What a creative and value-added component to help audiences thrive long after they’ve left the event venue!

We will have much more to share and spotlight about all of our incredible keynote speakers in the year ahead. Providing exceptional service while pairing the perfect speakers to events is a passion that we just keep fuelling. There will be much excitement in 2019 as there has been in the last 12 months. We’re here to serve! Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you!

How will AI change your job - Mike Walsh

By Dori Pominville | Aug 28, 2018 | Comments Off

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KH8rXyHBQ2E&feature=youtu.be

Learn more about Mike Walsh here!

Augmenting Human Beings - Mike Walsh

By Mike Walsh | May 29, 2018 | Comments Off

The real threat of AI is not killer robots or rogue star destroyers, but rather systems that lack accountability, or consideration of their economic impact on job replacement. Listen to Mike's newest podcast episode here.

Learn more about Mike Walsh here.

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