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David Burkus


How leading organizations are upending business as usual.

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David Burkus: Speech Topics


① FRIEND OF A FRIEND | ② UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT | ③ INNOVATION IS A TEAM SPORT

① Friend of a Friend: Understanding The Hidden Networks That Can Transform Your Life


What if the advice we’ve all heard about networking and developing relationships was wrong?

In this new and startling look at the art and science of networking, Burkus challenges many of our commonly shared beliefs about networking. Drawing on more than five decades of social science research into how networks work, Burkus has found that what the best networkers do looks a lot less like collecting business cards and making random introductions and a lot more like fostering authentic connections and seeking out diverse new voices. And he reveals how anyone can do the same. Audience members will leave with practical and proven strategies to grow their network and to make their current network work much harder for their success.

Key Takeaways:

· Which areas of your network provide the best source of new ideas and insights · Where the potential blind spots and weak points in your network are · How to foster authentic, collaborative relationships · How to effectively grow and strengthen your network


② Under New Management: Full Transparency, Less Email, No Cubicles, and where the Future of Work is Headed


What’s the best way to build and lead teams? Do the best companies really put their employees’ welfare first, and their clients second? Do performance reviews actually improve performance?

Burkus challenges many of the long-established principles of management and leadership. Drawing on decades of research, Burkus has found that not only are many of our fundamental management practices wrong and misguided, but they can be downright counter-productive. These days, the best companies are already breaking the old rules. From sharing salaries openly, to abandoning performance reviews, to putting management in the hands of the whole company, the revolutionary insights Burkus reveals are convincing companies to leave behind decades-old management practices and to implement new ways to enhance productivity and morale. Audience members will walk away with evidence-based strategies and real world examples to drive performance and build stronger teams.


③ Innovation Is A Team Sport


Why do so many innovation efforts fail? Why do our best attempts at creative problem solving never seem to reach their full potential? The cause of both frustrations, it turns out, are actually the same. In this keynote, Burkus targets a common misconception about creativity and innovation efforts: that it has to do with changing how individuals think. Instead, research reveals that "lone creators" are historically rare and for most innovations, creativity is a team sport. By combining insights from social science research and practical takeaways from the most innovative companies and teams, Burkus outlines a prescription for any team or organization to work more creatively together, without silos, politics, or frustration. Burkus' insights are practical, applicable, and tailored to the audiences situation. (This keynote is based on David's books Friend of a Friend and The Myths of Creativity) Key Takeaways: -How the more creative teams and companies really operative -How to get around the most common barriers to innovation -How to communicate and collaborate better together



David Burkus: Books


Friend of a Friend .: Understanding the Hidden Networks That Can Transform Your Life and Your Career

What if the advice we've all heard about networking was wrong? … ➡︎
Under New Management: How Leading Organizations Are Upending Business as Usual

A provocative work that challenges the traditional and widely accepted principles of business management — and proves that they are outdated, outmoded, or simply don’t work … ➡︎
The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Companies and People Generate Great Ideas

How to get past the most common myths about creativity to design truly innovative strategies … ➡︎
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David Burkus: Bio



      

David Burkus is a best-selling author, a sought after speaker, and associate professor of leadership and innovation at Oral Roberts University. His book, Friend of a Friend (May 2018), offers readers a new perspective on how to grow their networks and build key connections—one based on the science of human behavior, not rote networking advice. He’s delivered keynotes to the leaders of Fortune 500 companies and the future leaders of the United States Naval Academy. His TED talk has been viewed over 1.7 million times and he is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review.

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DAVID BURKUS


How leading organizations are upending business as usual.

SPEECH TOPICS

① Friend of a Friend: Understanding The Hidden Networks That Can Transform Your Life

What if the advice we’ve all heard about networking and developing relationships was wrong?

In this new and startling look at the art and science of networking, Burkus challenges many of our commonly shared beliefs about networking. Drawing on more than five decades of social science research into how networks work, Burkus has found that what the best networkers do looks a lot less like collecting business cards and making random introductions and a lot more like fostering authentic connections and seeking out diverse new voices. And he reveals how anyone can do the same. Audience members will leave with practical and proven strategies to grow their network and to make their current network work much harder for their success.

Key Takeaways:

· Which areas of your network provide the best source of new ideas and insights
· Where the potential blind spots and weak points in your network are
· How to foster authentic, collaborative relationships
· How to effectively grow and strengthen your network


② Under New Management: Full Transparency, Less Email, No Cubicles, and where the Future of Work is Headed

What’s the best way to build and lead teams? Do the best companies really put their employees’ welfare first, and their clients second? Do performance reviews actually improve performance?

Burkus challenges many of the long-established principles of management and leadership. Drawing on decades of research, Burkus has found that not only are many of our fundamental management practices wrong and misguided, but they can be downright counter-productive. These days, the best companies are already breaking the old rules. From sharing salaries openly, to abandoning performance reviews, to putting management in the hands of the whole company, the revolutionary insights Burkus reveals are convincing companies to leave behind decades-old management practices and to implement new ways to enhance productivity and morale. Audience members will walk away with evidence-based strategies and real world examples to drive performance and build stronger teams.


③ Innovation is a Team Sport

Why do so many innovation efforts fail? Why do our best attempts at creative problem solving never seem to reach their full potential?

The cause of both frustrations, it turns out, are actually the same. In this keynote, Burkus targets a common misconception about creativity and innovation efforts: that it has to do with changing how individuals think. Instead, research reveals that "lone creators" are historically rare and for most innovations, creativity is a team sport. By combining insights from social science research and practical takeaways from the most innovative companies and teams, Burkus outlines a prescription for any team or organization to work more creatively together, without silos, politics, or frustration. Burkus' insights are practical, applicable, and tailored to the audiences situation.

(This keynote is based on David's books Friend of a Friend and The Myths of Creativity)

Key Takeaways:

-How the more creative teams and companies really operative
-How to get around the most common barriers to innovation
-How to communicate and collaborate better together

When do best practices actually hinder our ability to lead? According to thought leader and management professor David Burkus, they almost always do. Using evidence from behavioral economics and social psychology paired with case studies from the world’s leading companies, Burkus shows how the best practices and policies are often counterintuitive and offers practical ways to find out if your management needs new management. The best leaders lead differently.


⑤ The Myths of Creativity

Why are some people consistently creative and others strikingly unoriginal? What holds people and teams back from reaching their creative capacity. The answer, it turns out, has to do with the stories that we tell – the myths that surround creativity and innovation.

Burkus targets the various faulty beliefs we apply when trying to encourage creativity and offers well-researched facts in their place. Using insights from the wealth of research on individual and organizational creativity, Burkus provides practical implications and realistic strategies for encouraging creativity and innovation that are tailored to the specific needs of the audience.


⑥ The Myths of Creativity in Education

Why is it that children act so creatively and so few adults engage their creativity? Dr. David Burkus considers the role of education through the various myths that affect our understanding of what explains creativity and how to enhance it in students and adults. Using insight from the wealth of research on organizational creativity, Burkus provides practical implications and realistic strategies for teaching creativity.


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David Burkus is a best-selling author, a sought after speaker, and associate professor of leadership and innovation at Oral Roberts University. His book, Friend of a Friend (May 2018), offers readers a new perspective on how to grow their networks and build key connections—one based on the science of human behavior, not rote networking advice. He’s delivered keynotes to the leaders of Fortune 500 companies and the future leaders of the United States Naval Academy. His TED talk has been viewed over 1.7 million times and he is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review.


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