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At some time, someone somewhere is going to disrupt your entire industry. Shouldn’t it be you? Luke Williams, author and globally recognized authority on disruptive innovation, reveals a way of thinking that has the power to transform your business and stay ahead of the game.
Luke Williams is one of the world’s leading business thinkers on innovation strategy. He has worked with leading companies across the globe and is a dynamic and sought-after management speaker, having lectured in 21 countries and addressed the United Nations General Assembly and the World Innovation Forum.
Williams is Professor of Marketing at NYU Stern School of Business; Founder and Executive Director of W.R. Berkley Innovation Labs; and a Fellow at Frog Design— one of the world's most influential product strategy and design firms. He is the inventor of 30+ U.S. patents and has designed more than 100 products in industries ranging from transportation to finance, and healthcare to consumer electronics.
His views are regularly featured in media ranging from Bloomberg BusinessWeek and Fast Company to The Wall Street Journal and The Economist. He is the author of the international bestseller, Disrupt: Think the Unthinkable to Spark Transformation in Your Business.
Meet Luke Williams
Disruptive Leadership: Thriving in an Era of Constant Change
What does it take to be a disruptive leader? Do you need to be a brilliant agitator like Steve Jobs? A driven workaholic with a passion to change the world like Tesla’s Elon Musk? Sure, CEOs like that get a lot of press, but there’s more to success than being loud and charismatic. Truly disruptive leaders are like Master Chefs on a cooking show, always looking for ways to take existing ingredients— the same ones everyone else has access to—and combine them in unique ways.
Those new recipes are a type of investment capital: the more you have, the better. Of course, not all of them will succeed. But disruptive thinking and leadership is less about the success of any one idea and more about putting your business in a position where you have more new ideas to spend than your competition does. Most importantly, being a disruptive leader is about creating a culture where everyone values new recipes. Because if you want to build a disruptive organization, you first have to build more disruptive leaders.
Disruptive Technologies: How to Prepare for What’s Coming Next
As much as we might desire it, the future we face will not be predictable. We are living in a fast-changing and uncertain time and we are entering this new global order with a way of seeing and thinking better suited for a world now several centuries behind us. A world that could be explained in simpler terms, when you could expect and carefully plan for gradual shifts in the status quo.
But the scale of the challenges we face and the accelerating speed of innovation in Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), and Biotechnology demands a new way of opening minds to unconventional strategies. Winning organizations in the next decade will need to incorporate a steady stream of disruptive technologies to stay ahead of the game—technologies that will force them to rethink the habits that have made them successful in the past, and challenge the conventional wisdom that has defined the competitive dynamics of their industry.
Disruptive Thinking: How to Spark Transformation in Your Business
Successful companies operating in mature industries that embrace incremental change find themselves on a path that gets narrower and narrower. Eventually, they reach the end of the path, and by then, their customers have forsaken them for a new offering that nobody saw coming. In cases where companies do take disruptive risks, it’s often because they’re backed into a corner and there’s no other choice.
But companies that try to differentiate themselves by focusing on incremental innovation instead of game-changing, disruptive innovation will differentiate themselves right out of business. They simply cannot afford to wait until they get backed into a corner. Companies need to be consistently making bold moves, even at the very peak of their success. It is an essential skill for anyone in business, from a small start-up to a global corporation, with the desire to transform organizational processes and behaviors, and ask, “Why hadn’t we ever thought about our business and industry this way before?”
Luke Williams’ presentation was extremely well received. His Wednesday night keynote was engaging, informative and provocative. People also very much appreciated that he stayed with us Thursday morning for the panel discussion – it really sent a message that he was interested in helping us with our conference objectives. I appreciated that Luke did seem to customize his presentation and his approach to the panel discussion to focus on the work we intended to pursue at the conference.Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units
Luke Williams: On behalf of the entire team here at Safeguard Scientifics, THANK YOU for such an amazing keynote session. Many of our portfolio company CEOs said that your presentation “made the trip” and was an amazing “closer” for our CEO Summit.Safeguard Scientifics
Luke Williams rocked it. Great energy, engaging, stimulating lots of audience questions, held the audience in palm of his hand. You're representing a great speaker.Consumer Healthcare Products Association
Luke Williams' energy and message fit perfectly with our overall theme and there was a definitive buzz immediately after the program and for the remainder of the conference.Water Environment Federation
Luke was AWESOME to put it plainly. From the initial feedback we received from our participants after his session, they all thought he was a great asset to our summit. His session was very dynamic, positive and inspiring. He is a very charismatic speaker and kept everyone alert for the whole hour.Major Global Consulting Firm
Luke Williams was fantastic! Blue Chip really loved having him apart of our end of the year meeting. He completely stretched our creative minds to the next level.Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide