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William Taylor

Bill Taylor has a passion for ideas and practices that reshape how organizations compete, innovate and win—in good times and times of crisis. As co-founder of Fast Company, he shook up the business-magazine world and the world of business. His latest book shows how to unleash breakthrough creativity and cutting-edge performance in even the most traditional fields.
Founding Editor, Fast Company and Best-Selling Author

Expertise In:

  • Leadership
  • Overcoming Obstacles and Challenges
  • Change Management
  • Corporate Culture
  • Workforce Effectiveness

Audience & Industry

  • Corporations
  • Senior Management Groups
  • Board Meetings and Executive Briefings
  • Sales Professionals
  • The Technology Industry

Bill Taylor has a passion for ideas and practices that reshape how organizations compete, innovate and win—in good times and times of crisis. As co-founder of Fast Company, he shook up the business-magazine world and the world of business. His latest book shows how to unleash breakthrough creativity and cutting-edge performance in even the most traditional fields.

Bill Taylor is a best-selling author, celebrated entrepreneur, and groundbreaking thinker who shows organizations and their leaders how to compete, innovate, and win—during times of growth as well as times of crisis. He made his name as co-founder and founding editor of Fast Company, one of the most influential magazines of the last two decades. Fast Company has won countless awards, from Startup of the Year in its early days to Magazine of the Year,” the highest honor in its field, and has earned a passionate following among executives and entrepreneurs around the world. Its editorial success led to great business success. A company that began in borrowed office space in Harvard Square eventually sold for $340 million—the second-highest price for a single magazine is U.S. history. Fast Company recently celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary and continues to shape the global conversation about business.

Since starting Fast Company, Bill has written three books on creativity, leadership and change. His most recent book is Simply Brilliant: How Great Organizations Do Ordinary Things in Extraordinary Ways. The book offers a set of messages and a collection of case studies on how to unleash breakthrough innovation and cutting-edge performance in even the most traditional, hard-to-change fields. His previous book, Practically Radical, was a Wall Street Journal bestseller. His first book, Mavericks at Work, was a New York Times bestseller and was named a “Business Book of the Year” by The Economist and the Financial Times. Bill has published numerous essays and CEO interviews in the Harvard Business Review, and his column, “Under New Management,” ran in the Sunday Business section of The New York Times. He now writes regularly for HBR.org.  

A graduate of Princeton University and MIT’s Sloan School of Management, Bill speaks with intellectual authority and real-world experience on how to stand for something extraordinary in a world of hyper-competition and nonstop change, the connection between who you are in the marketplace and how you lead in the workplace, and the importance of making sure that what you know about your field doesn’t limit what you can imagine about the future. Provocative and inspiring, he offers firsthand accounts of how game changers are transforming their companies and shaking up their industries—and insights into how you can do the same in your own organization.

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William Taylor's Speech Topics

Talent, Culture, and the Future Of Work - How to Unleash Fierce Execution and Nonstop Innovation in Good Times and Bad

Everything about talent and culture is ripe for reinvention—which is why great organizations and their leaders work as distinctively as they compete. In an era of brash ideas and urgent crises, organizations that create the most extraordinary value are the ones that generate the most widely shared sense of commitment, connection, and compassion among colleagues. Whether you’re in a fast-moving technology field or a more traditional industry, your organization can’t be exceptional in the marketplace unless it creates something exceptional in the workplace. In a keynote that is at once highly strategic and deeply human, Bill Taylor draws on his access to some of the world’s most high-performing and creative workplaces to explore how organizations can unleash and sustain a culture of fierce execution and nonstop innovation. His ideas, lessons, diagnostics, and case studies are a pragmatic guide to the future of work and a cutting-edge agenda for recruiting, evaluating, organizing, and retaining talent.

Among the questions he helps organizations and their leaders answer are:

  • Why should great people join your organization?
  • How do you know a great person when you see one?
  • Does your organization work as distinctively as it competes?
  • Do you offer the small gestures that send big signals about what really matters at work?

Leadership in an Age of Disruption - Don’t Let What You Know Limit What You Can Imagine

In a world being remade before our eyes, leaders who make a difference are the ones who can reimagine what’s possible in their organization and their field, and who can turn bold strategies into relentless execution. Put simply, high-impact leaders exude both originality and utility—provocative thinking that energizes their colleagues, a roll-up-the-sleeves approach to work and culture that shapes how everyone shares ideas and solves problems. In this inspiring and instructive keynote, Bill Taylor offers hands-on thinking gleaned from the most extraordinary leaders he’s studied over the last 25 years. These leaders have built very different kinds of companies and organizations, they’ve prospered in boom times and times of crisis, but they’ve all wrestled with the defining questions that face leaders everywhere—questions whose answers amount to a new agenda for leadership. Bill’s insights, stories, and takeaways prepare leaders at every level to master that agenda.

Here are some of the questions Bill asks and answers:

  • Are you prepared to rethink the conventions of success in your field and the logic of your success as a leader?
  • Are you learning, as an organization and as a leader, as fast as the world is changing?
  • Do you “talk the walk”—Can you explain why what they do matters and how you expect to win.
  • Are you as humble as you are hungry?

The Hard Work of Big Change - Rules for Transforming Your Organization and Challenging Yourself

Breakthrough technologies. Radical business models. New customer preferences. Remote work. In an era of hyper-competition and unpredictable crises, even the most successful companies have to rethink and reimagine every aspect of how they do business and deliver results. But how do you break new ground when there is so much pressure to avoid mistakes? How do you keep people focused and confident in a world that seems so risky and uncertain? In short, how do you unleash long-lasting, positive change in turbulent, fast-moving times? These are the questions Bill Taylor addresses in his provocative and energizing keynote. His message is designed to help leaders from all walks of life transform their organizations, shake up their industries, and challenge themselves. He brings his message to life with colorful stories of organizations that are unleashing innovations and driving transformations in all sorts of fields—from retail to software, automobiles to financial services, hotels to hospitals. Bill offers a manifesto for change and a manual for achieving it—at a moment when change is the name of the game.

Here are some of the themes he emphasizes:

  • In a fast-changing world, the most successful organizations embrace strategies that allow them to stand for something special and inspire others to stand with them.
  • The more things change, the more the worries about change remain the same.
  • In a world reshaped by technology, change leaders embrace the power of emotion and psychology.
  • You can’t be serious about changing unless you’re also serious about failing.

Works by William Taylor