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Entrepreneur, Innovator & Bestselling Author

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Author and speaker Bill Taylor has impacted a generation of executives and company-builders to think differently about change, leadership, and the new world of work. He is an expert on new ways to compete, innovate, and lead.
Fast Company Co Founder

A spirited and hard-charging entrepreneur, Bill co-founded the award winning magazine Fast Company where he also served as founding editor. “Startup of the Year” and “Magazine of the Year” are among the awards this magazine has won. For his work there, Bill was named “Champion of Workplace Learning and Performance” by the American Society of Training and Development.

Over the last two decades Fast Company has continually been the most influential voice on business and innovation. The magazine earned a passionate following among executives and entrepreneurs around the world. Becoming a legendary business success. In less than six years, the magazine, which took shape in borrowed office space in Harvard Square, sold for $340 million.

What is Fast Company? A magazine which chronicles the revolution in management and competition driven by technology. They profile the mavericks and rule breakers who achieve outsize success by taking a different path.


Bestselling Author

In addition to his editorial work, speaker Bill Taylor authored three bestselling books. The topics of these being leadership, culture, and change. On top of these books, Bill created the “Under New Management” column for The New York Times and has published numerous essays and CEO interviews in the Harvard Business Review, where he now blogs regularly.

Bill co-authored Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win. Just weeks after its release, Mavericks became a New York Times bestseller, a Wall Street Journal Business bestseller and a BusinessWeek bestseller. It was named one of the “Books of the Year” for 2006 by both The Economist and The Financial Times.


Feedback for speaker Bill Taylor’s books:

Simply Brilliant: How Great Organizations Do Ordinary Things in Extraordinary Ways
“a fascinating look inside companies that are rewriting rules of success.” – Wharton professor Adam Grant

“offers transformative messages for leaders in all walks of life.” Sir Ken Robinson

Practically Radical: Not-So-Crazy Ways to Transform Your Company, Shake Up Your Industry, and Challenge Yourself.

“the most powerful and instructive change manual you’ll ever read.” Bestselling author Daniel H. Pink

“a handbook for successful transformation and a great tutorial for implementing your change agenda.” Anne Mulcahy, former chairman and CEO of Xerox


Bill’s three books are the latest chapter in a career devoted to challenging, conventional wisdom and showcasing the power of business at its best. In addition to writing, Bill has always been a passionate speaker. Bringing audiences groundbreaking new ideas and techniques to compete, innovate, and succeed. His insights on leadership, culture and change are guaranteed fresh and presented with passion!

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    Transforming Your Organization and Challenging Yourself
    In an era of hyper-competition and non-stop disruption, the most urgent work for organizations everywhere is the work of making meaningful, deep-seated change. When customers have higher expectations than ever, digital technologies and new business models create more choices than ever, determined rivals are more numerous than ever, then familiar strategies and established ways of working are less effective than ever.

    That means 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 uncertain? In short, how do you unleash long-lasting, positive change in turbulent, fast-moving times?

    Keynote by Speaker Bill Taylor


    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 at their organization and in their field, and who can turn bold strategies into relentless execution.

    And they’re not just CEOs; they’re executives running business units, managers in charge of key departments, engineers or marketers running project teams, entrepreneurs building a company from scratch. Regardless of their formal role or title in the organization, 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.

    Put simply, the best leaders are the most insatiable learners and the most effective communicators. In this keynote, Bill Taylor offers hands-on thinking gleaned from the most extraordinary leaders he’s studied over the last 25 years.

    Keynote by Speaker Bill Taylor


    Succeeding in a World Where the Smart Take from the Strong
    There has never been a more exciting time to be an entrepreneur, whether it’s building a company from a blank sheet of paper, launching or investing in a franchise, or starting something new inside an established organization. In the old world of business, the strong took from the weak. If you had the deepest pockets, the biggest factories or labs, the best-known brands, you won by virtue of your power. In the new world of business, the smart take from the strong.

    The most successful entrepreneurs don’t try to out-compete their bigger rivals; they redefine the terms of competition by embracing one-of-a-kind ideas in a world filled with me-too thinking. Thanks to the revolutions in computing, communications, and social media, along with an explosion of new business models and new sources of financing, smaller and smaller groups of people can do bigger and bigger things. In this keynote targeted to entrepreneurs, small-business leaders, and franchise owners and operators, Bill Taylor offers lessons from some of the world’s most successful company-builders.

    Keynote by Speaker Bill Taylor


    How to Unleash and Sustain Fierce Execution and Nonstop Innovation
    Business today is about distinctive competitive strategies, game-changing technologies, and creative social media and
    marketing. But the most successful organizations, those built on fierce execution and nonstop innovation, work as distinctively as they compete. The first question great organizations can answer is: What separates us from our rivals in the marketplace? But the next question is: What holds us together as colleagues in the workplace? In an era of brash ideas and disruptive business models, 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, slow-to-change industry, your organization can’t be exceptional in the marketplace unless it creates something exceptional in the workplace. In this strategic and deeply human talk, speaker 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 and cutting-edge agenda for recruiting, evaluating, organizing, and retaining talent.

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