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Keynote speaker Stephen Denny has consulted for, spoken to or advised an impressive amount of global 500 players. Stephen holds a MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Stephen Denny tailors his keynotes to align with your key business priorities and conference themes through pre-event conference calls and secondary research. Each of his talks is unique and catered to you and your audience.
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Stephen Denny speaks about what it takes to be a “Giant Killer” – those businesses that out-maneuver the giants they face regardless of the odds – and how we can learn from these brands and apply their “thinking tools” and cultural shifts to do the impossible. In his keynotes, he draws on over 80 personal interviews with some of the world’s most effective business people – from Silicon Valley to the townships of South Africa, profiling over 35 (and counting) brands from 13 different countries – as well as others outside of the traditional corporate world, from professional gamblers and hostage negotiators to Hollywood screenwriters and war planners, creating a vivid and compelling story of how to out-maneuver the giants we face in business and in life. Importantly, he tailors his keynotes to align with your key business priorities and conference themes through pre-event conference calls and secondary research. Each of his talks is unique and catered to you and your audience.
The roster of companies Stephen has consulted for, spoken to or advised includes Hewlett Packard, The North Face, Jabra, GN Resound, Altria, Campbell‘s Soup, The Conference Board, YPO Global’s “Win the PR War” London conference, Frederique Constant, Elsevier, Koodo Mobile, Vibram US, PNY Technologies, Fuel Cell Energy and others, from start-ups to Global 500 players. He has also done guest lectures at a number of blue chip graduate business schools, including Wharton, Kellogg, UC Berkeley, and others, plus numerous entrepreneur forums and councils.
Prior to consulting, he was a 20+ year senior marketing executive having managed the people, strategy and budgets at brand name technology companies like Sony, Onstar, Iomega and Plantronics. He has deep experience in both B2B and B2C marketing and has been recognized as a highly creative, “out of the box” strategist.
He has lived and worked in the US and Japan, holds several patents and has an MBA from the Wharton School.
Special Event 1: The “Killing Giants” Executive Briefing
Sometimes the executive team needs an off-site of their own – even if it’s just in the board room and it’s only for half a day. Getting the leadership team together for an intensive session on applying the key lessons in Killing Giants: 10 Strategies to Topple the Giant in Your Industry (Portfolio, 2011) can help get everyone on the same page when it comes to emulating the right kinds of brands, leaders and mindsets that illustrate the “David versus Goliath” struggle we all face. Plus, in this more intimate and informal session, we can do something we can’t in a traditional keynote: we can slow down and discuss what each story, key takeaway and big idea means, reflecting back on the key priorities the company faces and ensuring we’re moving towards a specific action plan when leaving the room.
The Killing Giants Executive Briefing fits your schedule, your key priorities and your specific needs – regardless of where you are in your budgeting process or where our event falls in your fiscal calendar. Audience: the right audience for this intensive half-day briefing is your senior leadership team – from board members and executive staff to operating group chiefs.
Special Event 2: The “Killing Giants” Activation Workshop
There are times for introspective thought leadership and there are times to put concrete action plans on paper and get them ready to execute. This special “Killing Giants Activation Workshop” event is for the latter of these two – when you know what your top level objectives are but aren’t certain how you’re exactly going to tactically deliver on them in the marketplace.
In this intensive one-day workshop, we will review the key tenets of The Killing Giants Framework and view them against the large macro trends affecting your industry today and the key business objectives your company has articulated, seeing the biggest possible picture of your challenge through a unique lens of global competitive best practices. Then, with your team fully engaged in this immersive learning environment, we will apply the Power of 3TM integrative exercise described in Killing Giants: 10 Strategies to Topple the Goliath In Your Industry (Portfolio, 2011) to identify the patterns and opportunities in the data we’ve uncovered. If you need to get your operating teams focused for a day and need them to quickly generate three or four big ideas, you’ll find this workshop out-performs your expectations (because we’ll generate more than a dozen big ideas – and your team is like most of the groups we’ve had, they’ll finish the day with more energy and enthusiasm than they had walking in the room in the morning).
Audience: the right audience for this one-day workshop is 12-15 people comprised of marketers, key agency members and other key operating group stakeholders – essentially anyone and everyone involved in how your company presents itself to your customer base.
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