Book Foreword by Marshall Goldsmith

Thinkers 50 #1 leadership thinker in the world and author of MOJO and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

Soren delivers new principles and tools that anyone can apply to their business, whether they’re just starting out or leading an established organization.

Glenn Allen, Co-Founder of OpenTable


Soren Kaplan is a leading keynote speaker, the author of the bestselling and award winning book, Leapfrogging, a writer for FastCompany, faculty member in the executive education program at the Copenhagen Business School, and the Founder of InnovationPoint.

In his Wall Street Journal bestselling book Leapfrogging, Soren shows how any organization or business function can “change the game” through breakthrough innovation – by creating or doing something radically new or different that produces a significant leap forward.

Some of his most popular keynote presentations include Leapfrogging to Breakthroughs and How to Create a Culture of Innovation.  Soren often customizes his keynotes and leadership development for specific business functions and industries such as technologyhealthcarefinancial services, and design.

Book Soren today for a keynote to help jump-start new ways of thinking, innovation, and your future.

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2014 Keynote Presentations

(See list of 2013 Keynotes)

January 8, 2014:  Leapfrogging to the C-Suite through Talent Management, Best Practice Institute

January 10, 2014:  Keynote Presentation, Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA

January 22, 2014:  Keynote Presentation, Imagineering Academy Conference, NHTV University, Netherlands

February 2, 2014: Keynote Presentation & Executive Education Program, Home Care 100 Conference, Boca Raton, FL

February 22, 2014: Keynote Presentation, Academy of Family Physicians, Hershey, PA

March 19, 2014:  Keynote Presentation, Learning Solutions 2014, Orlando, FL

November 21, 2014:  Tekes, Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation, Helsinki

January 12-14, 2015: Executive Development Program, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

January 19-21, 2015:  Imagineering Executive Program, NHTV University, Breda, Netherlands

January 27, 2015: Ascension Healthcare, Leadership Program, Palo Alto, CA

 

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  • Google and Amazon want to give you wings - don’t be their drone

    Last week Google unveiled its secret aerial drone delivery project, Project Wing.  The idea is simple:  unmanned aircraft buzz the skies above us carrying products to our homes and businesses.  Amazon shared its own vision of all this months ago.

    When I was a pimpled-face 14 year old, I too flew remote controlled helicopters in the sky.  That was 30 years ago.

     So, why is a glamorized remote control helicopter garnering so much frenzied attention?  Because Google and Amazon say so.

    Outside of Apple, these two companies now garner so much of our PR mindshare that they can release low-budget vision videos and create headlines on CNN.  But that doesn’t mean we should jump on the drone bandwagon just yet.

    Barring the vision of having a personal drone ‘butlering’ a six-pack to your doorstep, it’s unclear how much social acceptance (or social good) these flying devices might really provide.  Unlike my remote control helicopter from 30 years ago, drones today can garner wireless communications, cameras, GPS, and – yes – weapons.  We’ve seen the “successes” of drone strikes for years in the US military.

    The true adoption of drones is a long way off.  Here’s why:

     

    Regulatory Hurdles – and not just air-traffic but city, county, and state regulations

    Social Backlash – who wants a peeping-Tom drone peering in your bathroom window?

    Meaningful Applications – hobbyists will lead the way.  Truly socially beneficial uses for will take time to evolve.

    Unclear ROI – the return on investment for businesses isn’t there yet.

     

    The PR frenzy around drones goes way beyond ‘dronies’ here (though photo-bombing tourists’ snapshots could be the next Tower Photo-bomb meme).  Funny as dronies may be, they may also be the most relevant and widely embraced use of the technology in the near future.

     

     

    So, what’s the near term opportunity for drones?  Here’s my recommendation:  Get in touch with your inner child and create your own next-gen, souped-up, remote controlled helicopter (aka drone).  Keep tabs on the on-the-surface silly applications like dronies.  The seeds of disruptive innovation are often found in the least likely places.  But remember.  They can take years to grow.

     

     

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