Bill Taylor, 2011 Verisk Conference Keynote Speaker

Monday, October 3, 2011
8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Hard times can be a great time to separate yourself from the pack and build advantages for years to come — if you can summon the leadership nerve to take risks.

Over the past two years, Bill Taylor has had in-depth access to 25 organizations that are masters at change — unleashing innovations and driving transformations in trying circumstances.

He’ll discuss these core concepts:

John F. Lehman, Ph.D.
Founding Editor, Fast Company
Author, Practically Radical: Not-So-Crazy Ways to Transform Your Company, Shake Up Your Industry, and Challenge Yourself
  • What you see shapes how you change. The most successful companies don't just outcompete their rivals; they redefine the terms of competition by embracing unique ideas.
  • Where you look shapes what you see. The most creative CEOs aspire to learn from innovators far outside their industry as a way to leapfrog their rivals.
  • There's nothing wrong with your organization that can't be fixed by what's right with your organization. Savvy change agents don't disavow the past. They rediscover and reinterpret the past as a way to develop a line of sight into the future.
  • The best way to change your business is to make change a normal part of doing business. The most direct way to increase urgency is to redefine how your organization monitors results and measures success. "Business as usual" is bad for business.

Using lessons from a variety of disciplines, Bill will show us how to shake up the property/casualty industry, transform our companies, and recharge ourselves for success.

About Bill Taylor
Bill Taylor is a writer, speaker, and entrepreneur who has shaped the global conversation about the best ways to compete, innovate, and succeed. As a cofounder and founding editor of Fast Company, Bill launched a magazine that won countless awards and earned a passionate following among executives and entrepreneurs around the world. His previous book, Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win, was a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best seller and was named a "Business Book of the Year" by The Economist and the Financial Times.

Bill's new book, Practically Radical, was published on January 4, 2011, by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Bill wrote a regular business column ("Under New Management") for the New York Times as well as a monthly column for London's Guardian newspaper. He now writes a popular management blog for Harvard Business Review. He is an adjunct lecturer at Babson College and the coauthor of three other books on strategy, leadership, and innovation.

A graduate of Princeton University and the MIT Sloan School of Management, Bill lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts, with his wife and two daughters.

Hear what people are saying about Bill Taylor's Practically Radical

"The most powerful and instructive change manual you'll ever read."
— best-selling 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

"The ideas are fresh, the advice is stuff you can actually use, and the results will be tangible."
— Arianna Huffington

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