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37 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Stephen Shapiro. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Stephen Shapiro, often where they are interviewed.

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37 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Stephen Shapiro. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Stephen Shapiro, often where they are interviewed.

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215: Stay Relevant, Sense What's Next, and Solve Difficult Problems with Stephen Shapiro

Pivot with Jenny Blake
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Why are so many of us allergic to the word innovation, solving the wrong
problems, and experiencing idea-fatigue? Because, as Stephen Shapiro
brilliantly shares in his new book, Invisible Solutions: 25 Lenses that
Reframe and Help Solve Difficult Business Problems, what we’re really
aiming for is relevance.

How can you apply the 5D’s of disruption to solve difficult problems? We
dive into that and so much more during this conversation—one I can’t wait
to listen back to at least twice more to absorb all the powerful
pivot-related concepts! I’ll tell you one thing: you’ll never brainstorm
the same way again . . .

Check out full show notes from this episode with links to resources
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May 14 2020


069: To Innovate: Don’t Pivot, Divot - Stephen Shapiro

Work From The Inside Out
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Stephen Shapiro is the author of the new book “Invisible Solutions: 25 Lenses that Reframe and Help Solve Difficult Business Problems”. For over 20 years, Stephen has presented his provocative strategies on innovation to audiences in 50 countries. During his 15 year tenure with the consulting firm, Accenture, he led a 20,000 person innovation practice. He is the author of six books, and the creator of “Personality Poker: The Playing Card Tool for Driving High-Performance Teamwork and Innovation”, a card game that has been used around the world to create high performing innovation teams. In 2015, he was inducted into the speaker Hall of Fame. In 2017, he was a regular judge and mentor on the TLC innovation reality television show, Girl Starter.

Stephen started his career as an industrial engineer building computers and found the work to be routine.  He realized early on that he was not a ‘cubicle guy’. He joined one of the world’s largest consulting firms, Accenture, by leveraging his engineering background to help companies develop more efficient processes and new products.  When he discovered that companies were laying off thousands of people in the name of progress, he wanted no part of that. He took a leave of absence to reflect and returned to Accenture six months later with some fresh ideas to help companies grow.  After 15 years with the firm, he decided to build his own brand, which includes authoring 6 books, speaking worldwide, online learning and innovation consulting. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • How Stephen became disillusioned when he realized that his work as a consultant to help companies’ optimize their business processes enabled them to reduce their workforces. 
  • He likes to help his clients stay relevant by helping them create products, services, and  business models that are relevant to companies, consumers, and their clients. 
  • Stephen shares how most of his business comes through credible referrals and clients who have worked with him. 
  • How he set the intention to write his first book and had it become real almost 5 years to the day after he set it.
  • Stephen shares how he prefers to divot instead of pivot and by doing so, deepens the way he delivers his content. 
  • The value he places on meeting people where they are.


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Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 069

Apr 08 2020



Invisible Solutions (with Stephen Shapiro)

The Accidental Creative
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The answers to our problems lie all around us, but they are often invisible. We must train ourselves to look at the world differently in order to find them. Today’s guest is Stephen Shapiro, author of the new book Invisible Solutions.

This episode is sponsored by Skillshare. Get two months of access to thousands of classes absolutely free! To sign up, go to

The intro music for the AC podcast is by Joshua Seurkamp. End remix is by DJ Z-Trip.

Mar 23 2020



Invisible Solutions: 25 Lenses that Reframe & Help Solve Difficult Problems with Stephen Shapiro

The Innovation Show
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Unprecedented access to infinite solutions has led us to realise that having all of the answers is not the answer.

From innovation teams to creativity experts to crowdsourcing, we've turned from one source to another, spending endless cycles pursuing piecemeal solutions to each challenge we face.

What if your organisation had an effective and systematic approach to deal with any problem?

To find better solutions, you need to first ask better questions. The questions you ask determine which solutions you'll see and which will remain hidden.

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Mar 19 2020



A Powerful Conversation With Stephen Shapiro

The Stuart Knight Show
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Stephen Shapiro cultivates innovation by showing leaders and their teams how to approach, tackle and solve their business challenges. Applying the knowledge he has accrued over decades in the industry, Stephen is able to see what others can’t: opportunities to improve innovation models and the cultures that support them.  Twitter: @stephenshapiro 

Mar 05 2020



Stephen Shapiro, From Nerd to Innovator

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Stephen Shapiro started his innovation work over 20 years ago while leading a 20,000-person practice at the consulting firm, Accenture. Since then he has written five books, including “Best Practices Are Stupid," which was named the best innovation and creativity book of the year, and his sixth book will be published early 2020. Stephen has presented at conferences in 50 countries and in 2015 he was inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame.

About Inusual:

  • Inusual is building a corporate innovation school to help people and organizations become extraordinary
  • Inusual is growing a professional community of innovative leaders
  • Inusual is serving organizations to go from conventional to exceptional, coaching people to innovate
  • Inusual is in the market because innovation is difficult and we want people to have a creative and engaging job
  • At Inusual, we are training people to stop reacting, and start creating.

Questions Stephen Shapiro answers:

  • How do you define innovation?
  • Are there specific industries ripe for innovation?
  • As a leader, how can you foster or teach innovation within an organization?
  • As someone that guides leaders, do you have any specific methodology to encourage people to solve problems?
  • From your experience, how much time should a team dedicate to innovate?
  • From a leader’s perspective, what is the biggest innovation leadership challenge?
  • How do you as a leader create a safe space for innovation?
  • Are there any specific areas within an organization more prepped and excited about innovation?
  • When speaking of ROI or metrics or KPI, how can you measure innovation within organizations you lead ?
  • How would you advise a team to celebrate innovation?
  • What do you see as a challenge for an innovative leader to inspire his/her team to innovate?
  • In your opinion what is the future of innovation? Is the attitude innovate or fade away?
  • What is a common characteristic of Innovative leaders?

Stephen's Social Media links:


Personality Poker -

Stephen’s new book: Invisible Solutions releasing in early 2020

Blog Spotlight of the week:

The Story of an Inusual: Daniel Ek, Founder of Spotify

Want to be an innovative leader, be like Daniel Ek, creator of Spotify and follow this tried and true advice as it pertains to innovation:

Use a passion to Innovate, even when the odds aren’t in your favor, innovation can be your best friend, especially with passion as a running mate.

Don’t be afraid to reinvent. The starting block is not a stranger for innovation. When your current system, product, service or opportunity isn’t cutting it, don’t run from starting over, erasing the board and digging deep to find something that makes you and your team happy.

Ek created a service that has 160 million active users, 8 million who pay to use it, without a doubt, innovation played a huge part in this solid gold idea.

What are you going to do with that? Are you devoting yourself to something that rally makes you happy or is it time to reinvent?

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Oct 01 2019



EP18: Stephen Shapiro ─ Driving Innovation to Ensure Relevance

The VERY Visible Business Podcast with David Avrin
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If innovation is the key to future-proofing your organization, why do so many companies struggle with it?

In this lively and thought-provoking interview, David Avrin talks with innovation expert Stephen Shapiro who offers surprising insights into what innovation really looks like and dispels common myths about who drives it, where it originates and how it can give you a leg-up on the competition.

Well worth a listen!

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Sep 18 2019



Why Best Practices Are Stupid with Stephen Shapiro

How To Be Mesmerizing With Tim Shurr!
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In today's episode, we have Stephen Shapiro with us, and he is one of the top speakers in the world, and he is the King of “Innovation”. He teaches about the concept of innovation and helping companies around the country develop and be more profitable. He has also written great books, has been with Accenture, and writes regularly for

Tim and Stephen talks about how innovation improves an organization, some resistance that hinders the flow of innovation, and some insights on how to step into an innovative mindset.

Tune in now and listen to Tim Shurr and Stephen Shapiro and understand why best practices are stupid and more.


“My philosophy in innovation is about growth rather than shrinking.” – Stephen Shapiro

“Efficiency is about squeezing lemons; Innovation is about growing lemons.” – Stephen Shapiro

“Just because it worked for another company doesn’t mean it’s going to work for you.” – Stephen Shapiro

“You want to do what you do best as an individual. It’s also what companies need to do, play to their strongs too. But teams need to play with a full deck.” – Stephen Shapiro

“It’s actually about who you are not. Because if you understand who you are not, it tells you what your blind spots are, and when you understand your blind spots, now it tells you who you need to collaborate with.”  – Stephen Shapiro

“The person you like the least is the person you need the most.” – Stephen Shapiro

“Change, innovation, and creativity are unpredictable and ambiguous and because of that, it feels like it threatens our survival.” – Stephen Shapiro

“No matter who you are, whatever you were when you were younger, maybe that’s a key to your success if you embrace it.” – Stephen Shapiro


Best Practices Are Stupid, by Stephen Shapiro

Invisible Solutions, by Stephen Shapiro

Eva Youngblood

Show Notes:

(00:50) Introduction of Stephen Shapiro

(02:30) How Stephen started

(03:26) The difference between Optimization and Innovation

(04:49) Best practices are stupid

(05:49) The under-sampling of failure

(07:17) The ones who “teach it” and the ones who “live it”

(08:26) We don’t need more ideas

(10:07) Challenge-centered innovation

(10:51) Innovate where you differentiate

(12:41) The deck of cards

(19:07) The appreciation angle

(21:32) The resistance that comes up

(21:59) The feeling that our survival is threatened

(23:34) The confirmation biases

(26:15) How Stephen help people get through the resistance

(26:36) Experience

(27:10) Point out the biases

(27:25) Series of tools

(30:13) Understanding and respecting different cultural perspectives

(36:21) Respecting people’s differences

(38:33) Embracing who you are

(43:40) Learn from other functions and industries

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Aug 19 2019


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Steve Jobs said that innovation is what differentiates leaders from followers, but Stephen Shapiro says innovation is all about being relevant. That’s why he’s my guest on The Relevant Leadership Podcast. Stephen helps us understand what innovation is, how it works, the process you need to take and how you can be more innovative. Find out more about Stephen and his upcoming book, Invisible Solutions, at

Aug 13 2019



051: Stephen Shapiro - The Inside Track to Successful Business Innovation

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Contact info

Stephen Shapiro, CSP CPAE

Innovation Instigator

24/7 Innovation

(617) 379-1177 (Business)


In 2001, after publishing his first book, 24/7 Innovation, Stephen left Accenture to become a full-time innovation speaker and advisor to clients around the world. Since then he has published four more books – Goal-Free Living (2006), The Little Book of Big Innovation Ideas (2007), Personality Poker (2010) and Best Practices are Stupid (2011) — and spoken to audiences in 50 different countries. 

Today, Stephen continues to focus on transforming the way businesses like 3M, P&G, Marriott, Nike, and Microsoft improve innovation practices through customized keynote speeches, advisory engagements and other services. Passionate and captivating, Stephen’s high-energy approach to innovation gets audiences out of their seats and into new ways of thinking about their business challenges. 

Speaker Hall of Fame Member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) Certified Speaking Professional (CSP)

Stephen currently serves on the Board of Directors of National Speakers Association (NSA) and is the recipient of the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation, NSA’s highest earned designation. In 2015 he was inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame.

He has a degree from Cornell University in Industrial Engineering, which has helped him optimize the entire innovation process using the engineering techniques he learned there.

He is also involved with Girl Starter, a movement that encourages and enables young women to launch their own businesses. He was a judge and mentor on the television show (TLC) and has supported the speaking tour and other endeavors.

Stephen is based in Orlando, Florida and loves traveling to meet his clients around the world. 

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Jul 24 2019