Whitney Johnson is recognised as one of the 50 leading business thinkers in the world. She is an expert on disruptive innovation and personal disruption. Her presentation, 'Disrupt Yourself®: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work' explores the simple yet powerful idea disruptive companies and ideas create impact and upend markets by doing something truly different.
Recognised as one of the 50 leading business thinkers in the world since 2015 (Thinkers50), Whitney Johnson is an expert on disruptive innovation and personal disruption, specifically, a framework which she outlines in the critically acclaimed book Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work.
She is also the author of Dare, Dream, Do: Remarkable Things Happen When You Dare to Dream. Her latest title, Build An “A” Team: Become a Boss People Love, will be released in May 2018 by Harvard Business Publishing.
Whitney developed her proprietary framework and diagnostics after co-founding The Disruptive Innovation Fund with Harvard Business School’s Clayton Christensen. The framework is complemented by a deep understanding of how executives create and destroy value, having spent nearly a decade as an Institutional Investor ranked equity analyst on Wall Street.
In addition to her work as a speaker and advisor, Whitney is one of the original 25 people who was involved in Marshall Goldsmith’s #100 Coaches Project, she is also a coach for Harvard Business School’s Executive Education program, frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, is a Linkedin influencer, and hosts the twice-monthly Disrupt Yourself Podcast.
The idea is simple, but powerful: disruptive companies and ideas upend markets by doing something truly different – they see a need, an empty space waiting to be filled, and they dare to create something for which a market may not yet exist. An expert in driving innovation via personal disruption, Whitney Johnson will demonstrate how you can put the power of disruptive innovation to work. To help your company in unexpected ways, dare to innovate. Dream big dreams. Do something astonishing. Disrupt yourself. In this session, Whitney Johnson will share stories of disruption and will teach you how powerful disruption can be in your organization’s evolving reinvention. Johnson builds on her investment background as co-founder of two early stage venture firms, and an award-winning equity analyst to provide a fresh perspective on innovation and change.
Audience members will leave with practical tips and concrete action steps for how to:
These ideas are for YOU if you are:
These ideas are for your COMPANY if:
The fundamental unit of disruption is the individual.
The best way to drive corporate innovation is through personal disruption.
Allow others to do the same.
And disruptive products, services, companies and countries will happen on their own.
Companies don’t disrupt, people do.
"I have used the word ‘disruption’ to understand how some companies blossom while others wither. Whitney has applied the word in a new context, to understand why some individuals succeed in remarkable ways." - Clayton M.Christensen