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Polly LaBarre

Co-author, Mavericks at Work and Co-founder, Management Lab
Founding Writer, Fast Company

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  • Polly’s field-tested insights help organizations change the way they change.
  • Helps leaders make their organizations more resilient, innovative, and inspiring.
  • Shows how to unleash the imagination, passion, and initiative of every person and build innovation into the organization’s DNA.
  • Provides a “Maverick Manual” for hacking the status quo to ramp up originality, invention and game-changing disruption.
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A MAVERICK AGENDA FOR INVENTING THE FUTURE
When the world stands still, size, strength, and stability offer an advantage. But in a world of relentless change, hyper-competition, and omnipotent customers, it’s agility, ingenuity, and audacity that invent new markets, win customers’ hearts, and create outsize value. In a creative and disruptive economy—it’s the most creative and disruptive organizations that win.
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LIBERATION LEADERSHIP
The era of the heroic, all-knowing, all-powerful leader is over. In an age of global unrest, plummeting trust in institutions, and the radical decentralization of authority, the established way of leading, ruling, governing, and managing is not working anymore.
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TURN YOUR COMPANY INTO A LAB
Catching the future depends less on planning for what will come next and more on continuously experimenting with what could come next. To stay relevant, an organization has to invest preemptively in developing alternatives to the status quo—playing with new ideas, testing new technologies, exploring new markets. In other words, in order to innovate and adapt in this creative, disruptive economy, every organization must develop the capacity (and the appetite) for experimentation and even failure.
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THE HUMAN EDGE
For every leader unsettled by rampant disruption, unbounded competition, relentless commodification, and the specter of automation, there is a powerful antidote already inside the organization: the untapped audacity, imagination, energy, resourcefulness, curiosity, intuition, artistry, and playfulness of its people. Those fundamental human qualities are the engine of the creative economy—the source of all value. And yet, too few organizations are designed to unleash, mobilize, and amplify that human edge.
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THE MIND OF THE INNOVATOR    
If you want to create the future of your organization, your industry, or your profession—there’s no better place to start than supercharging your own creative capacity. The good news is that creativity is a fundamentally human capacity. We are all born with the ability and the drive to tell stories, draw, paint, sing, make things, and change the world for the better. We are all, in fact, born with some kind of creative genius.
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Polly LaBarre's Story
For more than 20 years, LaBarre has used her writing, business consulting, and speaking to help organizations unleash and organize human potential in ever more powerful ways.

Polly is a co-founder of the Management Lab, a “think-and-do” tank dedicated to rebooting management for the 21st century. Along with her partners at MLab (pronounced “M-Lab”), Polly has developed a pioneering method and platform for changing how large organizations change. They run large-scale, real-world experiments in “hacking management” to build the deep organizational capabilities crucial for thriving in a creative, disruptive world: adaptability, innovation, and inspiration.

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