Business Speakers with Ground-Breaking Ideas for 2014

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Leading Authorities represents the speakers who are going to change the way business gets done in 2014. Below are six experts whose ground-breaking ideas, transformational leadership, and entertaining presentations make them instant audience favorites.

Rita McGrath, a leading growth strategy expert and the author of The End of Competitive Advantage, just penned an exclusive article for LAI that focuses on how organizations should think about competitive advantage now that it is a temporary part of business. The winner of the 2013 Thinkers50 Distinguished Achievement Award for Strategy, she shares insights and interactive exercises that help audiences connect her cutting-edge research to their practical business problems – looking specifically at how to grow and align operations to the coming environment. Watch video.

Doug Rauch is the legendary president of Trader Joe’s. A master of innovation, he was instrumental in leading the company’s transformation from a 7/11 knockoff to a nationally-acclaimed retail success story and what Fortune magazine called the “hottest retailer in the U.S.” In entertaining and eye-opening presentations, he shares insights on building a great business based on culture, innovation, leadership, and teamwork. Watch video.

Jonah Berger is the author of New York Times and the Wall Street Journal best-selling Contagious: Why Things Catch On and one of Wharton Business School’s most popular professors. He is an expert on how products, ideas, and behaviors become popular. Full of energy, he reveals the science behind word of mouth and combines research with memorable stories to demonstrate how to craft sharable content. He is one of Leading Authorities’ most-booked speakers. Watch video.

Ori Brafman is the New York Times best-selling author of four books, including The Starfish and the Spider and The Chaos Imperative. In interactive, high-energy keynotes, he shares insights on today’s business challenges, where great solutions come from, and how to produce best-of-class innovation. His expertise has been embraced by Microsoft, Google, and the United States Army - every two-star general and above goes through his training program. 

Rear Admiral Scott Moore shares what it takes to build and lead great teams. The former commander of Naval Special Warfare and DEVGRU, his presentations are an adrenaline-pumping glimpse into the mind of the man who directed more than 2,000 SEAL team missions and was involved in the marquee moments of our nation’s history – including the daredevil rescue of Captain Richard Phillips from Somali pirates. Watch video.

Zachary Karabell is an authority on politics and the global economy and the author of the upcoming book, The Leading Indicators: A Short History of the Numbers That Rule Our World. He focuses on how numbers like GDP, inflation, trade, and unemployment mislead our understanding of our economic environment and shares insights on how to use big data to get a real picture of the global economy – by starting with what questions need answering, rather than what the data tells us. Watch video.

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