Branding and innovation speaker Ken Tencer says, “If you can slice a melon or make a right-hand turn, you can be a breakthrough innovator.” Ken’s simple, empowering message has been inspiring business audiences – from solopreneurs to Fortune 500 executives – since 2010. Whether your business is in transition or simply looking for an innovative spark, Ken provides a formula for low-cost, continuous innovation that will change the way you work and transform your organization into a market leader. Based on his book, “Cause a Disturbance,” Ken helps business leaders and entrepreneurs change the way they think about innovation, opening their minds to the possibilities – and simplicity – of being innovative every day!
Is Ken Tencer the right speaker for your audience? Listen in as Ken answers some of the key questions to help you decide:
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Branding, Business, Change, Employee Engagement, Innovation, Leadership
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Canada, New York, US
Associations, Entrepreneurs, Management, Senior Executives
• Discover a formula for low-cost, continuous innovation that will change the way you work and transform your organization into a market leader
• Learn what really drives innovation and how to identify the many simple day-to-day opportunities for innovation that exist
• Discover how to shift your mindset from thinking like a simple commodity provider to defining a purpose and platform that enables growth
• Learn how to develop a disciplined process that builds on and reinforces the best in your organization: people, processes, products and services
• Discover the secrets of identifying and exploiting innovative opportunities based on your purpose and platform
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He is co-developer of The 90% Rule®, a success-tested innovation process that enables businesses of all sizes to identify, filter and implement growth opportunities.
A successful entrepreneur and business developer, Ken has built international-scale companies spanning manufacturing, product development, distribution and professional services. As CEO of Spyder Works®, Ken helps companies with both branding and innovation strategy. His insights on entrepreneurship and innovation appear in his monthly column for Canada’s National Newspaper, the Globe & Mail.
He is the co-author of two books on innovation — The 90% Rule and the newly released Cause a Disturbance (Morgan James Publishing) which are being avidly read by business leaders in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Business journalists with leading publications and networks including The Globe & Mail, The Financial Times, CNBC, Forbes and Bloomberg have recognized the timeliness and power of these important works. Cause a Disturbance is also a workshop and an inspiring keynote experience.
Ken holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) from the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University and a Masters of Science in International Management from Boston University from its campus in Brussels, Belgium. Ken has also received a joint certificate from the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, for the small and medium-sized enterprises Board Effectiveness Program. He has sat on a number of for profit and not-for-profit Boards, and has served as a member of the Advisory Board for the Conference Board of Canada’s Centre for Business Innovation.
Cause a Disturbance
Make no mistake: Cause a Disturbance is more than a book, or even a keynote or workshop. It’s a way of seeing the world, a formula for low-cost, continuous innovation that will change the way you work and transform your organization into a market leader.
The theme of Cause a Disturbance is straightforward and empowering: Anyone can be an innovator! If you can slice melon or make a right-hand turn, you can learn to create new, breakthrough products and services that will upend your market and make your organization an industry leader. It’s a simple, empowering message that has been inspiring business audiences – from solopreneurs to Fortune 500 executives – since 2010.
You determine how close you want to get to Cause a Disturbance – and let’s get started!
Keynotes: What makes innovation so hard? Our engrossing presentations explore the barriers to successful innovation and introduce the principles of the 90% Rule: rediscovering your core strengths and leveraging lower risk opportunities you’re already 90% capable of mastering. Our examples of cutting-edge innovators will inspire your staff, members or teams to see the opportunities in front of them, not the problems!
Workshops: Our half-day workshops let your team roll up their sleeves and begin the innovation revolution! They’ll learn the principles of adjacent innovation and actually start to uncover new opportunities they’ve never seized before. We provide the tools you need to keep the momentum going. And we insist on coming back for an update session to ensure everyone is moving forward together.
Deep Dives: For groups that really want to get it right, our intensive deep dives (pre-work, homework and three to four half-days of meeting time) helps teams master our detailed process for rethinking and reinventing their organization.
Coaching: We all know the enemies of innovation: day-to-day distractions, negative thinking, flawed communication, failure to follow up. Our specialized coaching services enable business executives to overcome criticism, backsliding and everyday inertia in order to achieve their reinvention and innovation goals. We’ll help you identify the obstacles you’re facing and discover the true course that will lead your team to success!
The 90% Rule
Opportunities grow businesses. Knowing which ones to capitalize on is what drives business success. In this presentation based on the milestone book, Ken Tencer shares turns three fundamental principles of good business – leverage, process and entrepreneurial thinking – into a pragmatic and powerful approach to business development. Years of hands-on research has shown that the greatest opportunities lie in focusing on those that you are already 90% capable of. Full of captivating company examples and practical advice, this powerful keynote shows you how to turn your opportunities into action. The 90% Rule is a practical, step-by-step action plan that lets companies tap in to their unique strengths and potential. It gives CEOs and their teams the requisite process to crystallize a growth strategy and then the tactics to implement it. Are you ready to turn your opportunities into action? Your competitors are.
Happy People, Happy Customers: Many Happy Returns
Discover how companies — large and small — can leverage intrapreneurship to both engage employees and deliver customer delight through new and improved products, services and processes. Leveraging the link between innovation and engagement will be a key competitive advantage for organizations in the coming decade.