Even before the pandemic, leaders in almost every sector of business and government were trying to keep up with the demands of an ever-changing digital landscape. That pressure has since been compounded by growing economic, social and political tensions.
Such conditions call for the expertise of Linda A. Hill, the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, and one of the world’s most respected and sought-after leadership and innovation experts.
Hill’s work focuses on helping organizations build agility and resilience so leaders and their teams can continuously facilitate and sustain innovation.
“Learning to lead is something you have to do yourself. No one can do it for you. It requires lifelong learning,” says Hill. “You and your team need to be resilient and agile when innovating because you never know what kind of challenge you will be faced with.”
Through keynotes, workshops and advisory roles, Hill teaches leaders how to leverage the creativity of diverse thinkers – a resource she refers to as collective genius – and she stresses the importance of including people from different backgrounds and ethnicities in that process.
In addition to promoting positive change and inspiring other corporate citizens to follow suit, organizations willing to enact – and act on – broader inclusion policies will be poised to uncover previously missed opportunities within their organizations and in the marketplace.
Hill’s steady, even-handed approach and time-tested frameworks have contributed to the success of diverse and influential organizations across the world including Morgan Stanley, United Health Care, Merck, Aon, Mitsubishi, NASA, RELX, The Federal Reserve Bank, National Bank of Kuwait, Salesforce.com and The World Economic Forum.
Hill does not teach organizations how to harness innovation; she teaches them how to unleash it – and her workshops provide all the tools. Based on her seminal books, “Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation” and “Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader,” Hill’s skill-building workshops give participants the opportunity to work side-by-side with the master as they apply her proven frameworks and strategies in a collaborative setting.
When working with executives in a variety of sectors – from oil and gas to health care and financial services – Hill employs the proprietary frameworks and assessment tools she develops with her team at Paradox Strategies, a leadership research and advisory firm she co-founded in 2016. Organizations across the world continue to innovate with more agility and resilience using Hill’s frameworks and methodologies.
“There are many great organizational leaders but few know how to lead innovation,” said Hill during a TED talk that’s been seen by more than two million viewers. “If we want to build organizations that can innovate time and again, we must unlearn our conventional notions of leadership. Leading innovation is not about creating a vision and inspiring others to execute it. Innovation is not about an ‘a-ha’ moment. Innovation is not about solo genius. It’s about the power of collective genius to unleash innovation so you don’t have to worry about harnessing it.”