Stephen Shapiro

Stephen Shapiro

Stephen Shapiro started his innovation work 25 years ago while leading a 20,000-person innovation practice at the consulting firm, Accenture. Since then, he has written six books on innovation, including Best Practices Are Stupid, which was named the best innovation and creativity book of 2011 by 800-CEO-READ (now Porch light). His latest book, Invisible Solutions: 25 Lenses that Reframe and Help Solve Difficult Business Problems was released March 2020 and was named one of the best business books of the year by Foreword Indies Book Awards. His Personality Poker® card game has been used in over 35 countries to create high-performing innovation teams. Stephen has presented at conferences inover 50 countries and in 2015 he was inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame.

Most Requested Programs

Reveal Hidden Solutions to Important Opportunities
A Systematic Approach for Solving Difficult Business Problems

Innovate Where You Differentiate
Prioritize Your Innovation Investments to Maximize Impact

Innovation in a World of Uncertainty
Place Small Bets 
to Win Big

Personality Poker®
Creating High-Performing Innovation Teams

Innovate the Way You Innovate
Redefining Innovation that Drives High ROI


Stephen’s passion for innovation is infectious. His mandate to focus innovation relentlessly on well-articulated problems has caused an internal shift in mindset and approach for our innovators. Stephen delivers both in a way that is truly inspirational and actionable. - Laurie Heltsley, Director of Innovation and Strategic Projects, Procter & Gamble

Stephen brought incredible energy and highly relevant messages that made it possible for us to rethink our innovation principles and extend them to our customer-facing functions ...Stephen has a fun and highly infectious style and could be an asset to any organization trying to make innovation a reality. - Robin Torgerson, Vice President of U.S. Sales Excellence, 3M

Your interactive presentation captivated the audience and received great feedback from attendees. - Steve Craft, Deputy Director of Strategic Relations Office, NASA

The success of your presentation began long before you stepped in front of the audience. You delivered much more than a speech; you delivered lasting results. I would highly recommend you to any organizations who is serious about making innovation a reality. - Daniel Kaus, BP Lubricants

Enjoyed working with Stephen and found his knowledge of innovation, conversational style and delivery smooth and effective. He’s a great evangelist for innovation gifted at simplifying complex principles so they are easily assimilated and put into practice. - Matthew Von Ertfelda, Innovation Lead, Marriott, Insight, Strategy and Innovation Team