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CEO, Net Minds; Former Chief Solutions Officer & Leadership Coach at Yahoo!; Acclaimed Author, Love is the Killer App and The Likeability Factor

Former Yahoo Chief Solutions Officer and best-selling author Tim Sanders is one of the top-rated leadership speakers due to his offering actionable insights on leadership development, innovation collaboration, corporate culture and sales. Tim’s mission is twofold: assist leaders to expand your collaborative webs to solve your toughest challenges and to deepen all of your relationships through generosity and compassion.

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Travels From: Nevada | Fee Range: $35,000 - $45,000

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Leaders in every industry prioritize innovation but are frustrated with how long it takes to bring breakthroughs to market. According to bestselling author and consultant Tim Sanders, the best way to speed up the innovation process is to promote a culture of collaboration across your organization and externally with partners, customers and competimates.

Over his career, Tim has studied leaders that practice what he terms ‘disruptive collaboration,’ a problem-solving style that leverages surprising alliances along the fault-lines of a company or its market. He’ll reveal how the biggest leaps and turnarounds in history came from collisions of thought, not safe work in our silos of excellence. Tim’s eye-opening keynote will deliver actionable insights and tools that will accelerate the rate of innovation, drive agility and quickly produce breakthrough business outcomes.

You’ll learn:

  • Why Companies That Practice Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration Outperform Rivals
  • How to Leverage the Power of Multiple
  • Perspectives to Solve Problems 3X Faster
  • How to Bring Multiple Stakeholder Needs From “Me-to-We” in a Collaborative Project
  • Why Innovation Requires a Focus on Building a Collaborative Web of Relationships
  • How to Connect the Silos, One Collaboration Project at a Time

Tim Sanders, an authority on driving business growth through Artificial Intelligence. In a landscape inundated with technology enthusiasts, Tim stands out as a pragmatic expert, dedicated to translating AI’s potential into tangible returns on investment.

With a global reputation for guiding executives through the complexities of AI strategy, Tim’s insights are invaluable for any organization seeking to leverage exponential growth to create value. As an executive fellow at Harvard Business School’s Digital Data Design Institute, he spearheads insight development, aimed at democratizing AI for business leaders worldwide.

Tim’s approach is not just about adopting AI for the sake of innovation; it’s about strategically reframing business challenges as “prediction problems” to ensure maximum return on AI investments. Through engaging dialogue and real-world case studies, he will demystify AI for you and empower you to put it to work in your business.

Drawing from his extensive experience, Tim also sheds light on the often-overlooked pitfalls of AI implementation and shares actionable strategies to mitigate risks and optimize investments. By collaborating closely with meeting stakeholders, Tim tailors his remarks to address specific business challenges and event objectives, leaving attendees equipped with practical insights to drive transformative change within their organizations.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a strategic framework for ensuring Return on AI by reframing business challenges as prediction problems.
  • Explore the booming landscape of GenAI and identify high impact use cases for delivering ROI.
  • Navigate the hidden costs of AI implementation and learn how to avoid common pitfalls.
  • Discover proven strategies to de-risk AI programs, enabling more “swings at the plate.”
  • Reveal how managers and leaders can measure the value of AI investments.

People’s approach to work is changing. As leaders, we have a generational opportunity to embark on The Grand Workplace Redesign. Disruption comes an opportunity for leaders to rethink our workplace, workforce, and workflow.

Watch Insight’s webinar with Upwork’s VP of Client Strategy and New York Times bestselling author, Tim Sanders, as he highlights how to view disruption as an opportunity to redesign our workplace and stay ahead of changes, strengthen our teams, and accelerate growth.

Workplace
According to the American Community Survey, fewer than 6% of people worked from home in 2019. Today 25% work from home (via Upwork’s Future Workforce Report).

There are six categories of workplace design. Which of these can you rethink to optimize productivity, talent access, and worker morale?

  1. Remote first
  2. Remote for now
  3. Remote friendly
  4. Hybrid by role
  5. Hybrid by day mix
  6. On-site first

Biography

Upwork’s Vice President of Client Strategy, Fellow @ D3 Institute at Harvard
Business School and NY Times Best Selling Author.

Tim leads client strategy at Upwork where he helps businesses implement better ways of working through the adoption of on demand talent solutions. He has more than 25 years of experience working with companies on innovation and change management. In 2024, he was appointed Executive Fellow at the Digital Data Design Institute at Harvard Business School. In that role, his focus is on delivering insights on the “Return on AI” for business leaders.

Tim began his career as an early-stage member of Mark Cuban’s broadcast.com and, once acquired, he became the Chief Solutions Officer at Yahoo!. He is also the author of five books, including the New York Times bestseller, Love is the Killer App: How to Win Business and Influence Friends.

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