One of the "50 Most Influential Management Thinkers in the World", Thinkers50. Former award-winning Wall Street equity analyst. Linkedin Top Voice in 2018 with 1.7 million followers. Helps high growth organizations build high growth individuals. World authority on personal disruption.
Whitney Johnson, one of the 50 leading business thinkers in the world (Thinkers50), is an expert on helping high growth organizations develop high growth individuals. She is an award-winning author, word class keynote speaker, frequent lecturer for Harvard Business School’s Corporate Learning, and an executive coach and advisor to CEOs. Whitney is a popular contributor for the Harvard Business Review. She has 1.7 million followers on Linkedin where she was selected as a Top Voice in 2018, and her course on the Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship has been viewed more than 1 million times. In 2019, she was ranked #3 on the Global Gurus' Top 30 Organizational Culture Professionals. In 2017, she was selected from more than 16,000 candidates as a “Top 15 Coach” by Dr. Marshall Goldsmith.
An innovation and disruption theorist, she is the author of the bestselling Build an A Team (Harvard Business Press, 2018), a Financial Times and CEO Read, Book of the Month, and the critically acclaimed Disrupt Yourself (2015). Publisher's Weekly described it as ""savvy...often counter- intuitive...superb"" while the Boston Globe called it the ""'What Color is Your Parachute?' career guide for the entrepreneurial age."" In these books, she codifies her frameworks for developing high growth individuals and organizations––the Personal Disruption and the S Curve of Learning frameworks.
Whitney was the co-founder of the Disruptive Innovation Fund with Harvard's Clayton Christensen, where they invested in and led the $8 million seed round for Korea's Coupang, currently valued at $ 9+ billion. She was involved in fund formation, capital raising, and the development of the fund's strategy. As a former award-winning Wall Street stock analyst, she understands momentum and growth. She was an Institutional Investor-ranked equity research analyst for eight consecutive years and was rated by Starmine as a superior stock-picker.
Whitney hosts the weekly Disrupt Yourself Podcast, is married and has two children.
It is important to disrupt yourself. That is how we grow. We can track the disruptions in our lives––whether we act ourselves or we are acted upon––by using the S Curve of Learning as a mental model or framework.
Normally, the plan is to learn, leap and repeat. When you get to the top of the S Curve, you jump. You disrupt yourself so you can continue to grow. What's unique about right now is that we don't have to make the decision to disrupt ourselves or not. We are just disrupted. There are guardrails of disruption that can help us move along the S Curve of Learning when things are uncertain. This session offer some additional resources that will help you find calm amidst what feels like chaos.
Life has suddenly and unexpectedly been disrupted for everyone. We didn’t make a conscious choice to disrupt our lives; circumstances made it for us.
Help your clients turn the tables on the unexpected by creating a capability for leveraging disruption. Help your clients build momentum along their S Curve of Learning(TM) by leveraging the seven-point Personal Disruption Framework(TM).
These are practical, actionable guardrails that help your client reassert control in their present situation and prepare to accelerate their growth into the future. Learn how to guide them forward with increasing confidence rather than succumbing to the chaos of change.
Whatever the challenges, it is the individual that is the fundamental unit of growth or change—whether you are coaching within an organization or independent this framework and tools apply and is an opportunity for what can become a life-changing reset.
1. Understand and learn to apply a framework that creates structure for individuals to embrace their constraints and gain their footing to face challenges with a renewed sense of strength and clarity.
2. Equip yourself with tools helping your clients wade through the unknown with relevant structure and weighted optimism.
3. Develop a fitness for disruption, give clients the ability to better face the unknown, and have a common language to communicate during this time.
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