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What if I told you that it wouldn't cost you anything?

Kick off your event with a transformative keynote full of content, passion, experience, humor, and an Israeli accent…

What people say about Yoram:

As we are heads down with our daily work, its easy to lose track of innovation and the creative spirit. While many think its like lightning and uncontrollable, Yoram and his research show otherwise. Yoram came in and engaged our multi-site teams both with science and humor and gave the organization a basis for which to invoke creativity as opposed to waiting for it to possibly arrive. The team truly enjoyed the session as well as left with a set of tools to help in future innovation.

- Director, Big Data, AT&T

 

Yoram’s workshop helped us think outside the box…  I would recommend the workshop to stimulate the thinking… how to create an environment which fosters innovation.

- Sr. Director Strategy, Qorvo

 

One of the more important skills a startup founder needs to learn is how to negotiate. Many of them have very little experience with this, so we do what we can to teach them during our program. The best expert speaker we have been fortunate to work with is by far Yoram Solomon. His style of describing negotiating everything from car purchases to multi-million dollar acquisitions really brings it home for our founders. He provides simple exercises to illustrate how learning what the other side really wants is key to striking a great deal for everyone. He is highly regarded and recommended by Tech Wildcatters and our 100+ portfolio companies.

- CEO, Tech Wildcatters

 

I've seen first hand how Yoram can transform organizations so they are able to predict technology trends, unleash their creativity, and successfully launch new products based on these insights. He is an absolute master at blending real-world experiences with unique perspectives making him the ideal change catalyst for any group.

- Training Manager, TI
 

 

Yoram's presentation to the Financial Executive International Dallas Chapter was incredibly informative and engaging. Our group left with practical insights about how innovation takes place and our role in making it happen. Extremely well organized and thought out presentation!

- Senior VP, RHS&B
 

 

Dr. Yoram Solomon is a brilliant public speaker, who is both engaging and informative. Dr. Solomon's inspirational nature and innovate thinking processes present a cutting edge to thinking in the fields of education and creativity. I would strongly recommend Yoram to be a speaker on a wide range of topics, because is width and depth of knowledge in the areas of inspired thinking and education.

- Executive Director, Bridge Builder Academy
 

 

Excellent talk, I really got a lot out of it. Particularly the role play negotiation. Though I thought it was remarkably stupid and an utter waste of time as we were doing it, when you revealed the true point of the exercise (understanding your opposite number's motivations) I immediately realized how stupid I had been. Definitely the most valuable lesson among many I learned this morning. Thank you for that.

- CEO, Spoke Media
 

 

Yoram is a content-expert on "innovation in the workplace." I appreciate all he has taught me on this important organizational subject!

- VP of Human Resources, Essilor

 

Yoram's great sense of humor is most evident when he is giving presentations. The fun you have… helps to bring out his key messages that he's artfully delivering.

- President, WiMedia

 

…insightful and always an active contributor and leader. And, Yoram has a great sense of humor.

- Partner at Whitley Penn

 

…visionary in the high-tech arena… rare ability to put technology into digestible terms… a strategic thinker and remarkably creative. His passion and thought leadership are his hallmarks.

- Strategist, Texas Instruments

 

Yoram is simply the best technology strategist… He is always three moves ahead.

- Chief Innovation Officer, Rockfish

 

Yoram is one of the smartest people I know… clear and logical communicator... thoughtful in his style of communication.

- CEO, Biscotti

 

Yoram developed a clear concise strategic vision for our wireless development. He was between 2 to 5 years ahead of the marketplace. Yoram has a wonderfully strategic mind.

 - CFO, PCTEL

 

 

And many more!

About Yoram

Dr. Yoram Solomon, the "Corporate Creativity Doctor", is a passionate innovation & creativity thought leader, and the founder of the Corporate Innovation Academy (yes, the acronym is CIA) and Large Scale Creativity. He published 5 books (including Un-Kill CreativityFrom Startup to Maturity, and Bowling with a Crystal Ball), 9 patents, and as one of the creators of the Wi-Fi and USB technologies he was dubbed by Texas Instruments "TI's Great Innovator". He was named one of the Top 40 Innovation Bloggers in 2015 (#12), and is a columnist at Inc. Magazine, Innovation Excellence, and Dallas Innovates. He spent years studying why people are creative in startups more than in Fortune 500 companies, learning the cognitive processes that lead to generating creative ideas, and earned his PhD for that study. He founded several companies, sold one, served as an executive in several public technology companies, and was one of the founders of the North Texas Angel Network.

A National Speakers Association Professional Speaker, he spoke in several different national conferences, including twice for the Association for Strategic Planning. His un-kill creativity talks and workshops were described by participants as transformative. He currently ranks at the top 1% of all 6 speaking categories. 

Yoram was the host of the first TEDxPlano in 2014. He was elected in 2015 to the Plano Independent School District Board of Trustees. Yoram served in the IDF 35th Airborne Paratrooper brigade and as a USAF CAP pilot and Aerospace Education Officer.

CERTIFICATIONS:

Registered Texas Education Agency School Board Training Provider (Reg. 16-121-I)

Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) certified to administer KEYS and SKILLSCOPE 

BOOKS BY DR. YORAM SOLOMON:

Un-Kill Creativity: How Corporate America can out-innovate startups (2016). 354 pages, Paperback: $24.95  Kindle: $14.95

Bowling with a Crystal Ball: How to predict technology trends, creative disruptive implementations and navigate them through industry (2nd Edition, 2015). 300 pages, Paperback: $17.95

From Startup to Maturity: A case study of employee creativity antecedents in high tech companies (2015). 242 pages, Paperback: $15.95

Worst Diet Ever: How to find the motivation to do the things that matter the most (2014, 2016). 180 pages, Paperback: $11.95  Kindle: $7.99

Bowling with a Crystal Ball: How to predict technology trends, creative disruptive implementations and navigate them through industry (1st Edition, 2007). 316 pages, Paperback: $19.95

ONLINE COURSE:

Business Plans Through Investors Eyes. Udemy: $50

 

CORPORATE CULTURE STARTS WITH YOU, NOT YOUR BOSS

Format:

Keynote or breakout session, 20-60 minutes.

Overview:

When asked why employees are less creative and productive in mature companies versus startups, we immediately think of the Corporate America culture. And it's true-corporate climate is the #1 killer of employee creativity. As employees, it is also easy to blame the company. However, employees have a key role in changing the company culture. This session will explain exactly how, based on the speaker's own doctoral research and decades of experience, accompanies with true stories.  

Target Audience:

Employees and managers in mature companies.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand how corporate culture affects creativity & productivity
  • Understand the relationships between culture, trust, creativity, and results
  • Understand the impact that every employee can have on corporate culture

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CREATIVE TEAMWORK: HOW TO CONDUCT CONSTRUCTIVE CONFLICT

Format:

Keynote or breakout session, 20-60 minutes.

Overview:

We used to know how to argue. We weren't afraid of it. A good argument leads to good outcomes, but we lost that ability when we became overrun by political correctness, liability, and litigation. Those hold us back from greatness and leave us at mediocrity. Dr. Yoram Solomon can argue anything, passionately, from both sides, without making you feel small or unappreciated. In this talk he will teach you how to do it, why it's important, what's holding you back, and how to overcome your biggest obstacle to greatness. This is an interactive breakout session that would certainly leave a mark, and make you change the way you argue.

Target Audience:

General, people who work in teams, team leaders

Key Takeaways:

  • There are 5 stages to an argument
  • The most effective and productive stage is the passionate debate
  • Understand why we quickly move from debate to emotional/personal conflict
  • Understand the forces pushing us towards political correctness
  • The relationships between trust and respect, and how to develop those
  • Learn how to ask stupid questions, and how they can help
  • How to develop guardrails that help effective teamwork

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OWN YOUR OWN CREATIVITY

Format:

Keynote, 20-45 minutes,

or breakout session, 45-90 minutes.

Overview:

This is a higher level combination of three sessions: "why do we get our best ideas in the shower?" "How Political Correctness Kills Teamwork," and "Corporate Culture starts with you, not your boss."  Based on the speaker's doctoral research and decades of experience, he argues that employee creativity is affected by three factors: corporate culture, team dynamics, and individual actions.

As a keynote, it will inspire employees to take ownership of their creativity at all three levels. It will provide a general overview of how they affect creativity, and provide 10 actions to take to increase your creativity and productivity at work.

As a full breakout session, it will provide the same inspiration and motivation, but with greater detail, and more audience participation and interaction.

Target Audience:

Employees and managers in mature companies.

Key Takeaways:

  • Learn how corporate culture, team dynamics, and individual actions affect creativity and productivity
  • Learn how to influence each of those three yourself, without relying on the company's management
  • Be inspired and motivated to take ownership of your own creativity and productivity

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UN-KILL CREATIVITY: HOW CORPORATE AMERICA CAN OUT-INNOVATE STARTUPS

Format:

Full-day workshop (can be delivered in two half-days)

Overview:

This full-day workshop is designed for established companies who feel the need to ramp up innovation, and turn it into a repeatable process. It is based on the I5 framework (Innovation = Introspection + Intervention + Ideation + Implementation). The workshop will cover research done in the area, best practices, and proposed action. The workshop is made of lectures, interaction, creativity exercises, and discussion. There are 6 parts in the workshop:

  • Introduction (Innovation & creativity, innovation & profitability, measuring innovation)
  • Corporate climate for creativity
  • Team dynamics for creativity
  • Individual creativity
  • Ideation processes
  • Implementing creative ideas (the boundary agreement, business planning)

Target Audience:

Executive and middle management, HR, Organizational Development, and Talent Development professionals.

Key Takeaways:

  • What is the relationship between innovation and creativity
  • How does consistent innovation affect profitability
  • How to measure innovation
  • How does corporate climate affect creativity, and how to control it
  • How does team dynamics affect creativity, and how to control it
  • The individual actions that can affect individual creativity
  • 6 processes to create new ideas
  • How to tell if you have good ideas?
  • Replacing the traditional innovation funnel with the boundary agreement

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WHY DO YOU GET YOUR BEST IDEAS IN THE SHOWER?

Format:
Keynote or breakout session, 20-60 minutes

Overview:
Have you ever tried to schedule "having a great idea" on your calendar? That's right, it doesn't work! You get your best ideas when you least expect them.
Yoram spent many years researching how great ideas occur. He doesn't believe that some people were born more creative than others, or that great ideas are accidental. To him, creativity is a well-defined process that you can implement to consistently generate more and better ideas than ever before, while taking a shower...
He will explain this 4-step process in simple terms, in an interactive manner.

Target Audience:
General

Key Takeaways:

  • Creativity is acquired and not through your DNA
  • Great ideas are NOT accidental
  • Learn a process (described in the session) to generate ideas

Why do we get our best ideas in the shower? 

Have you ever tried to schedule “having a great idea” on your calendar? That’s right, it doesn’t work! You get your best ideas when you least expect them.

Yoram spent many years researching how great ideas occur. He doesn’t believe that some people were born more creative than others, or that great ideas are accidental. To him, creativity is a well-defined process that you can implement to consistently generate more and better ideas than ever before, while taking a shower…

He will explain this 4-step process in simple terms, in an interactive manner.

BACK TO TOPICS

BOWLING WITH A CRYSTAL BALL: HOW TO FIND FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES

Format:

Breakout session, 45-90 minutes

Overview:

In 2005, when the average disk drive had 160GB, Yoram asked "what will happen when you could get a 2TB drive for less than $200?" Today, you can get bigger disks for less. But back then, his question (followed by his research) led to the creation of USB 3 and a several billion dollar market opportunity.

Over the years, he developed a process for predicting technology trends that were typically considered unpredictable, published in the book Bowling with a Crystal Ball (two editions), and taught at a graduate business school.  

This thought provoking, interactive talk helps the audience look at technology future differently, less as a source of uncertainty, and more as a source of opportunity.

Target Audience:

Technologists, engineers, managers, marketing people, executives, in technology companies

Key Takeaways:

  • Why the future is more predictable than we think
  • How to forecast the future of technology
  • How to find opportunities for market disruptions

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A SOLUTION LOOKING FOR A PROBLEM

Format:

Breakout session, 45-90 minutes

Overview:

It is common to think that innovation comes through identifying problems and looking for solutions to them. The speaker claims the opposite. Based on decades of research and experience he suggests, with authority, that great inventions come when solutions find problems. As a regular business plan evaluator, he found a way to quickly be able to snap-judge ideas and see their potential. He shares his 4 rules to judge new venture ideas.

The session can be complemented with my udemy online class: "Business Plans through Investors' Eyes."

Target Audience:

Entrepreneurs starting a new business or company; Engineers with an idea; and Product line managers

Key Takeaways:

  • Understanding of the importance of substantial differentiation;
  • Identifying the value proposition, and how to segment who will care about it;
  • How to establish and maintain a sustainable competitive advantage;
  • How to assure return on investment for the customer, the company, and the investors;
  • How to put all of this in a compelling business plan (only in a breakout session format);
  • How to present it effectively (only in a breakout session format)

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UNCOVER HIDDEN TALENT IN THE COMPANY

Format:

Keynote or breakout session, 20-60 minutes.

Overview:

Companies often miss untapped talents that employees have. There are 7 reasons why they do that. Missing that talent means that the company is less effective and productive than it could be. And the worst part? You already have this talent? Why are companies missing that talent? What can employees do to have their talents "discovered", and what should companies and HR professionals do differently?

Target Audience:

Employees, managers, HR professionals, executives, team leaders.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand the reasons why companies miss employee untapped talent or skills
  • Learn strategies employees can use to have their talents "discovered"
  • Learn tools companies should use to discover and utilize untapped talent

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WORST DIET EVER: FINDING THE MOTIVATION TO DO THE THINGS THAT MATTER

Format:

Keynote, 20-35 minutes.

Overview:

Why can't we lose weight? For the same reason we can't do other important, yet not urgent things. You know what you have to do. Knowledge is not the issue. Motivation is. The speaker is a researcher of motivation, who developed a method for motivating yourself to do what it takes to achieve the things that matter, even if they are not in front of you. The lecture is titled after the speaker's book by the same name.

Target Audience:

General

Key Takeaways:

  • Why are we avoiding doing what's important?
  • How to make progress through measuring what's important
  • How to motivate yourself to do the important things
  • How to build new habits

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Where Yoram Spoke:

Texas Instruments

AT&T

Qorvo

Financial Executives International

Telugu Society

Assoc. for Strategic Planning

VCE

Rotary

Interphase

Plano ISD

Plano Youth Leadership

Israel Bonds

Hadassah

IEEE

Univ. of Texas at Dallas

Southern Methodist Univ.

Texas-Israel Chamber

The IT Networking Group

Civil Air Patrol

Israel Dallas Center

 

 

 

At the first TEDxPlano, 2014

Audio/Visual requirements

  • A wireless lavalier microphone, where the microphone can be unplugged. Dr. Solomon uses his own Samson DE50 headset microphone compatible with Shure, AT, AKG, and Sennheiser microphone transmitters. 
  • A projector with a computer capable of accepting a USB drive and present PDF files in full-screen mode, that can be controlled via a remote presentation controller connected through a USB port. Dr. Solomon uses a Logitech R400 Presenter Remote. 

 

 

Before a mission during Hurricane "Rita"

Before a mission during Hurricane "Rita"