Pushing the Boundaries: Managing Change for Growth and Innovation
Few people know more about innovation and leadership than the man who created War and Peace, the greatest novel ever written—a book so powerful that it has inspired great leaders from Nelson Mandela to Martin Luther King, transformed millions of lives, and stood the test of time. What are Tolstoy’s secrets as an innovator and his insights as an astute student of human behavior that today’s business leaders can employ to ignite the creative genius within their own organizations? In this entertaining and inspiring keynote, Andrew Kaufman, internationally recognized author, Tolstoy scholar, and founder of one of the country’s most innovative and celebrated college education programs, will share four key lessons from Tolstoy’s masterpiece that have the potential to transform your organization: the importance of embracing failure as essential on the path to success; how to innovate boldly amid great uncertainty and move confidently toward an ill-defined destination; harnessing the power of authentic communication; and developing a purpose-driven culture that motivates employees to bring their best, smartest, most creative selves to work every day.
Empathy, Unconscious Bias, and Purpose
Andrew Kaufman shares how his nationally renowned Books Behind Bars program provides timely lessons on how to truly understand and respect each other, no matter what walk of life we come from. The outcome is higher levels of compassion, empathy, and community, and the motivation to commit to a cause greater than yourself. Moving beyond the status quo requires bold, unorthodox thinking—something Kaufman knows about after having spent 9 successful years creating and running Books Behind Bars, which has been featured on The Today Show, Katie Couric, NPR, in the Washington Post, and is now the subject of a feature documentary film, Seats at the Table.
“We invited Dr. Andy Kaufman to speak at our annual company party where our theme was Make Love not War. A gifted speaker, Andy was able to bring Tolstoy’s fascinating life story alive with real and relevant applications to our everyday personal and business interactions. Using equal parts wit and wisdom, Andy was both entertaining and edifying. We wholeheartedly recommend him for your organization’s next gathering.”
–Co-Founder and President, Eenhoorn, LLC
“Andrew Kaufman is, quite simply, the most entertaining, inspiring, and powerful speaker we’ve ever had. Although there were almost 300 in the audience, he had a knack for putting his audience at ease and communicating intimately with everyone, from senior executives to assembly line workers. And he left us with significant takeaways that were directly applicable to our business and personal lives. People left completely energized and mentioned they’d love to him back, that it was the fastest hour and they could’ve listened to him a lot longer. I highly recommend this uniquely talented speaker and performer for your next corporate event. You won’t regret it.”
–Tammy Guiles, Vice President and CFO, Amstore Corporation
“Andrew Kaufman is one of those rare speakers whose erudition challenges the mind and enlarges the heart, inviting listeners into a conversation with the ages and with themselves. Articulate, illuminating, eloquent. Cicero says that speech should inform and delight—Kaufman does both with consummate skill.”
–Todd Breyfogle, PhD, Director of Seminars, The Aspen Institute