Leadership Lessons from Silicon Valley: How to Survive and Thrive in Disruptive Times

(30 minutes to full day)

Disruption is happening to many (perhaps all) industries. Whether your company is leading disruption, or responding to your competitors’ disruptive practices, as a leader you not only have to embrace change yourself, you have to create an environment where your team members seek and welcome productive change.

To be successful leading or responding to disruption depends on deep trust with your team. You need to encourage your team to be innovative, challenge traditional thinking, continually question best practices and look with a fresh perspective.  New ways of thinking create new outcomes. How can you create a trusting environment that welcomes disruptive change?

You’ll hear key ideas from some of Silicon Valley’s most admired companies, like Airbnb, Facebook, Intel, Pixar, and others. You’ll learn the details of Google’s study of what made its most productive teams. These ideas can be applied to any organization, especially those seeking or reacting to disruption.

Google discovered that leaders of their top teams created an environment where team members feel safe to disagree with them, offer new ideas, and even fail. When I learned this, I leaped for joy as I had been speaking, training and consulting on these skills for decades!

Are your leaders skilled in how to create and maintain this critical element? If not, you’ll see people disengaged, not striving for better processes and products, and afraid of speaking up to counter group think, nor offering new ideas. We can fix that — if your leaders are willing to learn and act on the ideas shared.

Participants will understand:

  • Examples of how current disruptive companies may affect their business
  • Airbnb’s, Pixar and other’s environment that encourages innovative thinking
  • Key ideas from successful Silicon Valley companies that keep their teams humming
  • Google’s 5 top elements for creating an effective team and how leaders apply these to their organization
  • Facebook’s surprising findings on why good employees leave — and how to prevent their exit

About the book:

Rebecca has created a unique style of book — it incorporates full color key slides, plus her narrative and activities to apply the information. It also includes her thought-provoking essays relevant to each section, as well as links to the assessments and research she cites.

It is highly recommended that every audience member receives a copy to make his/her own notes during the presentation, for review afterwards, and for deeper understanding of the concepts.

This interactive guide will help you apply the information to you.

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About the speaker:

Rebecca Morgan, CSP, CMC, is an international speaker, trainer and consultant specializing in innovative leadership development implementation. She’s appeared on 60 Minutes, Oprah, the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, Forbes.com and USA Today as well as international media such as the Straits Times, Brunei Times, and the Malaysian Star.

A decades-long Silicon Valley resident with a multitude of innovative clients, she’s studied the best practices of companies who’ve created, survived and/or thrived with disruption.

Rebecca is the bestselling author of 28 books, including Leadership Lessons from Silicon Valley: How to Survive and Thrive in Disruptive Times and Grow Your Key Talent: Thought-Provoking Essays for Business Owners, Executives and Managers on Developing Star Staff. 

She is an exemplary trusted resource who partners with clients to accomplish high ROI on key-talent development projects. Her customized presentations are thought provoking, highly interactive, and full of immediately usable ideas. She knows what works. Since 1980 she’s transformed executives, managers, salespeople and customer support staff into much more effective workplace contributors.

Feedback from recent program participants:·        

  • Very credible speaker. Topics discussed relevant to me, with my function. Would love to hear more about her topic.
  • Informative and new things learned.
  • Appreciate info she shared on Google. My first time hearing some of the key ideas. The best speaker of the day.
  • I appreciate that her presentation was anchored on a study.
  • Fantastic facilitator of learning.
  • She personally chatted with our group. She is very engaging.
  • I like how Rebecca balances her topic with actual application.
  • Very good and credible speaker. Got great insights applicable to our work place.

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In January, 2019, I was a main stage speaker discussing my most recent book, Leadership Lessons from Silicon Valley: How to Survive and Thrive in Disruptive Times at the Asia CEO Forum. Here’s a 18-minute segment.


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Here’s a short clip from a presentation discussing Google’s Project Aristotle.


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This short clip from a presentation discussing some elements of disruption.


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Here’s a clip discussing my client Airbnb’s office environment and how it impacts their ability to be innovative and disruptive.