Polly LaBarre Profile
Polly LaBarre is a bestselling author, speaker, and thinker who has worked for over 20 years to make every kind of organization fundamentally more resilient, innovative and inspiring -- and to embolden and equip leaders at every level to make a meaningful impact. She is an inspiring and provocative voice on the big ideas and important questions that will shape the future of organizations, work, and collective progress.
Polly's work is driven by three core questions: 1) How do we unleash and organize human potential in ever more powerful ways? 2) How do we cultivate the audacity of imagination required to tackle our most intractable problems? 3) And, how do organizations and individuals change how they change to become endlessly adaptable?
To make genuine progress on those questions, Polly works with leading organizations, creates curriculum, develops methodology, and platforms for unleashing creativity, expanding collaboration, and accelerating change.
As co-founder of the Management Lab (with Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini), Polly helped to develop a methodology, platform, and practical tools for building organizational capability and accelerating change. Polly and her colleagues have deployed that pioneering approach to collaborative innovation in a range of large-scale experiments in "hacking management" inside leading companies and across a global community of some 35,000 management innovators.
Polly is the co-author of the bestselling book Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win (which The Economist named a "Book of the Year" and called "a pivotal work in the tradition of In Search of Excellence and Good to Great"). She was a member of the original team of Fast Company magazine, where she played a central role in the remarkable success of a magazine that recast the conventional wisdom on working, leading, and winning.
A sought-after speaker, moderator, and interviewer, Polly has delivered hundreds of keynote addresses around the world and developed and hosted numerous events. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including Fast Company, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Fortune.com, the McKinsey Quarterly, and The Huffington Post. In addition to frequent television appearances on CNBC, PBS's Nightly Business Report, Good Morning America, and the Today Show, Polly has also been a business and innovation correspondent for CNN where she produced regular segments on big ideas and best practices from the world of business and beyond.
A graduate of Yale University, Polly lives with her family in New Haven, CT.