Risk-Taking for Leaders

Want to become a great risk-taker? Without knowing when and how to take risks, you and your organization can lose market share, relevance, and potentially become obsolete. Risk-taking is one of the greatest leadership tools available and is imperative to the long-term growth of any organization. In this course, author and innovation thought leader

Deborah Perry Piscione reveals the key differences between gambling and calculated risk-taking, and how to master the skills of risk-taking. Once you as a leader have figured out how and when to take risks, you can then build a culture that not only focuses on producing the work, but also creates and executes a steady flow of ideas to improve every aspect of the organization.

Deborah is a principal of Vorto Consulting, a Silicon Valley–based innovation consultancy firm that focuses on growth. She is also a serial entrepreneur, bestselling author, and public speaker, and specializes her speaking and consulting work in her innovation methodology, Improvisational Innovation.

Deborah is currently on tour with her latest book, The Risk Factor: Why Every Organization Needs Big Bets, Bold Characters, and the Occasional Spectacular Failure. In The Risk Factor, she reveals how risk-taking can enable organizational change and internal innovation.

In her 2013 national best-selling book, Secrets of Silicon Valley: What Everyone Else Can Learn from the Innovation Capital of the World, Deborah covers the characteristics of the Silicon Valley ecosystem, the history of how the culture came into being, the future of innovation and exponential technologies, and whether Silicon Valley can be replicated. The book is a New York Times andWall Street Journal bestseller, and has sold in many countries, including China, Japan, Taiwan, Israel and Brazil.

Her next book, The People Equation: Why Innovation Is People, Not Products, reveals how to provide a culture where risk-taking is safe and innovation is democratized so that anyone can participate. The book will be published October 2016. Deborah is the creator of Alley to the Valley™ (A2V), a national community of highly accomplished women for the purposes of deal-making and deal flow (the proverbial female golf course). A2V’s community of over 100K women nationwide with knowledge and decision-making authority—entrepreneurs, investors, corporate executives, lawyers, accountants, management consultants, literary and speaking agents, media, and other highly successful women—make deals to fast-track opportunities and help get themselves and their organizations to the next level. Some have described Alley to the Valley as the “highest ROI they’ve experienced in a single day,” “life-changing,” and “summer camp for smart women.”

Prior to moving to Silicon Valley, Deborah spent 18 years in Washington, DC, as a former congressional and White House staffer and an on-air commentator for CNN, MSNBC, and CNN.