On This Episode
Saul Kaplan talks to Nilofer Merchant, referred to as the 'Jane Bond' of innovation, Nilofer has an innate ability to recognize untapped ideas and turn them into actionable realities. Her transformational thinking has launched over 100 products, netting $18B in sales, and shares with us the power of positive thinking, finding your tribe, and ultimately how owning your purpose will lead to finding your personal power.

Finding the power in your own ideas is something that many of us wish to achieve, but often struggle with. Faced with opposition, many of us turn inward and stay on the safe and beaten path. But what if we were able to harness the power of our own selves, to recognize the strength in our own ideas, find what Nilofer Merchant refers to as our onlyness? We might actually lean-in to this new found power and create the meaningful change we want to see in the world, something Merchant knows more than a thing or two about.

Faced with opposition most of her career, she tells us how embracing what she calls ‘weird and wild’ ideas has led to some of her biggest breakthroughs, such as Apple’s first easy to install web-server, or a product called GoLive (later bought by Adobe), or perhaps it was one of the hundreds of products she personally launched netting in $18 billion in sales.

How can we celebrate this onlyness and make it better known to the world?

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“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to learn how I can have greater impact on the human condition.” 

Here at BIF, we can hardly wait for September 16-17, when the annual BIF Collaborative Summit happens — and if we, who put on the Summit every year, are excited about it, imagine how excited the Summit-goers are! We’ve asked some past participants, and a few first-time attendees, to describe this excitement.  Up now: Dara Goldberg, who is a speaker and trainer, and also a writer who writes about leadership in the social and human age of business for publications such as Switch & Shift, the Huffington Post, and Forbes. 

We asked Dara one question: What is it about the BIF Summit that excites you the most? Here’s her answer:

I see the BIF Summit as an energy-­filled, refreshingly provocative event that brings together an extraordinary collection of people who are making our world a better place. I’m most excited to meet these amazing people and hear their stories. I especially want to connect with people who are committed to and actively helping to cultivate new generations of social leaders at all organizational levels, in all industries, all across the globe. I want to hear their insights, experiences, advice, and groundbreaking ideas. 

I’m looking forward to the opportunity to learn how I can have greater impact on the human condition. The Summit storytellers and attendees have such diverse vocations and avocations, as well as backgrounds, guiding beliefs, and life experiences. Some work with individuals, while others build, rebuild, and bring new life to communities, large organizational systems, or the world at large. I aim to learn from all the stories shared, onstage and off; the ideas that emerge from informal conversation; and the sparks flying from people’s ‘wow!’ moments. I want to learn new ways to be more effective in my efforts to help individuals, teams, and companies thrive. 



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