Andy Boynton

Andy Boynton is Dean of Boston College’s Carroll School of Management, one of the world’s leading business schools, the author of several books and co-creator of DeepDive™, the world’s leading methodology for helping executives harness the power of teams to significantly improve problem-solving speed, innovation and results. Prior to joining Boston College, Boynton was a professor of strategy at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland for 10 years. Boynton wrote his latest book, The Idea Hunter: How to Find the Best Ideas and Make them Happen (Jossey-Bass) with co-authors Bill Fischer and William Bole. His previous books include Virtuoso Teams: Lessons from Teams That Changed Their Worlds (Financial Times-Prentice Hall) and Invented Here: Maximizing Your Organization’s Internal Growth and Profitability (Harvard Business School Press). In addition to his publishing career and role as Dean of the Carroll School of Management, Boynton has over twenty years of experience speaking and designing powerful executive education sessions and seminars for firms around the world. He is often utilized by organizations looking to build more innovative and effective teams.


The Idea Hunter: Creativity and Behavior trumps Brilliance
The message from “The Idea Hunter” is sure to stimulate, motivate, and instruct professionals and leaders from all fields and industries. Brilliance is not required to achieve high levels of creativity and innovation, and behavior almost always trumps IQ. In this session, Andy discusses how the hunt for valuable ideas can fuel any leader, professional’s or company’s innovative capacity. The discussion will be based on his (and co-author William Fischer’s) recent book which was recently reviewed at as providing a “step-by-step prescription for turning avid interest in the world beyond one’s cubicle into blockbuster products and services.” Dean Boynton presents the four key principles for developing the attitudes, habits, skills, and strategies needed to become a great Idea Hunter:

  •  Interested – In the Hunt for great ideas, being interested is far more important than being interesting; intellectual curiosity, together with the awareness that valuable ideas can hit you at any time, is essential to the Idea Hunt.
  • Diverse – The best Idea Hunters tap into a broad array of sources and make a point of broadening their intellectual bandwidth by scouting a wider array of people, locations, industries, and specialties.
  • Exercised – All professionals today need to exercise their idea muscles. Idea Hunters don’t wait for a problem to arise or for the monthly brainstorming session to seek out ideas; they search habitually and continually to increase the likelihood that each day, they will collide with a great idea.
  • Agile – Ideas standing still are worth little. Ideas in motion can pay off. Ideas are shaped by shifting in response to fresh data and energetic conversation, and evolve through stages of reflection and routine prototyping. Agility is an idea hunting requirement.

Andy can change the focus of the presentation, vary the interactive elements of the session, and will work with you to meet your particular wants and needs

High Performance Leadership and/or Teamwork
Boynton’s focus is on leadership and teamwork within an organizational context (vs. political leadership, for example). The emphasis can be on strategic leadership from the point of view of senior executives or leading teams or project-related initiatives.

  •  Boynton’s sessions or workshops (he uses those words intentionally vs. “speech”) on these topics range anywhere from 90 minutes to a full day. A speech is normally 60-90 minutes.
  • Boynton’s leadership sessions are interactive and can focus on generic leadership and/or teamwork issues, or be tailored to address specific issues facing the client. He is very flexible and innovative in his design of sessions to provide real and specific client value.
  • Boynton has worked with firms in a variety of industries including telecommunications, healthcare technology, publishing, and investment banking. Boynton has written a significant book on this topic (Virtuoso Teams) and has a Harvard Business Review piece.
  • Boynton’s sessions go beyond mere facilitation. He brings in his own intellectual capital and other important ideas from thought leaders, if needed, to help gain the client impact.
  • The sessions can range in size from 20 to over 300 individuals, if the space and choreography are planned carefully. He typically is involved with the planning to help ensure success.

Strategy Formulation and Implementation (Execution)
Boynton can create workshops or planning sessions focused on the formulation and implementation of business or functional strategies and work with any level executive team.

  • The sessions combine his insights and important relevant frameworks and material that will help encourage a lively and interactive session where the executive team(s) create a plan and the details for implementation.
  • These sessions can be run with anywhere from three to a dozen teams depending on your needs.
  • These sessions are interactive, where the expertise and insights owned by the participants is leveraged and used to shape the strategic issues and solutions.
  • Sessions can be tailored to meet very demanding company situations and customized to meet specific client needs. Workshops can be used to formulate strategies and plan their execution.

Leading and Managing Change
Leading and managing change is essential for most organizations today trying to keep up with competitor, customer, technological, and other external changes. Boynton can customize sessions on change management-leadership for firms.

  • For large audiences, Boynton can run a session ranging from 30 to 200 people, if the room and logistics allow.
  • The session could be tailored to the firm or audience and glean ideas, gain insights, help identify and break barriers, or provide other momentum to change efforts.
  • Lead a session of senior executives (10-20-30 or more) in planning or leading a change initiative. The length of this session could be a half day to a more extensive planning session of a day or more.

Innovation and Problem Solving — The DeepDive™
DeepDive™ ignites any workshop or conference meeting into a dynamic, high energy, very interactive problem solving or opportunity shaping event. In three hours to one day, the DeepDive™ leverages your talents, brainpower and experience to create tangible solutions to a wide variety of business issues such as planning change, creating a vision, formulating a strategy, redesigning a process, or launching new services. Boynton helped co-create DeepDive™ which has been used hundreds of times with firms around the world to ensure the most successful workshops, meetings, or conferences possible.

  • Do you have an important issue that you want your team or company to resolve?
  • Do you want to have a meeting, workshop, or conference where everyone is engaged in focused, great conversations on the important issues facing your function or firm?
  • Do you want to learn more about DeepDive™ as a way to take your smartest people and create an accelerator event that leverages their insights and IQ to your firm’s best advantage?

If so, learn more about DeepDive™.

Full Biography

Andy Boynton is dean of the Carroll School of Management, housed within Boston College — a University founded in the Jesuit tradition of vigorous research and excellent teaching. Prior to this he was a professor of strategy at the world renowned IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland for 10 years, where he became a faculty leader in designing outstanding executive learning experiences and consulting with firms fromaround the globe. At the IMD he led a faculty team that created one of the world’s top ten Executive MBA programs, as recognized by Business Week. Prior to joining the faculty at IMD, Andy was a Professor of Strategy at the Darden School, the University of Virginia. His research on technology management, organization design, and leadership has led to many publications in journals such as Organization Science, MIS Quarterly, Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, and California Management Review. His most recent book, published by Financial Times-Prentice Hall, is titled Virtuoso Teams: Lessons from Teams That Changed Their Worlds. An article on the same topic appeared in the Harvard Business Review, summer 2005, a special issue dedicated to research on high performing organizations. Andy earned his BS at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management. He earned his MBA and PhD, and served on the MBA faculty, at the Kenan-Flagler School of Business, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.