Andy Boynton

Dean of Boston College’s Carroll School of Management

Boynton, Andy

Dean of Boston College’s Carroll School of Management
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About 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. At the IMD he led a faculty team and was program director of one of the world’s top ten Executive MBA programs, as recognized by Business Week.

Boynton has recently launched new research projects to explore how distinguished experts from a variety of knowledge-domains work with ideas to achieve professional success and improve their effectiveness in social networks. His latest book, The Idea Hunter: How to Find the Best Ideas and Make them Happen (Jossey-Bass), is based on this research and is co-authored with Bill Fischer and William Bole.

He has also published extensively on factors underlying high-performing teams across a variety of disciplines, including art, science, exploration, and design. 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).

He is a 1978 graduate of Boston College. Boynton earned his MBA and PhD at the Kenan-Flagler School of Business, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He has served on the MBA faculty at the Kenan-Flagler School of Business and at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia.

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 and his articles in this area have appeared in elite management journals such as Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, and The California Management Review.

Idea Hunter – How to Find the Best Ideas and Make Them Happen

In today’s information based economy, ideas are an extraordinarily valuable asset, fueling professional growth and driving your organization’s success. What can you do to help your organization become a magnet for great ideas? How can you leverage “The Hunt” for great ideas as a source of competitive advantage?

Professor Andy Boynton has spent a career working with executives around the world answering these very questions. Most recently, Dean Boynton and his co-author Bill Fischer, have provided executives with powerful insight into how to create an idea-intensive organization in their ground breaking book, THE IDEA HUNTER: How to Find the Best Ideas and Make Them Happen.

Andy shares the essential skills and tools of idea hunting in his highly interactive executive education program, delivered in 90 minute, half day or full day formats. In all formats, Andy’s speech is customized and integrated with video case studies, participation by attendees, and tangible takeaway tools that can be implemented immediately.

Andy demonstrates how ideas drive progress for individual leaders, high performance teams, or winning organizations. He shares stories of great idea hunters from Henry Ford to Pablo Picasso and from Thomas Edison to Warren Buffett. He highlights four steps to become an effective IDEA HUNTER:

I – Become intensely INTERESTED – become a learning machine
D – DIVERSIFY your idea web – take a different path and learn from weird people
E – EXERCISE your idea muscles daily
A – AGILE – adapt, reuse, and test the ideas around you to create new uses

Dean Boynton also demonstrates how creating world-class “IDEA HUNTER” capabilities and culture in your organization will lead to:

• High performance leadership and teamwork
• Effective change management
• Strategy formation and implementation
• Innovation, creativity and originality
• Greater engagement and empowerment

Each presentation is specifically customized to the needs of the group and can focus on such areas as: TEAM INNOVATION, INDIVIDUAL CREATIVITY, LEADERSHIP, CHANGE MANAGEMENT, STRATEGY or other management issues central to your organization’s success.

The Paradox of Success and the Catalyst Program: Learn how to manage current performance AND find future growth

It happens to all successful businesses – the priorities of running the business often create barriers to growth. If your business faces this challenge, this speech has solutions for you.

Research shows that managers of growing businesses eventually face the same challenge: How to be innovative and launch new streams of revenue growth while successfully managing the existing business. This struggle has been called the “Paradox of Success” and requires “catalyst” actions to move forward. The Catalyst speech focuses on how managers can break through growth barriers and remove the tradeoffs between current performance and future growth.

Professor Andy Boynton is one of the top executive development program designers and facilitators in the world and offers customized executive experiences that address strategy, organizational change, leadership, teamwork, professional career enhancement.

In this speech, Dean Boynton demonstrates how barriers to new growth pile up over time and identifies methods to unleashing new growth. Customized to the needs of the audience, the Catalyst speech will provide a short burst of management prescription aimed at topics essential to unleashing growth in many organizations:

– Great Execution through the power of process
– Customer Insight and Value
– Ideation and Innovation
– Teamwork and Leadership
– Strategy formulation and implementation

Dean Boynton’s CATALYST program is a highly tailored, fast paced, interactive, and intensive program that will break the painful tradeoff between managing current performance and finding future growth. Your team will come away with tools and skills to get back on the growth track

THE DEEPDIVE™: Innovation and Problem Solving

The DeepDive™ program will leverage your team’s 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.

The DeepDive™ Team Approach is a process that is practical, pragmatic, deliverable and innovative. It creates a flow of ideas that quickly develops strategy with concrete solutions on a short deadline. DeepDive™ will create BIG Change and Innovation in a rapid and focused approach. The approach uses strong leadership of your best people that will lead to development of a clear mandate. The team will not compromise until the job is done!
Professor Andy Boynton is the co-creator of DeepDive™ which has been used hundreds of times with organizations around the world to bring interactive energy, excitement and results to workshops, meetings, and conferences.

DeepDive™ is a highly customized program that can lead to results that:
– Create innovative growth strategies
– Develop new products or services
– Accelerate post merger integration
– Redesign the organization
– Reduce operating costs
– Manage and lead change
– Create a positive and tangible vision for the future

The DeepDive™ was created by Andy and colleagues at IMD, the world’s best at executive education. The DeepDive™ program will get your team out of their seats, into small teams where they will energetically and passionately come up with a flow of great ideas. Results will be prototype ideas and concepts with a commitment from the team to action and results.

The DEEPDIVE™ is a highly customized program that can be delivered in sessions of 90 minutes up to a full day.


“Andy Boynton gave an amazingly entertaining and effective speech on teamwork and leadership to over 600 professionals from over 150 companies at our recent national conference. Andy drew upon his deep knowledge, innate energy, and fascinating video clips to bring the room to life and leave valuable takeaways for all. In a separate session, Andy ran a dynamic workshop for 50 professionals on strategy and leadership. Using a case study, Andy provided a very interactive and engaging session that left participants asking for more. Andy Boynton is one of our go to speakers and workshop catalysts for very good reasons.”
– Katherine Smith – Executive Director, Center for Corporate Citizenship

“I was hugely impressed with Andy’s presentation and DeepDive™ workshop facilitation at our offsite meeting. The room was filled with employees ranging in experience from recent college graduates through to senior vice presidents across seven different functions, but that made the workshop and idea generation all the better. My employees left feeling invigorated and ready to find “right ideas” to bring back to their respective functions and the broader company. ”
– Robert Gregorio, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

“Andy’s presentation was spot on. He spurred our group of over 2500 professionals to approach innovative thinking as something important to their every day focus and showed how truly simple it can be. Andy clearly connected with a diverse group of professionals from over 26 countries. His straight forward presentation achieved our objective of encouraging our people to become idea hunters.”
– Barry Benjamin, PricewaterhouseCoopers

“I had the honor of working with Andy on a session for a major conference attended by our national field sales leadership team. Andy spent a great deal of time with me in advance of the conference to learn about my firm, our leadership team and what we were looking to accomplish through his session. (Adding to the task was that he was scheduled as the grand finale for our group on Saturday morning at 8:00 am after nearly four days of the conference)! And I can honestly say Andy exceeded our expectations. He prepared and delivered an outstanding session with relevant case studies and concepts that aligned perfectly with our group. His engaging style, energy and delivery was superb. I highly recommend Andy for your executive education needs and sincerely hope to work with him again in the future.”
– Steve Ramsdell, Vice President – Field Development, VALIC

“The DeepDive™ methodology is innovative, focused, energizing, and hugely enjoyable. The methodology is designed to provoke innovation and original thoughts. [It] allowed our teams to unlock their creativity and to harness it in the formulation of bold and original strategies for dealing with issues. The DeepDive™ has the capacity to make good teams great.”
Director of Sales, large commercial security printer and papermaker