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Andy Boynton is the Co-creator of DeepDive, which is the world's leading methodology for allowing executives to harness the power of teams for enhanced problem solving, innovation and outcomes. Andy is Dean of the Boston College Carol School of Management, one of the premier business schools in the world. A graduate of Boston College himself, he has an MBA and Ph.D. from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business, North Carolina, and he has served on the MBA faculty there. He has also held a post at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia. For a decade he was a professor of strategy at the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland. At this Institute, recognized as one of the top 10 for Executive MBA programs by BusinessWeek, he led a faculty team and was program director.

Boynton's recent research has involved looking at distinguished experts from a variety of fields and examining how they achieve professional success and employ social networking. His latest book is The Idea Hunter: How to Find the Best Ideas and Make Them Happen, co-authored with Bill Fischer and William Bole, which is based on this research. Previous books focusing on what makes a high-performance team in many different disciplines have included Virtuoso Teams: Lessons from Teams That Changed Their Worlds and Invented Here: Maximizing Your Organization’s Internal Growth and Profitability.

Much sought after for his public speaking and design of powerful executive education sessions and seminars for global companies, Boynton's articles concerning the construction of more innovative and effective teams have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review and The California Management Review.

Full Profile

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.


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Keynote Speaking


Andy Boyson illustrates his unique concept of the Idea Hunter, the basis of of one of his most popular books. He explains exactly what sort of person he is talking about: “So what is an Idea Hunter? They have passionate curiosity for learning, an appetite for knowing more, they search in all sorts of different places for new ideas, and every night that they go to bed, they go to bed a little bit smarter."

Before going on to address specifics, he says, “I'd like us to think for a minute about the power of ideas, and what they mean, and the concept that not just at the company level but at a society level ideas drive economic progress."

Moving on to the specific Idea Hunter concept, he says “Idea hunting is about finding ideas, not creating original ideas… Henry Ford developed the assembly line when he visited meatpacking plants in Chicago and saw heavy carcasses being moved around… he said wait a minute, if you can move heavy carcasses around like that, I can move automobiles around for assembly."

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Speeches / Speaking Engagements Back to top


Andy Boynton offers his expertise across many management and leadership topics in a series of keynotes, workshops and seminars that are fun, highly interactive and provide excellent take-home value.

Based on his book The Idea Hunter, Boynton shows how high levels of creativity and innovation do not depend upon individual brilliance, but in developing the correct behavior patterns which allow innovation to happen. The DeepDive method of problem solving which Boynton has developed allows the employment of available talent in the best possible way for the most effective solutions.

Boynton can also lead sessions on the most effective leadership and teamwork within the organizational context, and offers customized sessions on change management leadership.

Andy Boynton, the Dean of the Carroll School of Management at Boston College, is a recognized expert on a variety of management and leadership topics, excels in keynote delivery, and has deep global experience designing valuable, fun, and highly interactive workshops and seminars for executives and firms across all industries.

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 reviewed at Fortune.com 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 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.

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™.



Andy Boynton Speaker Testimonials Back to top

    “Andy Boynton is one of the top speakers and workshop facilitators we have ever had at IMD or that I have ever seen in action. He has exceptional skills and experiences to work with firms to design the perfect speech, bring any workshop to life, and add energy and create an interactive experience enjoyed and valued by all. He is a master among great executive education teachers, speakers, and facilitators.”
    James Pulcrano, Executive Director of Marketing, IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland

    “We engaged Andy Boynton to deliver a seminar on innovation. It was fantastic. We then asked Andy to lead an important innovation workshop for a new product line and then lead a two day strategic planning session for one of our business units. In each instance, he delivered a powerful and very valuable experience to our leaders at Sun Life. His insights and ideas have contributed in substantive ways to our strategic thinking and innovation efforts, and his facilitation have been tremendously engaging and energizing.”
    Westley V. Thompson President, Sun Life Financial U.S.

    “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.”

    “When I have a workshop or conference to design and facilitate, I call Andy Boynton first. He’s the guru of creating excellent client workshop or seminar experiences. He is the master. Andy Boynton knows more about teaching and designing a great executive workshop or class than any person I know.”
    Howard Weinberg, Partner at Deloitte in the Strategy and Innovation Practice

    "We engaged Andy Boynton to deliver a seminar on innovation. It was fantastic. We then asked Andy to lead an important innovation workshop for a new product line and then lead a two day strategic planning session for one of our business units. In each instance, he delivered a powerful and very valuable experience to our leaders at Sun Life. His insights and ideas have contributed in substantive ways to our strategic thinking and innovation efforts, and his facilitation have been tremendously engaging and energizing."
    Wes Thompson, CEO of Sun Life

    “The DeepDive™ got them straight out of their seats, into a few small teams, energetically and passionately coming up with a flow of great ideas. [It] resulted in 
a number of focused prototype ideas and concepts… also obtaining commitment from all levels to progress them. We will definitely be using it again.”
    Human Resources Director, pharmaceutical company

    “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




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    “Andy Boynton is one of the top speakers and workshop facilitators we have ever had at IMD or that I have ever seen in action. He has exceptional skills and experiences to work with firms to design the perfect speech, bring any workshop to life, and add energy and create an interactive experience enjoyed and valued by all. He is a master among great executive education teachers, speakers, and facilitators.”
    James Pulcrano, Executive Director of Marketing, IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland

    “We engaged Andy Boynton to deliver a seminar on innovation. It was fantastic. We then asked Andy to lead an important innovation workshop for a new product line and then lead a two day strategic planning session for one of our business units. In each instance, he delivered a powerful and very valuable experience to our leaders at Sun Life. His insights and ideas have contributed in substantive ways to our strategic thinking and innovation efforts, and his facilitation have been tremendously engaging and energizing.”
    Westley V. Thompson President, Sun Life Financial U.S.

    “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.”

    “When I have a workshop or conference to design and facilitate, I call Andy Boynton first. He’s the guru of creating excellent client workshop or seminar experiences. He is the master. Andy Boynton knows more about teaching and designing a great executive workshop or class than any person I know.”
    Howard Weinberg, Partner at Deloitte in the Strategy and Innovation Practice

    "We engaged Andy Boynton to deliver a seminar on innovation. It was fantastic. We then asked Andy to lead an important innovation workshop for a new product line and then lead a two day strategic planning session for one of our business units. In each instance, he delivered a powerful and very valuable experience to our leaders at Sun Life. His insights and ideas have contributed in substantive ways to our strategic thinking and innovation efforts, and his facilitation have been tremendously engaging and energizing."
    Wes Thompson, CEO of Sun Life

    “The DeepDive™ got them straight out of their seats, into a few small teams, energetically and passionately coming up with a flow of great ideas. [It] resulted in 
a number of focused prototype ideas and concepts… also obtaining commitment from all levels to progress them. We will definitely be using it again.”
    Human Resources Director, pharmaceutical company

    “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


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Andy Boynton, the Dean of the Carroll School of Management at Boston College, is a recognized expert on a variety of management and leadership topics, excels in keynote delivery, and has deep global experience designing valuable, fun, and highly interactive workshops and seminars for executives and firms across all industries.

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 reviewed at Fortune.com 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 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.

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™.


Keynote Speaking


Andy Boyson illustrates his unique concept of the Idea Hunter, the basis of of one of his most popular books. He explains exactly what sort of person he is talking about: “So what is an Idea Hunter? They have passionate curiosity for learning, an appetite for knowing more, they search in all sorts of different places for new ideas, and every night that they go to bed, they go to bed a little bit smarter."

Before going on to address specifics, he says, “I'd like us to think for a minute about the power of ideas, and what they mean, and the concept that not just at the company level but at a society level ideas drive economic progress."

Moving on to the specific Idea Hunter concept, he says “Idea hunting is about finding ideas, not creating original ideas… Henry Ford developed the assembly line when he visited meatpacking plants in Chicago and saw heavy carcasses being moved around… he said wait a minute, if you can move heavy carcasses around like that, I can move automobiles around for assembly."

Speech Excerpt