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Keith Yamashita: The 3 Habits of Great Creative Teams

About this presentation

When the your team is faced with adversity does it stand strong and act boldly or does it crumble under pressure? Based on his work with over 1000 teams, Keith Yamashita shares his insights about great collaborative environments including: have an awareness beyond your day-to-day, respect the unique talents of your team members, and actively cultivate meaningful one-on-one relationships.

About Keith Yamashita

For the past two decades, Keith Yamashita has worked alongside CEOs and their leadership teams to define — and then attain — greatness for their institutions. He has worked with leaders at Apple, IBM, General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, eBay, Nike, and Gap, among others.Keith founded SYPartners — a firm steeped in the belief that transformation of individuals, teams, and institutions requires equal parts empathy, aspiration, and a bravery to act. The firm fuses systems thinking and creativity to help organizations in times of seismic change: the formulation of a new business strategy, a merger or acquisition, the rise of a new CEO, the return-to-greatness journeys after an industry shock.


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Comments (25)
  • Marie Holdaway

    What a great interview, so many points to think about. Thanks for the inspiration

  • Jeremy

    Where can I get a deck of those cards?

  • Nicola Antonazzo

    This video is simply brilliant. Lots of good insight and such a great sources of inspiration, team working and co-creation is really key but is hard to find place where this values are taken as a habit!! Indeed seems a great place where to work surrounded by an amazing culture and people!

  • Justin

    Would love to see where my powers lie as well. Is there somewhere to get those cards or a pdf printout at least?

  • lisa

    well done. but it`s a pity that there are no subtitles or even text under the video.

  • Stephan

    Incredible speech, very inspiring. Would be very interested in getting a set of those superpower cards. Please help!!!

  • Wesley Price

    Thank you.

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  • Raghmah

    Funny how we get blessed with the perfect inspiration at the most critical moments. Thank you for sharing your secrets🙂

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  • norma

    im interested in getting the super power cards where do i find them?

  • wiz1971

    Thanks for this interesting speech and for sharing these important
    inspiration points.

  • Jordi Hans Casadesus Baldursso

    Fantastic Speach.. really helpfull… and inspiring

  • Tom Elswijk

    I too am very interested in getting the deck of cards. Please come back to us on this

  • eonsports_mori

    very good!

  • Khadija

    Brilliant!! Awesome presentation skills.
    How can I get the cards?🙂

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  • Monica

    So inspiring!! I want the cards too—how?! Hope you can write a book—PLEASE!

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