Provoke Actions That Advance Careers

CareerCast - Life-long Career Development

Roy SharplesHow do you advance your career in a world filled with noise, banality, and people hoping to fit in? Roy Sharples, CEO of Unknown Origins, former Managing Director, Global Industry Product Marketing, at Microsoft, and author of CREATIVITY WITHOUT FRONTIERS:  How To Make The Invisible Visible By Lighting The Way Into The Future, would tell you to act boldly, bravely, and creatively. In this CareerCast, Roy shares how to provoke actions that can advance your career with less fear, more fun, and where you will stand out based on what is important to you in your career and life.

Aired January 21, 2022

Roy Sharples, founder and CEO of Unknown Origins, is on a mission to save the world from banality by unleashing creative power. He has a global track record of innovation delivered by building beloved brands, bringing new products and services to market, creating and developing start-ups, and leading large businesses across global regions. Before founding Unknown Origins, Sharples was Managing Director, Global Industry Product Marketing, at Microsoft. For more information, please visit

Creativity Without Frontiers: How to make the invisible visible by lighting the way into the future by Roy Sharples (2021)

The Innovation Stack: Building an Unbeatable Business One Crazy Idea at a Time by Jim McKelvey (2020)

Influencers and Revolutionaries: How Innovative Trailblazers, Trends and Catalysts Are Transforming Business by Sean Pillot de Chenecey (2020)

How Innovation Works: And Why It Flourishes in Freedom by Matt Ridley (2020)

Superhuman Innovation by Chris Duffey (2019)

Testing Business Ideas: A Field Guide for Rapid Experimentation by David J. Bland  andAlexander Osterwalder (2019)

Mapping Innovation: A Playbook for Navigating a Disruptive Age by Greg Satell (2017)

Ten Types of Innovation: The Discipline of Building Breakthroughs by Larry Keeley, Helen Walters, Ryan Pikkel, and Brian Quinn (2013)

The Other Side of Innovation: Solving the Execution Challenge by Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble (2020)

Innovation is Everybody’s Business: How to Make Yourself Indispensable in Today’s Hypercompetitive World by Robert B. Tucker (2010)

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin (2010)

Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality by Scott Belsky (2010)

Rework by Jason Fried (2010)

Exploiting Chaos: 150 Ways to Spark Innovation During Times of Change by Jeremy Gutsche (2009)

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath and Dan Heath (2007)

Think Better: An Innovator’s Guide to Productive Thinking by Tim Hurson (2007)


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