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119: Breaking out of the Box ...
119: Breaking out of the Box with Lisa Bodell Founder & Owner of Futurethink
Futurist urges attendees to embrace change at 2009 NGCOA Conference - NGCOA
Regardless, there are valuable lessons to be learned from it, according to Lisa Bodell, CEO of the business consulting firm FutureThink and the NGCOA's General Session keynote at its recent Annual Conference in New Orleans.
"What's great about that anecdote is that it illustrates how we have such a hard time changing our course even when what's in front of us is so unclear.
We have such a hard time admitting that maybe we are the one who needs to change," said Bodell
, a self-proclaimed 'futurist' who advises companies and groups on how to innovate and think differently about change.
"The issue with change is that people see it as something that's all or nothing - it's binary, it's yes or it's no, it's good or it's bad, it's all or it's nothing.
And it's not," she
"In fact, there's a lot of gray area with change and I think that's an opportunity because it means you don't have to take a big risk in order to have a lot of success."
introduced attendees to a tool that futurists call "40 ways to rethink your business.
"I met 87 international colleagues who can teach me new things for years to come" | The Institute for Triple Helix Innovation
Lisa Bodell, CEO of FutureThink, blogs about her impressions from the 2nd Annual Triple Helix Summit.
She notes that through a series of networking sessions and thought-provoking presentations, the Triple Helix Summit 2008 participants discussed such topics as: What are the best tools for idea sharing and collaboration?
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Bestselling author of Kill the Company, Global council member of the World Economic Forum
, and CEO of Futurethink
work with and study of the culture of thousands of companies, innovation and change expert Lisa Bodell
has learned the most effective way for organizations to innovate, and how transformational change really happens.
Bodell's thoughtful insights, humor and audience-engaging keynotes reflect her
company's years of research on corporate culture and its impact on innovation and change.
Lisa Bodell knows organizations want-and need-to be innovative, but when it comes to the "change" part, they often get stuck.
Bodell is founder and CEO of futurethink, which has helped more than 6,300 organizations in 40 countries embrace change to become world-class innovators.
Since 2003, Bodell
futurethink team have empowered organizations and companies-even those in highly regulated industries-to solve big problems in transformative ways.
A recognized futurist and innovation and change expert, Bodell
ignites new thinking with humor, energy and lots of audience engagement in her
workshops and keynotes.
has inspired nearly 100,000 people each year in more than 30 countries.
is the author of the best-selling book Kill the Company: End the Status Quo, Start an Innovation Revolution, which won the 2014 Axiom Best Business Book Award and was voted Best Business Book by USA Book News and Booz & Co.
newest book Why Simple Wins; Escape the Complexity Trap and Get to Work That Matters provides readers with a simplification method that helps them move beyond the futility of unproductive work to create a culture where valuable, essential and meaningful work is the norm.
She is a global council member of the World Economic Forum and an advisor on the boards of the Association of Professional Futurists and Novartis' Diversity and Inclusion Board in Basel, Switzerland.
Bodell has taught innovation and creativity at both American and Fordham Universities, and has appeared on NPR, FOX News, and in Fast Company, The New York Times, and WIRED.
is a frequent contributor to strategy+businesss, Forbes
and Harvard Business Review.
I want to inspire people to create change; change that they truly desire.
What do you want people to learn from your presentations?
has the winning combination you look for in a keynote speaker - she
is insightful, engaging and energetic.
is one of the most outstanding presenters I have ever seen.
is one of the most dynamic and powerful keynote speakers our association has ever had.
presentation included excellent examples and energizing exercises that brought innovation to life.
is the real thing - she's
an expert that also knows how to use both presentation and learning principles to hold an audience's attention."
made my leadership team think in new ways and helped us develop winning business ideas right in the room.
did an outstanding job in designing and facilitating an innovation workshop for our senior leaders, many of whom regarded this as the best innovation workshop they have ever been a part of.
I would recommend her
to any organization that is looking for clear and actionable pathways to innovation."
was the top presenter at our conference in terms of both content and presentation delivery.
session received a 3.8 out of 4 at our Annual Meeting this year: the highest rating I've seen for annual meeting speakers in my 30+ year tenure with the association."
At the beginning of her
program, change expert and futurist Lisa Bodell
plays a game with attendees to see how well they can determine the change in their industry.
presents some headlines from the future that may or may not be true to get people engaged in conversation about trends and how they might impact their business.
also focuses on who her
audience is-not from a demographic standpoint, but from an emotional standpoint.
believes if she
can move them emotionally, not just give them information, they will leave empowered to do what they need to do next.
And finally, she
tries to make her
audience feel a little uncomfortable.
says a little agitation can create the desire to change, and they need that desire for change to stick.
will introduce tangible ways to ignite innovation through the dynamic yet simple exercises in the Kill the Company Toolkit, including Kill a Stupid Rule, Killer Queries, Impossible to Possible, and many more.
inspires audiences through real-life examples, such as the large financial services organization that created a new breed of employee and helped reset the corporate culture.
Too often, this type of behavior is seen as threatening, says Bodell
, who has actually been told by CEOs that they discourage employees from thinking.
In step with the call to Kill the Company, is a plea to kill fear, complacency, and the all-too-familiar answer from our leaders: "I can′t be bothered with your (perhaps brilliant) idea."
also looks at how we got to Zombies, Inc.
, exploring how our educational system contributes to the lack of inquiry and problem-solving skills, showing how conformity is rewarded early on.
In this far-reaching interview, Lisa
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Lisa Bodell is an award-winning author and CEO of Futurethink.
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