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Lisa Bodell

Speaker

New York, New York, USA

Innovation Expert, Founder & CEO of Futurethink

Lisa Bodell is the founder and CEO of FutureThink, which enables organizations to kill complexity, create space for innovation, and get to the work that matters. She was named one of the Top 50 keynote speakers in the world in 2020 by Real Leaders.

Keynote Speeches

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Unleash Innovation: Learning Goal to Drive Growth & Innovation

Unleash Innovation
LEARNING GOAL: DRIVE GROWTH AND INNOVATION

SKILL: DISRUPTIVE THINKING
Embrace change and challenge the status quo to drive real transformation.

Winning innovators embrace change – do you? What holds you and your organization back from better innovating, every day? Too often we’re stuck in the land of the status quo.

We’ve forgotten how to think differently, and lack the simple tools to solve problems creatively. The very structures put in place inside organizations to help them grow, all too often hold them back.

This keynote is an inspirational call to arms: to start a revolution in how we think and work. If you want people to approach change differently, you have to help them change their approach.


Inspired by our best-seller “Kill The Company”

Why Simple Wins: Killing Complexity - Learning Goal to Increase Productivity

Killing Complexity
LEARNING GOAL: INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY

SKILL: SIMPLIFICTION

Learn the techniques to eradicate complexity and get back to meaningful work
that drives innovative change.

Unproductive meetings, endless emails, and reports-for-the-sake-of-reporting aren’t the definition of meaningful work—they’re the result of complexity.

To create a workplace where there’s actually time and space to innovate, you’ll learn from CEO and TED-talk veteran Lisa Bodell how to become your own chief simplification officer.

Get the techniques used by the nimblest of companies to save time, kill rules, and boost productivity on the work that matters. By killing complexity, you’ll increase customer trust, staff retention, and innovate faster.


Inspired by our best-seller “Why Simple Wins”

Kill the Company: End the Status Quo, Start an Innovation Revolution

Bodell 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. You will leave this Keynote with ways to eliminate needless complexity with simple, inspiring ways to make innovation happen now!

 

Little BIGS®: How Small Changes Create BIG Impact

The Chocolate-on-the-Pillow approach—“Little BIGS”—uses action-based tactics. When individuals and teams start leading by example, they create opportunities for people to witness and embrace positive behaviors and change firsthand. Using examples of small changes with huge ripple effects, this keynote walks participants through the bite-sized approach to revolution.

Creating the Leaders of Tomorrow: Five Skills to Ensure Success

This forward-looking session explores the five critical skills that all employees will need to continuously innovate and succeed in this new era. Participants learn how strategic imagination, provocative inquiry, creative problem-solving, agility, and resilience can prepare your organization—and its human capital—for long-term success.

Audience reviews:

  • One of the most outstanding presenters I have ever seen. She passionately delivers well-articulated messages that engage the audience and encourage action on the part of the listener. Something tells me that many of her insights will become essential elements of our culture.

    - CEO, NYSE Euronext
  • Lisa’s presentations have transformed the way our leaders think of innovation. Lisa provides a mix of practical, easy to use tools and inspiration which has helped to create a new mindset around how to innovate in all parts of our company.

    - Executive Director of Enterprise Learning, Merck
  • Bodell made my leadership team think in new ways and helped us develop winning business ideas right in the room. My team now embraces innovation rather than fearing it.

    - Managing Director, Citigroup Corporate Investment Bank
  • Bodell’s presentation on innovation was my absolute favorite presentation of our 3-day offsite! I now have a totally new way of looking at innovation. I would recommend her and her team to anyone planning an event in a heartbeat.

    - VP, Delta Airlines
  • Lisa brought energy to the room of over 300 people and ignited a spirit of innovation across our Global Product Team. Our top session of the annual meeting.

    - Global Lead, Innovation, MasterCard Worldwide

Speaker Biography

FutureThink CEO Lisa Bodell ranks among the Top 50 Speakers Worldwide and is the best-selling author of Kill the Company and Why Simple Wins. She’s a global leader on simplification, productivity, and innovation, whose keynotes leave audiences inspired to change and arm them with radically simple tools to get to the work that matters.

Bodell brings a compelling perspective to the sought-after topics of simplification and innovation to over 100,000 people each year. A thought leader and serial entrepreneur, her transformational message has inspired executives at top-ranked organizations such as Google, Cisco, Citigroup, and the U.S. Navy War College.

Based on her best-selling books, Kill the Company and Why Simple Wins, Lisa provides a provocative yet practical approach that enables organizations and individuals to eradicate the unnecessary complexity and time-sucks that hold them back from more meaningful work, and allow simplicity to become their new operating system.

Bodell has contributed her expertise to a wide variety of media. She is a monthly contributor to Forbes and has frequently appeared in other media including: Fast Company, WIRED, The New York Times, Inc., Bloomberg Businessweek, Harvard Business Review, The Huffington Post, FOX News, and CNN. She has also been featured in many major books such as Warren Berger’s A More Beautiful Question, Adam Grant’s Originals, and After Shock, the upcoming 50-year celebration based on futurist Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock.

Bodell has taught innovation at both American University and Fordham University and has a TED talk on the topic. She has served on the board of advisors of several organizations, including the Global Agenda Council for the World Economic Forum, the United States National Security Agency, the Association of Professional Futurists, and the Novartis board of Diversity & Inclusion.