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Jack Uldrich

Global Futurist; Best-Selling Author

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Jack Uldrich is a renowned futurist and business forecaster. Jack is the founder and “chief unlearning officer” of The School of Unlearning — an international leadership, change management, and technology consultancy dedicated to helping businesses, governments, and non-profit organizations.

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Jack Uldrich is a renowned global futurist, independent scholar, sought-after business speaker, and best-selling author.

Jack is the founder and “chief unlearning officer” of The School of Unlearning —an international leadership, change management, and technology consultancy dedicated to helping businesses, governments, and non-profit organizations prepare for and profit from periods of profound transformation. Clients include Fortune 100 companies, venture capital firms, and state and regional governments. Uldrich is also a regular contributor on emerging technologies and future trends for a number of publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Leader to Leader, The Futurist, BusinessWeek, The Scientist, City Business, The Futures Research Quarterly, and Tech Station Central. He is a frequent guest of the mainstream media—having appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and National Public Radio on numerous occasions.

In addition to speaking on future trends, emerging technologies, innovation, and leadership, Mr. Uldrich is a leading expert on helping businesses adapt to change. He is noted for his ability to present complex information in an entertaining, and understandable manner. He works with clients well in advance of his presentations to deliver highly effective messages that are guaranteed to help his clients prosper long into the future.

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In the near future, the greatest change will be the accelerating rate of change itself. In this enlightening, entertaining and educational session, Jack shares insights from his book, Business as Unusual: How to Future-Proof Yourself Against Tomorrow’s Transformational Trends, Today. He outlines the ten trends that will transform the world of tomorrow. Jack also identifies concrete actions businesses can take today to future-proof themselves against “the tides of tomorrow.”

This presentation  is perfectly aligned to address the volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity of changing and new opportunities.  AHA is an acronym for Jack’s three-step approach:  Awareness, Humility, and Action.

Jack’s speech begins with the twelve trends specific to your industry that business leaders must be aware of and then he shares how these twelve trends will transform everything from how employees will do their work, to how the company will provide their services to customers, clients and collaborators, to how new business will be secured. Each change will require humility. And then he shares specific strategies for enhancing humility as individuals and in teams.

Jack’s perspective is that “the best way to predict the future is to create it yourself.” As you can imagine, this level of creation requires action. And Jack concludes his presentation with concrete actions industry leaders can take today to create a successful tomorrow.

Based on Jack’s book by the same name, released in 2009 by Adams Media, Jack explores how exponential trends in information technology, biotechnology, robotics, manufacturing, material science and nanotechnology, are all converging at this unique moment in history. Uldrich’s presentation lays out ten specific strategies that executives, businesses, and industries can use to navigate and survive in this era of unparalleled change.

This fast-paced, entertaining, and enlightening presentation (which is also available as either a full or half-day seminar) introduces his audience to the reality of exponential technological change and then provides 11 tangible leadership characteristics designed to help executives and managers navigate and lead their organizations through this era of accelerating change.

The pace of technological change is accelerating. Today’s organizations are living in a world where “constant change is the only constant.” New advances in biotechnology, nanotechnology, and information technology are bringing forth exciting and unexpected discoveries every day, while the expansive and growing power of the Internet, social networking, and the open-source movement are fueling the fires which threaten to consume much of today’s existing business landscape. Life-long learning will obviously be more essential than ever in this chaotic and churning environment; but often lost in this new emerging reality of exponential change is the fact that before an organization can seize tomorrow’s opportunities, it must first unlearn old, obsolete knowledge as well as unlearn the old ways of doing business. In this fascinating, informative, entertaining, interactive, and enlightening presentation (which is also available as a half or full-day seminar), noted global futurist and best-selling author, Jack Uldrich, who has been hailed by BusinessWeek as “America’s Chief Unlearning Officer,” not only explains why unlearning is a critical skill for your company and your organization’s employees, he also demonstrates how unlearning can help:- Successfully navigate a future where the pace of scientific and technological knowledge is doubling every seven years;- Prepare for competition that doesn’t yet exist; and- Seize opportunities that are, today, only on the periphery of their imagination. The presentations draw heavily on Uldrich’s two new books on unlearning: Unlearning 101: 50 lessons for Thinking Inside-Out the Box, and Higher Unlearning: 39 Post Requisite Lessons for Achieving a Successful Future.

Jack Uldrich also speaks frequently on future trends for specific industries and then relates why unlearning will be a vital ingredient for achieving future success.

An extensive one-day program, this interactive seminar utilizes a series of provocative questions and exercises to explain why unlearning is necessary. It then takes participants then through a six-step process that shows leaders how to unlearn many of their deepest and longest-held assumptions, beliefs, habits and ideas. It is ideal for any organization struggling with change or for those organizations wishing to exploit the next great opportunity.