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Judah Pollack

Expert in the Art of Leadership and Innovation in a Rapidly Changing World; Co-author of "The Chaos Imperative: How Chance and Disruption Increase Innovation, Effectiveness, and Success" and “The Net and the Butterfly: The Art and Practice of Breakthrough Thinking”

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Judah Pollack is a former faculty member of Stanford StartX and current lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. As a speaker and strategic adviser in the art of leadership, he works regularly with the US Army Special Forces and Red Team University, as well civilian clients such as the Plexus Institute, Airbnb, IDEO.org, and The North Face.

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An expert in the art of leadership and innovation in a rapidly changing world, he has worked deeply with the US Army Special Forces, Generals, and Red Team University as well as civilian clients like Airbnb, Sonos, Google and IDEO.org. His specialty is in founders and founder cultures and their transition to executive and scaled organizations.

Judah Pollack is co-author of "The Chaos Imperative: How Chance and Disruption Increase Innovation, Effectiveness, and Success." In the book, and throughout his keynotes, Judah Pollack presents a fresh and provocative theme, outlining how the most innovative organizations are those that embrace the most innovative processes. His new book, “The Net and the Butterfly: The Art and Practice of Breakthrough Thinking,” which he co-authors with Olivia Fox Cabane, offers work helping to create breakthrough meetings, breakthrough teams, and breakthrough leadership.

Pollack is a regular speaker at Startx, Stanford’s incubator, U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and TEDx. He has worked with everyone from Fortune 500 companies such as Google and Oracle, to Lucasfilm, and with US Army generals and Special Forces. Most recently he developed a program to help returning soldiers reintegrate into noncombat military life from the experience of war.

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In this lecture, Judah Pollack uses world history and accessible neuroscience to help organizations nurture new ideas. He introduces the five factors of innovative cultures and shows how to biomimic your brain’s innovation architecture in your own organization. He teaches highly hierarchical organizations the benefits of unstructured time and how they can make “white space” productive.

In this lecture, Judah Pollack brings his audience to reflect on what it means to be a leader and what it takes to manage people in a knowledge economy. He uses Jungian psychology and the concepts of type, archetype, and soul to create more self aware, empathic leaders. Pollack believes that the first step to understanding leadership and our organization is to understand ourselves. Drawing on his extensive experience working with the US Army and Fortune 500 companies Pollack delivers targeted, keen insights.

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