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Lisa Bodell

Founder & CEO, futurethink; Futurist & Expert on Simplifying Innovation & Change Management; Bestselling Author, Kill the Company; Why Simple Wins; Board Member, Global Agenda Council for the World Economic Forum & Novartis

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$40,000 - $60,000

Founder & CEO of innovation firm futurethink Lisa Bodell is the bestselling author of Kill the Company, and her latest Why Simple Wins. A leader on simplifying innovation and change management, Lisa is often called upon by global companies to help them eradicate workplace complexity that is killing their ability to innovate and adapt. Simplicity is fast becoming the competitive advantage of our time and Lisa offers tested tools and takeaways to motivate organizations and individuals to action.

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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 arms 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.

Based on her best-selling books, 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, allowing 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, 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.

Speech Topics

Revolutionize how you think and work.

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.

Never let a crisis go to waste and reinvent your business RIGHT NOW. 

Whether you’re suddenly faced with a burning platform or taking this critical time to slow down and reflect, now is the perfect time to reinvent your business. Learn how to:

  • Pivot your business using a little known but incredibly effective technique called “TRIZ – with a twist!” and discover how others have used this approach to transform their companies.

  • Find new ways to drive new value before you can finish a cup of coffee.

Let these instances fuel success with 5 easy methods for fast change. Learn how to:

  • Use micro thinking

  • Turn problems into possibilities

  • Become agile with wild card scenarios

Curiosity is a power skill that drives innovation, and asking killer questions shifts the mindset from judging to learning. Learn how to ask questions that reveal candid information and fixable problems while they illuminate competitive opportunities.

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.

Become A Daily Simplifier – 20 Ways to Do Less & Accomplish More

Get to the work that matters with mind-blowing tips that will give you hours back for more important things. Learn how to:

  • Eliminate bad emails

  • Only have productive meetings

  • Streamline processes and decision making

Innovation happens when diverse ideas are shared–and heard. How are your leaders creating an environment where more voices are included? In this talk, we learn how winning organizations creatively engage diverse audiences with unique perspectives and build a culture where people can better express their thoughts. You’ll leave with unique techniques to engage a wider range of people and ignite the innovative ideas you need.

You’re WFH and want to better engage your team – but how? Learn how to:

  • Normalize being virtual and get people engaged

  • Use provocative tools that get quick-wins

  • Avoid overload with a mini mindset

Imagine what you could do with the time you spend sitting in meetings and writing emails every day.

Complexity is killing companies’ ability to innovate and adapt, and simplicity is fast becoming the competitive advantage of our time. Drawing on research and themes from her latest book, Why Simple Wins, Bodell inspires leaders and their teams to proactively move beyond the feelings of frustration and futility that come with so much unproductive work in today’s corporate world, to create a corporate culture where valuable, essential, meaningful work is the norm. By learning how to eliminate redundancies, communicate with clarity, and make simplification a habit, individuals and companies can begin to recognize which activities are time-sucks and which create lasting value.

Using highly engaging stories and techniques, Bodell proves that by using simplicity as an operating principle, we can eliminate the organizational and individual busywork that consumes us every day, and instead spend more time on the work that matters.

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  • "Lisa has the winning combination you look for in a keynote speaker – she is insightful, engaging and energetic. She was the top rated speaker at two Google events and inspired our audience to start an innovation revolution." - Google

  • “Lisa’s message will not only open your eyes to what’s happening in our world, but will also provide you the tools to be able to take action … Her energy is contagious.” - Cisco Systems

  • "Lisa’s message is incredibly relevant and compelling. I find her work to be thought-provoking, challenging and necessary given today’s complex and ever-changing business environment." - Accenture

  • "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." - MasterCard Worldwide

  • "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." - Citigroup Corporate Investment Bank