Lisa Bodell

  • Expert on SIMPLIFYING Innovation & Change Management
  • Bestselling Author, Kill the Company: End the Status Quo, Start an Innovation Revolution
  • CEO of futurthink, Global Innovation Training Firm
  • Board Member, Global Agenda Council for the World Economic Forum & Novartis

Founder & CEO of innovation firm futurethink Lisa Bodell is the bestselling author of Kill the Company, and her latest Why Simple Wins. A global 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.

A Dynamic Keynote Speaker, Lisa has addressed audiences at Google, Cisco Systems, Accenture, Citigroup, Merck and is often the highest-rated presenter, as she engages audiences and empowers them with practical tools, tips, and resources that they can use to create immediate and effective change. Praise for Lisa includes: “insightful, engaging and energetic” (Google);“relevant and compelling” (Accenture);  “ignited a spirit of innovation” (Mastercard Worldwide); “winning business ideas” (Citigroup).

 
  

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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.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Lisa Bodell
  • Google
  • Google
  • Accenture
  • Delta Airlines
  • MasterCard Worldwide
  • Pitney Bowes
  • Citigroup Corporate Investment Bank
  • Bausch & Lomb
  • AXA Equitable
  • National Association of Confectionery Dealers
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Why SIMPLE Wins: Escape the Complexity Trap and Get to Work That Matters

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 her work with global organizations and themes from he ...

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 her work with global organizations 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.

Drawing on her work with global companies, Lisa Bodell shares tools and takeaways on how organizations and individuals can eradicate complexity, and allow Simplicity to be their new operating system and North Star towards an innovative workplace culture.

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

Winning innovators embrace change—do you? What holds you back from better innovating, every day? In too many organizations, we’re stuck in the land of status quo. We’ve forgotten how to think differently, and lack the simple tools to solve problems creatively. The very structures put in place to hel ...

Winning innovators embrace change—do you? What holds you back from better innovating, every day? In too many organizations, we’re stuck in the land of status quo. We’ve forgotten how to think differently, and lack the simple tools to solve problems creatively. The very structures put in place to help organizations grow are now holding us back. So, it’s time to Kill the Company! This keynote is an inspirational call to arms: to start a revolution in how we think and how we work.

The key lesson of this keynote: if we want people to approach change differently, we have to change our approach. You will learn how simplification lets us achieve more and better innovation. This can reignite critical aptitudes such as curiosity, inquiry, creative problem solving, and more.

The keynote will bring to life the concepts presented in Lisa’s latest book, Kill the Company

  • Everyone is a change agent. 
  • Change involves a toolkit, not a process. 
  • Little changes can create big impact. 

Lisa will introduce tangible ways to ignite innovation through the dynamic, yet simple exercises in the Kill the Company Toolkit, including Kill a Stupid RuleKiller 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! 

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<p>1,500 Fidelity Employees Give High Praise for Lisa Bodell's <em>Why Simple Wins</em> Keynote</p>

1,500 Fidelity Employees Give High Praise for Lisa Bodell's Why Simple Wins Keynote

Lisa Bodell recently gave her Why Simple Wins keynote to Fidelity employees and their post-event survey came back with 278 awesome replies!  Here are a few highlights:

“Was great! How we define what is ‘simple’ is key…makes me think differently about how I can do my work.”
“It was incredible how accurate her assertion was on how we naturally make things harder than we need to. This really resonated with me.”
“I liked the exercises that Lisa had the audience do. It was a great way to illustrate how complicated we can make things as an organization.”
“This was brilliant, fantastic.”
“Lisa provided practical ideas as well as being a tremendous presenter.”
“Lisa is very good, I hope to implement some of these ideas in my work.”
“I really enjoyed this topic! it is so relevant to the dynamic that we work in every day.”
“Lisa did an excellent job of demonstrating how we over complicate our daily lives, especially in the workplace. I have plans to ask my team, ‘What rules do we have that hinder your daily job?’ to see how many
assumptions my own team has. I feel I benefitted from this program and am excited to apply what I have learned to my daily role.”
“It reiterates small things matter. It's created a thought process to give attention to value added and non-value added tasks.”

When people hear this talk, they tell Lisa that they feel “Energized, Empowered and Invigorated” to start tackling workplace complexity with a different mindset. Lisa provides immediate takeaways that leave the audience feeling empowered with actionable tools.

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Biography

Founder and CEO of futurethink Lisa Bodell is the bestselling author of Kill the Company, and her latest Why Simple Wins. She is a recognized global leader on innovation foresight and change management, whose keynotes leave audiences inspired with a vision and armed with tools towards action. 

A dynamic speaker and futurist, Lisa Bodell has brought innovation to life for Google, Cisco Systems, Citigroup, Merck, Fidelity, Accenture and the U.S. Navy. Her presentations are frequently the highest-rated sessions at conferences, as she engages audiences and empowers them with practical tools, tips, and resources to start innovating immediately.

Bodell’s takeaways are proven transformational methods that she and her team at futurethink, an innovation-training firm helping businesses become world-class innovators, have successfully implemented with Fortune 500 companies around the world. The characteristics that define Bodell as a successful global speaker are the same as those that define her success as a CEO, a laser-focused ability to provide radical thinking and offer on-the-spot business solutions, with an inspired vision that motivates people to action.

Her new book and keynote: WHY SIMPLE WINS: Escape the Complexity Trap and Get to the Work that Matters, is a sought-after topic at every organizational level. In her presentation, Bodell shares tools and takeaways on how organizations and individuals can eradicate complexity and allow Simplicity to be their new operating system, and North Star towards an innovative workplace culture.

With a deep understanding of best practices across industries Lisa Bodell has contributed her expertise to a wide variety of media, including: Fast Company, WIRED, The New York Times, Inc., Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, The Huffington Post, FOX News, and CNN. She serves as a member of the Global Agenda Council for the World Economic Forum; and an adviser on the boards of the Association of Professional Futurists; and Novartis’ Diversity and Inclusion Board in Basel, Switzerland.