Lisa Bodell

  • Founder & CEO of FutureThink
  • Bestselling Author of Kill the Company and Why Simple Wins
  • Global Leader on Culture Change focused on Simplification and Innovation


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 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



 

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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
  • Accenture
  • Delta Airlines
  • MasterCard Worldwide
  • Pitney Bowes
  • Citigroup Corporate Investment Bank
  • AXA Equitable
  • Pfizer
  • National Association of Confectionery Dealers
  • Merck
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Unleash Innovation

Learning Goal: Drive Growth and Innovation Winning innovators embrace change - do you? What holds you and your organization 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 ...

Learning Goal: Drive Growth and Innovation

Winning innovators embrace change - do you? What holds you and your organization 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 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 how we work. If you want people to approach change differently, you have to help them change their approach.

What You'll Get

End the Status Quo, Start an Innovation Revolution. Using engaging interactivity, real-world examples and practical advice, Bodell shares how teams can actually do less and achieve more by learning how to pivot quickly and better embrace change. Leaders learn why providing guardrails to their teams instead of handcuffs can reignite critical aptitudes such as curiosity, inquiry, creative problem-solving, and more.

TAKEAWAYS:

    • Everyone is a change agent.
    • Change involves a toolkit, not a process.
    • Reignite curiosity, inquiry and creative problem solving.
    • Small changes can make a big impact.

 

Recommended Add-Ons

Empower your audience immediately by pairing any of Lisa’s keynotes with Remote Focused Workshops, where her team of FutureThink trainers will teach the techniques to make simplification and innovation a daily practice!

Killing Complexity

Learning Goal: Increase Productivity 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 quickly becoming the competitive advantage of our time.  Drawing on research and ...

Learning Goal: Increase Productivity

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 quickly becoming the competitive advantage of our time. 

Drawing on research and themes from her latest book, Why Simple Wins, our CEO, Lisa 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.

What You'll Get

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.

TAKEAWAYS:

    • Get informed by examples that resonate: consumers will pay more for simpler experiences; people recommend companies that exemplify simplicity; employees are brand champions in companies that operate with simplicity.
    • Identify areas for simplification within your organization
    • Learn techniques to make simplification a habit.
    • Understand which tasks take the most (unnecessary) time both individually and as a team.
    • Start to create a culture of simplification and exemplify its practices.

 

Recommended Add-Ons

Empower your audience immediately by pairing any of Lisa’s keynotes with Remote Focused Workshops, where her team of FutureThink trainers will teach the techniques to make simplification and innovation a daily practice!

40 Ways to Reinvent Your Business

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 ...

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!
  • 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.

 

The Great Reset – Embracing a Constraint Mindset

The best innovation come from times of change and resource constraint.  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 ...

The best innovation come from times of change and resource constraint. 

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 as your Next Competitive Advantage

Curiosity is a power skill that drives innovation. And asking Killer Questions shifts the mindset form judging, to learning. Learn how to ask questions that reveal candid information & fixable problems, and illuminate competitive opportunities.   ...

Curiosity is a power skill that drives innovation. And asking Killer Questions shifts the mindset form judging, to learning. Learn how to ask questions that reveal candid information & fixable problems, and illuminate competitive opportunities.

 

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

Get to the work that matters with mind-blowing, tips that get you hours back in your life for more important things. Learn how to: Eliminate bad emails Only have productive meetings Streamline processes and decision making ...

Get to the work that matters with mind-blowing, tips that get you hours back in your life for more important things. Learn how to:

  • Eliminate bad emails
  • Only have productive meetings
  • Streamline processes and decision making

The Power of Perspective

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, unique perspectives, and build a culture where people can better express t ...

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, 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.

Stop Meeting And Start Collaborating

Top 3 ways to collaborate and make remote teams work. 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 ...

Top 3 ways to collaborate and make remote teams work.

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

Unleash Innovation

Revolutionize how you think and work. Embrace change and challenge the status quo to drive real transformation. The fate of Kodak and Blockbuster are evidence that no matter how popular or beloved your brand, its survival depends on your ability to innovate. From CEO and TED-talk veteran Lisa Bodell ...

Revolutionize how you think and work. Embrace change and challenge the status quo to drive real transformation.

The fate of Kodak and Blockbuster are evidence that no matter how popular or beloved your brand, its survival depends on your ability to innovate. From CEO and TED-talk veteran Lisa Bodell, you’ll learn how to survive by strategically challenging the status quo and building change from the middle out. Objectively analyze your entire business to identify external threats as well as internal weaknesses—and solve for them. By killing your own company, you'll teach teams how to better pivot, deal with wildcards, and proactively embrace change

Killing Complexity

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 actu ...

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.

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FutureThink

FutureThink is the Lisa Bodell's award-winning management consulting firm.  Not only does it feature Lisa, but also workshops and accelerated learning sessions. FutureThink has already facilitated 25 this year as they help to continue the momentum and generate additional enthusiasm after Lisa’s talks. Participants learn practical tools they can implement with their teams.  Take a tour now..

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<p>Is Complexity Killing Your Organization’s Opportunities for Greater Success?</p>

Is Complexity Killing Your Organization’s Opportunities for Greater Success?

How deeply have you thought about the cost of complexity to your organization? It’s time for a pulse check. Do you believe you have an innovative culture but find teams have little time to focus on valuable, meaningful work –  trumped by meetings, emails, and reports? If yes, then you may be losing valuable employees and big business opportunities.

If this sounds familiar, then it’s time to admit that our true work culture is predicated on the work people do every day, not how our environment makes us feel, although that is a bonus. LISA BODELL, CEO of FutureThink and bestselling Author of Kill the Company and Why Simple Wins, helps organizations get to the root of their complexity, so that employees can simplify and get back to focusing on meaningful, value-based work, that drives business outcomes!

<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 benefited 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.

<p>Lisa Bodell, Forbes contributor</p>

Lisa Bodell, Forbes contributor

Lisa is obsessed with simplification as a work and life hack. As founder and CEO of FutureThink in NYC, she's helped people at Google, Novartis and Accenture kill complexity and create space for innovation. When not delivering a keynote or TedX talk somewhere in the world, Bodell is writing books (Kill the Company and Why Simple Wins) or reading them. A board adviser for the Association of Professional Futurists and council member of the World Economic Forum, Lisa is also a carpooling mom of two. She has taught innovation and creativity at both American and Fordham Universities, and the North Pole is on her bucket list because it’s where every time zone converges.  Catch up on her latest thoughts.

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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 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