About Lisa Bodell
A globally recognized innovation leader and futurist, Lisa founded futurethink in 2003 to provide a simple approach to the otherwise complicated topic of innovation. Working with leading brands such as Starwood, Merck, and Bosch, futurethink has become the largest source of innovation research, tools, and training curricula in the world. She is the author of the provocative culture-change book, Kill the Company: End the Status Quo, Start an Innovation Revolution, which was named one of the Best Business Books of 2012 by booz&co.
After earning her business degree from the University of Michigan, Lisa launched her career at Leo Burnett in Chicago, where she discovered a gift for uniting strategically driven ideas with forward-thinking themes. She went on to build two successful businesses before moving to New York and focusing solely on the innovation space with futurethink.
With time-management skills that border on an art form, Lisa currently serves as an adviser on the boards of the Institute of Direct Marketing in London; the Association of Professional Futurists; the Institute for Triple Helix Innovation; and Novartis’ Diversity and Inclusion Board in Basel, Switzerland. Among her many academic activities, Lisa is a finalist judge at Idea Crossing’s Innovation Challenge held at University of Virginia, and has taught innovation and creativity at both American University and Fordham Universities.
A respected thought-leader on innovation topics, Lisa has appeared on FOX News, and in publications such as Fast Company, Forbes, Crain’s, Business Week, The New York Times, WIRED, Investor’s Business Daily, Harvard Business Review, and The Futurist. In addition to Kill the Company, Lisa co-wrote Success Simplified (Insight, 2011), a collection of result-driven strategies for business and life.
In her own life, she’s known for solving word scrambles, brain teasers, and logic puzzles with the speed of an Olympian. She can whip up five-course gourmet meals, though she’s yet to master a perfectly grilled burger. After traveling through more than 40 countries, Lisa has set her sights on visiting the North Pole so she can stand in every time zone—simultaneously.
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 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:
1. Everyone is a change agent.
2. Change involves a toolkit, not a process.
3. 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 Rule, Killer 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!
Little BIGS®: How Small Changes Create BIG Impact
Dismiss the notion that innovation requires large corporate overhauls and change initiatives. Extensive and expensive initiatives rarely work and tend to exhaust—not inspire—employees. To get people to approach change differently, we must change our approach. Instead of top-down mandates, it’s the small things—the “Little BIGS”—that ignite powerful behavior change.
The Chocolate-on-the-Pillow approach—“Little BIGS”—uses action-based tactics. When individuals and teams start leading by example, they create opportunities for people to witness and embrace positive behaviors and change firsthand. Using examples of small changes with huge ripple effects, this keynote walks participants through the bite-sized approach to revolution.
Lisa inspires audiences through real-life examples, such as the large financial services organization that created a new breed of employee and helped reset the corporate culture. Little BIGS will come to life through concepts like Kill a Stupid Rule; Outside In; Do the Unexpected; Empowerment Rules; and Get Out.
Participants will take away tangible and actionable steps to shake up their organization’s standard practices—from unproductive meetings to go-nowhere strategic planning—and result in a powerful boost to innovation. They will gain understanding of the Little BIGS that will reinvent their own organization; awaken their ability to think; and ultimately, to reinvent the future.
“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.”
– Meredith Cherwony, Marketing Manager of Think Events, Google
“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.”
– Camille Mirshokrai, Global Managing Director, Accenture
“Lisa is one of the most outstanding presenters I have ever seen. She passionately delivers well-articulated messages that engage the audience and encourage action on the part of the listener. Something tells me that many of her insights will become essential elements of our culture.”
– Duncan Niederauer, CEO, NYSE Euronext
“Lisa’s presentation included excellent examples and energizing exercises that brought innovation to life. She got us to look at our business with new eyes.”
– Joan P. Lawrence-Ross, Chief Learning Officer, AXA Equitable
“Lisa 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.”
– Mary Fennoglio, Managing Director, Citigroup Corporate Investment Bank