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Lisa  Bodell

Lisa Bodell

Founder & CEO of futurethink


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. Read More >

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. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Highlight Reel

Google Presentation: Kill the Company

Eliminating Complexity

Killing Complexity

PcMA Presentation: Create Space for Change & Innovation

Society for Human Resource Management: Thinking Has Become a Daring Act

Speech Topics

40 Ways to Reinvent Your Business

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

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: Read Less ^

  • 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. Read More >

Let these instances fuel success with 5 easy methods for fast change.

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  • 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.

Unleash Innovation

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

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. Read Less ^

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. Read More >

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

Killing Complexity

Learn the techniques to eradicate complexity and get back to meaningful work that drives innovative change. Read More >

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. Read Less ^

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 their thoughts. You’ll leave with unique techniques to engage a wider range of people and ignite the innovative ideas you need.

Stop Meeting & Start Collaborating

Top 3 ways to collaborate and make remote teams work. Read More >

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

Learn how to: Read Less ^

  • Normalize being virtual and get people engaged
  • Use provocative tools that get quick-wins
  • Avoid overload with a mini mindset