Lisa Bodell

Global Innovation Expert | Award-Winning Author

Lisa Bodell is a global leader on culture and behaviour change. As the founder and CEO of the skill-building firm FutureThink, Bodell has transformed hundreds of thousands of employees from Fortune 500 companies by showing them how to eliminate the complexity that holds them back and get to the work that matters. As a keynote, she empowers audiences with the tools and techniques they need for accelerating change, driving growth, and solving problems creatively.

Bodell delivers her message to nearly 100,000 people each year, transforming teams within Google, Pfizer, Lockheed Martin, and more. She is also bestselling author of Kill the Company: End the Status Quo, Start an Innovation Revolution, which won the 2014 Axiom Best Business Book Award and was voted Best Business Book by USA Book News and Booz & Co. Her newest book is Why Simple Wins: Escape the Complexity Trap and Get to Work That Matters.

A globally recognized innovation leader and futurist, Bodell has been featured in a variet of media including Fast Company, WIRED, The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, The Huffington Post, and CNN. Bodell has also served on the advisory boards of the NSA, the Association of Professional Futurists, Novartis’ Diversity and Inclusion Board. She is currently an acting member of the Global Agenda Council for the World Economic Forum.

In 2019, Bodell was named the “Most Inspirational Woman in Communications Strategy and Execution” and “Most Innovative Business Workshop Training Facilitator” by Acquisitions International. She also received the silver medal from the North American Book Awards in 2018, and FutureThink was named the “Most Innovative Management Consulting Firm” by CV Magazine.


Killing Complexity: Create a Culture of Simplification and Get to the 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 research and themes from her latest book, Why Simple Wins, 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. 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.

Key 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.

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

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.

Using engaging interactivity, real-world examples, and practical advice, Lisa Bodell explains how teams can actually do less to achieve more. Leaders learn why providing guardrails to their teams instead of handcuffs can re-ignite critical aptitudes such as curiosity, inquiry, creative problem-solving, and more.

Key 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.