Change is constant. Companies need to be agile enough to deal with quickly emerging trends and unexpected crises. That’s why Lisa Bodell, founder and CEO of the award-winning management consulting firm FutureThink, developed the thought experiment “Wildcards.” In this lesson, she teaches you how to lead your team in the exercise, which is designed to foster skillful pivoting rather than chaotic responses to change.
(light music) … - One of the skills that I talk about … that's really important for people to have is agility, … and to be quite frank, … I think that's an often overused word now, … but it's a good one. … Being able to be agile or to pivot or turn on a dime, … that's just kind of the nature of the beast now, … so how you teach people to be able to do that … in a way that can be really successful, right, … versus draining, like (sighing) another change, … another pivot, … and one of the techniques that we use is called wildcards. … It's very simple, and here's how it works. … You get people into small groups again, … and you give them a similar challenge. … So it could be how could we become … the most innovative company in the world in the next year, … and of course, you give them, let's say, … 10 minutes to start to ideate. … After about seven minutes of that time, … you stop them, and you say oh my gosh, I forgot something. … You actually don't have a year to achieve this. … Some changes have happened, …
This course includes videos from:
Stanley Allen McChrystal, retired United States Army general
Chris Fussell, chief growth officer at McChrystal Group
Brent Gleeson, decorated Navy SEAL combat veteran, consultant, speaker, and author
Scott Parazynski, US astronaut
Lisa Bodell, founder and CEO of FutureThink
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