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September 8, 2017 – Understanding & Preparing for a Future of Extreme Disruption

Bob Johansen

Bob Johansen

“Listening for the future is hard work. Leaders must learn how to listen through the noise of a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) world. But leaders can make a better future. We need not and should not passively accept any future as a given. Disciplined use of foresight can help leaders make better decisions today. There is short-term value in long-term thinking.”

Bob Johansen has been helping organizations around the world prepare for and shape the future for more than thirty years. The New Leadership Literacies is Bob’s eleventh book. He is a frequent keynote speaker for large groups and leads a wide range of workshops with rising-star leaders.

As a distinguished fellow at IFTF, Bob draws on his training in the social sciences and his extensive experience at the edges of multiple disciplines as he interacts with top leaders of business, government, and nonprofit organizations to encourage thoughtful consideration of the long-term future. His most recent book, the second edition of Leaders Make the Future: Ten New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain Age, has contributions from the Center for Creative Leadership. Connect Consulting Group named this book on change management and leadership as the best business book of 2012. Bob has done workshops based on his books at a wide range of corporations, including P&G, Kellogg’s, Disney, Intel, Walmart, Syngenta, Johnson & Johnson, UPS, McKinsey, General Mills, and McDonald’s. Major universities, nonprofits, and churches also use his books.

Born in Geneva, Illinois, Bob holds a BS from the University of Illinois, where he attended on a basketball scholarship and channeled his unrealistic desire to be a professional athlete. He received a PhD from Northwestern University, where he was introduced to the Internet (then called the ARPANet) as it was just coming to life. In addition, Bob has a divinity school degree from Crozer Theological Seminary, where he began his lifelong interest in world religions, ethics, and things spiritual. Bob was the president of the Institute for the Future for eight years and founded its program of research on emerging technology horizons.

Bob is married to Robin B. Johansen, an attorney practicing constitutional law. They have two children and three grandchildren.


The New Leadership Literacies
The New Leadership Literacies: Thriving in a Future of Extreme
Disruption and Distributed Everything

by Bob Johansen

October 13, 2017 – Driving Business Results with High-Impact Storytelling

Esther Choy

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Esther Choy is the President, CEO, and Chief Story Facilitator of Leadership Story Lab, a training and consulting firm dedicated to teaching classical storytelling to modern leaders.

She also lectures in Kellogg’s Executive Education Programs at Northwestern University, and the University of Zurich’s Department of Quantitative Business Administration.

Since 2010, Esther has coached thousands of executives, motivating their teams, facilitating change and wining customers through storytelling. To-date her investment-firm clients have raised over $5 billion in new assets under management.

In addition to being a nationally acclaimed expert in business storytelling and an AMACOM business book author, Esther is a self-proclaimed expert in having fun while doing serious things.

Ms. Choy lives in Chicago with her husband and two children.

Her favorite questions for everyone are:
    1–What’s your story?  2–How will you tell it?  3–Who will listen?


Let the Story Do the Work
Let the Story Do the Work:
The Art of Storytelling for Business Success

by Esther Choy






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