The Great Reassessment: What the Covid-19 Crisis Means for the World, Now and in the Future

Ben Hammersley, Futurist, Author, and Digital Thought Leader

Tuesday, November 17 | 12:00pm – 12:45pm EST

Regardless of when the pandemic ends, it cannot be understated how much it will have changed the world. From the way we’re now trying to continue our business operations to the social realization of who and what are truly essential and valuable, to how we will relate to each other in the future, 2020 will be seen as the year that every previously held assumption was thrown up into the air. The challenge is to understand how it might land, what we can control and what we will have to wait for, and how to position ourselves to recover and flourish in the future.

In this enlightening keynote, world-renowned futurist and thought leader Ben Hammersley will address the likely scenarios for a post-Corona world, the things we can do today and in the upcoming months to prepare for it, and the skills and knowledge we can start developing today to truly flourish.

From adapting to Cognitive Risk, to transitioning to a Distributed Organisation; from identifying second and third-order dependencies before they fail, to designing true resilience into our families and firms; from AI and VR and Telepresence robotics to the Death of Geography, the shifting power relationships in the workforce, and the failure of most modern mental frameworks, we’ll start the process of designing the future - the place we’ll be living the rest of our lives.

About the Speaker

Ben Hammersley has been called one of the most thought-provoking futurists of our time and has addressed audiences around the globe for over 10 years. He brings a practical, proactive approach to future technologies, inspiring and educating audiences and preparing them for the future while exploring the effects of the internet and the digital network on the world’s business, political and social spheres.

Over the past 20 years, he has been a technology journalist for the Times and the Guardian, a war reporter covering Afghanistan and Beirut, an author of 5 books, the presenter of a landmark BBC and Netflix television series, the Editor at Large of UK’s WIRED magazine, a consultant to the UK and US governments and the European Commission, the inventor of the word “podcast”, and a pilot, emergency medic, rescue diver, and ultra-runner.

As a sought after global speaker, Ben works for clients as diverse as Deutsche Telekom, Legal & General, Ernst & Young, Thyssen Krupp, Accenture, King, Imago Techmedia, Ericsson, DuPont, Adobe, BT, Hiscox, Mobile World Congress, Sanford Bernstein, Zeiss, AXA, Deloitte, Airbus, Pfizer, Langfang CITIC, Vodafone, AssetMark, KPMG, BlackRock, Kiewit, MTV, Rakuten, Virgin, European Commission, UK Prime Minister’s Office, United States DoD, Microsoft, Google and many more.


Executing in Uncertainty & Complexity

Chris McChesney, Global Practice Leader of Execution, FranklinCovey Co.

Wednesday, November 18 | 12:00pm – 12:45pm EST

People can only handle so much ambiguity. We are currently experiencing "ambiguity poisoning" in every aspect of life. But we can lower the ambiguity threshold by saying: "We know the one thing we are going to do right now." Executing strategic priorities is always about maintaining focus amidst distraction and complexity. More than ever, leaders need to clarify the one goal that their team should focus on, and avoid the complexity trap. Based on his best-selling book The 4 Disciplines of Execution, this keynote teaches simple but profound disciplines that can be applied the next day – but take a lifetime to master.

About the Speaker

Chris McChesney is the co-author of the best-selling book in the world on strategy execution. He is the Global Practice Leader of Execution for FranklinCovey Co. and one of the primary developers of The 4 Disciplines of Execution. For more than a decade, he has led FranklinCovey’s ongoing design and development of these principles, as well as the consulting organization that has achieved extraordinary growth in many countries around the globe and impacted hundreds of organizations.

Chris has personally led many of the most noted implementations of the 4 Disciplines, including the State of Georgia, Marriott® International, The Kroger® Co., The Coca-Cola Co.®, Comcast, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and Gaylord Entertainment. This practical experience has enabled him to test and refine the principles contained in The 4 Disciplines of Execution from the boardroom to the front line of these and many other organizations.

Chris’s career with FranklinCovey began by working directly with Dr. Stephen R. Covey and has continued for more than two decades to include roles as a consultant, managing director, and general manager within the organization. Chris launched the first 4 Disciplines of Execution Practice in FranklinCovey’s Southeast Region, and today has seen it expand around the globe. Throughout this period of significant growth and expansion, Chris has maintained a single focus: to help organizations get results through improved execution.