I’m hosting a series of fireside chats with people who have insightful ideas and actionable suggestions about how we navigate this unprecedented crisis. Do join us!
About me: I’m a faculty member at Columbia Business School. My work is at the intersection of strategy and innovation, and I’m honored to be in the top ten of the Thinkers50 global management ranking. My most recent book is Seeing Around Corners: How To Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen. I work with companies to help them create a point of view about the future and think more strategically. For details, visit RitaMcGrath.com
You can find a playlist with links to past Friday Fireside chats here.
October 23, 2020 2pm Eastern (NOTE TIME is 2pm)
Guest: John Mackey, Founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market and Co-Author of the best-selling book “Conscious Capitalism”
Topic: His new book “Conscious Leadership,” how he nearly got fired from his CEO role at Whole Foods and whatever else he’d like to chat about.
October 27, 2020, 4pm Eastern (NOTE: Not usual time and not even a Friday, but totally worth it!)
Guests: Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas, both of Stanford, and Co-Authors of the forthcoming book “Humor, Seriously”
Topic: Why humor should be part of your strategic repertoire, how to find the style of humor that works for you and because it sounded like a lot of fun!
October 30, 2020 11:00 am Eastern
Guest: Erich Joachimsthaler, CEO and Founder of Vivaldi and author of the new book “The Interaction Field”
Topic: His new book and why thinking in terms of interactions changes our ideas about strategy.
November 6, 2020 11:00 am Eastern
Guest: Clive Thompson, Journalist and author, “Coders: Who They Are, What They Think and How They Are Changing Our World”
Topic: His new book, technology, politics, science and how all of these mix together
November 13, 2020 10:30 Eastern (note change from normal time)
Guest: Safi Bahcall, author of “Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas that Win Wars, Cure Diseases and Transform Industries”
Topic: His book, but also his perspective as a former biotech CEO and physicist on the current state of affairs
November 20, 2020 9:00 am Eastern
Guest: Gisbert Ruehl, CEO, Kloeckner & Co
Topic: Digital transformation, cultural transformation and thriving through the current crisis