Speaking Engagements — Michele Wucker

Speech Summary

Contact us for more information on booking Michele for your next event, or call Stephanie Savage at 630‑563‑6454.

Gray Rhino Proofing Your Future:
A New Way to Think About Risk and Response

Gray Rhino events are highly probable, give clear warnings and have high impact. Unlike the unimaginable black swan or the unmentionable elephant in the room, gray rhinos give clear signals that many people recognize — and they offer a choice to respond or get trampled. Yet all too often, leaders fail to plan for, recognize or deal with these obvious dangers: financial crisis, market shifts, leadership succession, digital disruption, failing infrastructure, demographic shocks, climate change and more.

  • Why don’t businesses and governments do better at heading off highly obvious challenges?

  • Why are the most successful organizations the ones that identify and confront gray rhino threats?

  • What strategies can you use to manage the gray rhinos at your organization or in your industry?

  • What are the global gray rhinos you should be planning for now?

  • How can you harness your gray rhinos to catalyze innovation and turn challenge into opportunity?

Michele’s provocative talk lays out a framework for recognizing and prioritizing your gray rhinos, and can be customized for your industry or audience. She will leave you with fresh perspectives on the pitfalls and opportunities at the five stages of a gray rhino, from denial to action — not just to avoid highly obvious dangers but also to see opportunities where others do not.

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