Science and the arts are often portrayed as polar opposites: scientists methodically pursue facts and truth while artists soar over the landscape of everyday detail to imagine and design what’s possible. In today’s age of specialization, it’s been engrained in many of us that we must choose between the two seemingly incompatible worlds. But according to Bran Ferren, such a stilted school of thought is stunting our growth – as individuals, as leaders, as businesses and as a competitive global economy. To create for the ages, we must combine art and engineering. Join Bran, Chief Creative officer of Applied Minds and former president of R&D of Walt Disney Imagineering, as he speaks with unique authority on creativity and innovation in enterprises – how to get it to happen and how to organize it. (57 minutes)
Our world is changing faster than our ability to adapt. Ambushed by speed, complexity, and uncertainty, many of us are unprepared for this acceleration. We act on autopilot as new challenges confront us. We are too reactive to problems and miss out on opportunities. We face uncertainty with fear and mistrust. Stress and burnout are pervasive as many of us do not perform up to our potential. Organizations are not adapting well either. Seventy percent of change efforts fail. Slow execution, unrealized growth, unhealthy cultures, and obsession with short-term results undermine long-term success. Inside communities, there is more tension, diminishing trust in our institutions, and a growing inability to solve our most complex social problems. The primary culprit for these maladies is our lack of awareness. In this age of acceleration, we need a fresh approach to living and leading. Come hear Bob Rosen, founder of Healthy Companies International, share the importance of being conscious and the powerful practices to get there. As Bob says, “why not be the one with your head lights on while others are driving in the darkness?”
According to MIT, only one-in-3.4 million will ever survive a plane crash that results in a fatality. The odds of surviving two of those crashes is one-in-11 quadrillion and 560 trillion – roughly 120,000 times the global population. Austin Hatch defied those odds. But even after experiencing two tragedies that claimed five family members and brought on a two-month-long coma, Austin describes his third chance at life as a blessing, dedicating himself to help others deal with hardship – no matter how big or small. Come hear Austin, a former U-M student and athlete, share his extremely emotional story and convey his perspective on how to persevere in the midst of adversity.
Mirror, mirror on the wall. Am I worthy of this all? Ever wonder whether you really belong in that important meeting? Or feel that you still don’t know “enough” compared to others around you? You aren’t alone in the battle against the psychological phenomenon known as the “imposter syndrome.” Come hear Wall Street Journal career columnist Joann S. Lublin give an inspiring talk about two female CEOs who confronted such fears and thrived, and how we can too. They’re among 52 high-level executive women interviewed for her popular leadership book, “Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World.”