Was the Brexit vote a highly improbable black swan or an obvious gray rhino?
Author: Michele Wucker
Can we train ourselves to stop ignoring the obvious dangers we face? Click to listen: Michele Wucker Explains How We Can Avoid The Gray Rhino
I sat down with Reuters Breakingviews US Editor Jeffrey Goldfarb for a conversation on The Exchange about why it’s more important to look for gray rhinos than black swans and how to keep from getting trampled. The interview aired June 23, 2016. Click here to view the video.
Gray Rhino & Company Founder and CEO Michele Wucker chatted about THE GRAY RHINO with Steve Sanders on WGN TV’s Midday Fix June 6, 2017. The conversation covered a range of gray rhinos, from Chicago’s finances to the 2008 financial crisis to climate change to the things we ignore in our personal lives. Watch by clicking on the image below:
By definition, nobody does anything about the elephant in the room, just standing there. Also by definition, black swans–those “rare bird” unpredictable, random or unforeseen events that have extreme consequences–occur outside of our ability to anticipate them, despite the emergence of a cottage industry of self-styled black swan spotters. Now meet the gray rhino: a highly probable, high impact threat that is neglected or outright ignored despite–or sometimes because of–its size. Far easier to spot than the black swan, faster moving and more dangerous than the elephant in the room, gray rhinos are the biggest problems facing companies. Some people…
C-Span2 BookTV broadcast this conversation about The Gray Rhino with author Michele Wucker and Global Environment Fund CEO Jeff Leonard at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies Foreign Policy Institute April 13, 2016, in Washington, DC. Watch the video using this link.
Gray Rhino & Company Founder and CEO Michele Wucker talked about THE GRAY RHINO with the team over at Inc. Uncensored, hosted by Jim Ledbetter. Follow this link to listen to the podcast April 22, 2016.
I appeared on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight April 20th talking about THE GRAY RHINO and why the elephant in the room and the black swan needed a more dynamic companion: “I felt that the language need something much, much more active, something that gave us a choice, that recognized how hard it is to deal with something in spit of of – sometimes because it’s so big.” Watch the interview and read an excerpt HERE.
Gray Rhino & Company Founder Michele Wucker and Global Environment Fund CEO Jeff Leonard discuss “The Gray Rhino: A New Framework for Foreign Policy Risks” at the Johns Hopkins SAIS Foreign Policy Institute, April 12, 2016.
The Gray Rhino: How to Recognize and Act on the Obvious Dangers We Ignore is an Editor’s Choice at 1-800-CEO-READ. “Michele Wucker’s book is more than just a clever metaphor, though; It is a carefully crafted argument in favor of concerted action in the face of our biggest challenges and most obvious dangers,” writes Dylan Schleicher. “And it can do more for business leaders, policy makers, and individuals than helping them avoid catastrophe, because learning to embrace rather than ignore a looming threat can transform it into an opportunity. Not only can we avoid being trampled, we can learn to…