Workshop and Interactive Training Topics

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. Yet all too often, leaders fail to plan for, recognize, or respond to obvious dangers, from the personal to the organizational to the political to the global level: financial crisis, industry disruptions, failing infrastructure, the aging of the workforce, climate change and more. The most successful organizations are the ones that identify and confront Gray Rhino threats instead of letting themselves be trampled. This workshop lays out a framework for recognizing and prioritizing Gray Rhinos and the pitfalls and opportunities at each of their five stages, from denial to action –not just to avoid highly obvious dangers, but to see opportunities where others do not. Working with trade organizations or individual companies, we can do a deep dive on a particular gray rhino your group has already identified and help you to pinpoint the sticking points and opportunities. Or we can help you to identify and prioritize the gray rhino issues your group has identified. Each workshop is a hybrid of training –teaching your team to apply the methodology– and consulting –applying our expertise to help you work through your gray rhino issues.

BEYOND KICKING THE CAN: HOW TO STOP MUDDLING AND INNOVATE
So you know what your organization’s biggest problem is. So why isn’t it fixed? Kicking the can down the road is human nature — so much so that we often take for granted that problems will persist. But the longer we let a problem go on, the more we lose in opportunity cost and the harder the problem becomes to fix. Learn from an expert on why organizations, individuals and policy makers don’t immediately deal with obvious dangers, how to get out of your own way, and how to turn a crisis into opportunity. In this work drawing on real-world examples, you will:
* Find out why the most obvious problems often get the least attention – at high cost.
* Understand how to take off your blinders to obvious but neglected problems
* Learn the reasons why decision makers muddle and how to counter them
* Get inspiration from stories of business and policy leaders who overcame the urge to muddle
* Recognize when it’s time to recognize a problem is unsolvable
* Learn to turn frustration into innovation