Enterprises are being brutally disrupted by new technologies improving at an exponential pace. These technologies will fundamentally change how firms work. The traditional pyramid organization is too slow, too expensive and too inflexible. Leaders who fail to adapt will find themselves outmatched by competitors who do. They will also face aggressively funded startups that are not hampered by legacy technologies, assets and business models.
With employee tenures growing shorter, developing people is also becoming more difficult. When organizations evolve more slowly than the pace needed by its people to remain competitive in the labor market, they will lose their best people.
The good news is that radical – and practical – strategies can turn these threats into great new opportunities for innovation and value creation.
Sample keynote topics
- What boards can do to confront and exploit technology disruption
- The relentless logic of industry disruption – how and why
- Rethinking corporate innovation and venturing
- How private equity firms can thrive amidst technology disruption
Frode L. Odegard, Founder & CEO
Frode is a thought leader in disruptive innovation and organizational design. He led LSI’s decade-long effort of reinventing Lean for modern knowledge work, resulting in the Lean Systems Framework™. The methodology has been used in larger organizations such as Lockheed, Honeywell and Schibsted as well as in smaller firms across many industries. For this contribution Frode was made a Fellow of the Lean Systems Society.
Frode’s second major contribution goes beyond Lean Thinking to the heart of the dramatic disruption from exponential technologies that we see today. Researching 12,000 years of human organizations, he concluded that we are transitioning to a post-industrial civilization and economy. This means that a fundamentally different set of ideas and principles must now be used as we innovate, develop organizations, design jobs and pursue careers. The result of this work is Post-Lean Thinking — management science for the post-industrial transition.
Frode has more than 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur and trusted advisor to high-tech executives. Before founding LSI in 2004, Frode was the CEO and founder of Ødegård Labs, Inc. in 1991, a software engineering research and consulting firm. In 1996 he founded Ødegård Media, an early online content developer. While attending high school, Frode in 1986 founded his first company, M2CS, a startup building next-generation tools for embedded software development.
Originally from Norway, Frode immigrated to California in 1990. His biggest passions aside from work are philosophy, history, mathematics, historical linguistics and Aikido. He resides in Silicon Valley, but spends much of his time traveling overseas. He is always looking for another dojo to visit.