HBSASC Radical Adaptability: Competing in the New World of Work, Thu 2/10/22, 4pm PST

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Thursday, February 10, 2022
4:00pm— 5:00pm
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Date:  Thu Feb 10, 2022

Time:  4pm PST - 5pm PST

Location:  Online (Zoom link will be provided by HBSASC to registrants after registration)

Cost:  Paid Members of The Wharton Club of Southern California, $0; Non-Members of WhartonSoCal and their guests $10; General Public $20


Register on WhartonSoCal and purchase a ticket below at the bottom of this page.  To purchase the book, you must purchase it separately on the HBSASC website.  See instructions below.


The Harvard Business School Alumni Association of Southern California invites members and non-members of The Wharton Club of Southern California to join them for this exciting virtual event.

Instead of going back to work, shouldn’t we go forward? The pandemic forced organizations and teams to adapt to new, often better, ways of operating. So why not skip “returning to normal” and redesign work based on what we learned in crisis?

Now we can. Based on 2,000 interviews with top CEOs and business leaders during the pandemic, Keith Ferrazzi (HBS MBA '92) and Kian Gohar (HBS MBA '05) provide the blueprint for what we need now to capitalize on all we’ve learned during the pandemic so we can stay competitive in the future.

In COMPETING IN THE NEW WORLD OF WORK: How Radical Adaptability Separates the Best from the Rest, Ferrazzi and co-authors Kian Gohar and Noel Weyrich discuss how to futureproof leaders, teams, and organizations against tomorrow’s inevitable shocks.  They name the mindset we most need now: “radical adaptability,” an essential set of skills that includes collaboration, agility, and foresight.

Anyone can develop radical adaptability by following the book’s overarching framework and actionable advice including how to:

  • “Co-elevate” team interdependence so everyone is committed to each other’s success;
  • Make strategic decisions inclusive so everyone feels a part of them;
  • “Team out” and reach beyond team boundaries to co-create solutions with outsiders;
  • Achieve extraordinary goals by leading through agile sprints; 
  • Share accountability for team resilience and diagnose stressors with empathy, energy-level check-ins and “candor breaks”; 
  • Develop active foresight to help teams “see around corners”; 
  • Zoom Out to the future, and reinvent your business model by experimenting with exponential technologies;
  • Design the optimal workforce using 6 Decision Dials to determine if tasks should be done remotely or in person, and by whom. 

“The coming years of recovery and renewal offer a historic opportunity to remake our organizations and our futures, but only if we accept this as an inflection point for true re-invention,” write the authors.

Competing in the New World of Work offers a bold new vision for the future of organizations and their leaders, inspiring them to be digital, distributed, inclusive, resilient, empathic, and winning. 



Date: Thursday, February 10, 2022
: 4:00pm - 5:00 pm PT
Location:  Zoom Webinar: Information to be sent to Registrants after RSVP
Cost:  FREE for WhartonSoCal Paid Members; $10 Non-Members of WhartonSoCal and their guests, $20 General Public
Optional Book:  $27.54 includes shipping and tax (purchase on HBSASC website here and use Promo Code RADICAL1:  PURCHASE OPTIONAL BOOK)



Keith Ferrazzi (HBS MBA '92)
Chairman of Ferrazzi Greenlight and The Greenlight Research Institute

Keith Ferrazzi is Chairman of Ferrazzi Greenlight and The Greenlight Research Institute, where he works to identify behaviors that block global organizations from reaching their goals and to transform them by coaching new behaviors that increase growth and shareholder value. Formerly he was the CMO of Deloitte and Starwood Hotels.

He spreads ideas with enduring influence as the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Who’s Got Your Back and Never Eat Alone, and as a frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Fortune and many other leading publications. He has distilled 20 years of experience from the C-Suite to founding his own companies into practices and solutions he brings to every engagement. You can find more about Keith Ferrazzi at: keithferrazzi.com.

Kian Gohar (HBS MBA '05)
Executive Coach, Public Speaker

Kian Gohar inspires the world's leading organizations to harness innovation and moonshots to solve complex problems. A former executive director of the XPRIZE Foundation and Singularity University, Kian has coached the leadership teams of dozens of Fortune 500 companies. He is a sought-after public speaker on innovation, and has been featured on CNBC, NPR and Axios. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, the London School of Economics, and Harvard Business School.



COMPETING IN THE NEW WORLD OF WORK: How Radical Adaptability Separates the Best from the Rest (February 15, 2022; Harvard Business Review Press)

"Every new era opens with its crystallizing crisis. World War II accelerated aviation by twenty years, sparking the jet age that transformed travel. The pandemic accelerated the transformation of work. Ferrazzi has written the bible on the fluid adaptability that organizations now need to survive and thrive." — Scott Cook, cofounder, Intuit

"Ferrazzi and his team have delivered a timely and powerful guide to help readers navigate and thrive in this unprecedented period of opportunity." — Tami Erwin, CEO, Verizon Business

"Competing in the New World of Work provides compelling, research-based methods for how to make your organization radically adaptable to a future that's coming at you faster than you think." — Jack Canfield, founder, Transformational Leadership Council; coauthor, The Success Principles

"A new world and new way of working are here. Ferrazzi, Gohar, and Weyrich deliver an excellent blueprint for success that we, as leaders across industries, will find beneficial as we continue to manage change in an ever-evolving, agile world." — CeCe Morken, CEO, Headspace Inc.

"Competing in the New World of Work coaches you on how to collaborate, retain talent, see around corners, and thrive in an age of disruption. Don't go back to the old rules of work—read this book and go forward!" — Peter H. Diamandis, founder and Executive Chairman, XPRIZE and Singularity University; New York Times bestselling author, Abundance, Bold, and The Future Is Faster Than You Think

"Unsurprisingly, Ferrazzi has done it again! His new book teaches you how to develop the leadership competencies necessary to help you and your team 'radically adapt' for this new post-pandemic, hybrid world." — Mindy Grossman, President and CEO, WW International

"In a turbulent world, you have three options. You can resist change and become obsolete, react to change and struggle to survive, or anticipate change and adapt in advance. This is a hands-on guide for choosing the third path." — Adam Grant, #1 New York Times bestselling author, Think Again; host, TED podcast WorkLife with Adam Grant



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