Ori Brafman

  • Leadership and Organizational Dynamics Expert

Imagine for a moment bringing a Burning Man “burner” and a four-star general together to collaborate and learn. Is that even possible? Would they be able to see beyond their differences and uncover each other’s value? Many would scoff at this idea.

Ori Brafman believes that this not only can happen but must happen in a post-truth world—and it doesn’t end with burners and generals. Ori holds that organizations also need to recognize the urgency of extreme inclusiveness with their teams, their partners, and their competition.

Brafman explores these ideas in his latest book, Radical Inclusion, co-authored with General Martin Dempsey and set for release in early 2018. He brings these ideas to the stage as a gregarious and highly improvisational speaker who engages his audience in a rollicking conversation to provoke creative thinking and generate strategic breakthroughs.

Brafman is the father of the distributed network business strategy. His seminal work, The Starfish and the Spider, is cited by the U.S. military as the foundation for a successful campaign to counter Al Qaeda, is considered the bible for the structure of the Tea Party, is the basis for Greenpeace’s online engagement strategy, was instrumental in the formation of Netflix’s culture, and was the cornerstone of Facebook’s user-acquisition strategy.

Brafman is the multiple New York Times best-selling author of The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations; Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior; Click: The Forces Behind How We Fully Engage with People, Work, and Everything We Do; and The Chaos Imperative: How Chance and Disruption Increase Innovation, Effectiveness, and Success.

The White House, the world’s largest organization for financial professionals, and the Chicago Bulls alike turn to Brafman when embarking on transformation campaigns to adjust to macroeconomic trends. He has advised all branches of the U.S. military, the Obama White House, Google, Microsoft, Cisco, NATO, and YPO, among others. His media appearances include the New York Times, the Washington Post, ABC News, BBC, National Public Radio, CNBC, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Fox News, C-SPAN, and AP Video.

Brafman is co-founder of the Fully Charged Institute, which combines his work with that of Tom Rath. The Institute focuses on leadership and well-being and helps organizations improve various aspects of performance and gain competitive advantage in an era of new business models. Brafman is a Distinguished Teaching Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, focusing on improvisational leadership, and a Senior Fellow at the Coach K Leadership & Ethics Center at Duke University.

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  • Speaking Topics:

    A.I., Business Motivational, Business Performance, Business Strategy, Change, Communication Skills, Creativity & Innovation, Disruption, Emcee, Entrepreneur, Executive Speaker, Future, Keynote, Leadership, Management, Military, Moderator/Discussion Leader, Overcoming Adversity, Peak Performance, Personal Growth, Psychology / Relationships, Teambuilding, Technology

  • Travels From:

    California

  • Price:

    $20,000 - $30,000

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Radical Inclusion: Bridging the Military-Civilian Divide

Myth of the Lone Genius

Millennials in the workplace

Starfish DNA

Imagine for a moment bringing a Burning Man “burner” and a four-star general together to collaborate and learn. Is that even possible? Would they be able to see beyond their differences and uncover each other’s value? Many would scoff at this idea.

Ori Brafman believes that this not only can happen but must happen in a post-truth world—and it doesn’t end with burners and generals. Ori holds that organizations also need to recognize the urgency of extreme inclusiveness with their teams, their partners, and their competition.

Brafman explores these ideas in his latest book, Radical Inclusion, co-authored with General Martin Dempsey and set for release in early 2018. He brings these ideas to the stage as a gregarious and highly improvisational speaker who engages his audience in a rollicking conversation to provoke creative thinking and generate strategic breakthroughs.

Brafman is the father of the distributed network business strategy. His seminal work, The Starfish and the Spider, is cited by the U.S. military as the foundation for a successful campaign to counter Al Qaeda, is considered the bible for the structure of the Tea Party, is the basis for Greenpeace’s online engagement strategy, was instrumental in the formation of Netflix’s culture, and was the cornerstone of Facebook’s user-acquisition strategy.

Brafman is the multiple New York Times best-selling author of The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations; Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior; Click: The Forces Behind How We Fully Engage with People, Work, and Everything We Do; and The Chaos Imperative: How Chance and Disruption Increase Innovation, Effectiveness, and Success.

The White House, the world’s largest organization for financial professionals, and the Chicago Bulls alike turn to Brafman when embarking on transformation campaigns to adjust to macroeconomic trends. He has advised all branches of the U.S. military, the Obama White House, Google, Microsoft, Cisco, NATO, and YPO, among others. His media appearances include the New York Times, the Washington Post, ABC News, BBC, National Public Radio, CNBC, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Fox News, C-SPAN, and AP Video.

Brafman is co-founder of the Fully Charged Institute, which combines his work with that of Tom Rath. The Institute focuses on leadership and well-being and helps organizations improve various aspects of performance and gain competitive advantage in an era of new business models. Brafman is a Distinguished Teaching Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, focusing on improvisational leadership, and a Senior Fellow at the Coach K Leadership & Ethics Center at Duke University.

Radical Inclusion: What the Post 9/11 World Should Have Taught Us About Leadership

Leaders today face challenges that have always existed but also ones that are new, dynamic, complex, and cannot be ignored. Brafman will examine today’s leadership environment, share experiences from the highest levels of government and business to illuminate the challenges faced, and propose leadership principles for addressing them. Audiences will walk away with not only a stronger understanding of the current and future environment but also the practical skills necessary to grapple with the implications of leading in our rapidly evolving world.

Decentralization and Starfish Principles

Learn from the father of distributed network theory how to leverage the power of decentralization to outmaneuver your competition. Based on his book The Starfish and The Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations and his subsequent decade of work with the U.S. military and other organizations, Brafman shares compelling examples of successful decentralization efforts across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors that you can use to ignite every member of your organization. Audiences leave with a greater understanding of how to unleash their full potential, and the potential of their teams and organizations, for innovation and action in a fast-paced environment.

Decision-Making and Irrational Behavior

Based upon the stories and research unveiled in Sway: The Irresistable Pull of Irrational Behavior, Brafman takes audiences through a fast-paced multimedia presentation to demonstrate how psychological forces drive irrational behavior. Through specific business examples and use cases, audiences will learn how to use these forces to their benefit to outsmart the competition. You’ll leave this talk with a set of new tools up your sleeve and will be less likely to make irrational decisions in the future.

Problem-Solving Workshops

Every one- and two-star general in the U.S. Army has taken Brafman’s “Agile and Adaptive Leadership” course, on which these workshops are based. Brafman focuses the group on solving specific problems surfaced by senior leaders. Participants leave with improved problem-solving ability, answers to their most pressing issue, and a network of allies in delivering the solution. This course can be customized to your organization.

18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

“Profound ideas . . . Ori Brafman is someone I would always take the time to listen to.”

President of the Association for Financial Professionals

"Ori is an exceptional thinker who has the unique ability to motivate people to envision their better selves. He is smart, witty, and someone who can imagine the future in a way people can relate to."

Chicago Bulls

"Everyone should have the chance to listen to Ori speak at least once in their life. He's one of the smartest, most knowledgeable, and most intellectually curious people I've ever met, and his ideas are changing the world as we know it."
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