Kill the Company, Start an Innovation Revolution

Looking to unleash an innovation revolution inside your company? On this week’s episode of “The Innovation Engine” podcast, we’ll look at why the era we’re living in calls for radical new ways of running a business, why you should regularly kill the processes or habits that make the least sense, and why haters can actually be one of your company’s most valuable resources.

Our guest this week is Lisa Bodell, CEO of futurethink and award-winning author. At futurethink, Lisa has helped thousands of senior leaders ignite innovation at organizations like the New York Stock Exchange, Pfizer, Google, Lockheed Martin, and many others. She is an inspiring speaker who brings her message to nearly 100,000 people in more than 30 countries each year, and she was recently awarded the Top 5 Speaker Award by She is also the author of the best-selling book Kill the Company: End the Status Quo, Start an Innovation Revolution, which won the 2014 Axiom Best Business Book Award and was voted Best Business Book by USA Book News and Booz & Co.

Lisa serves as a member of the Global Agenda Council for the World Economic Forum, an adviser on the boards of the Association of Professional Futurists, and Novartis’ Diversity and Inclusion Board in Basel, Switzerland. She has also taught courses on innovation at American University and Fordham Universities. Some of her notable television appearances have been for NPR and Fox News and for publications like the New York Times, WIRED, and Fast Company.

Here are some of the highlights from this episode of the podcast with Lisa Bodell:

  • We discuss Lisa’s award-winning book Kill the Company, in which she talks about the 3 different types of organizational behavior and why a negative culture is actually healthier than a complacent culture
  • We talk about why it’s important to ask “How can the competition beat us?” rather than “How can we beat the competition?”
  • Lisa shares a few practices that she uses with her corporate clients, including “Kill a Stupid Rule” and “Assumption Reversal”
  • We ask Lisa about one striking question out of the 10 Disruptive Questions for Instant Innovation that she penned in an article written for Forbes sometime back.
  • Lisa answers a question: What role (if at all any) is played by “the charismatic leader” in bringing about innovation revolutions?
  • She explains the term “the conceptual age,” which she wrote about for CNN, and explains 5 work skills that are imperative for workers in the conceptual age


Interested in hearing more? Tune in to the full episode of “The Innovation Engine” podcast via the SoundCloud embed below.



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Will Sherlin

Will Sherlin

Senior Manager of Digital Marketing

Will Sherlin is the Senior Manager of Digital Marketing at 3Pillar Global. He oversees the 3Pillar website and other web properties, hosts 3Pillar’s ‘Innovation Engine’ podcast, and manages 3Pillar’s social media accounts. Prior to its acquisition by 3Pillar, Will was an Account Manager at PointAbout, a DC-based mobile app boutique that specialized in developing iPhone and iPad apps. He holds a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina.

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