Questions Are the Answer: Leveraging the Power of Inquiry in an Age of Digital Transformation
CFO Leadership Conference Luncheon Keynote Hal Gregersen, Executive Director, MIT Leadership Center

Hal Gregersen, Executive Director, MIT Leadership Center

When confronted with a problem, our typical response is to look for a pre-packaged solution. But in a world increasingly transformed by technology and riddled with uncertainty, we face problems that have no ready-made answer or past precedent. CEOs and other business leaders may think their role is to have all the answers, but in fact, says Hal Gregersen, they should be asking questions. In this presentation based on his book, “Questions Are the Answer: A Breakthrough Approach to Your Most Vexing Problems at Work and in Life” Gregersen outlines his “Question Burst” method, which is designed to transform companies into hotbeds of innovation by teaching leaders and employees to rediscover their powers of inquiry. Drawing upon his first-hand research on innovative companies and leaders at Amazon, Pixar, Tesla and more, Gregersen demonstrates how asking questions inevitably leads not only to solutions but to new and exciting transformative ideas.

Come hear Hal Gregersen’s luncheon keynote Questions Are The Answer at our 9th annual CFO Leadership Conference “Seven Pillars Of The Modern CFO” May 13-14th (Pillar #7 Leadership ~ Tuesday, May 14th @ 12:00pm).

About Hal Gregersen, Executive Director, MIT Leadership Center
Every company wants to be the next Amazon or Apple, the firm with a permanent spot in the news for its cutting-edge products and a name synonymous with innovation. But it takes a special set of qualities to get there, and Hal Gregersen has dedicated his career to finding out what kind of skills, corporate culture and set of practices produce innovative powerhouses. As executive director of the MIT Leadership Center, and Senior Lecturer in Leadership and Innovation at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, Gregersen has created a methodology by which corporate leaders can raise their companies’ levels of creative inquiry, unleash the potential of their employees, and make a meaningful impact on their industries and on the world.

Ranked one of the world’s 25 most influential management thinkers by Thinkers50 and winner of the 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award for leadership, Gregersen regularly delivers inspirational keynote speeches, motivational executive seminars and transformational coaching experiences. Along with ten books, Gregersen is the author of more than 50 articles, book chapters, and cases on leading innovation and change (with over 10,000 citations by other scholars). His research has been highlighted in global media such as BBC, CNN, The Economist, Fast Company, Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

To watch Hal Gregersen present at the recent SAP Executive Summit, click here.

“Today, CFOs are expected to have their finger on the ever changing pulse of their company. This requires an ability to quickly gain a precise objective understanding of what’s actually going on.  Gregersen’s “Questions are the Answer” keynote provides the tools for CFOs to accomplish this.”
~ John Gimpert, National Programming Chair, CFO Leadership Council

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2019 CFO Leadership Conference- CFO Week in Boston, MAAbout The CFO Leadership Conference “Seven Pillars Of The Modern CFO”
The CFO Leadership Council’s 9th annual national conference “Seven Pillars Of The Modern CFO” is being held May 13-14, 2019 in Boston’s Seaport District.  Dedicated to empowering CFOs, it will offer relevant and tangible tools for CFOs and senior financial executives to hone your leadership skills. Sessions include inspiring keynotes, and expert-led interactive workshops crafted to dig deep into key leadership areas within the Seven Pillars of the Modern CFO – (Pillars – Strategy & Innovation, Performance Measurement, Economics & Globalization, Data-Drive Decision Making, Technology, Disruption & Change, Executive Presence & Communication, and Leadership). Network and learn alongside 400+ of your peers across North America. NASBA Certified CPE Offered.  Reserve your seat today.

About The CFO Leadership Council
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