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Hacking the Human System featuring Bob Gower: A beginner's guide to org change

  • Jun 10, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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HACKING THE HUMAN SYSTEM: A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO ORG CHANGE: Change is hard, and sustainable organizational change often seems nearly impossible. And yet in these times of rapidly shifting technology, and chaotic markets, the ability to change is a core skill every organization needs. 

While change efforts can improve the lives of the people, and become a key competitive advantage, they can easily devolve into methodology wars, and cynicism about the "change program of the month." The difference between the two can usually be traced back to our thinking about how change occurs, and therefore what we try to change, and how we try to change it. A better understanding can help us focus our efforts where it really matters and achieve better results. 

In this talk Bob draws on his years of experience with lean, agile, and organizational change, as well as recent findings in neuroscience, psychology, and complexity, to build a set of first principals of organizational change. He'll help you map these principals to some of the best change methodologies out there, so you can see where you are, map where you're going, and define your next steps with confidence. 

About the Speaker: Bob Gower is an author and consultant who is passionate about creating more responsive organizations. 

Bob spent more than 15 years leading creative teams, as design director at the SF Examiner, and helping to build early digital presences for MSNBC, Elance, Newsweek, and several other properties.

After receiving an MBA in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School, Bob managed products for Silicon Valley startups, including MaestroConference and Genius Inc. And then worked for several years as an agile coach at Rally Software, where he helped Ford, Travelers, SunTrust, and many other companies, apply agile and lean principles at scale. 

Bob recently joined Undercurrent (, an innovative consultancy in New York and LA, that believes organizations need a new operating system to thrive in current markets. 

Bob is the author of the bestselling book "Agile Business: A Leader’s Guide to Harnessing Complexity," and publishes regularly on and at, where he writes on leadership, new technologies, agile, lean, complexity, and more. 

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  • Dana P.

    Thank you everyone who attended last night. Feel free to share the recording with your friends who couldn't make it:

    1 · June 11, 2014

  • Dana P.

    will get both uploaded shortly, stay tuned!

    1 · June 11, 2014

  • Matt N.

    I'm looking forward to the deck as well -- I would like to check out the promised reading list!

    1 · June 11, 2014

  • Sally D.

    This was a great a meet-up! I'm looking forward to the deck and recording being posted so that I can share it with our leadership team.

    2 · June 11, 2014

  • Aaron

    Hi Dana, Is there any chance I can get another ticket for Bob's talk tonight? Thank you very much in advance!

    1 · June 10, 2014

    • Dana P.

      Look forward to seeing you tonight, Aaron.

      June 10, 2014

    • Aaron

      Thanks Dana! See you tonight!

      June 10, 2014

  • Holly S.

    Oops, I didn't RSVP in time. Any chance I could still come?

    1 · June 9, 2014

    • Dana P.

      Holly, Thank you for your interest! Yes, please come I am sure we will find a space for you too :)

      1 · June 9, 2014

  • Anne M.

    Mr. Gower wrote a book, Agile Business - A Leader’s Guide to Harnessing Complexity, see and he mentioned The Undercurrent!

    May 12, 2014

    • Adam B.

      Hey Anne! Thanks for sharing. We are excited to have Bob come and speak at Rakuten Marketing. Look forward to seeing you there!

      May 12, 2014

    • Anne M.

      rats, I'll be out of town it turns out. any chance of slides/video?

      June 5, 2014

  • Dana P.

    Hello everyone! Look forward to meeting all of you next week! We will be on the 9th floor, please join us there.

    1 · June 3, 2014

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