Trained mathematician, former front man of a punk rock band, Pentagon policymaker, and nonfiction author who performs his book live. There’s no fitting Matt into any sort of box. Equal parts left-brained strategist and creative troubadour, Matt is the lead consultant you call when you want to change the way you see the world. When you want to zoom in to understand the details and then back out to discover a new way to put the puzzle together. The common theme of his approach? An unbending commitment to finding essential simplicity in the sometimes overwhelmingly complex.
For Matt, that simplicity is not just a buzzword; it's a lifestyle. Fueled by a need to do, say, and be more with less, Matt drinks his coffee black, keeps his emails short, loves his music live, and tries to listen more than he talks.
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a new road to survival
History’s greatest minds—Whitman, Da Vinci, Thoreau, Newton, Hemingway—sought a life filled with the essential, free from the noise of complexity. A life lived true to the most authentic version of themselves. A life of simplicity.
It’s a life that doesn’t seem entirely compatible with modern work, where we send and receive more than 16,000 emails a year, spend a third of our time in meetings, and where most organizations have 35 times more processes, committees, and decision-making forums than the average did in 1950. Add in the impact of globalization, technology, and ever-changing laws and regulations, and it’s clear: we’re drowning in complexity.
Pulling on his eclectic experience as a mathematician, Pentagon policymaker, and consultant, Matt reveals that finding simplicity isn’t about removing or improving process, but creating purpose. It’s not about the how, but the why. He shares stories from companies that have tried—and failed—to reduce complexity, explaining how it can take a massive toll on employee engagement, efficiency, productivity, and the bottom line. He’ll then give you the tools you need to create simplicity for yourself, be it for your organization or your life, so you’re more than ready to take your first step on the path to greater purpose.
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Our Bridge to the Future: How Storytelling Can Transform Your Organization
Technology, economics, politics, society: Every aspect of our world is changing faster than ever before. And from multinational conglomerates to small boutiques, more organizations are at risk for failure than any point in history. We—companies, teams, and human beings—must change too. We know this. It's why we launch innovation programs, design change initiatives, and roll out new strategies. We all want to build a bridge to the future.
The good news: We know that we need to accelerate our ability to change. The bad news: Most of us are doing it wrong. Why? We’ve lost sight of the one thing that has consistently enabled humans to achieve the impossible. The thing that empowered us to build world wonders, land man on the moon, cure devastating disease, and so much more. It’s not technology, money, strategy, or any other external resource. To change our world, we need to change the stories we tell ourselves—the stories that shape who we are.
In this keynote, Matt reveals the transformative power of story. Leveraging his experience as a published author and corporate storyteller, Matt explains how storytelling can be your bridge to a brighter future. Whether you’re an organization facing disruption, a team in conflict, or a person feeling lost in your career, Matt’s case studies and exercises will introduce you to the tools you need to write (and live) your new story.