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Today was the first day of our virtual summit on Embracing Uncertainty: How enterprises can thrive on continuous change. Business challenges come in a variety of shapes and sizes these days — uncertainty from the broader economy for industries that are particularly hard hit to those seeing increased demand for their products. This summit is all about sharing real-life examples of what it takes to quickly adapt when facing the unexpected. 

Clarizen CEO, Matt Zilli, kicked things off by sharing his own recent experience that required him to embrace uncertainty right after accepting his new position at Clarizen. Things quickly changed from when he accepted the position in February to when he started. What a difference a few weeks can make these days!

After taking the reins, Matt quickly reached out to hundreds of Clarizen customers to see how Clarizen could help them adapt to their new business environment. Their inspiring stories about how they are navigating uncertainty is what led to this summit — we couldn’t wait to share them with all of you. 

Matt’s session highlights that progressive organizations are navigating uncertainty by focusing on three main areas: 

  • Increasing productivity across their entire ecosystem to deliver results faster
  • Maintaining visibility across their organizations to make better and more timely decisions 
  • Building in adaptability in order to quickly change their operational focus and keep teams aligned

You can watch Matt’s keynote presentation here:

We also had a guest speaker, Brian Hopkins, VP Principal Analyst at Forrester, who shared his insights into what it takes to be an adaptive enterprise and how to come out stronger. He noted that the driver of business disruption has shifted — from technology in the 2010’s to uncertainty in the 2020’s. Global forces and systemic risks will cull out firms that cannot prepare for and adapt to uncertainty.

He presented Forrester’s adaptive enterprise model as a way for enterprises to be more future-fit. This model is centered on developing adaptive, resilient, and creative EQ strategies to become more customer-obsessed. If we follow his advice (and that of Niccolo Machiavelli), we’ll all make sure to never waste the opportunity offered by a good crisis. 

It’s not too late to join us! We have two more sessions, and many more leadership lessons to learn from McDonald’s, JLL, Root Inc., Siemens, Publicis Groupe, ADP, and Cisco Systems. Register to attend here. If you have questions you would like any of our presenters to address, please send us a message on Twitter to @clarizen with the hashtag #EmbraceUncertainty.

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