Internationally recognized consultant, author of Thinking in New Boxes
About Alan Iny
Alan Iny is a Partner & Director and the Global Leader for Creativity and Scenarios at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). He is a member of BCG’s Corporate Finance & Strategy practice management team and has worked with clients across industries in the areas of innovation, transformation, uncertainty, and resilience.
Alan Iny is the author of Thinking in New Boxes: A New Paradigm for Business Creativity, a book that Publishers Weekly called “a must-read for anyone in a leadership position who dares to look at the world in new ways.” Based on years of experience with one of the world’s leading consulting firms and filled with fascinating case studies, the book gives readers actionable tools and allows CEOs, managers, entrepreneurs, and small business owners to think more creatively about the future.
Alan Iny speaks around the world about how to bring fresh thinking to daily challenges, how to think more expansively about the future, and how to build an uncertainty advantage in challenging times. He has trained thousands of executives, run ideation weeks for a leading beauty retailer, led creative workshops for numerous banks, pharmaceutical companies, and other industries, and led dozens of scenario exercises across sectors. Iny has worked on projects for the World Economic Forum and the United Nations as well as domestic and international governments.
His writing has also appeared in various academic journals, including Strategy & Leadership and Technological Forecasting and Social Change.
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Thinking in New Boxes: A New Approach to Creativity
Everyday conference rooms and virtual whiteboards across the globe are being filled with ideas and colorful notes—but to what effect? In this talk, based on his acclaimed book, Thinking in New Boxes, Alan Iny helps audiences challenge existing mental models and bring fresh thinking to daily challenges.
Strategy in Times of Uncertainty
Leaders have always been tasked with navigating uncertainty, but in recent years the uncertainty in question seems bigger than ever—what has changed? As Alan Iny outlines in his riveting keynote, the landscape for potential impacts is becoming increasingly complex as environmental, geopolitical, and cyber risks intertwine with economic, competitive, and technological risks. Iny introduces his audiences to a broad set of tools to build a robust “Uncertainty Advantage”—an advantage that helps organizations prosper by being better prepared than the competition for whatever lies ahead.
Thinking More Expansively about the Future
Planning processes are often biased toward an expected future. Game-changing moves are forgone or delayed and the chance to build a competitive advantage not seized. With decades-long experience in corporate strategy and scenario-building, Alan Iny talks to audiences about ideating toward the future and developing resilience through preparedness. Using a broad range of tools, Iny leads companies through exercises and concepts in this highly interactive session.
Praise for Alan Iny
I am leaving the company now but I wanted to give you a quick call to tell you that the hour you spent with us 5 years ago was one of the most powerful and meaningful sessions that come to mind when I look back on my 10 years here. Thank you.— Senior Executive
People were super inspired after your session (even if it was the tough afternoon one!) and many let me know in the subsequent days of our gathering how much they enjoyed it, found it really helpful and tangible for things I can apply every day in my work!— Attendee
I wanted to share that the feedback from the team was very positive on Alan’s “Reimagination” session yesterday. It was a very engaging 90 minutes (especially impressive that he did the presentation virtually, from the road) and did set the stage for creative and limitless thinking. Thanks for making it part of the program—we appreciated his time and insights.— Managing Director, U.S. Bank
Praise for Thinking in New Boxes
An imaginative, proactive, and creative approach to problem solving that prospects for new ideas rather than trying to predict the future.— Booklist
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