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19 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Michele Wucker. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Michele Wucker, often where they are interviewed.

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Michele Wucker The Gray Rhino

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Why do leaders and decision-makers keep failing to address obvious dangers before they spiral out of control?

A "gray rhino" is a highly probable, high impact yet neglected threat: kin to both the elephant in the room and the improbable and unforeseeable black swan. Gray rhinos are not random surprises but occur after a series of warnings and visible evidence. 

Michele Wucker coined the term "gray rhino" to draw attention to the obvious risks that are neglected despite – indeed, often because of- their size and likelihood. The metaphor has moved markets, shaped financial policies, and made headlines around the world. Michele’s recent TED Talk has attracted more than two million views. She is the author of three books, most recently the international bestseller, THE GRAY RHINO: How to Recognize and Act on the Obvious Dangers We Ignore, which China’s leadership has used to frame and communicate its crackdown on financial risk. A former media and think tank executive, Michele is the founder of the Chicago-based strategy firm Gray Rhino & Company. She speaks regularly around the world on risk management, macro strategy, and decision-making, and is quoted often in leading media. She has been recognized as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a Guggenheim Fellow, among other honors. 

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Jul 24 2020 · 1hr 2mins
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Episode 1 - Michele Wucker

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Opening the series was Chicago-based strategist Michele Wucker, author of the international bestseller THE GRAY RHINO: How to Recognize and Act on the Obvious Dangers We Ignore. Her recent Washington Post article, “No, the coronavirus pandemic wasn’t an ‘unforeseen problem’“ challenges the idea that the virus and related market meltdown are “black swan” events that “nobody saw coming.” We re-recorded this episode on May 18th.
Jun 02 2020 · 58mins

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Black Swans, Gray Rhinos, and Tigers..Oh My with Michele Wucker

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The financial world seems to have a fascination with zoomorphism – the attribution of animal names, emotions, or intentions to non- animal occurrences like market shocks. Black Swans are the famous one, but there’s also been White Moose and Gray Rhino added to the lexicon. This episode we sit down with the creator of the Gray Rhino risk metaphor, Michele Wucker, author of Gray Rhino. In today’s episode we’re talking about what a gray rhino is (and why it’s spelled with an ‘A’), assigning probabilities to risk, what constitutes a gray rhino event, why we’re so bad at preparing for a known risk before it happens, studying actual rhinos in Africa, was/is Coronavirus a gray rhino event, a Chinese obsession with the book, cultural reactions to these events and tips for those aspiring to write a book of their own.

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May 28 2020 · 1hr 14mins
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How to Confront Gray Rhinos: Interview with Michele Wucker - Ep#60

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On this episode of the Strategy & Leadership Podcast we're joined by Michele Wucker, CEO of Gray Rhino & Company and best selling author of The Gray Rhino. Michele has defined a gray rhino as a problem large and obvious staring you down, pointed right at you, and probably about to trample you.

With a range of different experiences in financial journalism, media management, think tank management and policy writing, Michele certainly brings a unique and valuable perspective to the podcast.

Some of the topics Michele explained in our discussion include:
-Why do people ignore glaringly obvious, large problems?
-Challenges when people organize into groups
-When incentives can hurt us

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May 12 2020 · 32mins

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Airmic Talks ... Michele Wucker and Gray Rhinos

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In episode six Richard Cutcher and Airmic's Deputy CEO Julia Graham are joined by Michele Wucker, a speaker, strategist and author who‘s 2016 book – The Gray Rhino: How to Recognize and Act on the Obvious Dangers We Ignore – has sold over 300,000 copies.

Michele discusses the theory behind Gray Rhinos and whether the pandemic should be seen as such an event.

For more information Michele and her work: https://www.wucker.com/writing/the-gray-rhino/

Michele Wucker coined the term “gray rhino” to draw attention to the obvious risks that are neglected despite – and often because of- their size and likelihood. The timely metaphor has moved markets, shaped financial policies, and made headlines around the world. Michele’s 2019 TED Talk has more than two million views. She is the author of three books including the international bestseller THE GRAY RHINO: How to Recognize and Act on the Obvious Dangers We Ignore. Drawing on three decades of experience in financial media and think tank management, turnarounds, and economic policy analysis, Michele is founder of the Chicago-based strategy firm Gray Rhino & Company.

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May 10 2020 · 24mins
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Michele Wucker - Author of The Gray Rhino

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May 7, 2020 - Michele Wucker, author of the best-selling book, The Gray Rhino, discusses the importance of identifying and preparing for obvious risks that we tend to ignore. Michele's book informs China's five-year plans and has even been spotted on Xi Jinping's bookshelf. Board members need to know more about how to find opportunity in spotting Gray Rhinos and Michele takes us through that process.

May 07 2020 · 31mins
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The Pandemic as a Gray Rhino Event, With Michele Wucker, 25 March 2020

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Sami J. Karam speaks to best-selling author Michele Wucker about her 2016 book The Gray Rhino and how its method and lessons apply to the coronavirus pandemic.

Topics include:

0:00 Introduction of Michele Wucker
1:05 When will we be able to travel to Asia or Europe again?
3:10 Explaining the concept and examples of Gray Rhino events
9:00 Various reactions to the spread of the pandemic
15:50 Was the virus predictable?
19:20 Why should we have been readier for the virus when it is so rare?
22:00 Why we ignore what is "over there". Did it start "over there" or over here?
25:35 How could we have prepared for the pandemic?
31:00 The current catch-22: deaths by virus vs. deaths of despair
44:10 Stages of a Gray Rhino event applied to the pandemic
50:10 What other Gray Rhino events do you worry about? A triad of Gray Rhinos
55:45 How alarmists help avert deep crises
59:40 Conclusion
Mar 26 2020 · 1hr 1min
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108: How to Recognize and Act on the Obvious Dangers We Ignore, With Michele Wucker

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A "Gray Rhino" is an obvious danger that we tend to ignore, similar in concept to the analogy of a "white elephant" or a "black swan". It's charging at us, and we can see it, but for some reason we completely ignore it. Why is it that so many leaders and decision-makers fall into the trap of failing to address these obvious dangers before they cause unintended harm? What can we do to take action next time a Gray Rhino is evident in our personal or professional lives?

In this episode, we meet Michele Wucker, who is a Speaker, Strategist, and Bestselling Author of THE GRAY RHINO 🦏

Some of my favorite quotes from Michele Wucker (paraphrased):

"A Gray Rhino is a clear and present danger in business and life."

"What's your personal Gray Rhino?"

"The Gray Rhino phenomenon is manifested in 5 stages: Denial, Muddling, Diagnosing, Panic, and Action."

The best way to reach Michele Wucker online:

Website: https://www.thegrayrhino.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wucker


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Feb 07 2020 · 28mins
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Speech Analysis - Why we ignore obvious problems — and how to act on them | Michele Wucker

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In this episode of speech analysis, we go over a TED Talk called, "Why we ignore obvious problems - and how to act on them", by Michele Wucker. 

Jul 09 2019 · 27mins
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Chapstick, nothingburgers, bad high school papers & Gray Rhinos w/ Michele Wucker

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That the first anniversary of Frank Spring & Elie Jacobs shoving off and taking ship coincides with Groundhog Day makes perfect sense. Dumbest Timeline America is - if nothing else - the same idiocy repeating itself day in and day out. The crew touches on the infamous Nunes memo or how a smart friend referred to it a "failed high school term paper", the State of the Union and Harold Gowdy.

But far more importantly, to celebrate this august occasion, Michele Wucker, the author of The Gray Rhino, comes aboard the good ship "___'s Revenge" to discuss her work and threatening colorful animals.

You don't want to miss this one.
Feb 02 2018 · 55mins