How to Think Like a Rocket Scientist

Rocket science represents the apex of a certain thought process—a way to imagine the unimaginable and solve the unsolvable. It’s the same thought process that enabled Neil Armstrong to take his giant leap for mankind, that allows spacecraft to travel millions of miles through outer space and land on a precise spot, and that brings us closer to colonizing other planets.

Today, thinking like a rocket scientist is a necessity. We all encounter complex and unfamiliar problems in our lives. Those who can tackle these problems—without clear guidelines and with the clock ticking—enjoy an extraordinary advantage.

Fortunately, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to think like one. In this keynote, Ozan Varol, a former rocket scientist, will reveal simple strategies from rocket science that you can use to make your own giant leaps. You’ll learn the ingredient behind every revolutionary innovation; what sets apart top performers when it comes to solving complex problems; how to reframe questions to generate better answers; how to incorporate moonshot thinking into your business without a large budget; and how businesses can adopt a rocket-science approach to learn from their mistakes and failures.

This session is based on Ozan’s forthcoming book, Think Like a Rocket Scientist, which is # 1 on Adam Grant’s list of top 20 books of 2020. The book was named a “must read” by Susan Cain, “endlessly fascinating” by Daniel Pink, and “bursting with practical insights” by Adam Grant.

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