A highly probable, high-impact yet neglected threat”…. (that) occurs after a series of warnings and visible evidence.

Michele Wucker, Definition of a “Gray Rhino” from her book

As we face a range of urgent potential disasters – from North Korea, to Saudi Arabia, to climate change, to voting rights erosion and election hacking – it’s a great time to listen to Michele Wucker, global business strategy leader and author of Gray Rhino: How to Recognize and Act on the Obvious Dangers We Ignore.

Why do we miss potentially dangerous trends, “a series of warnings and visible evidence”? These could be a failing infrastructure, terrorist threats, a business competitor or trend, or a family crisis we were ignoring. How can we see these early enough to avert them?


in this enlightening conversation between Michele and Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson you’ll learn:

  • How to see past your blind spots.
  • How to pivot in time to avert disaster – and persuade others.
  • Decision-making structures that incentivize seeing more threats – and opportunities.
  • How to be the “Challenger-in-Chief” in your own world and invite opposite points of view.
  • How our short-term focused society puts us at risk for missing huge threats.

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