New Books by our Speakers Ori Brafman and Saïd Sayrafiezadeh

August 13, 2013

Going on sale today are The Chaos Imperative by Ori Brafman and Judah Pollack and Brief Encounters With The Enemy, a collection of short stories by Saïd Sayrafiezadeh.

The Chaos Imperative: How Chance and Disruption Increase Innovation, Effectiveness and Success, by renowned organizational expert Ori Brafman is filled with compelling stories and case studies showing how chaos can actually be beneficial: from the Black Death in the middle ages to the surprising ideas that arose out of unstructured “circle time” among US Army officers.  Left to its own devices, chaos can wreak havoc in an organization and in society at large, but by creating pockets of contained chaos, business leaders, nonprofit managers, and even school teachers can inspire creative leaps.

Brafman has worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies and the US Army. His lively lectures combine compelling stories with hands-on case studies and engage senior executive leaders across industries.

In Brief Encounter With The Enemy, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh conjures up a nameless American city and its unmoored denizens: a call-center employee jealous of the attention lavished on a co-worker newly returned from a foreign war; a history teacher dealing with a classroom of maliciously indifferent students; a grocery store janitor caught up in a romantic relationship with a kleptomaniac customer. These men’s struggles and fleeting triumphs—with women, with cruel bosses, with the morning commute—are transformed into storytelling that is both universally resonant and wonderfully strange.

Speaker Sayrafiezadeh’s appearances have an element of performance and his background in theater and play writing strengthen his ability to connect with his audience.