Humans owe their success on the planet to one skill above all others: No, it’s not intelligence (although that helps.) It’s our ability to adapt. Uniquely, humans have learned to thrive at altitude, in frozen wastelands, even underwater and in outer space. So why is it so hard to get your organization to adapt to a new IT system? Or to pivot to a new business opportunity? Why do institutions ranging from schools to Fortune 500 companies find that as they get big, they also get stuck doing things the same old way? In this presentation, offered as a prepared keynote (or a moderated conversation tailored to your interests and questions) Shankar Vedantam explains how the “hidden brain” shapes our capacity for change, and how to overcome common mistakes leaders and managers make as they implement their vision.