Founder of Orgdesign Works
Core expertise:
  • Organization design

  • Agile working

  • Team & leadership development

  • Future of work, new work

JODIE'S KeyNote:
Leadership Upside Down

How to lead in a world of less hierarchy, flatter organizations, and shared accountability. Today’s leaders are expected to deliver results and demonstrate outstanding behavioral competencies including inspiring others, influencing diverse stakeholders, and driving change. We are facing increasingly rapid disruption in the business world. We need to be fast, agile, and innovative. We need to reduce bureaucracy, empower employees, and collaborate with more stakeholders.

Organizations in the future will be flatter.


Employees will have more accountability. Information will be more readily available to all. There are likely to be fewer leadership positions on the organization chart: perhaps the role of leader as we know it today will no longer exist! What does this mean for you as a leader? What skills and competencies will you need to be effective? How will your career progress?

Jodie’s talk offers inspiration and practical methods to transition to a new way of working.



Jodie Goulden is the Founder of Orgdesign Works, Board Member of the Organisation Design Institute and Organization Design Forum, and Faculty for European Organisation Design Forum. As a Consultant, Jodie helps senior leaders to reduce bureaucracy and hierarchy by designing better ways of working. She loves, lives, and breathes big companies, and believes that corporations can be a force for good.


During a global HR and communications career in multinational companies, she lived and worked in Shanghai, London, Singapore, Hong Kong, Perth, and Toronto. She has led international teams in corporate, strategic, and operational HR management roles. Her adventurous career is matched by her personal life; she has completed countless wilderness expeditions … to Mt Everest base camp, sea kayaking in Alaska, and horse trekking in Mongolia.

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For our Global Annual Meeting, where we presented our new strategy, we wanted to invite an external expert who could inspire us about agile leadership. Jodie delivered a speech for our closing session called Leadership Upside Down. It was not just her deep knowledge of organizations and her international leadership experience that impressed us, but also she was able to inspire us with her passion for the topic. The energy she brought to the room was noticeable during the lively discussion that followed the talk. I think we all left the room with a few ideas that we will put into practice.

Mike Kosub, Vice President Business Development Vileda Professional at Freudenberg Home and Cleaning Solutions GmbH

What an inspiring event with Jodie Goulden, TEDx speaker coach and HR Executive, who shared with us how to turn Leadership Upside Down to achieve the best in teams with mindfulness and shared responsibilities.

Natalia Betancourt,  Senior Innovation Manager at HENSOLDT Ventures

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