Vanishing Point

Chris Gros

Chris Gros is a Senior Associate and a high-performing leader with successful, progressive, and diverse experience developing cohesive teams and leading complex engagements. Chris holds an MA in Literature from Northwestern University and a BA in History from the Virginia Military Institute. He spent 20 years in the Marine Corps where he served multiple tours in Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.

Recent Posts

Take Care of Your People if You Want Your Organization to Thrive

Posted by Chris Gros

March 29, 2017 at 7:57 AM

Let me paint a scenario of contradictions. Most of us know that the leading cause of death in America is heart disease, caused by obesity, stress, and other factors related to a sedentary lifestyle.[1] Yet we are sitting, working longer hours than ever before. ‘Progressive’ companies are exploring ways to build and scale cultures that free people from the tethers of a traditional office-based environment. Yet we are connected 24-hours a day, seven days a week, enabling us to work anytime, anywhere – and we do. We have watches that measure every step we take, access to healthcare through a video chat on our phones, and applications that can count every calorie we eat. Yet when it comes to health, the United States is in a downward spiral.

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Why Kindergarteners Always Win the Marshmallow Challenge

Posted by Chris Gros

December 7, 2016 at 11:20 AM

During Toffler Associates training courses, we (like many other organizations) use a simple team-building exercise called The Marshmallow Challenge. Here’s how it works: the large group is broken down into teams of about five people. Each team must build the tallest free-standing structure possible out of 20 sticks of spaghetti, one yard of tape, one yard of string, and one marshmallow. The marshmallow must end up on top. Each team has 18 minutes to get it done. The tallest structure wins.

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What is the Right Education for the Emerging Global Workforce?

Posted by Chris Gros

October 5, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Standardized educational models in the United States have always reflected our current society and its workforce needs. So why is the majority of our school-aged demographic still engaged in a Second Wave style institution if we now live in a more global, fluid world?

 

In the early days of our country, the educational model consisted of a one-room schoolhouse that focused on teaching basic skills and ensuring students were done in time to help their families work in the fields and at home. In the 1800’s, the educational model evolved slightly to meet the needs of the Industrial Age. And since then, little has changed. This factory model of education, complete with bells that ring to indicate “shift” change, is still the predominant model for our public education system.

 

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How to Combat Threat with a Risk-Informed Cultural Mindset

Posted by Chris Gros

June 2, 2016 at 9:30 AM

The world is rapidly changing, and the threats to business and government are changing with it. This is particularly true for the threats to physical and information security systems in our companies and government agencies. To mitigate threats today and tomorrow, we need to change how we think about and address security. That means moving away from “standard” security compliance approaches to adopt an advanced risk-informed type of compliance that requires risk-informed mindsets and risk-informed organizational cultures. 

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