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This year 2009 marks the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of his seminal work, “On The Origin Of The Species”. His theory is now associated with business as “Darwinian Economics”—which claims that organizations that are best able to adapt are the ones most likely to survive, particularly in a recessionary climate.
Many purchasers are so busy making decisions, analyzing problems and seeking answers that they pay no attention to simply observing. Darwin, on the other hand, spent much of his career observing. That is to use the power of observation. Observation leads to critical thinking and critical thinking leads to creativity and innovation.
A survey by the American Management Association had 500 CEOs answer the question, "What must one do to survive in the 21st century?" "Practice creativity and innovation" was the top answer across the board, but only 6 percent felt their organizations were doing a "great job" of it. This creativity deficit may be the single most dangerous gap in American business today. It leaves employees frustrated and disgruntled, and can easily send a Fortune 500 company into Chapter 11.
“Today, more than ever before, your ability to capture information and then leverage it to work smarter empowers you to produce cash for the bottom line …and create value for your companies. Mere ‘purchasing agents’ won’t survive this revolution …To survive it, let alone exploit it, you’ve got to be an agent of change, a master of intelligence,...” Volney Taylor, former Chairman and CEO, Dun & Bradstreet Corporation
This presentation will help you answer the following questions. How much time do you spend on the front-line observing your team or your suppliers rather than analyzing second or third-hand data? What are your powers of observation? Do you employ critical thinking or critical inquiry? Are you apt to investigate problems, ask questions, pose new answers that challenge the status quo, discover new information that can be used for good or ill, question “experts” and “best practices”, and challenge accepted norms? What is your organization's capacity for creativity, innovation and successful renewal?
This presentation focuses on how you can increase your understanding of:
The Power of Observation
Observation and Awareness
Interpretation, Brainstorming, and Hypothesizing
The Attitude of Critical Thinking
Creativity and Innovation
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