Overcoming Uncertainty in Our Evolving Business Landscape

September 13, 2013
Hosted by Olivia Parr-Rud

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Have you ever noticed how globalization, big data, and the constant introduction of new technologies are causing our business landscape to be less predictable? In fact, it feels like it’s constantly changing.. which makes everything more exciting… or stressful, depending on your tolerance for uncertainty. The good news is that there are models from science and nature that explain many of these current patterns. These models see our global economy as a highly interconnected, continually evolving, complex adaptive system… a system that, with the right approach and skill set, we can navigate with ease. Join me and my guest, Steven McHugh, as we discuss changes in the corporate landscape over the last 30 years. We’ll look how these changes create a need for new business structures, processes and leadership styles. We’ll get some tips for managing uncertainty from a place of power. And we’ll lay the groundwork for deeper dives into many of these topics in upcoming shows.

Quantum Business Insights with Olivia Parr-Rud

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In today’s fast-paced, high-tech, global economy, the business landscape is constantly changing. The confluence of big data, emerging technologies, and global connectivity puts unprecedented pressure on companies to become more innovative and agile. To maintain a competitive edge, companies must constantly adapt while continuing to identify and exploit new opportunities. Interestingly, new models are emerging from science and nature that offer a unique perspective – one that sees our global economy as a highly interconnected, continually evolving complex adaptive system. These models unveil powerful insights for optimizing our business strategies and processes. Each week on Quantum Business Insights, Olivia explores these concepts with thought leaders from around the globe. We look for ways to leverage their insights to ignite innovation, inspire our workforce, and create positive outcomes for our companies, our communities, and the planet.

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Olivia Parr-Rud

Olivia Parr-Rud

Olivia Parr-Rud is a renowned thought-leader, speaker, author, and consultant in the areas of business intelligence, innovative leadership, and organizational alignment. She is considered a pioneer in the integration of data science and holistic organizational practices that deliver success through the optimal blending of quantitative and qualitative methodologies and practices.

Her early research and innovative advancements in data mining and business intelligence led to the writing of her best-selling book, Data Mining Cookbook, Modeling for Acquisition, Risk and Customer Relationship Management (Wiley, 2001). Realizing the need for enhanced human competencies in fast-paced, high-tech organizations, she was inspired to conduct research in the areas the communication, collaboration, innovation, adaptability, and leadership. This led to the unveiling of links between the global economy, organizational dynamics and complexity science, highlighted in her second book, Business Intelligence Success Factors, Aligning for Success in a Global Economy (Wiley/SAS, 2009).

Olivia lectures and consults internationally in the areas of business intelligence, communication, innovation, and leadership. Her current research is focused on psychology, human capital, brain science, quantum physics, evolutionary biology, systems theory, and complexity science. She holds a BA in Mathematics and an MS in Statistics.

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