Overcoming Our Immunity to Change

November 8, 2013
Hosted by Olivia Parr-Rud

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According to Harvard professors and founders of Minds at Work, Robert Kegan & Lisa Lahey, human capability will be a decisive success factor for companies in coming years. Yet despite costly organizational efforts to build human capacity (e.g., personal-development programs, leadership trainings), these efforts seldom engender long-term change. After decades of research, they have determined that these efforts are ineffective because leaders often ask people to make changes that go beyond their current level of mental complexity. The solution is to understand change as more than just something to ‘deal with’ or ‘cope with’ – skills that are inadequate for accomplishing long-term, adaptive change. Fortunately, Kegan & Lahey offer a process called ‘Immunity Mapping’ that unveils our blocks to change and provides insights into the steps necessary for long term, adaptive change. This week’s guest is renowned 'immunity' expert David Zeitler. Join us as we explore our Immunity to Change.

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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