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September 25, 2013

Mtg: Building an Organization that Fosters Creativity and Innovation

by @ 4:56 pm. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Communications, Computers/Software, Engineering Mgmt
 

THURSDAY November 7, 2013
SCV Technology Management  Chapter
Speaker: Kimberley Wiefling, President, Wiefling Consulting
Time: Networking at 6:00 PM; Forum at 6:30 PM; Dinner at 7:00 PM; Presentation at 7:30 PM
Cost: $11 for IEEE members, $14 for non-members
Place: Ramada Silicon Valley, 1217 Wildwood Ave, Sunnyvale
RSVP: from website
Web: www.ieee-scv-tmc.org

Many companies that were successful 100 years ago no longer exist.  Trapped by their own success, they gradually learn to reduce risk, avoid mistakes and failure at all costs, and consequently squelch or kill innovation and creativity.  This makes them vulnerable to global competition from new or more aggressive companies with less to lose.  Oddly enough, the most successful companies are the most vulnerable, as their very success can lead to an inability to recognize and adjust to shifts in the environment.  This phenomenon has been described in detail in books like Clayton Christensenâ??s â??The Innovatorâ??s Dilemmaâ? and Jim Collinâ??s â??How the Mighty Fallâ?.
This presentation will explore the biggest barriers to breakthroughs in an organization, and practical ways to promote risk taking, thinking differently, and sparking innovative thinking in their organizations.  Real-world examples of successful and unsuccessful innovators from a number of different industries will be examined and analyzed.
Highlights
What is Creativity?
Relationship of Creativity to Innovation
Barriers to Creativity and Innovation
Building Environments that Foster Creativity and Innovation

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