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Team Medicine Part 1

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TEAMS ARE THE NEW REALITY BOTH IN ORGANIZATIONS AND IN THE TREND TOWARDS COLLABORATIVE PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN ORGANIZATIONS Management is beginning to learn the power of teams and the buy-in they create. Breaking down silos, self-managing teams, working horizontally, and collaborative relationships are just some of the buzz words businesses are using. This trend is only going to get bigger. Generation Y, the largest generation since the Baby Boomers, grew up working in teams and being evaluated in school on their teamwork. As this generation moves into the workplace, teamwork provides a draw for them to join and a reason to stay in an organization. Learning to work together harmoniously in teams allows the four generations in the workplace to smooth out the rough edges caused by their differences and leverage each generation’s strengths along with individual strengths.

Teams can deliver innovative and powerful results, but many organizations are struggling to make this transition successfully. Many are not doing it well and have teams in name only. These “Un-teams” are toxic in an organization. They create a legacy of discord, resentment and disillusionment. Organizations aren’t the only ones struggling to create good teaming. Individuals also have to learn new ways of working. Employees who were used to being evaluated on performance now are also being assessed on their teamwork. Some are discovering that the skills used to achieve individual success are not always the same skills needed to work productively within a team.

Finding Opportunity in Any Market

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Today’s economy has presented both challenges and opportunity. Due to the rapid changing job market people are choosing new career paths, even self-employment as a means to “stay afloat”. Even in a time of great uncertainty, the market is full of opportunity—if you know where to look.

What you will learn:

  • How to find opportunity no matter what the job market looks like
  • How to “keep it together” when transitioning careers What tools and resources are available when transitioning
  • How to create a network of support

Cultivating Creative Leadership

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Cultivating Organization Creativity in an Age of Complexity With Susan J. Thomas, Ph.D., IBM Global Business Services, Organizational & People Consulting Practice and MSBCoach The new leadership differentiator is organizational creativity, but how does an organization identify and cultivate this capability? IBM conducted a global study of 40 creative leaders to explore this question our part of their Centennial Research projects.  Findings from IBM’s CEO study indicated that creativity was a key leadership characteristic necessary for success for the next decade; however, a CHRO study also by IBM, indicated that Chief Human Resource Officers didn’t know how to develop creative leaders and are seeking guidance.

In this webinar with MSBCoach and Susan J Thomas, We will explore how organizations can uncover, unlock, and unleash the creativity within their leaders. We will review short case studies and specific suggestions that leaders can use in their organization.

This webinar will answer the following three questions:

  • What are the key creative capabilities of an organization?
  • What are the catalysts of these creative capabilities in leaders?
  • How can these capabilities be scaled across the organization?

Susan J Thomas

Susan J. Thomas is Managing Consultant with IBM Business Consulting Services, Human Capital Solutions. She works with a variety of clients and companies to provide consulting services in the areas of skills competency analysis (which includes different types of questionnaires), certification test development and skills assessment, questionnaire development (both paper-based and Web-based), and training evaluation. She also assists clients with data-based decision making by helping them design question-naires and by performing statistical analysis and data mining to help them make recommendations and create action plans. Prior to joining the IBM Corporation, she was a measurement statistician and test development specialist with the Educational Testing Service. She was also an adjunct professor at Rider University, where she taught graduate courses in research methods (including questionnaire design), testing and measurement for teachers, basic statistics, and authentic assessment. Previously, she was a faculty member at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and Florida State University, where she taught courses in measurement, research design, and various areas of educational and developmental psychology. She has directed numerous funded research projects, has presented extensively at the annual meetings of the American Educational Research Association and the National Council for Measurement in Education, and has served as a Divisional Vice President of the American Educational Research Association. She has published several journal articles, as well as Evaluation Without Fear with coauthor Roger Kaufman, and Designing Surveys That Work!, a predecessor to the current book. She conducts workshops for teachers on topics related to assessment and has developed many training guides for these workshops. She did her undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire and received her Ph.D. from Purdue University.

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