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Webinar: Cultivating Creative Leadership

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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