the Power of Human Ingenuity
Every day the game changes because somebody, somewhere, is
inventing the next new thing. People are naturally clever and
adaptive but our need for order and control can shut down any
human ingenuity. There is a way to
have it both ways. You can have order and you can have
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Harnessing the Power of Human Ingenuity
Content Summary: Harnessing the Power of Human Ingenuity
Steve Wille at
IT Symposium, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
About this keynote presentation
People and process
are the two basic building blocks of management leadership. The
trouble is, you can have happy people doing a great job, and
still go out of business because the world keeps changing.
Careers and organizations come to an abrupt end when traditional
skills no longer matter. There is a third discipline that is
very different from the first two. Human ingenuity adapts to a
changing world and invents the next new thing. Without ingenuity
every organization, and every career, is in a death spiral of
diminishing returns. How do you build an environment where human
ingenuity flourishes, and still maintain the world of quality
process and human dignity? The answer is to do all three well.
In this presentation, each of the three
and human ingenuity, are explored and validated through historical
studies. There is a standard academic body of knowledge
supporting the people and process disciplines. This is traced
forward from the early twentieth century when scientific
management delivered gains in productivity that lifted the wages
and standard of living for people at all levels of society. The
Hawthorne studies are used to demonstrate the shift of
management studies into the human relations era. Through these
studies researchers learned that there was a great deal more to
productivity than finding the one best way to do each task.
People could mysteriously become more or less productive
regardless of the physical conditions. The ingenuity discipline
in our model traces its history back to Edward Lorenzís
explanation of the butterfly effect which brought in the era of
complexity theory, also known as chaos science.
Our proposal is to master all three disciplines, so you can
think in three dimensions and act strategically in any
Respect, feedback, and team engagement are explored from the
three perspectives of process, people, and ingenuity. Each
perspective takes the leader in a different direction and the
art of successful project management is to do all three, even
when they appear to be in conflict. We will offer specific
techniques for doing all three in any situation.
This material will work both as a keynote talk and as
a breakout workshop. Steve Wille is an experienced conference speaker, as
well as a workshop facilitator.
"You have an
absolutely unique view and approach to the dilemmas of
leadership called Colorful Leadership. I will tell you
that in 12 years of featuring a broad array of leaders, I have
never come across anything remotely like your approach."
Linda Hatcher, Editor,
Read the recent
interview with Leadership Guide Magazine
Colorful Leaders take a disciplined look at situations from
three perspectives, one at a time, and then act appropriately
based on the complete picture. It is based on the additive
color process that makes every color television work. Red,
green, and blue lights combine to create white light, and a full spectrum of
colors, forming a beautiful high definition image.
Wille, author of Colorful Leadership, is a senior
applications manager at a large insurance company with U.S.
headquarters in Colorado. He has over 25 years experience in
corporate information technology management. His article on
Constructive Conflict has been published internationally.
Steve is a PMP (Project Management Professional) and has
developed multiple large information technology systems from the
ground up. Steve's MBA degree is from Regis University in
Denver, and his BSBA degree is from the University of Denver.