Creating Great Choices to Enable #FutureOfWork by @JenniferRiel #JobsOfFuture #Podcast

August 20, 2018


In this podcast Jennifer Harris (@JenniferRiel) sat with Vishal (@Vishaltx from @AnalyticsWeek) to discuss her book “Creating Great Choices: A Leader’s Guide to Integrative Thinking”. She sheds light on the importance of integrating thinking in generating long lasting solutions. She shared some of the innovative ways business could get to creative problem solving that prevent bias and isolation and brings diversity in the opinion. Jennifer also spoke about the challenges that tribalism brings to the quality of decision making. This conversation and her book is great for anyone looking to create a futureproof organization that takes measured decision for effective outcome.

2:00 Jennifer’s journey.
4:28 Jennifer’s current role.
5:10 What is Martin Prosperity Institute.
7:06 Inspiration behind Martin Prosperity Institute.
8:58 Tribalism impacting the future of work.
11:41 Story behind Creating Great Choices.
15:23 The incubation cycle of writing a book.
19:17 Aha moment while writing Creating Great Choices.
20:33 Realizations while investigating integrated thinking.
25:07 Ingredients of a good choice in the management sphere.
26:33 Defining a great decision.
29:21 Examples of integretive solutions.
35:30 Personal examples of integrated thinking.
37:36 Importance of story telling.
39:41 Designing thinking in relation to integrated thinking.
43:04 Industries that can absorb the integrated thinking model.
47:11 Getting a consensus in a distributed workforce.
48:59 Perceptions on the future of work.
52:27 Cases where integrated thinking fails.
54:00 Ideal audience for Creating Great Choices.
56:40 Future prospects of Creating Great Choices.
57:38 Jennifer’s success mantra.
59:22 Jennifer’s favorite reads.
1:01:32 Closing remarks.

Her Book Link:
Creating Great Choices: A Leader’s Guide to Integrative Thinking by Jennifer Riel (Author), Roger L. Martin (Author)

Jennifer’s Recommended Read:
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and Tony Tanner
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt
Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success by Adam M. Grant Ph.D.

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Here is Jennifer’s Bio:
Jennifer Riel is an adjunct professor at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, specializing in creative problem solving. Her focus is on helping everyone, from undergraduate students to business executives, to create better choices, more of the time.

Jennifer is the co-author of Creating Great Choices: A Leader’s Guide to Integrative Thinking (with Roger L. Martin, former Dean of the Rotman School of Management). Based on a decade of teaching and practice with integrative thinking, the book lays out a practical methodology for tackling our most vexing business problems. Using illustrations from organizations like LEGO, Vanguard and Unilever, The book shows how individuals can leverage the tension of opposing ideas to create a third, better way forward.

An award-winning teacher, Jennifer leads training on integrative thinking, strategy and innovation at organizations of all types, from small non-profits to some of the largest companies in the world.

About #Podcast:
#JobsOfFuture podcast is a conversation starter to bring leaders, influencers and lead practitioners to come on show and discuss their journey in creating the work, worker and workplace of the future.

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