IBM has published another outstanding Global CEO Study. Besides the elegant presentation of the results, who participated and how it was conducted gives it a special significance. Between September 2009 and January 2010, the
IBM Global CEO Study collected the perspectives across
these dimensions of business difference:
***1541 CEOs, general managers, and senior public sector
leaders were interviewed face-to-face
*** different sizes of organizations
*** from 60 countries
*** representing 33 industries
In 2010, the conversations identified a new primary challenge: COMPLEXITY.CEOs described it this way: "They operate in a world that is substantially more volatile, uncertain, and complex." They also identified that incremental changes are no longer sufficient as the world continues to be operating in fundamentally different ways.
One of the key findings in the IBM Global CEO Study stood out. CEOs, general managers, and senior public sector leaders identified creativity as the single most important leadership quality for organizations forging a path through the complexity of today's marketplace, workplace, and community.
KEY QUESTION to consider...
Are all CEOs, general managers, and senior public sector leaders prepared to connect with, listen to, and welcome new thinking and new ideas from the CREATIVE LEADERS and INNOVATORS in their organizations?
What 2000+ Leaders Told Us About Their Roadblocks to CREATIVITY
Last year, futurist Joel A. Barker and I worked with over 2000 leaders and innovators from all over the United States and over ten countries when the economy went south in a series of online dialogues, INNOVATING in HARD TIMES. We asked leaders and innovators what their greatest challenge was in introducing their new thinking and new ideas within their organizations and with their customers?
Their responses was striking:
23% said breaking thru the noise of information overload was increasingly difficult
84% named resistance to change in all its forms
(e.g., invested in status quo, cynicism to anything new and different, willingness to
listen, knowledge, know-how, and confidence to deal with these realities.)
In response to this need, in 2010, Joel and I developed a professional development webinar called Tactics of Innovation: How to Get Buy-In for New Ideas. Our goal has been to help leaders and innovators change this dynamic by better understanding resistance, its advantages, and to arm leaders with time-tested tools to engage sponsors and others in their innovative ideas. Interestingly, with each class we've held, participants report that the "resistance to change" challenges have been on the rise during the economic recovery. Our last two sessions, showed a 10% + increase with over 94% reporting noise and resistance to change as roadblocks to introducing innovative new thinking and ideas.
CLOSING THE GAP
Why do smart people say No! to your CREATIVE IDEAS?
A global study and a webinar that broaden your perspective and put new tools in your hands to answer this question.
** TACTICS OF INNOVATION WEBINAR **
How to Get Buy-In for NEW IDEAS
Thursday, September 16 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET (New York)
A 30-minute informal group exchange follows
Learn more and register...
Joel Barker and Debbe Kennedy, executive instructors
** Check out IBM's Global CEO Study ** Three reasons: 1) It provides a global view senior leaders perspectives across sectors. 2) It will convince you how much we have to learn from one another's perspectives across disciplines, industries, and sectors. 3) It asks compelling questions of us about leading creatively and provides insights about what it means. Learn more and get your own copy.
Warm wishes to all who stop by...
Debbe Kennedyfounder, president, and CEO
Global Dialogue Center and Leadership Solutions Companies
Twitter: @debbekennedy @onlinedialogues
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