February 2015 | Nano Tools | Innovation
Nano Tools for Leaders® are fast, effective leadership tools that you can learn and start using in less than 15 minutes — with the potential to significantly impact your success as a leader and the engagement and productivity of the people you lead.
Contributor: Yoram (Jerry) Wind, PhD, The Lauder Professor, Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School
Continuously refresh your thinking and that of your organization by using three methods for challenging your mental models.
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” — Albert Einstein
Part One of this Nano Tool shared three approaches that individual leaders and their teams can use to stay competitive by challenging their mental models. From “zooming in and out” to learning from winners and losers and visualizing the future, these powerful techniques work to disrupt conventional thinking, question the status quo, and encourage creativity.
The next three approaches are designed to work at the organizational level to help businesses stay ahead in today’s dynamic environment. They challenge the inertia and complacency that can inhibit competitive advantage and hold businesses back.
Challenging mental models on an organizational level requires substantial effort. It involves large numbers of people and benefits from ongoing work, both of which demand coordination and oversight. Like investors who maintain diverse portfolios of stocks to minimize risk, businesses should develop a portfolio of approaches to maximize their chance of developing new ways of thinking about business challenges and opportunities.
Nano Tools for Leaders® was conceived and developed by Deb Giffen, MCC, Director of Innovative Learning Solutions at Wharton Executive Education. It is jointly sponsored by Wharton Executive Education and Wharton’s Center for Leadership and Change Management, Wharton Professor of Management Michael Useem, Director. Nano Tools’ Academic Director is John Paul MacDuffie, Wharton Professor of Management, and Director of the Program on Vehicle and Mobility Innovation (PVMI) at Wharton’s Mack Institute for Innovation Management.
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