For an Infinitely Surprising World
What’s it all about? In a smashing return from “across the pond,” Margaret Heffernan joins us with a provocative look at the future based on her just-released book – Uncharted. Margaret challenges us to break our addiction to prediction, employing the counterintuitive thinking demonstrated in her other award–winning books and TedTalks (that now measure more than 11,000,000 views). There’s much at stake in HR and other institutions, and she will help us grasp the level of complexity we face, offering human solutions to that complexity. In the process, she calls into question our assumptions about efficiency, warning that too much efficiency undermines our ability to adapt and respond. And, that for all its value, technology should never be allowed to asset strip our collaborative and decision-making processes. History is her final target. The myriad ways we need to build for the long-term often go unattended as we overweight the short-term “predicted future” and lessons from the past. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but for all its chaos and challenges, no one argues that it isn’t one of the great cities of the world.
Why you’ll want to participate in this session.
- Re-visit the business and human resource platforms that overvalue efficiency at the expense of long-term, organizational stability and creative energy.
- Understand the limits of predictability and technology, and how you can enhance a workplace culture of experimentation and curiosity as an HR and business problem solver.
- Build alliances and relationships within and outside your organization as an antidote to algorithmic thinking, and understand how this business and personal broker role can be the sources for overcoming the limitations of predictability, efficiency, and technology.
Approved for SHRM Credit and HRCI Business Credit.