ILEA Austin April Education Meeting: Enhancing Creativity in a Disrupted World

When:  Apr 20, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM (CT)
Associated with  Austin, Texas Chapter

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ILEA member Registration: $15.00

Non-member Registration: $20.00

Optional Donation to ILEA Austin is much appreciated.

This is an online-only event for everyone. The Zoom meeting link will be sent out to you once you have registered for the event.

Is necessity the mother of invention? Can we get creative when our backs are against the wall? In this session, we’ll explore some key drivers of success when working amidst uncertainty. We’ll explore some tactics and tools that can help us to identify new paths forward amidst challenging situations. We’ll get our hands dirty, taking on a few challenging business issues, and in turn consider ways to better understand and approach problems. We will be examining questions such as:

How do we “think outside the box,” and what does that even mean?

How do we identify the most important problems to attack?

What are some common problem-solving errors that people make, and how can we be more systematic?

Why is brainstorming often a weak strategy, and what alternatives might be better?

Participants will walk away with several quick ideas that they can implement, starting this afternoon!

Gaylen Paulson, Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin - McCombs School of Business:

Dr. Gaylen Paulson is Associate Dean and Director for Texas Executive Education, and a faculty member in Department of Management at UT Austin’s McCombs School of Business. His research and focus on how we interact strategically with people, including in negotiations, conflict management, persuasion, change, and interpersonal communication. The recipient of numerous teaching awards, Dr. Paulson has frequently been named to McCombs’ “Faculty Honor Roll” by UT MBA students and selected “Outstanding Faculty” by the Engineering Management Executive Master’s program. He is a recipient of the Fawn and Vijay Mahajan Teaching Excellence Award for Executive Education.

Dr. Paulson’s consulting and executive training programs have been sponsored by a wide variety of organizations, including 3M, Aegon, Bayer, BBVA/Compass, Blue Cross Blue Shield, British Petroleum, China National Offshore Oil Corp., The Conference Board, Dell, Dun and Bradstreet, Ernst & Young, Guidant, Harcourt, HEB, Hewlett-Packard, Johnson & Johnson, KLA-Tencor, LCRA, LG, Microsoft, PMI, NPR, Ortho-McNeil, Petrobras, Pfizer, Rackspace, Samsung, Shell, SK, St. Jude Medical, Texas Instruments, Texas Capital Bank, the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, the U.S. General Services Administration, and the U.S. Navy. Dr. Paulson presents frequently in programs focusing on negotiation skills, managerial leadership and strategic influence.

Dr. Paulson has written about processes involving negotiation, confrontation, resisting and overcoming resistance to persuasion, the impact of electronic communication on performance, and perceptions of threats and warnings in the workplace. Dr. Paulson has published numerous case studies, book chapters and articles in outlets such as The Journal of Applied Psychology, The International Journal of Conflict Management, International Negotiation, Communication Research and The Handbook of Language and Social Psychology.


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