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Improvisation: creative thinking for complex problems

This Power Point was created for a staff development training workshop series at a large not-for-profit on Long Island that is going through massive internal re-organization. Research in business, neuroscience and 21st century learning models explain why we need to focus training efforts on real-time development of skills in creative thinking, connecting to others through effective communication and collaboration. Change is perceived as a psychological threat, and these methods foster the emotional intelligence, group coherence and lateral thinking skills that help individuals connect with one another when external structures become fragmented, and engage with the tensions of change in creative ways.  



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Created and facilitated by Jude Treder-Wolff, a writer/performer, trainer and singer/songwriter. Her show Crazytown: my first psychopath will be featured at the Chicago and San Francisco Fringe Festivals. Click here for …

Steve Jobs In The Consulting Room: Disrupt Yourself

The solution to the innovator’s dilemma is "discovery-driven planning: learn by doing and make real-time adjustments in strategy and planning." Put another way: use the principles of improvisation – and the philosophy of Steve Jobs - to design one’s life: focus more on creating and contributing than on self-interest,          and the personal gains will follow.
  by Jude Treder-Wolff, LCSW, RMT, CGP
One of Steve Jobs’ favorite books was Clay Christiansen’s The Innovators’ Dilemma, about the problems faced by successful companies whose products play an important and established role in the market – and therefore in society. Stick with what Christiansen calls “sustaining technologies” - the established, familiar, and proven - and risk being rendered obsolete when a “disruptive technology” – game-changing, transformative, revolutionizing – comes along. Steve Jobs took the disruptive road one further than anyone else. He disrupted his own company, his own inventions. If an innovatio…