Track: Management

Duration: 90 minutes

Description: Teams are expected to perform at ever increasing levels of productivity. Under this increasing pressure, many teams struggle with inter-personal dynamics, as well as tensions that accompany self-organisation and the need to remain adaptive.

Understanding complexity and adopting adaptive frames of mind can assist with effective and productive self-organisation.  Furthermore, positive psychology, specifically the strengths philosophy, and the interdependence framework for team effectiveness offer a new lens through which to look at team dynamics and development in a way that honours the complexity of each individual as well as the team context.

This will be an interactive session that will cover the following aspects:

1. Self-organisation & complexity (Q & A with Prof Dave Snowden)

2. Adaptive capacity & innovation

3. An introduction to strengths-based approaches to personal and team development

4. Introducing the team inter-dependence framework

Bio of Sonja Blignaut:
sonja_blignautSonja Blignaut is the founder of More Beyond. Previously she was the co-founder of The Narrative Lab and has also done consulting for IBM and PWC. She is the South African partner for Prof Dave Snowden’s company Cognitive Edge and has been involved in narrative and complexity based work for over 10 years. More recently she qualified as a Level 3 Strengths coach and she is passionate about helping individuals and teams to find meaning and fulfilment in their work, as well as increase productivity by leveraging their unique talents and strengths. Sonja has done work for many blue chip companies including Sasol, Absa, Standard Bank, Nedbank and Anglo American.

 

 

Bio of Dave Snowden:

220px-Dave_SnowdenDave Snowden is the founder and chief scientific officer of Cognitive Edge. His work is international in nature and covers government and industry looking at complex issues relating to strategy, organisational decision making and decision making. He has pioneered a science based approach to organisations drawing on anthropology, neuroscience and complex adaptive systems theory. He is a popular and passionate keynote speaker on a range of subjects, and is well known for his pragmatic cynicism and iconoclastic style. He holds visiting Chairs at the Universities of Pretoria and Hong Kong Polytechnic University as well as a visiting fellowship at the University of Warwick. He is a senior fellow at the Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies at Nanyang University and the Civil Service College in Singapore. His paper with Boone on Leadership was the cover article for the Harvard Business Review in November 2007 and also won the Academy of Management award for the best practitioner paper in the same year. He has previously won a special award from the Academy for originality in his work on knowledge managment.