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Join us on February 10, 2015 at 5:30 pm at the Christiana Hilton for a presentation on Paradox Mindsets: Building Employee Skills for Addressing Complex Problems presented by Dr. Wendy Smith of University of Delaware. Register today.

When: 2/10/2015
5:30 PM
Where: Christiana Hilton
100 Continental Dr
Newark, Delaware  19716
United States
Presenter: Wendy K. Smith, Ph.D.
Contact: Laurie Sample

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Paradox Mindsets:

Building Employee Skills for Addressing Complex Problems

Wendy K. Smith, Ph.D. 


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As organizations become more complex and dynamic, success increasingly depends on effectively addressing competing demands. Employees need to be able to manage for today, while exploring tomorrow; be creative, while following existing protocol; be a team player, while standing out from the team. While employees once learned to face such dilemmas by making tough choices and maintaining consistent commitment to these decisions, recent research suggests that the most effective individuals embrace competing demands simultaneously. These individuals adopt paradox mindsets; developing a both-and approach to complex dilemmas. In this talk, Wendy will provide insights from her latest research that explores the nature and value of a paradox mindset, and develops ideas about how individuals can build these capabilities.  



Wendy teaches leadership, organizational behavior and business ethics to executives, MBAs and undergraduates. She has taught MBAs and undergraduates at University of Delaware, Harvard, and University of Pennsylvania – Wharton, and was nominated for the MBA Teacher Award at the Lerner Business School each year from 2007-2014 and nominated for the University of Delaware Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014. She has also taught leadership to senior teams and middle managers in customized, on-site programs.   Wendy lives in Philadelphia with her husband and three children.     

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