YP: Out of the Box, Up the Pole, and Under the Sea - the Value of Diversity in Thought

Speaker Patrick Leach
Decision Strategies, Inc. Patrick Leach is a Principal with Decision Strategies, Inc., a leading management consulting firm in the energy industry.Pat has also been an independent consultant and worked for Texaco as a geophysicist, partner & government coordinator, and portfolio manager. He has twenty-nine years of experience in the upstream ...


Decision Strategies, Inc.

Patrick Leach is a Principal with Decision Strategies, Inc., a leading management consulting firm in the energy industry.Pat has also been an independent consultant and worked for Texaco as a geophysicist, partner & government coordinator, and portfolio manager. He has twenty-nine years of experience in the upstream energy industry, ranging from Sumatra to Aberdeen.Pat is the author of "Why Can't You Just Give Me the Number? - An executive's guide to using probabilistic thinking to manage risk and to make better decisions."He has a B. Sci. degree from the University of Rochester and an MBA from the University of Houston Executive Program.

Full Description

“Diversity” is commonly cited as a desirable goal on teams and in companies.There is a good reason for this:people with diverse perspectives see different aspects of issues and problems, and tend to generate very different solutions.Sometimes the optimal solution comes from an unexpected source; sometimes the creative conflict that results from the airing of different points of view unearths hybrid strategies that are superior to anything that any individual – or group of similar individuals – would have come up with.This talk covers:

  • two real-life case histories of projects in which bringing in a broad range of backgrounds was critical to solving the problem at hand
  • the antithesis of diverse thought:groupthink.Symptoms of a team in groupthink and the problems that usually result
  • psychological factors that need to be fought in order to achieve real diversity on teams and creativity when working through problems

 

Organizer Caleb Bynum

When?

Tue, Feb. 23, 2010
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. US/Central

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Where?

Petroleum Club of Houston, ExxonMobil Bldg, 43 Floor
800 Bell Street
Houston, TX 77002

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