A Fog Advisory – Navigating the Unfamiliar
On most days, the drive to work is uneventful. When that is the case, you follow a familiar route and the drive is a forgettable, to-be-repeated-tomorrow affair. Yet, sometimes your route can be foggy and your trip requires a change in plan and routine.
In the same way, our day-to-day job is a lot like our daily drive. As we plan our week, we expect it to be familiar with a bit of repetition. Our routines are governed by an anticipated destination and follow a clear, well-traveled path…
The Era Of Ambiguity Leadership
Why is it that we discuss our need to “deal with ambiguity?” Ambiguity is approached with a similar level of disdain as we have for garbage – “we’ve got a lot of ambiguity – can someone take care of it?” Ambiguity should not be seen as a negative, rather it is truly empowering.
Ambiguity is a “grown-up” sandbox. As children we were literally given a box of sand and left to our own devices. Think about it, there were no instructions, but we still built amazing things. From mystical castles to major excavation projects, the sandbox gave us…
Improvisation & Innovation – An Intersection of Personal Passions
Almost two years ago, Celanese was embracing its transition into a company focused on innovation, collaboration and customer-orientated opportunities; and I was enjoying my own transition into a new role to support that innovation built on strategy, marketing, and – a personal passion – improvisation.
How can I suggest that good business can come from improvisational acting? Easily. When we discuss unmet needs of the marketplace and debate possible solutions, we are embracing an unscripted environment where the solution doesn’t exist –quite frankly, we’re making it up as we go.
Strategic thinking, a “Market-Back” perspective, and “Stage Gates” improve the success of innovation development; similarly, there are core elements that make improvisation more successful. As I outline below, there are three improvisation skills which can…