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Plexus HealthcareCall: Tension: The Key to Creativity?
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When: Wednesday, Octpber 21, 2015
1:00 PM ET - 2:00 PM ET
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Healthcare PlexusCall

Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 1-2 pm ET

Topic: Tension: The Key to Creativity?

Guest: Mary Uhl-Bien


Many organizations, in healthcare and other fields, report ongoing tension between administrative leaders and frontline staff who would like to be more engaged, creative, entrepreneurial. Could this possibly be a good thing?

Mary Uhl-Bien and her colleagues have been exploring complexity leadership, and their research findings about the role of tension in creativity are changing their thinking. Please join this conversation about culture change, social engagement, creativity and innovation—including some simple practices to use in your own work.

Mary Uhl-Bien is professor of management and BNSF Railway Endowed Professor of Leadership in the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University (TCU).  She has published more than 50 articles and manuscripts, five books, and a textbook on Organizational Behavior (John Wiley & Sons). She has also been a Visiting Scholar in Australia, Sweden, Portugal and Spain. Mary’s research focuses on complexity leadership, relational leadership, and followership, and has appeared in many professional journals.

She has conducted research in partnership with Lockheed Martin, Bank of America, Disney, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Stryker, and the U.S. Air Force Academy. Her papers on complexity leadership theory and followership theory were recognized with Best Paper Awards. She is senior editor of the Leadership Horizons series for Information Age Publishing, and is currently on or has served on the editorial boards of Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, and The Leadership Quarterly. She is a founder of the Network of Leadership Scholars (NLS) in the Academy of Management, and Division Chair for the OB Division in the Academy. Mary is active in executive education nationally and internationally, teaching for the Brookings Institute, the Gallup Organization, and universities in both the U.S. and Europe. She served as the executive consultant for State Farm Insurance Co. from 1998-2004. She participated in a Fulbright-Hays grant to Mexico during the summer of 2003, trained Russian businesspeople for the American Russian Center at the University of Alaska Anchorage from 1993-1996 and worked on a USAID grant at the Magadan Pedagogical Institute in Magadan, Russia from 1995-1996.

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