Dr. Nanette M. Blandin currently juggles three professional roles: Consulting Associate with Isaacson, Miller executive search consultants, President of her own consulting firm, The Nexus Institute, and Professor of Organizational Sciences at George Washington University. Previously, she served in leadership and management positions with The Brookings Institution, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Management and Budget, and the State of California. Dr. Blandin holds a doctoral degree in human and organizational studies from George Washington University, a masters degree in public administration from the University of Southern California, and a bachelors degree in political science and French from the University of California. Her doctoral dissertation was entitled, "Re-conceptualizing leadership for an era of complexity and uncertainty”. She is member of the Board of Directors of the Plexus Institute, an elected fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and has published and lectured extensively on leadership, executive education and management issues.
Q & A with Nanette Blandin
What questions are you most excited about exploring these days?
~ How to stimulate excitement about the concepts of complexity; how to help people "see” through this new lens?
~ What are the implications for individuals exercising leadership in organizations? How can we enhance their ability to lead effectively?
~ How can we lessen reliance on outdated management systems based upon a mechanistic model?
~ How can we in the complexity community sustain our own openness and adaptability to new possibilities and ideas?
What other research/researchers are you tracking?
~ No one in particular. As I teach organizational behavior, I continue to gain insights from seminal thinkers in the field and from scholars who paved the way to our current appreciation of looking at organization, management and leadership using concepts from complexity.
What do you think is the most promising idea/theory emerging from complexity science for making a difference in fulfilling Plexus' mission?
~ Oh, there are so many! Among them would be: equifinality, edge of chaos, emergence, self-organization, legitimization of doubt, adaptability, and constructive conflict.