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Thursday, March 24 • 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Galileo Moment: Breaking through Organizational Models with Data

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What happens when you look beyond theoretically-derived models to the data itself? For several decades now, we have relied on industrial-era models to drive business results. We know that the Knowledge Economy is here and that data-driven knowledge is the next frontier in business and people analytics. Yet we continue to trust outdated tools and management practices to help us win in the knowledge economy– be it for leadership competency models or benchmarking for employee engagement.

In her research, Jayanti compared 100 of today’s leading academic and commercial organizational survey instruments against ‘ground-truth’ interview data from over 60 leaders and frontline employees of 13 companies that are Fortune Magazine’s Most Innovative List winners.  She discovered that none of the popular models matched organizational conditions of how things really work. Instead, these models and associated tools are based on hypotheses that are assumed to be true, but have never really been pre-tested.

In this talk, Jayanti will briefly describe how she found this Galileo Moment. It is time for a Galileo Moment - when we as businesses and business leaders realize and embrace the new data and knowledge that is in front of us and see it for what it is, not what we want it to be (gut feeling) nor what outdated management theories want us to see. It is time for companies to look beyond statistical validation and large sample sizes of instruments to find what is valid for their company. We’ll discuss how you can improve people operations by looking at your own, internal data, rather than filtering through the lenses of theory and why now is the time to break through. Are you ready for your Galileo Moment?

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Elizabeth Jayanti, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer, Shrewd Analytics

Thursday March 24, 2016 3:45pm - 4:30pm CDT
1) SCH127 (Schulze 1st)