When profit isn’t enough: Chip Conley to work with Saybrook University to reinvent business culture.03/26/2013
“I often ask business leaders this simple question: ‘If your business didn’t exist, would it matter to the world?’” said entrepreneur and New York Times best-selling author Chip Conley. “Companies that can answer ’yes’ are far more likely to bring out the best in their employees and excel in the marketplace.’
It's early morning and Organizational Systems Alumnus David Williams, PhD is on a virtual meeting coaching hospital teams across the Atlantic. In the Southwest of England, nurses are trying to reduce hospital-associated infections in acute care hospitals. Headset on and consciously listening, he hears stories from frontline staff on the unit.
Everyone wants government to be leaner, better organized, and more efficient. But what would that look like in practice? How would that happen?
Saybrook alumna Jamie Scibelli can tell you.
Jamie is the Project Manager for the “Lean government” initiative pioneered by Washington State’s Department of Labor and Industries. They’re taking the processes of one of the world’s most effective companies – Toyota – and figuring out how they can be applied to make government better at every level.
One of the most dangerous things about health care is human error. A pharmacist picking up the wrong bottle or a doctor forgetting to wash her hands can lead to unnecessary complications – even death.
You don’t have to imagine how many lives could be saved if such mistakes could be reduced – or how much less our health care system would cost. Saybrook student Mara Zabari is imagining it for you. A PhD candidate in Saybrook’s Organizational Systems program, Mara is leading a project to reduce patient harm in hospitals in three states by 40 percent.
There are lots of places someone can go to get a degree in the way business has always been done, and organizations have always been led.
But now Saybrook University’s offering a whole new kind of curriculum: its School of Organizational Leadership and Transformation is dedicated to developing leaders and change agents for the 21st century.
We can do better than we have in the past. Organizations can be led and managed with meaning, purpose, and integrity.
Rigor, diligence and discipline built Saybrook University; rigor, diligence, discipline and generosity will secure the future of humanistic education. Saybrook calls upon every member of our extended family to stand together and give generously to Saybrook this spring. Support from our community will expand opportunities for exceptional faculty and students to engage in important research and practice that moves us toward a just and sustainable world.
We know more about organizational transformation than we ever have before. Systems theory is advancing every day. There’s a vibrant conversation happening, and it’s going to change the world.
Do you want to be part of it?
Rethinking Complexity.com is where Saybrook’s scholars in leadership and organizational transformation share their expertise and their stories.