Catalytic Mechanisms - Effortless Ways to Achieve Results

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UC Santa Cruz Extension

Santa Clara 3175 Bowers Ave 95054 · Santa Clara, CA

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There is no CEO in a flock of birds and there’s no bird organization chart! And yet hundreds of birds fly together in complex patterns. Complex outcomes need not be the result of complicated processes, or tight-fisted control.

Catalytic mechanisms, devices, processes, policies, or structures that encourage, evoke, or even force a desired behavior, work far better. Explore how to apply this intriguing concept in your "work and life" to make positive changes easily, permanently, and nearly effortlessly.

Takeaways:
• Alternatives to Command-and-Control
• Examples of self-organizing systems in nature
• Everyday examples of self-organizing systems
• Designing systems that produce the results you desire.

Presenter Biography:

Kimberly Wiefling is the President of Wiefling Consulting, co-founder of Silicon Valley Alliances, and author of Scrappy Project Management, a global business leadership consultant, and a force of nature – the good kind! She specializes in global team effectiveness – helping teams achieve what seems impossible but is merely difficult. Her latest book is bilingual (English & Japanese), Inspired Organizational Cultures, and has a foreword written by her mentor, Dr. Edgar Schein, the father of organizational cultures. Her book, Scrappy Women in Business, celebrates the stories of 12 women Kimberly has the pleasure to know personally. A scientist by education, Kimberly has an M.S. in physics and a B.S. in chemistry and physics. She earned her certificate in program and project management through UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley, where she then taught program and project management for 6 years. Kimberly’s expertise is to make the “impossible” merely difficult, and then inevitable. She has worked with people form over 50 different countries, and she’s determined to transform Planet Earth one inspired and engaged team at a time!