An exclusive interview with Art Kleiner, editor-in-chief, strategy+business Magazine
One of the biggest challenges organizations encounter is how to thrive when faced with constant, disruptive change. The study of neuroscience has provided us with a deeper understanding of why people find change so unsettling. It offers valuable insight into the way people approach new tasks or manage upheaval and helps us understand how the human brain utilizes mental resources to deal with ambiguity, resolve conflict, or find creative solutions to complex problems.Neuroscience can help organizations become more effective in how they manage change, which should increase organizational productivity and employee satisfaction. A groundbreaking article on NeuroLeadership was published in the Summer 2006 issue of strategy+business, written by David Rock and Jeffrey Schwartz, titled "The Neuroscience of Leadership." Peter Clayton, producer/host of Total Picture Radio, spoke with Art Kleiner at the in New York City.
"Once leaders have created an environment that enables them to command an employee's complete attention, the second step is to create a compelling vision of what will occur when their new idea has been implemented. Cognitive scientists are finding that people's expectations and attitudes, known as mental maps, play a central role in their perception of the world around them. To facilitate change, leaders must encourage moments of insight that allow people to change their attitudes and expectations.
Art Kleiner Biography
Art Kleiner was appointed Editor-in-Chief of strategy+business in 2005. Mr. Kleiner, a well-known journalist, lecturer, and consultant with a background in business management, conceived the magazine's popular Culture & Change column, which he wrote for five years. He is the author of two acclaimed books about the dynamics of organizational behavior and power.
As editorial director of the Fifth Discipline Fieldbook series (developed by MIT Professor Peter Senge), Mr. Kleiner was the coauthor of three bestsellers. His writing has appeared in Harvard Business Review, The New York Times Magazine, and Wired.
His published books include The Age of Heretics: A History of the Radical Thinkers Who Reinvented Corporate Management (Wiley, 2008, second edition) and Who Really Matters: The Core Group Theory of Power, Privilege, and Success (2003, Doubleday).
He is a writer, lecturer and commentator, with a background in business management, interactive media, corporate environmentalism, education, scenario planning, and organizational learning.
As the editorial director of the best-selling Fifth Discipline Fieldbook series with Peter Senge, he was a coauthor of Schools That Learn (2000, Doubleday) and The Dance of Change (1999, Doubleday).
Kleiner is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism (1986), and a faculty member at New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program, where he taught scenario planning, writing for new media, and other courses between 1986 and 1995. As a lecturer or educator, he has been associated with groups that include the Shambhala Institute Authentic Leadership program, the MIT Center for Organizational Learning, Global Business Network, and the United Nations AIDS in Africa scenario project.
At strategy+business, Mr. Kleiner is supported by a remarkable group of writers, editors, and authorities on strategy and management.
Each quarter, strategy+business attracts contributors with a depth of insight that is unmatched in peer publications. Increasingly, s+b has become a magnet and networking tool for thought leaders and executive practitioners, including C.K. Prahalad, the University of Michigan scholar and author; Stewart Brand, book author and founder of the Global Business Network and the Whole Earth Catalog; Glenn Hubbard, dean of Columbia Business School; Ram Charan, advisor to boards and CEOs of Fortune 500 companies; and Jeffrey E. Garten, former Dean of the Yale School of Management. strategy+business doesn't tell readers what to think. It shows them what some of the world's smartest people are thinking about.
About Peter Clayton
Peter Clayton, Producer/Host, is an award-winning producer/director of radio, television, documentary, video, interactive and Web-based media who has created breakthrough media for a wide array of Fortune 100 clients.