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“Tanya’s energy, rigor, and deep expertise were inspiring. Our interactive work regarding social widening, persuasion, and hiring practices are already having an impact in our Center.”
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She has conducted corporate training, keynotes, and consulting all over the world (including the US Intelligence Community, Discover Financial Services, CareerBuilder.com, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, McKinsey Academy, Walmart, DHL, Petrobras, Mondelez, McDonalds, Cummins, Express, Scotts, Citibank (India), Tetrapak (Italy), Aetna, Sherwin Williams, Erie Insurance, McCormick, the Environmental Protection Agency, American Bar Association Chief Bar Executives, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and the Deloitte Women’s group). She is currently Associate Editor at Management Science Journal, was an elected member of her college’s executive committee, and is a member of the university’s Faculty Senate diversity committee (and incoming chair).
She wrote a book with Dr. Leigh Thompson, Stop Spending, Start Managing: Strategies to transform wasteful habits (2016, Harvard Business Review Press).
Her Ted talk has reached over 2.2 Million views and was named as one of the “top 7 TED talks of 2018” by entrepreneur.com, and one the most popular Ted talks of 2018 by TED playlists.See keynotes with Tanya Menon
Humans are pattern-forming creatures—a skill that allows us to predict the future and survive. Pattern recognition is even part of IQ tests! It also is a mindset that is a barrier to innovation. We rapidly find the pattern (often the first thing that comes to mind), engage in a confirmatory path to collect information and go.
In this session, I will talk about creating a different mindset—seeing multiple patterns at the same time in an exploratory process. It is an open minded approach that doesn’t rush to closure. I will share with participants a few games that illustrate rapid pattern formation. We’re fast to the hypothesis, then we collect the data to confirm it.
We then engage in activities that put the mind on a very different channel: opening up and exploring in a way that’s exciting and inspiring. But the truth is—this approach can also be irritating when we want to drive to closure and action.
We then measure how people vary in a simple personal difference—need for structure. There’s much diversity on this in teams and it creates conflict especially as we balance creative exploration with closure and action. Are you a fast driver who gets on a clear path, sees the goal, and gets to their destination quickly? Or are you the one who’s perfectly comfortable aimlessly wandering without a clear path or even goal? And finally, how can these mindsets work together?
Tanya’s an award-winning professor who’s taught tens of thousands of MBA students and executives for over two decades in some of the top business schools worldwide, and has consulted and given keynotes for numerous Fortune 500 companies. Her TED talk on networking was one named one of the most popular of 2018.
Based on her co-authored book (Stop Spending, Start Managing, Harvard Business Review Press) and her research, Tanya’s information-packed sessions are designed to make collaboration fun and productive. The sessions are interactive, humorous, and full of memorable stories, but the star of the show will be the evidence based approaches proven to make you work smarter! Her goal is to transform how you think about organizing—so that you can discover your creative potential! This session works for both large-scale meetings—and small teams.
Potential learning objectives
As our machines and models become smarter, the future of work depends on how our uniquely human wisdom keeps pace. Tanya Menon’s book Stop Spending, Start Managing (Harvard Business Review Press, 2016) focuses on intractable problems at work. These typically take the form of Wicked Problems—defined as complex problems without precise answers (think: managing diversity, pandemics, climate change, or inequality). AI certainly helps us navigate complex challenges—but it also reveals gaping holes that human wisdom must fill. The future of work depends on how you will choose to use human wisdom to harness the AI and gain traction on your most wicked problems.
Tanya Menon is a former member of Center for Decision Research at the University of Chicago and she consulted for nearly a decade with a Fortune 500 financial services firm’s data and analytics group. Tanya’s talk will draw from the example of hiring decisions—a top money waster for organizations. She begins with the known limitations of ‘intuition’ in hiring, and how data/analytics—along with other design elements—offer a promising corrective to human bias. We’ll also see the challenges that still remain—that force us to think beyond the models:
Potential learning objectives:
Tanya focuses on creating great systems where diverse talent can be seen and can thrive. How do we think about broadening networks to hire beyond the traditional talent pools? How do we debias gut-feel hiring practices? What are best practices in performance management? The conversation will lie at the fascinating intersection of human decision making and the organizational practices that can ideally defend against bias.
Tanya’s spoken on the topic of Hiring Better at industry associations, businesses, and to hundreds of alumni at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Managers surveyed for her book, Stop Spending, Start Managing, reported that hiring mistakes were the largest source of waste—costing their companies millions!
She divides the hiring problem into two challenges: (1) Having too narrow of a pool, and (2) Biased filtering of the pool. For the first part, she considers how narrow networks, a rigid checklist mentality, and failure to recognize the subjectivity of meritocracy all inhibit our chances of seeing diverse talent in the pool. (And, they also lead to unpleasant hiring meetings too!)
To explore the second challenge, Tanya plays an interactive game so that you’ll get individualized feedback on your intuition—and a sense of its limits. She then breaks down the hiring process to help identify cues that predict good hires and those that don’t; the power of algorithms and the biases they perpetuate; specific interview questions that yield good data, and how to interpret them; and specific debiasing processes that allow you to capture the advantage of both the algorithm and the human decision maker.
You will leave the session with a checklist where you can assess your own hiring processes. She will also share a list of cutting edge resources, all based on data/research, so that you can study these topics further and identify tools needed to make better, faster, smarter, and fairer hiring decisions.
One of the most frustrating parts of work is seeing a beautiful idea die in some slide deck. Or seeing a sale slip away when you know that you have the right offering for the customer.
Influence failures are a particularly sore spot for smart people. Tanya taught one of the most popular classes at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business on Power and Influence for over a decade. She met brilliant and analytic executives who often hoped that they could just show people their data and superior thinking—and that would be enough to instantly change minds.
This session is about showcasing your great ideas so that others will come along too. How can you frame your ideas, build acceptance for them, and drive others to act upon them?
At its core, this session is about being human—and the takeaways are for home as well as work.
Based on her co-authored book (Stop Spending, Start Managing, Harvard Business Review Press) and her research, Tanya’s information-packed sessions will help you re-design your messages so that they are likely to gain acceptance. The sessions are interactive, humorous, and full of memorable stories, but the star of the show will be the evidence based approaches proven to make you influence more effectively!
Tanya has run this session for both large-scale national sales meetings—and C-suite teams. The session can vary in level of interaction—with exercises or a lecture that guides you to workshop a persuasion effort you’re managing right now.
“Tanya, wow. The feedback on your session has been so awesome. People already mentioning next year & wanting more from you!”
“So appreciate your partnership in creating the session—the content really resonated, linked nicely to other program content, and as designed, provided participants with tools they could use on ‘day one.’ Thank you, and look forward to another opportunity to work together in the future!”
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