15. On Strategy: What Managers Can Learn from Great Philosophers

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Coursera - Ecole Centrale Paris - On Strategy - What Managers can Learn from Great Philosophers - 2014 - July


Coursera, École Centrale Paris

The forgotten half of change

  • Change : Parmenides or Heraclites?
  • Two types of change : perception and reality
  • To change is to change twice
  • Innovation vs Creativity
  • Not a single idea is born good
  • “Yes and…”
  • Three kinds of new ideas

How do we think ?

  • You can not think about your clients !
  • To think is like to play : playground, rules,…
  • Concepts are simplifications
  • Perfect deduction, possible. Perfect induction, impossible
  • The power of analogy and the black swan
  • Knowledge, belief, representation and idea

On the shoulders of giants

  • Everything is connected
  • Mathematics
  • Astronomy
  • Paradoxes
  • Leibniz’s dream
  • The fifth discipline
  • The mind and the machine

Mental Models and perception

  • Four key definitions
  • Philosophy is also about models
  • Models in psychology
  • Optical illusions and brain teasers
  • Paradox
  • Ambiguity

Eureka or Caramba?

  • Leader or follower
  • Cognitive bias in deduction
  • Cognitive bias in induction
  • Test you creativity
  • Test your creativity (cont’d)
  • Constraint and creativity

Thinking in new boxes

  • What’s the box?
  • You can’t think without boxes
  • Strategic vision and scenarios
  • Megatrends
  • Scenarios
  • Creativity is mostly about passion