Monday, April 7, 2008

Speaker Profile: Deborah Ancona

This week we are profiling Deborah Ancona. Deborah will be giving a keynote presentation entitled “X-Teams: How to Build Teams That Lead, Innovate and Execute.” Currently, Deborah is the faculty director for the MIT Leadership Center. She is also co-author of the book, X-Teams: How to Build Teams that Lead, Innovate and Succeed.

Ancona has dedicated her professional years to determining the best way for teams to work together and produce results. She focuses on core leadership capabilities. Through her studies, she has found that teams need to incorporate both internal and external dynamics in order to reach their high performance goals. This lead to her creation of what she calls an “X-Team.” This type of team focuses on having good internal team cooperation while balancing activities with eternal interaction. Teams must learn to adapt as well as be innovative. She also focuses on the fact that the team must catch trends in the external environment. This way, new fresh ideas can be brought in from the external environment.

Listen here to hear Deborah Ancona interviewed by Jeff Kohoe, a Harvard Business School Press editor.

Watch Deborah Ancona on a panel at MIT entitled “Leadership in the Age of Uncertainty.”

We hope to see you at the IIR/PDMA Front End of Innovation conference May 19th through the 21st, where you can hear innovation leader Deborah Ancona along with other top professionals from the innovation field. Next week, we’ll be profiling Ray Kurzweil, a technology expert, inventor and New York Times bestseller.

(Sources: MIT Staff Webpage, Teams that Lead and Innovate Successfully, Teams that Lead, Innovate and Succeed, Sloan Review)

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