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Being Creative About Change - Dr. Robert
Tobin, Keio University
"Back by popular demand..." Dr. Robert Tobin's much
appreciated session last year prompted a demand for his presence
here in Tokyo at the Dinner Meeting. A tall gentleman with striking
looks and facial expressions that light up the world, Dr. Tobin
took to the lectern and launched into a subject that was relevant
to every single person in that room. "What do you want from
life: Change?" he asked.
He did not talk at the audience. He asked questions of the audience.
"What's bugging you? What's funny (strange-funny)? What are
people complaining about?" Dr. Tobin asked us to look for
those unmet needs right there and then. Responses included complaints
about pizza, cultural exchange, driving, pets, TV game shows and
last but not least, domestic light switch arrangements. You know
how you get a panel of four switches all in one room and you wonder
which goddam lights they apply to? Now there's a big life question.
Dr. Tobin is currently a Professor on the Faculty of Business
and Commerce at Keio University, where he directs the Program
on Creativity and Change, and is a Member, Graduate School Faculty.
He is the author of over twenty-five articles on communications,
change, leadership and creativity and is a frequent speaker on
"Creativity and Change in Organizations" at professional
conferences in the US, Japan, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore
and Hong Kong.
He has over 20 years' experience in organizational consulting
and training with global business leaders. Work in Asia the last
nine years has focused on coaching and consulting to chief executives
at leading companies in chemical, food services, consumer products,
environmental, education, automotive, and multi-media industries.
His lively discussion and coaching style was supported by smooth-running
slide support, ably operated by his distinguished colleague, Mr.
Tom Pedersen, a Lecturer, Faculty of Business and Commerce/Faculty
of Law, Keio University. Tom himself has over 19 years' experience
in Asia, 13 in Japan. As an independent management consultant,
Tom focuses on organizational development projects for multinational
firms in Japan.
The dinner meeting just flew by and Robert Tobin carried us along
with delving questions and stimulating advice that adds impetus
to the new year. These guys could change your company mission
statement and actually make it work ..... they could also change