August 28, 2012, 10:00 PDT / 13:00 EDT / 19:00 CEST
Duration: One hour


In this webinar we will explore connections between leading-edge research on human cognition and organizational performance.   For organizations to perform better, they need to learn faster.  The Lean movement has focused on methods for embedding reflection and learning in our work. and in how we lead.  In today’s knowledge-based economy, the complexity, variation and volume of problems we face have all grown significantly.   To meet this challenge, we need to understand more about how humans learn, individually and in groups.

When we look at individual and team effectiveness, we can discern great variations in knowledge, skills, abilities and attitudes. However, it is clear that these factors are not enough to explain why some of us do better than others, and why certain people work well together.  Since the 1970s, organizations have been employing personality type testing using models such as Meyers-Briggs and DISC.  But these models have been criticized for being too imprecise and not based on hard science.

Over the last twenty years, research on cognition has taught us that people are not just different in terms of competence and personality, their brains actually work quite differently.  OpenBook Learning has developed an assessment to map an individual’s Cognitive Preference, which describes  how they prefer to use their brain.  We will explore the many dimensions of cognitive preference, how to quickly discover your preferences, and how we can leverage this knowledge to improve our ability to learn and collaborate with others.  We will also discuss the implications of these discoveries for leaders who are striving to help their organizations work smarter.

Presenter: Francis Sopper, CEO, OpenBook Learning

For thirty years educator Frank Sopper has brought leading-edge cognitive theory into practical use in the classroom, office, and boardroom. Expanding personal performance and maximizing productivity with his presentations and consultations, Sopper offers his experience in education, business development, and management with remarkable results for high-performance professionals. His singular ability to apply specific strategies through his Cognitive Preferences Assessment and analysis has yielded broad-spectrum results for professionals in teaching, business, and finance. Published, tested, field-trained, and results-oriented, Frank Sopper is an expert in the field of knowledge transfer and a leader in training and development.

Host: Frode L. Odegard, Founder & CEO, Lean Systems Institute

Frode has more than twenty years of experience as an entrepreneur and trusted advisor to high-tech executives. Organizations he has helped include Sony Electronics Inc., NASA, Lockheed Martin, Candle, Conexant Systems, Mindspeed, and Plantronics. Before founding LSI in 2004, Frode was the CEO and founder of Ødegård Labs, Inc., a software engineering research and consulting firm. Prior to founding Odegard Labs in 1991, Frode was the CEO and founder of Modula-2 CASE Systems A/S, a Norwegian company building next-generation tools for embedded software developers. His interests include history, philosophy, psychology, linguistics, and strength training.

This webinar has been held.