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Scenario Planning in Organizations by Thomas J. Chermack

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11Human Perceptions in the Scenario System

Scenario planning is a social activity. It integrates learning, social interaction, dialogue, and human perceptions. These things come together in the form of a recalibrated view of the organization and its situation if the project has been successful.

Three critical barriers to optimal innovation and human creativity are (1) perception, (2) a natural fear response, and (3) social intelligence (Berns, 2008). Decision makers are limited by a brain that requires approximately forty watts—the amount needed to power a lightbulb (Berns, 2008). To perform its many complex functions, the brain must be efficient, and therefore it draws on past experiences and any other easily accessible information sources to ...

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