Special to TAG-IT news Agency
AMMAN – Under the patronage of HE Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, a panel discussion entitled “The Impact of Institutional Innovation and Creativity on the National Economy” was held as part of the sessions of the Ninth Creativity & Innovation Forum 2016 – Practical Applications which was convened by the Rethinkers Company. The forum took place from November 24 to 26 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. In his opening speech, Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh stated that any business must be as creative as the individual thinker because of the urgent need for this for business continuity.
He briefed the participants on the features of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAG-Org), as an example of the kind of institution that provides continuity. “From its beginnings, the Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization was an exemplary model of a company that maintained business continuity. Since its establishment in 1972, TAG-Org has worked to achieve the very mission that it was originally established for. Unlike some other companies, TAG-Org encourages the sentiment that each member of staff has their own particular mission rather than having them only focus on obtaining their salary. In consequence of this strategy the growth and success of TAG-Org was assured,” Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh pointed out.
Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh emphasized the need for each company to have its own identity or its own trademark. He highlighted the importance of establishing a culture of change in the workplace and in the decision-making process, because each phase has to have its own policy and decisions. To create a culture of continuous change takes time. In brief, there is no fixed policy and TAG-Org’s working methods are not fixed or rigid.
The Ninth Creativity & Innovation Forum included the participation of the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM), and promoted the concept that innovation is an industry that is characterized by its quality inputs and outputs. It focuses on the most significant practical applications at regional and international levels and encourages collaborative activities to share best practice in the area of innovation, business development and creative and innovative practical skills.
The panel discussion was held to mark the opening of the training forum. Mr. Fadi Al-Daoud, Director of the Youth Forum for Policy Development Initiative, moderated the session. During the session, Prof. Wissam Rabadi, Head of USAID Jordan’s Competitiveness Program, highlighted the importance of creating job opportunities in the knowledge and green energy sectors, referring to the need for investment in both sectors. Mr. Nasser Saleh, CEO and Founder of Madfoo3atCom, tackled the role of knowledge in solving a variety of problems and particularly in saving time and effort.
Ms. Rasha Barakat, HR and Administrative Executive Director of Zain Jordan, highlighted the early stages of the Zain Company, which focused on entrepreneurship and innovation through its “Zain Platform” which promoted innovation. Ms. Isra'a Mobideen, EFQM Middle East Manager, covered the importance of improving the innovative efficiency and the environment of creativity and innovation at organizations and companies.
At the end of the panel discussion, Dr. Lana Mobaideen thanked the session chair as well as the speakers, and presented commemorative shields to them.