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“Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes (Turn and Face the Strange)”

The 2017 NRRA National Conference Focuses on the Reality of Disruptive Innovation

“Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes (Turn and Face the Strange)”
Rob Walling October 10, 2017 Posted in: Blog Posts, General, News
This year’s National Risk Retention Association (NRRA) National Conference in Chicago offered several sessions focused on disruptive innovation’s impact on the rapidly changing face of risk. The keynote presentation, The Reality Trap, was a thought-provoking exploration of how expanding one’s perspective can equip people to better embrace change. The presenter challenged audience members’ preconceived notions about generational differences and suggested that we simply cannot learn new skills quickly enough to keep up with the ever-accelerating pace of change.
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