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Rescooped by Roy Sheneman, PhD from Wise Leadership

25 Visionaries Who Created Empires From Virtually Nothing

25 Visionaries Who Created Empires From Virtually Nothing | 21st Century Leadership | Scoop.it

Some of the greatest fortunes and empires in history were created by people who started with nothing. Today, the author celebrates 25 of these iconic figures – businessmen, technology entrepreneurs, even celebrities and athletes – by recalling the tales of their rise to glory.


Don’t feel bad if your favorites aren’t on the list, this is just a glimpse of the many visionaries we’ve seen throughout history and there are countless others who also deserve attention. While each of them took a slightly different path to financial greatness, virtually all of them started from very humble beginnings.

Via The Learning Factor, Kenneth Mikkelsen, David Hain, Create Wise Leader
John Michel's curator insight, October 23, 2013 8:44 AM

25 greats we all can learn from. 

invisibleinc's curator insight, October 23, 2013 1:38 PM

Something from nothing is not impossible when you have drive, creativity and ingenuity.

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Great Ideas Bosses Never Hear - Employees have a lot to say. But they rarely say them.

Great Ideas Bosses Never Hear - Employees have a lot to say. But they rarely say them. | 21st Century Leadership | Scoop.it
Companies need to listen more to employees' ideas, but employees also may have to change the way they present their ideas to be heard. What managers and bosses should do to put more good ideas to work.


How often do you have an idea that you want to tell your boss, or your boss's boss, or your boss's boss's boss, and actually say it? And more important, if you do say it, how often do you feel the boss really listens?


In too many companies, the answer to both of those questions is, at best, "hardly ever."


It's a shame. Leaders need to hear from employees on the front lines—those who interact with customers, who collaborate across organizational boundaries or with suppliers, who face the challenges of developing new products. Many of these employees have relevant things to say. But they don't speak up, either because they fear repercussions or they think it's pointless.


It's not easy opening up those lines of communication, to structure things so that good ideas can flow from bottom to top and quickly become a reality. The responsibilities rest with the employees, the bosses and the organization. More specifically:

Via The Learning Factor
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Rescooped by Roy Sheneman, PhD from Just Story It! Biz Storytelling

Compete on Know-Why, Not Know-How

Compete on Know-Why, Not Know-How | 21st Century Leadership | Scoop.it
Do you know why you make the products or offer the services you do? Too often I find that companies don't have a clear enough sense of why they do what they do.


Oh, this is so true! Let me explain first why I like this article. Then I'll explain how it fits into business storytelling.


I like this article because once again, we are being reminded that people buy the WHY not the 'what.'


The author does an excellent job in explaining how understanding the 'why' is extremely important in innovation -- and every business no matter how small or big, needs to be constantly scanning for the next incremental or major innovation to bring to its customers and the marketplace.


The best idea in this article comes from the notion of 'core insights' that are complementary (and essential) to 'core competence'.


Now here's the link to biz storytelling. Once you understand about 'core insights' by reading this article, your next question will be -- "So how do I get those core insights?!"


Voila -- through listening to your customer's stories in story gathering sessions. And through listening to your staff's stories that they share about the products/services you offer and their stories about customers.


This article doesn't make that link, but I hope that the concept of 'core insights' coupled with the technique of story listening/gathering will bring you plenty of material to keep you competitive! 

Via Karen Dietz
Karen Dietz's comment, April 15, 2012 8:42 PM
Many thanks for re-scooping this!
Rescooped by Roy Sheneman, PhD from Change Leadership Watch

Why Apple, Academia, Tesla & VCs May Die, Disruption Guru Christensen Talks

Why Apple, Academia, Tesla & VCs May Die, Disruption Guru Christensen Talks | 21st Century Leadership | Scoop.it

"Harvard business professor Clayton Christensen literally wrote the book on technology disruption...and he thinks Apple, Tesla Motors, venture capitalists and most of the nation’s colleges and universities should be afraid."


The author of The Innovator’s Dilemma said Wednesday that all of them could be killed by less advanced competitors in the same way that many once dominant technology companies have been in the past.


...He believes that and the commoditization of smartphones threaten Apple in the long run.


...“For 300 years, higher education was not disruptable because there was no technological core."


“But now online learning brings to higher education this technological core, and people who are very complacent are in deep trouble.'



...people who are very complacent are in deep trouble.



...“there is a different business model that is disrupting this in addition to online learning. It’s on-the-job education. ...you come in for a week and we’ll teach you about strategy and you go off and develop a strategy.  

...You learn it and you use it. These are very different business models and that’s what’s killing us.”

Via Deb Nystrom, REVELN
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, February 11, 2013 11:50 AM

I've posted this to BOTH Change Leader Watch & here.  On the Innovations & Institutions stream, I'll be adding examples of organizations that are adapting to this disruption in academe and the other industries mentioned.  ~  Deb

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's comment, February 17, 2013 4:30 PM
Thanks for your comments Marie. Knowledge Management is quite an industry, with various opinions of the traction it holds in business. I am most curious as to where it is headed.
Patrick J Scanlon's curator insight, March 12, 2013 5:58 PM

If you don't like change.  You will like irrelevance even less #media #higherEd #VC

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Peter Senge on the Future of Education - Via: @Denkbeeldhouwer

A Conversation with Peter Senge

Part Two: The future of Education

What can Schools learn from Business Innovation?



Via Peter Hoeve
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