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For Millennials, it’s all about Work-Life blend

For Millennials, it’s all about Work-Life blend | brand innovation | Scoop.it

If you are a member of Gen X, born between 1965 and 1976, you are often referred to as independent, self-reliant, mistrustful of institutions, and at times focused on your personal “back-up plan” – just in case things do not work out for you. But the one value most remembered for Gen Xers is the mantra of work-life balance. Gen Xers watched their parents make tough choices often favoring their career and then, just as they approached retirement, these parents were left without a back-up plan. So Gen Xers come to the workplace wanting flexibility in their job so they can devote time to their families and personal well-being.

 

Enter the millennials, born between 1977 and 1997. They have morphed the idea of work-life balance into work-life blend. Instead of switching between professional mode and personal mode like Gen Xers, millennials are often in both modes at once!


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Presentation Zen: Storyboarding & the art of finding your story

Presentation Zen: Storyboarding & the art of finding your story | brand innovation | Scoop.it
Storyboarding as we know it may have been pioneered by filmmakers and animators, but we can use many of the same concepts in the development of other forms of storytelling including keynote presentations or short-form presentations such as those made...

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Jeni Mawter's curator insight, May 6, 8:28 PM

Lost? Storyboarding can help you find the essence of you children's or young adult story.

Urban Book Editor's curator insight, May 10, 8:47 AM

We can also use storyboarding to work out scenes in novels. If outlines feel too limiting, try storyboards instead.

Samantha Melvin's curator insight, May 11, 6:14 PM

Great resource for CEDFA, this demonstrates the importance of planning "slides" in order to communicate our ideas effectively--teaching this to students is important, as they can learn to be efficient at getting their ideas out in the world #ufglobal #arted #communication #storyboarding 

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Is Your Corporation Missing Its Compass? | Sustainable Brands

Is Your Corporation Missing Its Compass? | Sustainable Brands | brand innovation | Scoop.it
Whether its economic instability, environmental angst, culture clash or the inundation of technology, people are feeling overwhelmed by reality. Being a society of consumers, they're reaching out to brands to provide leadership. Now more than ever, companies need to look hard at their higher purpose and recalibrate their strategies and tactics to reinforce that purpose.
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Are You Ready to Lose Control?

Are You Ready to Lose Control? | brand innovation | Scoop.it

Control: It’s the essence of management. We’re trained to measure inputs, throughputs, and outputs in hopes of increasing efficiency and producing desired results. In a world of linear processes, such as in the factories of the Industrial Age, that made sense. But in today’s knowledge economy, where enterprises are complex, adaptive systems, it’s counterproductive.


The real problem is confusion between control and order. Control implies centralized control and hierarchical relationships. The person with control tells others what to do and whether they are successful or not. Order, on the other hand, emerges from self-organization. There may not be anyone telling others what to do, yet things get done—often with great efficiency and effectiveness. People know what is expected of them and what they can expect of others.


But how can this be true? Mustn’t an orchestra have a conductor? A dance troupe, a choreographer? A company, a CEO?


Not necessarily. Nature abounds with examples of what is known as swarm intelligence. Termites build intricate dwellings without the benefit of set of plans or engineers with advanced degrees. Birds migrate thousands of miles in formations where the lead position rotates to optimize their collective capacity. There are no marching orders or hierarchies dictating who leads. Massive flocks of starlings engage in intricate maneuvers known as murmuration with neither collisions nor confusion. There is order without overarching control. Indeed, our obsession with control helps explain why human-designed organizations fail to achieve such beautiful synchronicity.



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Steve Bax's comment, April 23, 4:42 AM
This ties with the Belasco and Stayer thinking. Humans tend to seek control. Feeling out of control of ourselves and our lives can cause physiological effects. So passing it to others is tough.
Steve Bax's curator insight, April 23, 4:43 AM

Another stimulating scoop from Kenneth. This ties with the Buffalo and Geese theory from Belasco and Stayer. Passing control to others is not always easy. 

Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s curator insight, June 5, 5:12 AM

Good blog on the difference between 'control' and 'order' (and what we can learn from swarms)

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The 90% Edge: Discover the Power of Cause Marketing

The 90% Edge: Discover the Power of Cause Marketing | brand innovation | Scoop.it
For some small businesses, cause marketing is a no-brainer: By doing good, you set your brand apart, win customers and improve your bottom line.
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Steve Jobs and the Purpose of the Corporation

Steve Jobs and the Purpose of the Corporation | brand innovation | Scoop.it
In the torrent of commentary following Steve Jobs' death, few have noted that his career and his company say something profound in the endless debate about the purpose of the corporation. Apple exi...
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The Origins of Design Thinking

The Origins of Design Thinking | brand innovation | Scoop.it
Design thinking is created because big corporation lack the ability to be
creative and forgot how to create new products and services that meet unmet
needs of their customers.

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Great Leaders Build A Culture of Courage In A Climate Of Fear

Great Leaders Build A Culture of Courage In A Climate Of Fear | brand innovation | Scoop.it
Fear is a potent human emotion that can sabotage success for even the brightest minds and biggest organisations. It can also undermine an organisations ability to harness the potential of those within it. Learning how to create a ‘culture of courage’ in which employees feel safe to push back, take risks and explore new possibilities is becoming an ever more valuable skill in today’s marketplace

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 27, 11:59 PM

It makes sense. Those three bubbles are similar to what I am proposing in my dissertation for education

John Michel's curator insight, March 28, 2:13 AM

When employees feel that their contribution is truly valued, they are challenged to experiment, and they can constructively express their opinions (however different), it triggers greater ownership of their own success as well as their commitment to the larger organizational mission.

Ledcome's curator insight, March 28, 6:15 AM

This graphic is captures a key characteristic of leadership...

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Leadership Excellence: Not for the Faint of Heart | Switch and Shift

Leadership Excellence: Not for the Faint of Heart | Switch and Shift | brand innovation | Scoop.it
Sadly, I think all of us have encountered people along the way whose fears and insecurities kept them from being the leaders they were capable of
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Hack Work To Combine Peak Performance And Personal Purpose

Hack Work To Combine Peak Performance And Personal Purpose | brand innovation | Scoop.it

Is it any wonder that employee engagement is reported to be at an all time global low while business continues to become increasingly complex? 

 

Every leader wants more of link between an organization’s purpose and real action. This is where hacking work comes into play. We need to challenge ourselves and others and think about how we can better link purpose with action.

 


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Business to Human (B2H): The Future Enterprise | Innovation Insights | Wired.com

Business to Human (B2H): The Future Enterprise | Innovation Insights | Wired.com | brand innovation | Scoop.it
Last week, I had a chance to attend Oracle Cloud World and interact with a number of Oracle partners, prospects and customers. The big attraction at the ev
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2014: The Year of Workplace Reinvention

2014: The Year of Workplace Reinvention | brand innovation | Scoop.it

It is time to explore new ways of working, and as we do, it is important to consider the foundation of culture and strategy in the organization.

 

First, you need a clear organizational purpose and strategy. People must understand where the organization is headed and why, as well as how they contribute to that strategy.


Second, People must trust and be trusted in order for leaders to relinquish their power and individuals to lead themselves with integrity and authenticity.


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So true, so obvious, yet so slow to catch on.

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, January 5, 6:25 PM

Are we ready for the changes coming in the workplace?

Monique Nillessen's curator insight, January 7, 6:00 AM

Eens. Interessanter dan deze doelen is misschien nog wel de weg zelf, hoe gaan we weer vertrouwen?

Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, February 19, 10:30 AM

Culture and strategy as twin pillars!

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Why the Future of Your Business Depends on Curiosity

Why the Future of Your Business Depends on Curiosity | brand innovation | Scoop.it

The future will be less about money, power or size, but more about agility, networking and sharing. In order to survive, businesses need to grow to a permanent state of curiosity, making it a core strategic competence.


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Jacob Theilgaard's curator insight, January 30, 4:45 AM

From an energy foundation to and information foundation....

David Hain's curator insight, January 31, 5:45 AM

The curious will inherit the earth...

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Why looking for your brand’s Unique Selling Proposition may be dangerous to its health

Why looking for your brand’s Unique Selling Proposition may be dangerous to its health | brand innovation | Scoop.it
If you manage brands, the chances are at some point you’ll find yourself in a situation where someone wants to determine the Unique Selling Proposition for a brand you’re responsible for. Usually t...
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A really good article on the subject of USP v Positioning, from Brand Truth.

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Developing a Purposeful Brand: A Practitioner’s Toolbox, Part Three | Sustainable Brands

Developing a Purposeful Brand: A Practitioner’s Toolbox, Part Three | Sustainable Brands | brand innovation | Scoop.it
In this series, Christophe Fauconnier & Benoit Beaufils, respectively CEO & founding partner of brand consultancy Innate Motion, present the tools that the company uses to develop purposeful, mission-driven brands with their clients. The Believer’s Pyramid tool is used to integrate a sense of purpose and social contribution into the core of everything that a business does.
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Write Your Brand's Obituary | Sustainable Brands

Write Your Brand's Obituary | Sustainable Brands | brand innovation | Scoop.it
How do you build the kind of brand that would be missed? How do you carve out such a distinctive position and create such a powerful emotional connection? You drill down to the core of your existence to identify the essential, enduring value of your brand – and then you design and run your business to execute relentlessly on that core brand essence.
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Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast

Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast | brand innovation | Scoop.it

Culture eats strategy for breakfast, technology for lunch, and products for dinner, and soon thereafter everything else too.Why? Because company culture, a concept pioneered by Edgar Schein, is the operationalizing of an organization’s values. Culture guides employee decisions about both technical business decisions and how they interact with others. Good culture creates an internal coherence in actions taken by a very diverse group of employees.



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Anne-Laure Delpech's curator insight, May 23, 2:19 AM

J'aime beaucoup ces propos :

"“You can’t complain here,” Tamara explained. “If you see something wrong, you must fix it. We say it is a great opportunity to come up with a solution, and this is where many of our best programs have come from. Anything can be changed. We aren’t victim to anyone. We own the culture.”"

Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, June 11, 1:23 AM

Culture matters and it matters immensely!

Tobias Beckwith's curator insight, July 14, 11:27 AM

This seems to be a theme for my day... this is the third place I"ve encountered the idea, and it's not even 9am yet. When we seek to create change in the world, all too often we ignore the most powerful thing working against us - the culture in which we're working. So how can you work with that? Make your change "fit" the culture? Find ways to change the culture itself?

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A brand can own any idea, but can it live up to it | Creativity Unbound

A brand can own any idea, but can it live up to it | Creativity Unbound | brand innovation | Scoop.it
It's not whether a brand can own an idea, it's whether it can live up to the ideal.
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8 Core Beliefs of Extraordinary Bosses

8 Core Beliefs of Extraordinary Bosses | brand innovation | Scoop.it
The best managers have a fundamentally different understanding of workplace, company, and team dynamics. See what they get right.
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LEGO turned itself around by analyzing overbearing parents

LEGO turned itself around by analyzing overbearing parents | brand innovation | Scoop.it
After decades of growth and innovation—in 2000, the company was the fifth-largest toy maker in the world—LEGO hit a major slump. In January 2004, it announced a huge deficit. It was, by its own accounts, bleeding cash to the tune of $1 million a day. Owner and CEO Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, grandson of founder Ole...

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, March 20, 4:55 PM

The key messages here are adults need to watch, listen, discuss and reflect. Patterns and answers emerge as a result of these processes carried out by intelligent people.

A second and no less important insight considers the priorities children have in their play: "These ... findings led the researchers to identify the key patterns: children play to get oxygen, to understand hierarchy, to achieve mastery at a skill, and to socialize. The patterns were simplified into four categories: under the radar, hierarchy, mastery, and social play."

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Can A Big Old Hierarchical Bureaucracy Become A 21st Century Network?

Can A Big Old Hierarchical Bureaucracy Become A 21st Century Network? | brand innovation | Scoop.it

One of the most difficult management challenges is taking a big old hierarchical bureaucracy, and turning it into a nimble 21st Century networked organization that can cope with the challenge of today’s dynamic marketplace and compete with younger organizations that have been networked from the outset.

 

These big old hierarchical bureaucracies have deeply engrained cultures with a tradition of individuals reporting to bosses and coordinating processes made up of roles, rules, plans and reports; the reports flow up and down the hierarchy. These processes ensure order but they restrain innovation and creativity - a critical handicap in the emerging Creative Economy. In these big old firms, the careers of those who have risen to the top are built on the principles of hierarchical bureaucracy. Inside these firms, the thought that a firm could be run in any other way can be discomforting, if not hallucinatory.

 


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Love the concept that: in networks, leadership is not the prerogative of position, rather the shared responsibility of everyone involved in self-organised collaboration.

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, March 23, 8:28 AM

 Hierarchical bureaucracies just don't work anymore ... its more about collaborative, nimble environments at the top. 

David Hain's curator insight, March 24, 4:29 AM

Networks are the future, but bureaucracies require to learn new skills and organisational forms to survive the journey!

BertVries's curator insight, April 25, 8:14 AM

Must read and interesting perspective about how to transform  a big old hierarchical organisation into a more agile/adaptive organisation by adding a network layer on the existing org structure

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Brand Promise and Strategic Trade-Offs • Strategic Marketing Ideas from BrandUNIQ

Brand Promise and Strategic Trade-Offs • Strategic Marketing Ideas from BrandUNIQ | brand innovation | Scoop.it
Delivering on your brand promise require compromises. Regardless of your brand positioning, strategic trade are a necessity of being in business.
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Brands Aren't Dead, But Traditional Branding Tools Are Dying

Brands Aren't Dead, But Traditional Branding Tools Are Dying | brand innovation | Scoop.it
Reports of the death of the brand have been greatly exaggerated.
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The impact of brand-led design

The impact of brand-led design | brand innovation | Scoop.it
Ahead of the Design Council's Leading Business by Design summit, Andy Payne from global brand consultancy Interbrand, discusses why brand-led design is about more than creating an effective design - it's about adding brand and business value.  

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How marketers overcomplicate executing strategy - the hilariously pointed lessons of the ‘Designing the Stop Sign’ video

How marketers overcomplicate executing strategy - the hilariously pointed lessons of the ‘Designing the Stop Sign’ video | brand innovation | Scoop.it
According to Richard Branson, “Complexity is your enemy.  Any fool can make something complicated.  It is hard to make something simple”.   It’s ironic then how much marketing tends to overcomplica...
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Neglecting Your Shadow Could be Your Demise | Switch and Shift

Neglecting Your Shadow Could be Your Demise | Switch and Shift | brand innovation | Scoop.it
All of us are prone to believing our own legend—and each of us must be aware of the shadow we cast. Carl Jung described the concept of The Persona and The Shadow—our public face (show) versus the portion of ourselves we wish to hide.
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The shadow of ego blocks out the light for others and kills innovation. Nice piece, and a warning tio those who believe their own legend.

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David Hain's curator insight, January 29, 3:40 AM

"Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in our own sunshine." - Ralph Waldo Emerson