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How Systems Thinking Makes You An Effective Leader

How Systems Thinking Makes You An Effective Leader | Business change | Scoop.it
There was a time when people thought of businesses as some sort of machine. However, people are not very good cogs. They are just too likely

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The organisation you are trying to change always reflects and affects the system in which it sits. Think whole ecosystem!

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Olivia Perez's comment, November 15, 12:12 AM
I defiantly believe that the business world needs people to become one team and to make themselves a team. It was interesting to read this article to kind of understand how the business world works.
Leeza Trainor's comment, November 17, 9:30 AM
More people in the business world need to read this! It could help so many employee's and CEO's. Learn how to effectively communicate to make everyday at work easier
Lexie Ruscheinski's comment, November 17, 10:55 PM
Very resourceful in helping companies with team building but also learning to be a team leader! Any aspiring business men and women can learn from this.
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3 reasons for failure: change, participation, and risk

3 reasons for failure: change, participation, and risk | Business change | Scoop.it
Blog post at Toby Elwin : An organization builds a culture of success when it can take a strategy, identify and prioritize the most important projects within the stra[..] (RT @Nelsonb: 3 reasons for failure: change, participation, and risk

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Seven top tips for leading through uncertainty

Many leaders are currently facing the challenge of leading in conditions of uncertainty and unpredictability. Yet much leadership is predicated on the assumption of a relatively stable / foreseeable future - for which plans can be made.

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Philippe Vallat's curator insight, October 1, 2013 3:25 PM

In short:

- Keep Leading

- People First

- Engender hope and optimism

- Learn to Love Emergence and Discovery

- Call on the Collective Intelligence of Your Unit

- Have Many Review and Reflection Points

- Reveal Your Authenticity and Integrity

Harry Cannon's curator insight, October 3, 2013 8:42 AM

Worthwhile tips for any project manager facing uncertainty. Don't wing it though - you still need a plan as a baseline.

Djebar Hammouche's curator insight, October 6, 2013 11:38 AM

Seven top tips for leading through uncertainty 

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Steps for Better Storytelling

Steps for Better Storytelling | Business change | Scoop.it

Great leaders tell great stories. It’s the reason Steve Jobs sold millions of iPods by skipping the technical specifications and simply stating that one thousand songs could now fit in your pocket.


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Dr. Dan Kirsch's curator insight, June 25, 2013 8:57 AM

Story telling is certainly an intergral part of best practice KM implementation!

Jasmin Rez's curator insight, June 29, 2013 11:18 PM

"Great tips on becoming a better storyteller" 


Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s curator insight, July 16, 2013 8:47 AM

Great lessons for leaders (and everybody else) for better Storytelling. I love this one: "Show vulnerability"

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That's All Folks: Why the Writing Is on the Wall at Microsoft - Forbes

That's All Folks: Why the Writing Is on the Wall at Microsoft - Forbes | Business change | Scoop.it
This a guest post by Philippe Silberzahn, professor of strategy and innovation at EMLYON Business School, and Milo Jones, professor of strategy at IE Business School.

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Interesting perspective, maybe the era of the controller, like the dinosaur, is coming to an end?

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F. Thunus's curator insight, March 29, 2013 6:43 AM

I tagged this as ArtOfHosting, because it goes way beyond ms. This explains why companies NEED AoH

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Change From Within - New York Times

Change From Within - New York Times | Business change | Scoop.it
Change From Within
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Our era of procrastination has prompted the climate to change and our inability to regulate the nation's firearms has taken far too many innocent lives.

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Best Ideas? They Can Come From Anyone – IF You’re Willing to Listen

Best Ideas? They Can Come From Anyone – IF You’re Willing to Listen | Business change | Scoop.it
“Don’t credit me with that success. That idea came from a janitor at the NFL Films production facility.
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The Weird Rules of Creativity

The Weird Rules of Creativity | Business change | Scoop.it
The Idea in Brief Hire people you don’t like, then promote them when they defy you. Wholeheartedly commit to risky projects. Get your happiest workers arguing.

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The 8 Strengths of Humility

The 8 Strengths of Humility | Business change | Scoop.it
I ask G.J. Hart, when he was CEO of Texas Roadhouse, if he could spot emerging leaders. He didn’t rule out talent, education, or leadership presence, but he replied, “I can usually tell if they hav...

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Otto Scharmer: "The Blind Spot of Leadership"

Social transformation and the path to a green, regenerative, and just economy requires a new collective leadership capacity that enables communities to innov...

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From the Battlefield to the Boardroom: A Navy SEAL's Guide to Business Leadership Success

From the Battlefield to the Boardroom:  A Navy SEAL's Guide to Business Leadership Success | Business change | Scoop.it

I spent five years as a Navy SEAL supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom and the war on terror. During “capture or kill” missions in Iraq and clandestine operations in Northern Africa, I gained a unique perspective on teamwork, leadership, and what it takes to succeed in a competitive and challenging environment. What I didn’t realize at the time was that my experiences in combat had given me a highly valuable and applicable set of tools that translated well to entrepreneurship and leadership in business.


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The Four Kinds of Burning Platforms | Conner Partners

The Four Kinds of Burning Platforms | Conner Partners | Business change | Scoop.it

I promised to curate the next article by Daryl Conner on the four types of burning platforms stories and how they are used in org change work. Well, here it is -- and it is really good.

Any leader, business, or consultant needs to know the particulars in this article. Here is a sneak preview -- the burning platforms stories are NOT really about creating urgency for change.

I appreciate Daryl for clearing up these misconceptions about this story. And don't forget to read his first blog post about the burning platform that I curated below.

This review is written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it


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Billy R Bennett's curator insight, December 11, 2012 9:01 PM

Karen Dietz curated this article by Daryl Conner on four types of burning platforms.  A burning platform is a concept leaders use to define the reason for change.  As Daryl points out this may be based on a negative problem  based appeal or a positive, future opportunity.


Which is better?


Research on personal change has reported greater long term success with positive images.    In most serious change projects, we usually use both. 


You cannot and should not hide business challenges from employees.  


However, once they understand the challenge they will then want to hear your reasoning about why they should consider giving more of themselves to the organization.   I would make it good.


www.pyramidodi.com 

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How Leaders Become Self-Aware

How Leaders Become Self-Aware | Business change | Scoop.it

"A plethora of people, courses, and self-help guides profess to lead you by the hand to the promised land of business success. The problem is that things are always messier than the how-to's make them out to be. This is why it is often better to consider less the specifics and more the principles and qualities that bring success.

 

In my experience — and in the research my co-authors and I did for our new book, Heart, Smarts, Guts, and Luck — there is one quality that trumps all, evident in virtually every great entrepreneur, manager, and leader. That quality is self-awareness. The best thing leaders can to improve their effectiveness is to become more aware of what motivates them and their decision-making."


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How to Create a 15-Word Strategy Statement that's a Story

How to Create a 15-Word Strategy Statement that's a Story | Business change | Scoop.it
A case study of a swimwear company.

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What would your change story be?

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Ana Sanchez's curator insight, April 29, 4:54 PM

The power of stories to make a strategy statement more human

 

Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s curator insight, May 1, 1:28 AM

Such a simple template that can help provide an outline for your story.


Once upon a time there was (insert a name who exemplifies your target customer/consumer) …. . Every day he/she (insert his/her frustration or job to be done) …. . One day we developed (insert the product/solution and what are actually the 2-3 things we offer or not) … . Until finally (insert the end result for the customer/consumer compared to competition)

Helen Teague's curator insight, May 2, 8:49 AM

love this!

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6 Habits of True Strategic Thinkers

6 Habits of True Strategic Thinkers | Business change | Scoop.it

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Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, December 20, 2013 11:04 AM

Think about your role as a librarian and aim to develop these habits.  It will keep us on the cutting edge of transformation.

ASPEL Editor's curator insight, January 14, 5:01 AM

Often times we are faced with the temptation to reach for a fast (and potentially wrongheaded) solution. However, a good strategic leader holds steady, synthesizing information from many sources before developing a viewpoint. If your leader lacks some level of peripheral vision, it can leave your company vulnerable to rivals who detect and act on ambiguous signals. We need strategic leaders who will foster open dialogue, build trust and engage key stakeholders, especially when views diverge. Find out how to become the strategic leader your company needs!

 

 

Molly McClure [molly@fremontconsulting.com]'s curator insight, April 4, 1:24 PM

We have several strategy consultants available in Canada and the US. Sales and strategic management dashboards. Sales accounts analysis; where to focus your sales efforts and glean revenue generating sales behaviors. Reach out to me at molly at fremontconsulting dot com

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How leaders can move past their places of comfort | Aspire-CS

How leaders can move past their places of comfort | Aspire-CS | Business change | Scoop.it
 Many of us can get comfortable in the behaviors we use to lead others.

 


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Helps if you have a coach...

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F. Thunus's curator insight, June 28, 2013 12:48 AM

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Why We're So Afraid of Change ~ What Holds Businesses Back - Forbes

Why We're So Afraid of Change ~ What Holds Businesses Back - Forbes | Business change | Scoop.it

"Embracing change requires you yourself to experience the changes you’re asking your organization to undergo."

 

Our client is now desperately hoping his division’s leaders will embrace change, maybe even a Blue Ocean Strategy. They’ve reached a dangerous tipping point that could risk the future of their business.

 

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To ignite change, you need to do it yourself first.
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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, April 9, 2013 2:52 PM

Any Blue Ocean change practitioners out there who wish to comment on their client experience of "do it yourself first?"  ~  Deb

John Michel's curator insight, April 10, 2013 8:04 AM

In 2009, Steve McKee published “When Growth Stalls” in which he notes that 41.2% of nearly 5,700 companies he studied stalled in the previous decade. The number of reasons why are staggering, namely: a failure to focus, no competitive point of difference, and weak brand images and identities, to name just a few.

Given this reality, we can turn to science to explain why businesses stagnate. Growing research from the neurosciences and cognitive sciences reveal that change really is difficult for humans. Resistance comes from three forces:

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Sherlock Holmes and the case of the terminated PMO

Sherlock Holmes and the case of the terminated PMO | Business change | Scoop.it
“Tch, tch,” clucked Holmes, shaking his head. “What a tragedy, Watson,” he continued, “yet another project management office cut down in its prime.”Watson said nothing; he knew his friend did not l...

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The Four Kinds of Burning Platforms | Conner Partners

The Four Kinds of Burning Platforms | Conner Partners | Business change | Scoop.it
I promised to curate the next article by Daryl Conner on the four types of burning platforms stories and how they are used in org change work. Well, here it is -- and it is really good.

Any leader, business, or consultant needs to know the particulars in this article. Here is a sneak preview -- the burning platforms stories are NOT really about creating urgency for change.

I appreciate Daryl for clearing up these misconceptions about this story. And don't forget to read his first blog post about the burning platform that I curated below.

This review is written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it
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Billy R Bennett's curator insight, December 11, 2012 9:01 PM

Karen Dietz curated this article by Daryl Conner on four types of burning platforms.  A burning platform is a concept leaders use to define the reason for change.  As Daryl points out this may be based on a negative problem  based appeal or a positive, future opportunity.


Which is better?


Research on personal change has reported greater long term success with positive images.    In most serious change projects, we usually use both. 


You cannot and should not hide business challenges from employees.  


However, once they understand the challenge they will then want to hear your reasoning about why they should consider giving more of themselves to the organization.   I would make it good.


www.pyramidodi.com 

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Strategic Storytelling | Business Truisms

Strategic Storytelling | Business Truisms | Business change | Scoop.it
Every so often, a traditionally non-business word finds its way into the business world, fueled by an admirable desire to find new ways to think about old challenges. “Storytelling” has become one of those words.

 

What a nicely written article pointing to several truisms in business storytelling. Some you are familiar with (storytelling is a pull, not a push technology). I like the ones that I don't read much about:
1. Storytelling is a selfless, empowering act
2. Storytelling looks to the future

 

As the author Bill Baker (from Marketing Profs) says, "Successful storytelling respects the past and appreciates the present, but it also looks boldly into the future, moving people past “what is” to “what if?” Done well, storytelling helps people collectively imagine a vision of the future that is achievable and worth achieving, helping them to understand not only what they’re working on but also what they’re working toward." Yes!

 

And, "As you consider using storytelling strategically to give meaning to your brand communications or employee-engagement efforts, don’t do so simply because it is “the next big thing.” Do it because, if you truly listen and you are willing to be generous, authentic, emotional, and collectively creative— it works. As one senior client recently said, “This is a bit frightening. I feel vulnerable; but at the same time, because I’m being myself, I feel more confident.” If your organization is ready for that journey, there’s a great story ahead."

 

Love it. This is a quick post that is rich in insights & examples (ignore its clunky layout). Enjoy!

 

This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it ;


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Adapting to Change, Leader Lessons From Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn - Forbes

Adapting to Change, Leader Lessons From Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn - Forbes | Business change | Scoop.it

Jeff’s leadership style keeps the company focused on growing at the rate of two new members every second  while reducing the business mantra to just two words: “Next Play.”

 

Leadership lessons lists abound on-line.  Jeff's list of 10 lessons, however, is tied to a large, successful virtual platform company with real staying power, connected to jobs and career growth - LinkedIn.  

 

He's obviously trending in the right direction as his inspires his "Next Plays" among his staff.  ~  Deb

 

Excerpts:

 

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Today, 16 months after the LinkedIn IPO, employees continue to talk about their Next Play and stay focused on delivering results.

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Weiner described how powerful the phrase, "Next Play" has been for the company.

 

On the day LinkedIn became a public company, employees received a black T shirt with the company’s name and stock ticker written across the front and Next Play emblazoned on the back of the shirt. Even today 16 months after the LinkedIn IPO, employees continue to talk about their Next Play and stay focused on delivering results.
1) Define leadership : At LinkedIn, Leadership is the ability to inspire others and achieve shared results. ...to create economic opportunity for the 3.3 billion people in the global workplace by matching skills with job opportunities.
3) Prioritize your business goals: ...if we could only do one thing, what would it be? This is a lesson Weiner learned from Steve Jobs and practices every day. 

6) Customers first: ... anytime the LinkedIn product team considers new enhancements the first question revolves around: Is this putting our members first, or is this putting the company first? “If it benefits members, it will ultimately benefit the company.

 

7) Remember To laugh: ...Weiner says he values his team members’ sense of humor and sometimes, on a tough day, that can trump their talent and expertise!

 

Read the full post here.


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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's comment, September 19, 2012 11:42 PM
Thanks Lynn!
Manish Puranik's curator insight, July 10, 2013 12:25 AM

Few more lessons on Leadership...!

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10 Questions to Inspire Innovation

10 Questions to Inspire Innovation | Business change | Scoop.it
10 Questions to Inspire Breakthroughs - from the #Leapfrogging Blog http://t.co/qT88ayle...

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Thanks for the ideas.
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Three Leadership Steps to Defuse Tense Situations

Three Leadership Steps to Defuse Tense Situations | Business change | Scoop.it
How do leaders maintain morale and momentum when members of their team are close to collapsing in frustration over the obstacles they face?

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Responding to Complexity and Uncertainty: The Agile Organisation

Responding to Complexity and Uncertainty: The Agile Organisation | Business change | Scoop.it

Over the past two decades, management consultants and academics at business schools have increasingly stressed what they view as the rapidly increasing levels of complexity and uncertainty in the environment that all organisations have to respond to and many have labelled these conditions ‘ hyper-competition’ or ‘high velocity competition’. To deal with these conditions, consultants and academics have called for organisations to become ‘agile organisations’.


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McDonald's Jobs Taught Bezos, Leno And Others 7 Big Lessons - Forbes

McDonald's Jobs Taught Bezos, Leno And Others 7 Big Lessons - Forbes | Business change | Scoop.it
What can you learn from working at McDonald's? A lot, say people like Jay Leno, Jeff Bezos and Andie McDowell -- all of whom once grilled burgers, washed floors or worked the cash register.

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