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» 15 Tips for Taming Distractions When Trying to Create - World of Psychology

» 15 Tips for Taming Distractions When Trying to Create - World of Psychology | Business change | Scoop.it
When it comes to creativity, distractions “are a mixed blessing,” according to Christina Rosalie, a writer, mixed-media artist and author of A Field Guide

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I'm glad they are at least in part a blessing!

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MyCreativeTeam's curator insight, April 4, 2013 9:54 AM

Squirrel!

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, April 5, 2013 9:51 AM

Good concrete ideas for minimizing distractions. I use the kitchen timer one a lot.

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Capco Introduces “changeSourcing” to Drive Bank Transformation

Capco Introduces “changeSourcing” to Drive Bank Transformation | Business change | Scoop.it
Capco Introduces “changeSourcing” to Drive Bank Transformation
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Interesting concept, recognising that change professionals are genuinely valuable in service transformation.

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Defining a Social Business - Altimeter report review part 2 | London ...

Defining a Social Business - Altimeter report review part 2 | London ... | Business change | Scoop.it
Altimeter group looked at the six stages of social business transformation. Here we ... Altimeter lists the following best practices to ensure the “presence” stage of the transformation maximises business impact: 1.
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How To Explode "Narrow Frame" Thinking To Unleash Great Ideas

How To Explode "Narrow Frame" Thinking To Unleash Great Ideas | Business change | Scoop.it
Studies have found that people tend to make “whether or not” decisions, like “I’m deciding whether or not to quit my job,” or “I’m deciding whether or not to buy a new TV.” This is a trap--one that psychologists call “narrow framing.” People caught...

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Gary Bamford's curator insight, April 1, 2013 3:35 AM

How to broaden your thinking! For me this equates to altering the boundaries of the system you are considering!

John Michel's curator insight, April 1, 2013 7:16 AM

Studies have found that people tend to make “whether or not” decisions, like “I’m deciding whether or not to quit my job,” or “I’m deciding whether or not to buy a new TV.” This is a trap--one that psychologists call “narrow framing.” People caught in a narrow frame tend to overlook the full range of options available to them. So the question is, how can you break out of a narrow frame and generate new options for yourself?

Rim Riahi's curator insight, April 3, 2013 6:50 AM

Studies have found that people tend to make “whether or not” decisions, like “I’m deciding whether or not to quit my job,” or “I’m deciding whether or not to buy a new TV.” This is a trap--one that psychologists call “narrow framing.” People caught...

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Innovation: Time to Ditch

Innovation:  Time to Ditch | Business change | Scoop.it
Innovation leadership demands a new kind of leader, one who embodies both the generalist and the specialist.
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Ricard Lloria's curator insight, March 31, 2013 9:14 PM

It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.

Leonardo da Vinci

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Great Companies Are Led By Missionaries, Not Mercenaries - Forbes

Great Companies Are Led By Missionaries, Not Mercenaries - Forbes | Business change | Scoop.it

Since 2000, famous billionaire investor John Doerr, partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, has often discussed an important aspect of the world’s greatest entrepreneurs.


In an interview reported by Knowledge@Wharton, Doerr described the five characteristics that distinguish truly great ventures.

- The greatest companies are led by missionaries, not mercenaries;
- They have top-notch, passionate leadership;
- They operate in large, rapidly growing and under-served markets;
- They have reasonable levels of financing; and most importantly,
- They work with a sense of urgency.

Burke Alder, VP of marketing for Lendio, emphasizes the following points in a missionary leadership: 

- The concept of missionary leaders starts with the “why” of the organization.
- In a missionary culture, people matter. A missionary-focused company wants to make people’s lives better.
- Missionary leadership is about building a company based on solving a problem that needs to be solved—a problem big enough that you’re willing to focus on it for the very long term.
- Missionary leaderships focuses on collaboration. A missionary style company appreciates two-way feedback. Much of the company’s desire is to help people and to improve their lives. In a missionary culture you can make a mistake and still be okay.


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http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidkwilliams/2013/03/29/great-companies-are-led-by-missionaries-not-mercenaries/


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Karin Sebelin's curator insight, March 31, 2013 7:40 AM

Collaboration and making an impact in peoples' lives should be our background thinking in business. Showing sincere interest for other people and their problems and caring for them needs selflessness and #empathy .

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The First 90 Days: Your Road Map For Success at a New Job

The First 90 Days: Your Road Map For Success at a New Job | Business change | Scoop.it
How to establish rock-solid relationships and catapult yourself to success when you're the newest team member.
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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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What's Better for Business: Logic or Emotion? Answers From Neuroscience - Forbes

What's Better for Business: Logic or Emotion? Answers From Neuroscience - Forbes | Business change | Scoop.it
Part 1 of a series on neuroscience and innovation Humans are animals.  While we like to think we're captains of our destiny, we're far more driven by instinct than we know.  In many ways, we’re just glorified apes, even in business.
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Laura Goodrich's comment, April 3, 2013 6:27 PM
Yes, a blend of both is powerful Tom Wojick
Cris Popp's curator insight, April 4, 2013 6:26 PM

I think you do better in life, and at work, if you accept that better than 85% of our behaviours are driven by unconscious drivers.  You just have to look at politics to see that often, decisions are made first, and justified afterwards.  This is fine when you're making a decision just for yourself – but if you're making decisions that affect others, they need to be made from a more rational basis.
This is especially the case, when through technology, a leader can have a much longer lever of control and reach over others.  That reach ranges from beiong as small as authority over someone elses job adn job happiness, all the way to the leaders of North Korea and the nuclear threat they wield over millions of people.
This is why, leaders especially, need to be aware of their own motives, and drivers, and to be humble about their perspective.  Their decsions may be perfectly rational - they need to accept they may not.  When I judge leaders, this capacity is one of the most important factors that I use.

Cris Popp's comment, August 29, 2013 6:48 PM
I agree Tom, it's about how to use both, And how to use each to develop the other. For example , testing your gut feel to see how accurate it is.
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The Myth of Marketing: How Research Reaches For The Heart But Only Connects With The Head

The Myth of Marketing: How Research Reaches For The Heart But Only Connects With The Head | Business change | Scoop.it
Marketers are supposed to be the experts on connecting emotionally with customers.
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Fascinating and resonates strongly with me.  People change behaviour (one goal of marketing?) with their hearts not their heads...

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5 Lessons in Learning and Leadership - Forbes

5 Lessons in Learning and Leadership - Forbes | Business change | Scoop.it
Here in the Boston, Cambridge we are lucky, there’s a college around every corner. Harvard, M.I.T., Wellesley, Boston University, the list goes on and on.

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Tom Hood's comment, March 26, 2013 7:31 AM
Very re-affirming of our L>C - your rate of learning needs to be greater than the rate of change and yes, even leaders... "So whether you’re a leader, manager, employee or freelancer, it’s time to start actively learning to maintain career momentum." And "Stay focused on two things: first, what will help you bolster your strengths, up your performance, and grow as a leader; and second, what excites you." See our video theBounce http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0l4NXk_F2o
Tom Hood's curator insight, March 26, 2013 7:32 AM

Very re-affirming of our L>C - your rate of learning needs to be greater than the rate of change and yes, even leaders... "So whether you’re a leader, manager, employee or freelancer, it’s time to start actively learning to maintain career momentum." And "Stay focused on two things: first, what will help you bolster your strengths, up your performance, and grow as a leader; and second, what excites you." See our video theBounce http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0l4NXk_F2o

Rim Riahi's curator insight, March 27, 2013 1:49 AM

Here in the Boston, Cambridge we are lucky, there’s a college around every corner. Harvard, M.I.T., Wellesley, Boston University, the list goes on and on.

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How to Build Bridges when Communicating Across Cultures - Sherwood Fleming's Intercultural Communication Insights

How to Build Bridges when Communicating Across Cultures - Sherwood Fleming's Intercultural Communication Insights | Business change | Scoop.it
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4 Elements of Epic Storytelling

4 Elements of Epic Storytelling | Business change | Scoop.it

"When I’m immersed in fantasy, a trance envelopes me. There’s something about great fantasy storytelling that trumps all other genres in drawing me into the world and story.

 

Call me crazy, but I think I’m onto something here. And that something is the recipe for the domination of the imagination. Much like The Hero with a Thousand Faces, I think epic storytelling has a certain formula that can produce a killer product."


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John Purificati's curator insight, March 30, 2013 10:47 AM

Good insight.

Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, April 9, 2013 8:40 PM

The key elements of story.

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, April 10, 2013 8:34 AM

I think these could hold true for any storytelling. Sure, world-building is something fantasy and sci-fi writers talk about, but building a unique realistic world can be equally engrossing. That world would be internal or personal, but still....

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Radicals & Visionaries: Invention vs. Innovation

Radicals & Visionaries: Invention vs. Innovation | Business change | Scoop.it
Is it better to improve on existing ideas or to start from scratch?

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Maya Mathias's curator insight, April 4, 2013 1:41 AM

I agree with both camps, though I DO tend to be biased toward innovation.  It reminds me of the time I was a Biology major in university, when we debated the usefulness of pure vs. applied science.  What's your take?

John Michel's curator insight, April 4, 2013 8:36 AM

Are successful entrepreneurial concepts the product of nature or of nurture? Do they spring unformed from the minds of inventors, or are they carefully cultivated adaptations of preexisting notions?





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Getting Serious about Community Development (Part 4) | Reply-MC

Getting Serious about Community Development (Part 4) | Reply-MC | Business change | Scoop.it

The good old art of managing the emotional bank account of trust. With all the buzz around communities we are tempted to forget that the tipping point between our expertise and the community that supports it, is that bank account.

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Good post on investing in the trust bank to make sure change programmes work  - from @lucgaloppin, always worth reading.

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Creativity: Inspiration vs. Perspiration

Creativity: Inspiration vs. Perspiration | Business change | Scoop.it
Understanding the different ways that your brain approaches creative thinking can help you implement the best approach to problem solving.

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Twitter / MirandaSimrie: Failure is an opportunity to ...

RT @MirandaSimrie: Failure is an opportunity to rethink, change & start over #advancingSA #entrepreneurs #innovation http://t.co/SHgBYOF2XR
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Deconstructing Innovation: a complex concept made simple

Deconstructing Innovation: a complex concept made simple | Business change | Scoop.it

Successful innovators and entrepreneurs all embrace change and the risks that they pose. In fact, innovation is the poster child of the mantra that there are no rules. Only by trying out new things, by failing, by discovering what works and what doesn’t, do you gain answers to the innovation question.


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6 Distractions Leaders Need To Resist

6 Distractions Leaders Need To Resist | Business change | Scoop.it
Do you get distracted? Everyone does. You do. I do. Distractions are everywhere. Social media has made distractions the norm.
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Work. Distraction. Work. Distraction. Work. Distraction. Distraction.

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Change Management Is Bigger Than Leadership

Change Management Is Bigger Than Leadership | Business change | Scoop.it
It took a complete work system overhaul to rejuvenate Hyundai. Catholic Church, take note.
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Thinking about How I Think

Thinking about How I Think | Business change | Scoop.it
A prospective client asked me to come talk with a few board members about how I think about transformative change and how I might help their organization work through some significant short-term an...

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christine koehler's comment, March 29, 2013 7:25 AM
Yes, it's a good tool, that can be integrated to many others and that enable to ask powerful questions.
Tom Hood's curator insight, March 29, 2013 8:25 AM

Some great insights in this article for me, reaffirmations and reinforcement of principles around leading change and innovation.

 

Change is about people, not organizations or systems. Organizations are really about People. I use the term Return on People.

 

Transformation is about creation and destruction. I say transformation is creating what isn't rather than improving what is.

 

Paradox and the ability to hold onto completely opposite ideas (also from Jim Collins and the power of AND versus OR).

 

What do you think?

Orianne Corman's comment, April 3, 2013 5:43 AM
Hello Tom, for me it's very interesting to connect opposite ideas, it's the soil of creativity.
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Do better or differently

Like many people, I have been really impressed by the Meaning Conference that Will McInnes and his colleagues at NixonMcInnes recently organised. I followed on Twitter. If I was sensing such positive energy from afar, imagine what the atmosphere must have been like to be there.

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JFDI - be the change...

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Ditch the Fad-Surfing, Model the Universal Truths!

Ditch the Fad-Surfing, Model the Universal Truths! | Business change | Scoop.it
Too many organisations are desperately searching for the magic bullet that makes change stick. They should be promoting timeless and universal principles first.
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This is my small contribution to the amazing body of work that is @toddbnielsen Leadership Blogathon.  To lead change well, focus on key behaviours rather than magic bullet answers!

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Reconising Resistance to Change ― Leadership Thoughts

Reconising Resistance to Change ― Leadership Thoughts | Business change | Scoop.it
In this post we introduce the four main forms of resistance to change and provide tips for managing those who resist your change efforts.
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Useful models for diagnosing your change challenges...

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Why Organizations Are So Afraid to Simplify

Why Organizations Are So Afraid to Simplify | Business change | Scoop.it
While most managers complain about being overloaded with responsibilities, very few are willing to give up any of them.

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To bring the right changes about, we need to say no more to the wrong changes.

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Sayadi Fouad's curator insight, March 29, 2013 7:13 PM

résistance au changement ?

 

Kristen E. Sukalac's comment, April 13, 2013 11:22 AM
We're working with a client trade association to overhaul their governance, which has been pieced together over the years and never re-thought in a coherent way. One of our observations was that the working committees should be taken out of the governance and report to a governing body instead since there had been confusion about when activities were truly mandated and ready for public consumption. Immediate reaction: but how will the committee chairs feel about being demoted?????