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Think Different? Real diversity means getting past groupthink.

Think Different? Real diversity means getting past groupthink. | Business change | Scoop.it
Don’t assume that meeting your diversity goals will help you avoid groupthink. People who look different may agree on pretty much everything.

 

Diversity was never supposed to be limited to skin color, gender, or ethnicity. It also promised to help generate a broader range of thoughts, opinions, and perspectives—and help overcome the curse of groupthink.

 

Any number of recent articles and books have urged executive teams and corporate boards to foster discussion and disagreement. Only from constructive conflict, we’ve been told, can out-of-the-box opinions and ideas emerge. In short, everyone—really, everyone—agrees that groupthink should be avoided like the plague and that new ideas are as good as gold.

 

But even though most big companies long ago established formal diversity goals and programs, initiatives aimed at creating fresh ideas, planting the seeds of greater innovation and fostering contrarian views that serve as a hedge against costly mistakes, have—with relatively few exceptions—failed.

 

Miserably.


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4 Reasons Why Questions are a Leader’s Best Friend

4 Reasons Why Questions are a Leader’s Best Friend | Business change | Scoop.it
The best leaders I know wield questions like a surgeon wields a scalpel…carefully, precisely, respectfully and always with an objective in mind.

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4 Ideas for Cultivating Creativity - World of Psychology

4 Ideas for Cultivating Creativity - World of Psychology | Business change | Scoop.it
I had the pleasure of interviewing several artists and authors on how to break out of a creative rut.

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The bravery of not wowing groups into silence | asaleader.com

The bravery of not wowing groups into silence | asaleader.com | Business change | Scoop.it
One of the reasons exceptional leaders are so fascinating is that, along with the rest of us, they struggle with the challenge of bravery.

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The 3 Most Valuable Things I Learned From My Favorite Boss

The 3 Most Valuable Things I Learned From My Favorite Boss | Business change | Scoop.it

I recently sent a thank you note to a boss that I had back in 1995. I’ve had good bosses since then, but this particular person stands out as Number One for me. Working for him was an amazing learning experience, and when I reflect back on that time, I can readily say that what I learned from him I later used with my own teams.What makes him rise to the top of my list?

 

Here are three top-of-mind things that he taught me (from among the many I could mention):

 

To see all three, go to: http://charneycoachingconsulting.com/the-3-most-valuable-things-i-learned-from-my-favorite-boss.html

 


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Good Fail, Bad Fail: What Made Caterpillar And Unmade Enron

Good Fail, Bad Fail: What Made Caterpillar And Unmade Enron | Business change | Scoop.it

There are many background similarities between Ken Lay, former CEO of Enron, and Jim Owens, former CEO of Caterpillar Inc, but how they handled mistakes was quite different. Owens achieved numerous successes in large part by learning from his own mistakes as well as the mistakes of others, In 2001 Lay attempted to hide his mistakes and those of others and as a consequence went from the top of the charts to ending as one of the most catastrophically flawed leaders in US business history.

 

So why is it that we don't we embrace challenges and become accepting of mistakes, learning from them and ultimately growing from them? And if learning from mistakes has so much value, why is it taboo to even talk about mistakes in the context of business and leadership? The answers aren't hard to find.


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The Importance of Undisciplined Thinking

The Importance of Undisciplined Thinking | Business change | Scoop.it

 RT @davidholzmer: The Importance of Undisciplined Thinking | The Creativity Post http://t.co/07e0MkDm...


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Are There Better Ways To Measure Social Media ROI? [#INFOGRAPHIC]

Are There Better Ways To Measure Social Media ROI? [#INFOGRAPHIC] | Business change | Scoop.it

Are There Better Ways To Measure Social Media ROI? [#INFOGRAPHIC]


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The Value Proposition Canvas

The Value Proposition Canvas | Business change | Scoop.it

There is no practical tool that helps business people map, think through, discuss, test, and pivot their company’s value proposition in relationship to their customers’ needs.

 

The Value Proposition Canvas is like a plug-in tool to the Business Model Canvas. It helps you design, test, and build your company’s Value Proposition to Customers in a more structured and thoughtful way, just like the Canvas assists you in the business model design process


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Videoconference, Meet and Collaborate with Up To 25 People with Watchitoo Playground

Videoconference, Meet and Collaborate with Up To 25 People with Watchitoo Playground | Business change | Scoop.it


Robin Good: Watchitoo Playground is a low-cost, high-quality alternative video conferencing and collaboration tool allowing up to 25 participants to video chat and collaborate online.

 

Watchitoo meetings can be fully integrated and embedded in any web site and the service integrates document, screen, and link-sharing capablities while being 100% web-based.

 

Additional features include white labeling, event recording, live moderation, support for a broad range of document types, HD video quality, audio-bridge and analytics.

 

Playground is available in a free version as well as in a more powerful version starting at super-low rate of $3.80/per user/ per month.

 

 

Find out more / features: http://watchitoo.com/what_is_watchitoo

 

Sign up: www.plground.com

 

 

 

 


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THE GREATEST PROBLEM OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE REACHED SOMETHING

THE GREATEST PROBLEM OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE REACHED SOMETHING | Business change | Scoop.it

Our society has many great leaders - leaders who have something to say, who are respected and people trust in their opinion. But too many of them take themselves too seriously, they believe the own influence and press - they trust in BEING SOMEONE. They should never forget that they started at the bottom as a positional leader and they also started from zero.
They got successful because other people helped them along the way.
Only through building effective relationships we are able to be successful.

Leaders often don't use the opportunity to making an impact

So many good leaders are not able to give back, to help others to succeed, to develop other leaders. They do not use the opportunity to making an impact beyond their tenure and beyond their lifetimes. 

Here the levels of leadership (according to "5 Levels of Leadership" of +John Maxwell):

1.) Position - people follow because they have to (RIGHTS)
2.) Permission - people follow you because they want to (RELATIONSHIPS)
3.) Production - people follow because of what you have done (for the organization) (RESULTS)
4.) People Development - people follow because of what you have done for them (REPRODUCTION)
5.) Pinnacle - people follow because of who you are and what you represent
(RESPECT)

+John Maxwell says:
Leaders at this level of leadership (level 5 in leadership = the Pinnacle) need to be a good model to everyone by valuing people, continuing to grow, practicing the golden rule, being authentic, exhibiting good values and living out the right priorities. Level 5 leaders have a platform to lead and to persuade. Whenever possible they should use it to pass on those things that have helped them to succeed. 

LEADERS SHOULD STRIVE TO LEAVE A POSITIVE LEGACY, USING THEIR INFLUENCE TO CREATE A BETTER WORLD.

What you daily do becomes your legacy! Decide wisely what will become your legacy and live according to that!

Here a guide for level 5 leaders:

➛ Remain humble and teachable. Write a credo for learning that you will follow every day.

➛ Maintain your core focus. 

➛ Create the right inner circle to keep you grounded. Reward people with loyalty, love, protection, leadership, money, etc.

➛ There are always a handful of things that only the top leaders can do for their organization. Think these responsibilities through and make them a high priority.

➛ Create a supercharged leadership development environment. 

➛ Create room at the top for potential leaders. Make room by giving existing top leaders new challenges.

➛ Develop top leaders. Set aside one-on-one time every week to work with the best leaders.

➛ Plan your succession. Focus on developing the few who have the potential to succeed you.

➛ Plan your legacy. Start doing whatever you must to fulfill it.

➛ Use your leadership success as a platform for something greater. As a Pinnacle leader, people outside your organization and industry will seek your advice. Leverage that to benefit others outside your direct sphere of influence.

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http://www.success.com/articles/1729-the-fifth-level-of-leadership--the-pinnacle


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How to Identify Resistance to Change & Assess the Signs & Symptoms | the Change Samurai

How to Identify Resistance to Change & Assess the Signs & Symptoms | the Change Samurai | Business change | Scoop.it
Recognizing the early warning signs of resistance to change is important in order for a change manager to help employees deal with stress that change in the workplace causes.
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Speaking Up For Change - Great Story from Soulseeds

Speaking Up For Change - Great Story from Soulseeds | Business change | Scoop.it
A man joins a religious order and takes a vow of silence. According to the rules of the monastery, he is allowed to speak two words per year.
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9 Good Reads on Failure (in the Context of Innovation)

9 Good Reads on Failure (in the Context of Innovation) | Business change | Scoop.it
A few years ago, I argued that we needed to become better at learning through failure, but that the word failure itself is so negatively loaded.
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Megatrends shaping the future of workspace

Megatrends shaping the future of workspace | Business change | Scoop.it

he nature of work is changing. What we do during working hours, how we interact, exchange information, and the activities we perform at work are leagues away from the white collar worker of decades past.

 

We have closed the door on the industrial economy and have entered the knowledge economy. Our raw material is no longer tangible, it is made up of ideas and information.

 

Traditional work environments, closed cells, dull aesthetics and inflexible work areas no longer support the activities we conduct in the office, and consequently, the face of the ‘standard’ workplace is changing.


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Components of Confidence - Confidence Tips

Components of Confidence - Confidence Tips | Business change | Scoop.it
Ross McWilliam shares his thoughts, tips and ideas on the Components of Confidence...

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Is Content Marketing the Hot New Trend?

Is Content Marketing the Hot New Trend? | Business change | Scoop.it
More companies and B2B marketers are now recognizing the power of content marketing and the effect it is having on customer engagement and brand awareness. Even B2C Companies such as Coca Cola and American Express are embracing content marketing.

 

Why is content marketing so hot today?

 

As Jeff explains in his blog post, content publishing has been around quite some time. My partner and I have been blogging since it appeared on the Web. But it's only been in the last 6-9 months that the "distribution technologies" have made it possible to easily, quickly, and inexpensively distribute your content to your intended target audience.

 

Are you taking advantage of these "distribution technologies" Jeff refers to like Scoop.it?

 

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A GOOD LEADER MUST SHOW EMPATHY - Empathy in Leadership – 10 Reasons Why It Matters | TanveerNaseer.com

A GOOD LEADER MUST SHOW EMPATHY - Empathy in Leadership – 10 Reasons Why It Matters | TanveerNaseer.com | Business change | Scoop.it

1. What does empathy mean?

“Empathy means I demonstrate concern for & listen to reach understanding of others ideas & feelings.” –@scedmonds

2. Why does it matter for us to understand the needs of others?

“By understanding others we can develop closer relationships.” –@TerriKlass

3. What traits/behaviours distinguish someone as empathetic?

“Empathy requires listening, nonjudgmentalism, openness, emotional intelligence.” –@StrategicMonk

4. Can we learn to be more empathetic or is this an innate trait?

“Empathy is human. We can develop empathy when we focus on others and commit to develop our authentic self.” –@jimweibe

5. What can we do to become more empathetic?

“Take a personal interest in people. Show people that you care, and genuine curiosity about their lives.” –@LollyDaskal

6. What role does empathy play in leadership? Why does it matter?

“When we understand our team we have a better idea of the challenges ahead of us.” –@morrismichellek

7. So why aren’t we being more empathetic at work?

“Empathy takes time, focus, effort. Some people focus more on meeting deadlines than on the people who will carry you there.” –@elbiddulph

8. How can leaders encourage a culture of empathy?

“Create an environment were people feel it is safe to express their true opinion.” –@DrGregWaddell

9. How can we use empathy to become a better leader?

“Empathy as a state of mind breeds more listening -> understanding -> leadership!” –@KateNasser

10. If leaders could do one thing to create a more empathetic workplace, what would it be?

“Remember that people are not machines. They feel as well as produce.” –@dapancost

The greatest problem in our society are leaders who don't want to "see" others, who don't respect and value other people. These people are not able to feeling empathy.They prevent themselves from developping good relationships with people. These people are an obstacle for themselves, an obstacle through the own behaviour. And they are often so heavily involved in this false behaviour that they are not aware what they do and how wrong they behave. 

If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care. – Theodore Roosevelt


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http://www.tanveernaseer.com/why-empathy-matters-in-leadership/


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10 Amazing Videos About the Creative Process

10 Amazing Videos About the Creative Process | Business change | Scoop.it

A hand-picked selection of the web's best videos about the creative process from some of the world's most talented creative minds.

 

Photo: Courtesy of photopin.com


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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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Few more lessons on Leadership...!

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EQ case study - saves money in health care!

EQ case study - saves money in health care! | Business change | Scoop.it

This is one of the most profound studies showing significant $$ saved JUST by adding a simple, inexpensive EQ technique to normal patient care.  Please review and consider this important, and surprising, work!


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Street Smart Disciplines Every Entrepreneur Needs

Street Smart Disciplines Every Entrepreneur Needs | Business change | Scoop.it

An entrepreneur needs to be street smart, however many who commence businesses, have not had the time or experiences to be as street smart as they need to be in order to survive.

 

Fortunately, street smarts can be described as a series of disciplines that need to enacted, and it is possible to learn and apply these disciplines quickly, to avoid the problems that a lack of street smarts can cause for an entrepreneur.

 

This excellent article, identifies seven disciplines that can be learned and practiced, and it suggests that these may all be actually required of any business owner looking to succeed in business.


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Understanding My Own “Immunity to Change”

Understanding My Own “Immunity to Change” | Business change | Scoop.it

Change is not always easy. At least, not for me.

 

Consider this:

 

I’ve recently signed up at MyFitnessPal, a site that allows me to track how much I eat and how much I exercise. I’m hoping for the best, despite my history. I’ve not done very well with diet and exercise over the last few years, and that’s being very generous. Changing both my eating and fitness regimes (both what and when), has not been something that I’ve enthusiastically embraced or—let’s face it—accomplished. Something seems to be standing in my way.

 

I think it might be me.


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4 Tactics to Make Smarter Decisions

4 Tactics to Make Smarter Decisions | Business change | Scoop.it
Should you trust your gut or your data? Bestselling authors Dan and Chip Heath say, neither. Here's what really goes into making sound decisions.
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How Do Leaders Hold People Accountable?

How Do Leaders Hold People Accountable? | Business change | Scoop.it
People have different ideas of what “accountability” means. Some believe it is a discipline; others simply say, “Leadership Skills” are...

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