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High Quality Connections, Short, Deeply Fortifying, Dr. Jane Dutton Video

High Quality Connections, Short, Deeply Fortifying, Dr. Jane Dutton Video | Change Leadership Watch |

"People are more instantaneously alive in healthy in High Quality Connections."

Listen here (brief 4 min. video) as Professor Jane Dutton unlocks the importance of high quality connections and four ways how to make them.  

It is NOT the same as developing positive relationships.

Dr. Dutton is a co-founder of the Univ. of Michigan's Ross Business Schools growing domain of expertise called Positive Organizational Scholarship

Her past research has explored processes of organizational adaptation, focusing on how strategic issues are interpreted and managed in organizations, as well as issues of organizational identity and change.

Imagine the impact on a culture if this became a people investment value.

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Moving attention from negative deviance to positive deviance (as there is MUCH research on failure and what doesn't work) is what brings this resource to a change leadership watch listing instead of change management resources.

From the first time that I've met Jane Dutton, I've been struck by her openness and deep focus on the scholarship of high quality connections and the impacts they have within organizations.  

A chapter on the subject is here:  High Quality Connections

Let me know what you think.  ~  Deb 

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How Luther went Viral like Arab Spring: Message, Movement & Social Media

How Luther went Viral like Arab Spring: Message, Movement & Social Media | Change Leadership Watch |

"Leader lessons from those who were too slow to adapt to new ways of sharing the message."

Higher education and churches are exemplars of slow change.  There are many examples of higher education disruption in this curation stream.  Here's the first church-based example with more to come.  The lessons apply to all change leaders, especially considering the pervasiveness of culture & belief in institutions of all types.



Tom Standage of The Economist magazine wrote an article comparing the Protestant Reformation to the current use of social media in the Arab Spring.


Martin Luther, he says, was a relatively unknown cleric who took advantage of the hottest technology of 1517. He wrote short articles and theses, printed short and punchy pamphlets and also developed catchy hymns to pass his message along.


Tom points out three major ways that the Reformation-age use of printing parallels our own social media.


1) he connected directly with the everyman, writing in German, not Latin. He lead singing that stuck with people. He wrote short, non-theological works to make powerful points.


2)  When the church wanted to refute Luther, they wrote in Latin and attacked his theology. leaders understood, but failed to capture the everyman...


3)  Finally, ...Martin Luther ultimately could not control his own message.   ...On the negative side, this lead to a bloody peasant's rebellion that Luther had to distance himself from. On the positive side, ...the Reformation was free to spread out of Germany and across the world.


Wednesday, 15 February 2012 

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