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What Works in the New Metropolis: The New Urban Pioneers

What Works in the New Metropolis: The New Urban Pioneers | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

Meet the official in Chattanooga who built the fastest internet in the western hemisphere, the technocrat who revolutionized public transportation in Helsinki, the Berkeley professor who’s creating 3-D data maps of how cities work and more.

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Singapore, ...first drafted its plan in the 1960s...followed so closely and creat[ing] such an economic powerhouse that the city-state now exports its urban know-how...created an economy unto itself.
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As Adie Tomer and Robert Puentes, fellows at the Brookings Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative, put it: “It all starts with cities making a concerted effort to understand who they are and where they want to go.” Singapore, for example, first drafted its plan in the 1960s, and it has been followed so closely and created such an economic powerhouse that the city-state now exports its urban know-how, hosts conferences about planning, and assists cities around the world with their infrastructure issues—for a price. The plan, in other words, has created an economy unto itself.


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… in smaller urban areas, businesses often grow even faster than ….than in a vast metropolitan region, where they are one among many.

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For another approach...visit Edmonton, Alberta. Its City Vision 2040 program breaks down city planning into six categories (finance, green, grow, live, move, and prosper), and then looks at what works and doesn’t work. ....it considers all aspects of expansion, from the impact on Edmonton’s neighboring municipalities to current patterns of development, transportation, and land use. The Municipal Development Plan is debated publicly...different views and more ideas are brought to the table. .... transparency makes it easier for the public to buy into a plan for their city’s future.
 

The builders of smart cities have also learned....a single building or neighborhood might serve as the best test bed for trying out ideas. Boston’s Innovation District is one such example. There, 1,000 acres of South Boston waterfront has become its own talent draw, providing affordable office space, services such as Internet and office supplies and networking events.


... these special districts is that they can exist and thrive in cities large and small. In fact, in smaller urban areas, businesses often grow even faster than they would in a vast metropolitan region, where they are one among many.

 

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Yes, planning can work, and the idea of small implementation pilots has long been a good one in these case study examples. Note that one city's plan, does not a template make, but can serve as useful lessons noting that culture, beliefs and behaviors could vary significantly from one area to another.  ~  D

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3 Ways Leaders Maintain Their Composure in Turbulence: Mack Brown

3 Ways Leaders Maintain Their Composure in Turbulence:  Mack Brown | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

Leaders need to show more composure than ever before in the workplace in the post 2008 economy, becoming more mobile, more transient, more flexible, more innovative, and more strategic and diverse.


Excerpted from a list of 7:

1. Don’t Allow Your Emotions to Get in the Way


Seasoned leaders ...don’t yell or get overly animated when times get tough. These types of leaders have such emotional self-control that even their body language does not give them away.


4. Remain Fearless

When leaders project confidence, they instill it in others. ...


....Recently, Mack Brown, the former coach of the University of Texas (UT) football team, was put under a lot of pressure to resign as a result of his team underperforming in 2013. Though the University handled his forced resignation poorly – considering Mr. Brown had coached the team successfully for the past 16 years – his decisiveness the day he announced his resignation made you feel that his transition out of the job was a positive thing for the university.


Human nature will tell you that he must have been hurting inside, but his decisiveness and presence of mind made those that were watching him speak believe that the future looked bright for UT football.



6. Take Accountability


Leaders are most composed during times of crisis and change when they are fully committed to resolving the issue at hand. ...this means that you have made the decision to assume responsibility and take the required steps to problem solve before the situation gets out of hand.


Article by Glenn Llopis, Contributor.  Full article here.
Glenn offers the immigrant perspective how how companies can become more mobile, more transient, more flexible, more innovative, and more strategic and diverse.


Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

This is a helpful list.  Although I don't agree with all the items, it's useful for reflection in tough times.  

For example, authenticity and showing vulnerability is about honesty, and leaders do need to show this vulnerability from time to time, to be fully trusted.   Mack Brown may have shown this side to someone, yet in public, he did what was right for the school and the team.   ~ D

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Influence, Service and the 100 Best Quotes on Leadership - Forbes

Influence, Service and the 100 Best Quotes on Leadership - Forbes | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"A great quote can provide personal inspiration and can be used to educate others. The contributor shares his top 100 leadership quotes of all time."


Excerpted (some of my own favorites taken from Kevin's list):


  • You don’t need a title to be a leader. –Multiple Attributions
  
  • A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. —John Maxwell
  
  • My own definition of leadership is this: The capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence. —General Montgomery
  
  • Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations. —Peter Drucker
  
  • Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has. —Margaret Mead
  
  • The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born. —Warren Bennis
  
  • To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less. —Andre Malraux
   
  • He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander. —Aristotle


Deb:  It seems to be true, per another Scoop, that leadership, in a sense, doesn't really exist, from Peter Drucker's perspective.  It is about trust, respect, leader development opportunity, influence and community (relationship / networks / feedback.)   That's my perspective on the leadership-train-talk.


(Have a favorite quote that didn't make the list? Share it in the comments section below.)


Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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How Having & Sharing a Vision For Your Company can Accomplish the Miraculous

How Having & Sharing a Vision For Your Company can Accomplish the Miraculous | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

Your vision should be a reach AND realistic => based on  an ability to develop key distinctive competencies.


What are examples of a clear vision?

Ewing Kauffman, at his founding of the Kansas City Royals baseball team in 1969, articulated a vision of competing in a World Series within 5 years. While this sounded highly improbable at the time, it caused the entire organization to measure every action it took against the aspiration to be the best! Kauffman built a superb organization and, while there wasn’t a World series within 5 years, the Royals did get to the World Series within 10 years.


The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis was started in 1984 with a vision to “cure spinal cord injury.” This was an audacious goal given the state of spinal cord research at that time. Twenty seven years later, the Miami Project has raised over $300 million for research and has pioneered critical breakthroughs in treating spinal cord injury -  unthinkable at its founding

 

In addition to its motivational  value, a clear vision serves as a powerful prism through which you judge every action you take.  It helps you set key priorities.  Does the action in question bring you closer to achieving your vision?

 

For example, if you want to be the best business office products retailer in your city, do you spend sufficient time out speaking with and understanding the office products needs of your potential business customers? A vision  forces you to ask these questions and serves as  a powerful organizing statement for your efforts.

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Avoiding Decision Failures: The NASA Challenger Explosion and Groupthink

When alternatives are overlooked because cohesion is favored over individuality, the results can be tragic and lasting.

The top decision-making team responsible for the Challenger launch was very familiar with each other. They had worked with each for many years prior to the mission.


Group cohesiveness in decision-making can be deceiving. Decisions are often made quickly and with high levels of consensus, but this doesn’t always correlate to the BEST choices. When alternatives are overlooked, because cohesion is favored over individuality, poor decisions can arise.


How can you avoid this?
Remember a quick decision doesn’t always mean a great decision. Carefully examine alternatives by bringing together diverse groups of people with varied backgrounds. It is important that the solution is the priority rather than pleasing, or being an appeasing group member. 

Precursors of Groupthink
1. Cohesive Group
2. Insulation from Experts
3. Leader Preferences


This post also highlights 8 symptoms of groupthink including:

  • Inherent Morality
  • Stereotyped Views of Others
  • Self Censorship
  • Mindguarding 
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Following my last post, this is a  large part of a the risky, and at times the lonely business of challenging "strong leader preferences" that led to a tragic, well known outcome in the USA. ~ D

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Angie Tarasoff's curator insight, March 27, 2014 12:52 PM

This is a tremendous article that discusses decision traps when making decisions in groups.


The precursors and symptoms of groupthink  are polarities - how might you manage the situation when you notice these behaviours occuring?

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8 Powerful Speaking Lessons from 57 Inaugural Speeches: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly - Forbes

8 Powerful Speaking Lessons from 57 Inaugural Speeches:  The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly - Forbes | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"To date, there have been 44 United States presidents - on  January 21st Barack Obama delivered the 57th Inaurgural Address."



Here are excerpts from eight (8) lessons the author, Margaret M. Perlis, learned from the best and worst of the inaugural addresses including:


Excerpts:


Keep It Real:  James Buchanan, our 15th president, was one of the worst in American history, when the issues of slavery and secession were reaching a boiling point. While Buchanan rejected slavery...he refused to challenge the constitutional establishment...and states that were threatening secession.


...His inauguration speech ...diminish(es) the severity of impending conflicts by peppering it with words like “simple” or “happy.”


Know Your Audience, Understand Your Outcome:


Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address was delivered to a war-torn and weary nation.  ...Lincoln’s brief 600-word address, ....one of the most powerful in U.S. history ...spurned triumphalism, instead choosing a tone of magnanimity: “both sides read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invoked His aid against the other.” 


Read the full text here.


For examples of the power of story, see these two examples:

A personal and a human story of overcoming adversity via a classic from Deb's blog:

Several story & case study examples of how to build agility in a volatile business climate:
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Via the highest office of the land, USA, change & progress is portrayed in ways that work and ways that do not, showing that storytelling and speeches are important to the leadership art of inspiration and influence.  ~  Deb


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Social Good Leadership in Media: More Donors Raise the Bar for the 100th Neediest Cases Campaign

Social Good Leadership in Media:  More Donors Raise the Bar for the 100th Neediest Cases Campaign | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it
Donors to the 100th campaign of the Neediest Cases Fund responded in greater numbers than in past years, helping the fund top $7 million for the first time in five years.


The New York Times has good news to report with its 100th campaign to do good. It did what a now multi-platform publishing business does best, share stories about:

  • Elfreda McMillan and her son, Thonn, a teenager whose 85-pound body has been ravaged by a rare disease
  • Isabella Rivera, an 86-year-old widow who survived the death of a son, a fire and a stabbing by a naked attacker. 
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Donors responded in greater numbers than in the past three campaigns, reversing a trend of falling totals and helping the fund top $7 million for the first time in five years.
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Perhaps this good news mirrors hope for our US economy as well?
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Michael Golden, the president of the fund and vice chairman of The New York Times Company said, “...readers and viewers of The New York Times are touched by these stories and want to help people that they don’t know in this time when there is a lot of misfortune.” 
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