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"Empowerment Congress" Leaders Work to Develop their Communities

"Empowerment Congress" Leaders Work to Develop their Communities | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"City leaders have seen divisions sprout up, [causing separations] by national and ethnic identities. [This program is about] changing attitudes so that a majority of residents feel they have a stake in their community as a whole."



“We are not just building projects but we need to include people in the development of ideas.” ~ Jesse Clark


“Some key elements of this conference struck me in the gut,” said Clark, executive director of the Historic District Development Corporation.  “We are not just building projects but we need to include people in the development of ideas.”


The Empowerment Congress Leadership Institute was established to help communities around the country create effective ways of engaging and including residents in civic activities.


Throughout the week, the participants joined in panel discussions and presentations as well as a grand tour of Los Angeles, to gin up ideas for improving their own communities.


Clark was joined by Dagmar Epsten, Harold Barnette and several others from Atlanta.


“We have learned that having a powerful political advocate is very helpful indeed,” said Barnette. “We also learned that communities need to get out in front of changes and make their neighborhood look like how they want it.”

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Leadership development can have quite an impact on communities.  It is encouraging to learn how change leadership appears to be central to this program.  ~  Deb

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The Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior™ 2013

The Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior™ 2013 | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it
The Top Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior™ 2013
...organizations cannot be deemed trustworthy without a culture that embraces strong and stable financials, conservative accounting, corporate integrity, transparency, sustainability and long-term reputation preservation. Many of these people are well known and have received numerous honors , while others are quietly working behind the scenes. We intend to shine the spotlight on both groups, hoping that the world focus will shift from the “scandal of the day” to the trustworthy leaders and organizations of the day.
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:
The mix of known and lesser known, and the span of expertise is illustrative of the mix of what it takes to be worthy of trust today, and what is needed now in organizations. ~ Deb
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The Higher Education Bubble: Disruptive Trends to Watch in 2013

The Higher Education Bubble:  Disruptive Trends to Watch in 2013 | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it
Game-changing ideas that could break out in the new year.

Via Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:
I'm sharing commentary from SCUP's insights below, very useful for change leadership planning.  Are you "doing much more than watching and analyzing?" — Are you "actively experimenting in the disruptive space?"
 
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:


Number four, of four, pertains:


4. Low-cost, online, competency-based learning universities. Innosight Institute Education Executive Director and Disrupting Class co-author Michael Horn noted this one. He said, "We'll see UniversityNow and others rise up and get more attention as their ultra-affordable degrees (no government dollars or loans needed) that are aligned to real work-force needs gain increasing traction in today's market.

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Some will take the best from MOOCs and combine them with teachers, tutors, coaches.  

... [Others] 
will provide face-to-face mechanisms that complement MOOCs...

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Some will take the best from MOOCs and mash them up with teachers, tutors, coaches and more to give students a complete learning experience."

Horn also suggested that companies like Code Academy and DevBootcamp will increasingly provide face-to-face mechanisms that complement MOOCs. ... 


It is still early enough i... that market leaders... have sufficient time to formulate response strategies.


They should be doing much more than watching and analyzing however — they should be actively experimenting in the disruptive space, either through organic efforts or through investments and partnerships.


Market leaders also should ensure that they monitor a set of metrics that help them identify the acceleration or deceleration of a particular trend, because response windows can close quickly.  

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Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s curator insight, January 13, 2013 9:46 AM

Number four, of four, pertains:


4. Low-cost, online, competency-based learning universities. Innosight Institute Education Executive Director and Disrupting Class co-author Michael Horn noted this one. He said, "We'll see UniversityNow and others rise up and get more attention as their ultra-affordable degrees (no government dollars or loans needed) that are aligned to real work-force needs gain increasing traction in today's market. Some will take the best from MOOCs and mash them up with teachers, tutors, coaches and more to give students a complete learning experience." Horn also suggested that companies like Code Academy and DevBootcamp will increasingly provide face-to-face mechanisms that complement MOOCs. ... 


It is still early enough in the development of any of these areas that market leaders in respective sectors have sufficient time to formulate response strategies. They should be doing much more than watching and analyzing however — they should be actively experimenting in the disruptive space, either through organic efforts or through investments and partnerships.


Market leaders also should ensure that they monitor a set of metrics that help them identify the acceleration or deceleration of a particular trend, because response windows can close quickly.  

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's comment, January 13, 2013 2:24 PM
Sharing. Good capture on this wave of ongoing disruption via the higher education bubble.
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Trend Disruptions: 5 Funded Tech Companies Set to Impact 2013 Higher Ed

Trend Disruptions: 5 Funded Tech Companies Set to Impact  2013 Higher Ed | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"It's a great time to be in education technology industry: venture capitalists have dropped a whopping $1.37 billion into the industry since 2011. That's a lot of cash &  opportunitiy to seriously change the way we do education."

  

Here are excerpts of the five profiled:

 

1. 2U   ~ The first startup of its kind to partner with top universities to offer full degree programs entirely on the Web.  

    

  • Founded in 2008, they've raised an impressive $97 million in venture funding, positioning it as a key leader in the ed tech industry.

   
2. EdSurge     The company recently nabbed $400,000 in seed funding from investors including the Washington Post, and it's backed by finances from the Bill and Melina Gates Foundation.

      

  • Launched in 2011, EdSurge was founded by veteran journalists and education technology professionals.

   

3. Echo360     Boasting $31 million in startup funding, Echo360 offers online and mobile tools for blended learning.  

         

  • Echo360 snagged $450 million to fund an initiative to reach 50 percent of U.S. college students in the next five years. The company also recently acquired ed-tech startup LectureTools Inc., its first public acquisition.

   

4. Noodle   Think big education searh:  Noodle has developed the most comprehensive, age-ubiquitous online search engine dedicated solely to educational topics. 

   

  • Founded in 2010 by the creator of the Princeton Review and 2U, the site features over 170,000 education providers and has received millions in funding. 

   

5. Always Prepped     In beta, Always Prepped provides online tools to help manage student and classroom data, providing a single stream of imported data for teachers to analyze their students or classes.

   

  • They've  raised an impressive $650,000 in startup funding.
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

The five start-ups listed are well funded and may be seriously on-fire within the year or two ahead.  

Time will tell, as the focus on lecture style and learning (competency building) and all the admin that goes with it begins to trade places.

 ~ Deb

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Turkish soap operas ignite culture war in Middle East revolution – Video, Reuters

Turkish soap operas ignite culture war in Middle East revolution –  Video, Reuters | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

This news report about popular television programs produced in Turkey and their influence throughout the Islamic Middle East was quite an eye-opener to me. Although, as an American, it doesn't come as a surprise that popular TV shows are having an effect on public opinion and cultural norms, I had not really been aware of how this effect was occurring in other parts of the world. Something to think about in terms of modern cultural change.

 


Via Jim Lerman
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Agree it's an eye opener on what's happening now, post Arab Spring, including how these programs with their breaking of  cultural taboos and progressive views of women are making an impact.  Intrigued they are reaching a huge market share (bigger than the Superbowl) in the Middle East and the world.  ~ D

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Nice capture of what is happening in what is coming next in Arab Spring.
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5 New Year's Resolutions For The Auto Companies (And Car Buyers) - Forbes

5 New Year's Resolutions For The Auto Companies (And Car Buyers) - Forbes | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

1) Don’t wait — fix your mistakes.

  

2) Remember who buys your cars.   (Are you designing for other engineers or for the women and men who will be using the cas.  Ford Sync is the cautionary tale.

  

3) Customers are always changing. You must, too.

  

4) Tell us who you are, and what we can expect from you.

  

and

5) Consumers: read the owner’s manual.

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

These 2013 resolutions are good reminders for any company that thinks they've got change leadership figured out.  If it is this challenging for the Big 3 coming back from the brink, are you SURE you are doing that much better in leading agile change?  ~  D

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J.C. Penny update: Too Much Change, Too Fast? Or Customer Connection failure?

J.C. Penny update:  Too Much Change, Too Fast? Or Customer Connection failure? | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

It is less about how fast CEOs are willing to move than how quickly their most reliable customers are prepared to change.

   

Ron Johnson's bold overhaul of the sagging American retailing icon J.C. Penny went too far too fast.


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Failure simply means leadership went too fast or didn't go fast enough. That's rationalization, not insight.


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 When "reckless" moves succeed, they're retrospectively rebranded as "bold." When "timidity" triumphs, it's celebrated as "patient" and "safe."

  

Failure simply means leadership went too fast or didn't go fast enough. That's rationalization, not insight.

  

How fast are your customers willing to change?

 

Your own rate of change is determined less by the quality or price/performance of your offerings than the measurable readiness of your customers and clients.

  

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Electrolux's  70% rule helps identify and clarify their customers' readiness for change.


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Their internal readiness matters more than yours. Their inertia matters more than your momentum.

  

Electrolux, has implemented a new "70% rule" for testing its new product innovations to make sure it's not getting too far ahead or falling too quickly behind either its customers or competitors.

 

Electrolux CEO Keith McLoughlin has declared that new product prototypes have to enjoy at least a 70% customer preference rate in blind competition with best-selling rival products. "

 

Speed to market" isn't what's driving the change.

 

The goal is assuring that the firm's ability to innovate is effectively aligned with the customers' willingness to value them. The 70% rule helps identify and clarify their customers' readiness for change.

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

It's alluring, thinking it is about getting the amount of change just right.  Wrong focus.  It is about where and who the customers area, and how adaptable and ready they are for change.


On the individual level, it's also about preferences for change.  The assessment tool, iWam (the Inventory for Work Attitude and Motivation) has a "clock" feature that shows individual preferences for change.  

As goes the individual, probably so goes the customer culture, witness the articles overview of the tech market and the appliances market.  ~ D

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Which Leaders Succeed with Organizational Change?

Which Leaders Succeed with Organizational Change? | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

This model provides a perspective on which leaders are successful through change and which are not.   This curation stream is also about followership of change leaders.   Where have you seen this perspective in action?   ~  Deb

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Daimler: $120M investment in Redford plant, Detroit & 115 New Jobs

Daimler: $120M investment in Redford plant, Detroit & 115 New Jobs | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"President Obama gave a shout-out to Daimler Trucks for investing $120 million in the Daimler Detroit Diesel plant in Redford, Mich..."


Some good news for Detroit, including the spin-off jobs that come with new investments.


Excerpts:


Daimler Monday announced it was investing $120 million in the Daimler Detroit Diesel plant in Redford, Mich., that will create "115 good, new union jobs building transmissions and turbochargers right here in Redford," Obama said.


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Daimler Trucks North America is the only manufacturer ....with a fully integrated powertrain from its own production...

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With the investment, Daimler Trucks North America is the only manufacturer in the North America Free Trade Agreement Region with a fully integrated powertrain from its own production, the company said in a release.


The plant already turns out engines and axles. With the investment, the plant soon will be building all the key parts that go into a truck, Obama said.


"No one else is doing that," he said.

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The fatal car crash that altered China's change of leadership

The fatal car crash that altered China's change of leadership | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

The infamous, and fake:  “Thank you. I'm well. Don't worry,” on a Chinese social networking site marked the beginning of the end during  leadership succession last month. ~ The Scotsman


This cautionary tales provides an anatomy of fractured succession in the high echelons of Chinese political leadership. ~ D


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...the crash had more momentous consequences, altering the course of ...once-in-a-decade leadership succession  

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The brief comment, published in June, appeared to come from Ling Gu, the 23-year-old son of a high-powered aide to China’s president.  Tt helped quash reports that he had been killed in a Ferrari crash after a night of partying.


However, later it came out the message was false, posted by someone under Mr Ling’s alias almost three months after his death.


The ploy was one of many that tried to suppress news of the Ferrari crash that killed Mr Ling. It is now clearer that the crash had more momentous consequences, altering the course of the Chinese Communist Party’s once-in-a-decade leadership succession last month.


China’s departing president, Hu Jintao,  suffered a massive reversal of his own when party elders – confronted him with allegations that Ling Jihua, his closest protégé and political fixer, had engineered the cover-up of his son’s death.


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Changing the guard in China, the Princeling takes charge

Changing the guard in China, the Princeling takes charge | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"FOR the first time since 1976, China’s reins of power have been handed at one time to a single man, a “princeling” in command."


A major economic force in the world is now led by a single man: Xi Jinping (pictured, centre, above, the Economist's photo).


This is the second orderly transfer of power the country has seen in 63 years.


The new Head of China's ruling Communist Party may be married to one of the country's biggest popstars, but little is know about Xi Jinping and his rise to power. (Yahoo.News video clip here.)


The decision, revealed on November 15th, that Hu Jintao has stepped down not only as the Communist Party’s general secretary, but also as head of China’s army, was part of the biggest shake-up of the party’s leadership in a decade.


But, although Mr Xi now has the titles of power, his ability to use them will be heavily constrained.


Read the full article here, via the Economist.


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Really, now: Who Killed Hostess Brands and Twinkies? via Forbes

Really, now:  Who Killed Hostess Brands and Twinkies? via Forbes | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"I’m sure you have, by now, heard the news."


It was the demands of the union, so many say.  However, there are other perspectives to the Hostess story. It's time for a reality check on what's happening to the furture of the nostalgic Twinkie. ~  D


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Time for a reality check.

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Excerpts:


More than a few observers say they know who to blame: the union representing thousands of striking Hostess Brand workers who have refused to accept a new contract that would do everything from slash their salaries to their retirement benefits.

  

Time for a reality check.

  

  • Hostess has been sold at least three times since the 1980s, racking up debt and shedding profitable assets along the way with each successive merger.

      

  • The company filed for bankruptcy in 2004, and again in 2011.

      

  • Little thought was given to the line of products, which, frankly, began to seem a bit dated in the age of the gourmet cupcake. (100 calorie Twinkie Bites?  Really?)

  

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Little thought was given to the products, which, seem a bit dated in the age of the gourmet cupcake.

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Hostess Brands’ management gave themselves several raises, all the while complaining that the workers who actually produced the products...were grossly overpaid...

So now an estimated 18,500 workers will join the nation’s unemployment rolls. But ...it’s unlikely such a fate awaits such signature products as Twinkies. Company executives have already asked for ...permission to ...selling off their famed product lines to other companies.


Read the full article here.


Here's also a related, current article by Deb as arising out of failure offers great lessons from the wise:


Detroit & Vegas – A Tale of Two Cities as Our Comeback Kids

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Bumps or Falls? Apple Stock Declines After CEO Cook Overhauls Management Team

Bumps or Falls?  Apple Stock Declines After CEO Cook Overhauls Management Team | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

All eyes on Apple Inc. ~ as stock prices decline after Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook embarked on a sweeping management overhaul at the world’s most valuable company.


These Apple top management changes were dramatic. The Bloomberg article has a tone of curiosity.  This could be bumps in the road, in the role of change navigation with leadership, or could signal decline.  Jobs was extolled in his product excellence.  Read about the man, however, and you'll see the complications and complexity.


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“While there will be concerns about future execution given Mr. Forstall’s departure, we note that Apple has navigated through past turnovers impeccably.”

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Time will tell, before too long with the next product launches.  Meanwhile, I cannot wait to get Google Maps back onto my updated iPhone, expected in December.  Thank goodness for my paid app:  Navigon  (Garmin app for my iPhone.)


Excerpts:

   

Apple Stock

Shares of Apple fell 2.7 percent to $587.70 at 9:44 a.m. in New York. Today is the first trading session since Apple announced the departure of mobile software head Scott Forstall and retail leader John Browett

   

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Cook dismissed Forstall after he refused to sign a public letter to Apple customers apologizing for the mapping software’s flaws...  Cook signed the letter instead.

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...“Both departures were likely forced by Apple’s CEO,” Amit Daryanani, an analyst at RBC Capital Markets, wrote ...  “While there will be concerns about future execution given Mr. Forstall’s departure, we note that Apple has navigated through past turnovers impeccably.”

   

Mapping Software

Forstall was responsible for the mapping software introduced last month that was widely faulted for bad directions and missing features, marring the debut of the iPhone 5. 


Cook dismissed Forstall after he refused to sign a public letter to Apple customers apologizing for the mapping software’s flaws, according to a person briefed on the matter. Cook signed the letter instead.


The management changes leave Ive, who already heads industrial design, with more authority over the vision and details of Apple’s products.  ...Before he died last year, Jobs controlled the experience, melding input from disparate teams. In the new structure, Ive takes on that role.


Retail ‘Mistake’

In August, after Apple had reduced staffing at some retail locations, cut hours and limited store transfers under Browett’s leadership, the company backtracked on the new policies, calling them a “mistake.”


See the full article, including a 9 minute video here.


Photo credit:  Bloomberg

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The Scary Economics Of Higher Education - Forbes

The Scary Economics Of Higher Education - Forbes | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it
Universities could wind up in the same fix as their students: Too much debt, not enough income to pay it back.

Via Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

In my own neck of town, there are so many new buildings at the big University, I have lost count.  Now Moody's is talking about what we've already known:  "Every university funding source is under pressure, Moody’s asserts, meaning that all institutions -- even the elites -- need to rethink their business models."   ~  Deb

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Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s curator insight, January 17, 2013 10:55 AM

"At the corner of Fifth Avenue and 14th Street in Manhattan, you can see higher education’s ambitions reaching to the sky. The New School’s 16-story University Center nears completion at a cost of $353 million.


The edifice is impressive. But would you want to hold the mortgage on it? That’s what you have, in effect, if you buy a tax-exempt bond from the New School. Before you invest in debt backed by an educational institution, think about the precarious state of this sector of the economy."

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s comment, January 17, 2013 12:28 PM
That's what this quarter's MOOC is about.
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Collaborate to Thrive: Dr. Dre & Luke Wood, Crowdsourced Lessons in FastCompany 2013

Collaborate to Thrive:  Dr. Dre & Luke Wood, Crowdsourced Lessons in FastCompany 2013 | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"Fast Company is crowdsourcing learning lessons to jump into 2013.  Dr. Dre and Luke Wood speak up about casting the right community of people quickly - [their] biggest challenge and opportunity."


Their question to leaders?   What did you learn in 2012 that you will carry forth with you into 2013?"


From ONE of their leader, crowd-sourced contributions:  

Excerpts: 


1) "You have to build the village first.  From my first 20 years ...in the music business...you could rely on a diverse portfolio of artists to create the phrenetic and improvisational energy that challenged convention and compelled the company forward.

In the consumer electronics, you have to generate that energy from the people who work at the company every day.


It requires daily focus and attention.  [We] grew from 30 to 170 this year, casting the right community of people quickly became our biggest challenge and opportunity."


2) As Beats continues to grow, we are going to search high and low to find talent that is individually smart and ambitious but collectively awe inspiring. 


Dr. Dre, President And COO, Luke Wood on "It Takes A Village."  More here.


Photo by Aqeel Hassim CC Flickr.


From curator Deb, relevant topics:  


Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Collaborate or die is true now, more than ever.  Technology smooths the way (YouTube world collaboration music anyone?)  

There's so much more, building on the best of individual strengths to create the extraordinary and to learn through our insides to our outsides  ~  Deb

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Best Performing CEOs: Can Companies Both Do Well and Do Good?

Best Performing CEOs:  Can Companies Both Do Well and Do Good? | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

It's a rare achievement, but these CEOs have shown the way.

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We examined the correlation between the financial performance of leaders on our list and their social and environmental performance as measured by MSCI, a highly reputable firm that rates major companies.

Despite all the rhetoric, we discovered that the correlation between the two sets of data is, well, zero.
 

....We also looked at CEOs whose companies had high social and environmental performance in 2010 but whose financial performance kept them out of the top 15% of the group studied that year.

Since doing both well and good can be a long-term strategy, we wanted to see whether any of those CEOs had then moved into the top 15% of the current financial ranking.

We found four: the leaders of Adidas, Inditex, Hermès International, and Eaton.

   

  • At Adidas, CEO Herbert Hainer oversaw the implementation of a triple-bottom-line philosophy, a massive push to slash the company's carbon footprint, and the increased use of recycled polyester as well as sustainably farmed cotton in products. 

    

  • At Eaton, Alexander Cutler has embedded sustainability into the company's culture and practices, developing innovations like hybrid electric and hydraulic power trains and electric power control systems, that help customers and consumers conserve resources and reduce their carbon footprint.

   

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

There's traction here, especially looking at what is coming up from other sources, that I curate here.   I'll continue to watch what these two find out.  ~  Deb

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There's traction here, especially looking at what is coming up from other sources, that I curate here.   I'll continue to watch what these two find out.  ~  Deb

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Storytelling is the New Currency in Change Communication

Storytelling is the New Currency in Change Communication | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

From Evivio Blog - Today is the beginning of the Reinvention Summit where people from all over the world gather together to hear and share stories of change.


All businesses are going through reinvention.  


Telling the right stories to connect with their audiences in a new way is crucial. 

 

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When your audience shares your content, they often add their perspective...adding social credence that can further enhance its relevance

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Highlights:

 

  • Stories are the new currency, as digital media allow consumers a surfeit of channels to listen to and engage on.
  • Consumers want to be engrossed and entertained, and as with other entertainment media, they expect a story.

 

Stories are not just entertaining.

 

  • Stories are useful, descriptive, beautiful, interesting: shareable.

 

  • Shareable, and participatory: when your audience shares your content, they often add their perspective to it, adding social credence that can further enhance its relevance

 

  • The iconic marketing goal of the social media era is ‘viral’ content – a video, photo or other content that spreads like a virus from host to host, making millions of people laugh, cry or think.

 

One must consider how many of those attempts at ‘viral’ marketing have succeeded.

 

  • On a Wikipedia list of the most viral internet memes, very few of them are associated with a brand and those that are were almost always created by a third party or viewed as a public joke.

 

  • Trying to produce a viral internet meme is like trying to stand up on a water slide. The chances that you will fall flat on your face and look pretty silly in the process are very high.

 

  • Rather than attempting to create ‘viral’ content, aim for ‘shareable’ content. That is, content that genuinely affects their target demographic; content that addresses real problems or communicates similar ideals.

 

Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Storytelling, Social Media and Beyond"

 

Read full article here: [http://ht.ly/aiwUY]


For a brief video tip from Deb on storyboards & "What's Your Story" shared with ICF Michigan Coaches, her video is here.



Deb's Change Results video channel is here.


Deb's main blog featuring Change Agility is:  http://reveln.com/blog/



Via janlgordon, Robin Martin
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

There are few things so captivating, so memorable, as a good story.  Change is empowered by sharing examples of what works, or what changes feature quick wins.  Digital marketers are the purveyors.  


What is really needed are change leaders who stir the mix so the stories come forward.  Change Leaders champion the best stories and shape their cultures with them.  ~  Deb

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Audrey's curator insight, January 5, 2013 3:59 PM

After reading your article I am going to do some of my lessons as stories. You know psychology is an area of study which naturally lends itself to story telling; audrey@homeschoolsource.co.uk

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Mindfulness Helps You Become a Better Leader

Mindfulness Helps You Become a Better Leader | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"To keep your equilibrium, practice meditation (or something like it) every day."


...mindful leadership gives you tools to measure and manage your life as you're living it.   ...to pay attention to the present moment, recognizing your feelings and emotions and keeping them under control, especially when faced with highly stressful situations.


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Medical studies have found evidence of meditation's benefits, including ...emotional regulation, and perspective-taking — critical cognitive skills for leaders ...under constant pressure.

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The practice of mindful leadership gives you tools to measure and manage your life as you're living it. It teaches you to pay attention to the present moment, recognizing your feelings and emotions and keeping them under control, especially when faced with highly stressful situations.


…you must be able to quiet your mind. That is tremendously difficult and takes a lifetime of practice.


In 2012, I had the privilege of presenting my ideas on authentic leadership to his Holiness the Dalai Lama. When I asked him what it took to become an authentic leader, he replied, "You must have practices that you engage in every day."


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The important thing is to have a set time each day to pull back from the intense pressures of leadership to reflect on what is happening.

   

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…My most important introspective practice is meditation, something I try to do for twenty minutes twice a day.


In recent years, medical studies have found evidence of meditation's many benefits, including ...reducing stress, improving attention and sensory processing; and physically altering parts of the brain associated with learning and memory, emotional regulation, and perspective-taking — critical cognitive skills for leaders attempting to maintain their equilibrium under constant pressure.


it may not be for everyone. The important thing is to have a set time each day to pull back from the intense pressures of leadership to reflect on what is happening. ...I know leaders who take time for daily journaling, prayer, and reflecting while walking, hiking or jogging.

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

From my perspective,  mindfulness and "space for a quiet mind" elements exist in useful change models.  


The human element in change features managing transition by using practices like mindfulness as well as authentic leadership.  


It's what current in being a agile learner in today's complex and ever changing environment.  ~  Deb

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's comment, January 13, 2013 2:39 PM
"IF* one wants to meditate in the context of wanting to be Free - that answer will come in the smaller context of the beginners' and observer's mind. Thanks for your perspective, Mo. I'll be sharing this stream with my meditation teacher in my neck of the woods.
Mo Riddiford's comment, January 13, 2013 4:09 PM
If I understood your comment correctly, then No the answer will absolutely not come within the context of the beginner's and the observer's mind. There is simply the direct recognition, in which the more limited cutting-up of existence that we call the observer's mind, is utterly irrelevant. Oh and by the way I am in your neck of the woods! The internet neck of the woods. (We can Skype if you want....)
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's comment, January 18, 2013 5:42 PM
I'm talking with my BCoach friend, Pat Milland, who knows you and highly recommends me talking with you. How about sometime in February when it is convenient for you. Pat and I have some amazing Synchronicity together. Perhaps there is something cool happening here too, including the amazing depth of understanding you have about mindfulness.
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Signs of Changes Taking Hold in Electronics Factories in China

Signs of Changes Taking Hold in Electronics Factories in China | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it
After the hardships of workers in China’s electronics factories were exposed to a global audience, working conditions have changed.
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

After FoxConn & Apple made front page news and were parodied for their treatment of workers, there is now a shift globally in investment for staff.  The bottom line and social resposibility have gone global. ~ D

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Denmark's New Female Billionaire Goes with the Success of ECCO Shoes

Denmark's New Female Billionaire Goes with the Success of ECCO Shoes | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it
Hanni Toosbuy Kasprzak makes her debut among the world's richest, nearly 50 years after her father first started making shoes.


The story began nearly a half century ago. That’s when Hanni's father, Karl Toosbuy, gave up his secure job managing a shoe factory in Copenhagen to strike out on his own.


He had a clear vision, namely to make functional, comfortable shoes designed to fit the foot.


Toosbuy turned that simple idea into global shoe brand Ecco. He died in 2004 but his legend lives on in his company, thanks largely to his daughter, who is chairman and owner of Ecco

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

I was at one of the Ecco stores at the Venetian in Las Vegas this April.  It's easy to see why the Ecco brand has enjoyed such solid growth despite the economic downturn.  ~  D

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New Approaches on the Fed Fast Track: Did Charles Evans Save the Recovery?

New Approaches on the Fed Fast Track: Did Charles Evans Save the Recovery? | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it
Chicago Fed president Charles Evans has gone from dissenter to intellectual leader in just a year. The future of the recovery might be at stake
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

When a post features statements like this, " just a year later, the Fed has fully embraced the so-called Evans rule by linking interest rates to the unemployment rate." - it's time to take notice of what captured minds, as well as hearts and the hands on the wheel of interest rates change."  ~  D

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Global Change Story Rooted in Behavior Change: Guinea Worm Nears Eradication

Global Change Story Rooted in Behavior Change:  Guinea Worm Nears Eradication | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"This story has been featured in change leadership work, due to the remarkable decline in cases, now approaching eradication in remote locations globally."


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Cases of Guinea worm are down by 50% of 2012. With just under 400 total cases and the majority concentrated in one country, South Sudan, the end appears to be near.


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The decline in cases of Guinea worm has been remarkable...and is well on its way to zero.   

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According to the WHO there were 3.5 million cases in 1986 which fell to 829,055 cases in 1986 and declined further to 25,217 by 2006.


The rapid rate of decline continues to today and is well on its way to zero.

396 reported cases in the first half of 12 is more than half the number of cases during the same period last year.


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...the Carter Center programs [used] community based health workers to spread information and help to identify cases.

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Eradication will be conferred on countries that do not have new cases for at least three years. Three countries stand on the precipice of eradication, Mali, Ethiopia and Chad, while South Sudan still has a little bit to go.


The Carter Center has been a leader in the campaign to eradicated Guinea worm. It started working on the under-address problem in 1986 by partnering with governments and NGOs. 

...the Carter Center programs [used] community based health workers to spread information and help to identify cases.

It means that more people are being reached who would have otherwise been neglected and that the information about the number of cases is stronger than it was when eradication efforts began a quarter of a century ago.


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'Employees cannot just be another means of production' - Hostess, Labor Policy, Jennifer Grandholm

'Employees cannot just be another means of production' - Hostess, Labor Policy, Jennifer Grandholm | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it
Larry Cohen, president of the Communications Workers of America, talks about what needs to happen to develop a flexible labor policy in the U.S.


What is the best way to have participation by ALL in the future planning and innovation of an industry?


"We are out of whack as far a global democracies go."


"It's not just about getting more education.  Too many people believe that will solve this."


"It's also about getting a voice...what stake do we each have in this country?"


Photo from former governor Jennifer Grandholm's Facebook stream.  "Walmart and Hostess could learn something from this."


Here are some posts by Deb on stakeholder events that involve everyone:


    

    
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Skipped a step? Judge orders Hostess to mediate with union, postponing shutdown

Skipped a step?  Judge orders Hostess to mediate with union, postponing shutdown | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"Twinkies won't die that easily after all."   How about a little mediation, folks?


Goes with my other ScoopIt Change Leadership Watch post today on taking different perspectives on fault-finding.  It's not all about the unions, it would seem, according to Forbes.


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The bankruptcy judge hearing the case says that the parties haven't gone through the critical step of mediation.

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The news came Monday after Hostess moved to liquidate and sell off its assets in bankruptcy court citing a crippling strike last week.
    
The bankruptcy judge hearing the case says that the parties haven't gone through the critical step of mediation.


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DN:  This reminds me a bit of the Mel Brooks movie, "Springtime for Hitler," that had investors banking on failure, and then it didn't happen.  Made for quite the show.

With 18K jobs affected, the question is who is steering the ships for what preferred end?

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Target Managing Change, Unique & Standard, Starting With the CIO

Target Managing Change, Unique & Standard, Starting With the CIO | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"Target Corp. is among the top three or four U.S. retailers, ...a coveted position in such a volatile industry.  IT is a critical player in each move, if not a keystone."


The CIO of Target provides insight into how the giant retailer accomplished major change in the last 2-3 years.  For readers from larger companies with IT responsible for helping support major change, how does their story resonate with what you've experienced with IT as an accelerator or lever?

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We're making changes where [project] life cycle is a matter of days or weeks...

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Target brought over Beth Jacob from an operations post, an unconventional move. Jacob was vice president of guest operations when she was tapped to lead IT as executive vice president and CIO with a budget of over $1 billion.


She oversaw Target.com's switch from Amazon.com's e-commerce platform to one that was home-grown.


At the other end of the big-project spectrum, Jacob has introduced projects that capitalize on mobile computing, such as smartphone coupons.


CIO Insight: The nature or change has changed, hasn't it? It seems that change isn't always iterative... You can't attack fires the same way because the fire's never the same.


Jacob: You're spot on. …change management is …going to be more important than ever. ...Change is something we lean into.


Because of that, the TTS team has had to change almost everything, including the way it partners [internally and externally]. And the way it approaches different organizational change initiatives.


...In the last year or so, the pace of change has significantly increased. We're making changes where the [project] life cycle is a matter of days or weeks - think about the mobile capabilities we've implemented.


CIO Insight: ...days and weeks. Can you expand on that?


Jacob: We have to be ready to bring a company offering to our guests and staff, both of whom are more tech savvy. One example would...mobile [device] coupons. Last holiday, we created a mobile-coupon program tied to our toy catalog in just a few days. ...The coupons are very easy for guests to use, very easy for our team members to work with.


[Ed. note: Target claims to be the first national retailer to offer a scanable mobile-coupon program, in 2010. Shoppers who opt in get a text-message link to a mobile Web page that can contain multiple with offers, all accessible through a single bar code. Coupons are then redeemed by a cashier scanning the bar code on the shopper's phone at checkout.]


CIO Insight: You took a big gamble ...when Target decided to abandon Amazon.com's e-commerce platform for one you built yourselves. 


Jacob: It took us just over two years to get off the Amazon platform and onto our own. Overall, it went well.


Photo source:  Wikipedia.org (en)


Click on the title or photo to read the full article.


From Deb,  Change Management is an engagement focus. Exert too much control, and you stifle it. Here's more about control issues within a project implementation:


   
    
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