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The wisdom of Ai Weiwei

The wisdom of Ai Weiwei | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"Artist Ai Weiwei is perhaps China's foremost dissident, unafraid to confront the masters of Beijing, ...enduring prison, beatings and other tribulations." 


Excerpts:


Here is Ai, then, in his own words:


"Without freedom of speech, there is no modern world, just a barbaric one."


"Everything is art. Everything is politics."


"Nothing. Jail is about nothing."


"I was born radical."


"I don't want the next generation to fight the same fight as I did."


Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Change leader, art and MUCH courage.  Enough said.  Support Ai Wei Wei and follow his work on twitter here:

  • https://twitter.com/aiww 


My favorite quote today:

"I don't want the next generation to fight the same fight as I did." 


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3 Long-Lasting Sustainable Companies Teach How To Both Thrive And Give Back

3 Long-Lasting Sustainable Companies Teach How To Both Thrive And Give Back | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"Inspiring Rockstars of the new economy ~ companies which inspire us with their ability to make money while making a difference, as well as their high growth and high impact."


Operating from 25 to nearly 225 years, these companies have maintained their commitment to mission through up and down business cycles, continued to create high-quality jobs and to improve the quality of life in our communities, and paved the way for today’s growing group of green, responsible, and sustainable businesses.


1) Sun Light and Power, founded in 1976,  has been providing renewable energy and energy efficiency technology to California homeowners and businesses throughout on-again, off-again government support for solar.

  • SLP has also remained devoted to its employees and the community and became a B Corp in 2009. 
  • Rather than subcontracting installations (a common industry practice), the company hires full-time employees and provides a living wage, health benefits, a retirement plan, and paid time off.


2) Seventh Generation founded in 1988,  is one of the nation’s most recognized brands of natural household and personal care products.  

  • The company has also grown its high-quality job base, doubling the size of its team to 113 in 2011.
  • All of Seventh Generation’s products, raw materials, byproducts, and processes are sustainable.

3)  King Arthur Flour, after nearly 225 years in business, their secret is: focusing on employees.
  • They began as a family-owned business before transitioning towards an employee-ownership model in 1996 and finally becoming 100% employee owned and thriving.
  • Aan employee-owned B Corp, KAF has the freedom to emphasize values beyond profit, like environmental responsibility, community engagement, and the wellness and satisfaction of employees. 
  • More than 80% of health care premiums are paid for families and both full- and part-time employees receive a living wage.

What are the priorities of your company?  One of Deb's recent posts:
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Sustainable businesses that are thriving are great role models for us all.  Sharing the examples thanks to B Lab and Fast Company's co-create listings.  ~  Deb

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Ian Berry's curator insight, January 7, 2015 4:43 PM

"The ability to live their values at work is the secret to King Arthur Flour’s longevity and success." Key to a company thats been successful for 225 years. Should be a sign for us all!

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Netflix's 'House of Cards' creates social media buzz-binge

Netflix's 'House of Cards' creates social media buzz-binge | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it
Netflix Inc. 's strategy of simultaneously releasing all 13 episodes of its new political drama "House of Cards" is generating social media buzz -- with well over 10,000 mentions since the show's debut just after midnight Friday.
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Netflix is a disruptor, innovator in the entertainment industry as it is.  CEO Hastings has described this "release it all" move as game changing.  


Consider that the Obama family requested an early release of "Downton Abbey" for season three before the holidays.


Something does seem to be changing here.  ~  Deb

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Financial Meltdown: U.S. government slams S&P with $5 billion fraud lawsuit

Financial Meltdown:  U.S. government slams S&P with $5 billion fraud lawsuit | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

(Reuters) - The government is seeking $5 billion in its civil lawsuit against Standard & Poor's, accusing the ratings service of defrauding investors, in one of the most ambitious cases yet from the Justice Department."


Excerpts:


Sixteen states and the District of Columbia are also suing S&P...


...The 2007-2009 financial crisis was due in large part to massive losses triggered by risky mortgage loans packaged and sold to investors, often with top ratings from credit raters.


...Senator Carl Levin, who led a year-long inquiry into the causes of the financial crisis and singled out credit raters for blame, said in a statement the public was "eagerly awaiting" legal actions tied to the financial crisis.


"The credit rating agencies have yet to acknowledge any blame or make the changes necessary to prevent conflicts of interest from fueling more inflated ratings in the future," the Democrat from Michigan said.

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

This is a first on several fronts, including a "first from the government against a ratings agency, a sector that has generally shielded itself from liability by citing First Amendment protection of free speech." ~  Deb

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Culture Reigns, The 50 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor, Employees Choice

Culture Reigns, The 50 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor, Employees Choice | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"Glassdoor announces the results of the 50 Best Places to Work in 2013, their fifth annual Employees Choice Awards."

Excerpts:

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"I love coming to work and being around professionals that are willing to help each other and listen to each other."

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Best work ever


Pros – Ambitous co-workers. Great athmosphere. Interesting problem I've been working on. Newest technologies.


Former Facebook Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA – Reviewed Jan 16, 2013


Other "Pros" comments from top companies in the top 50:
   

  • "I love coming to work and being around professionals that are willing to help each other and listen to each other."
     
  • "The people are great. Everyone goes out of their way to help. The career opportunities are excellent. Citrix promotes from within the company this means that managers know and understand employees. The benefits are also good and there are 3 health insurance options."

   


And the "Cons" are also there:

  • "Seems like the company has started inserting many levels of management and not sure what they all do." 
         
  • "The processes and internal information is disorganized. I find my self in situations being asked if I have completed a certain task or process that I did not know it existed. Once it is clear I am not aware I learn and move on."

Culture related posts on Deb's blog:
   
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

It's a different type of communication when employees volunteer their pros and cons on Glassdoor, vs. a typical culture survey.  The top 50 commentaries illustrate of what makes for company that knows how to move with the times AND connect with their people.  ~ Deb

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Fasten Your Seatbelts: Google's Driverless Car Is Worth Trillions - Forbes

Fasten Your Seatbelts: Google's Driverless Car Is Worth Trillions - Forbes | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"Google's driverless car has broad implications for society, for the economy and for individual businesses. Just in the U.S., the car puts up for grab some $2 trillion a year in revenue..."

Excerpt:

We consistently underestimate the implications of a change in technology—Kodak, Blockbuster, Borders, Sears, etc.—


Many industries face the kind of disruption that may beset the auto industry


[This blogger will be doing a series on] the ripple effects that the driverless car may create ~  disruptive technology  ~ the dangers and the opportunities that one creates. 

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Why wouldn't the inventors of the Google Maps be on the trail for something even more revolutionary?  ~  Deb

PS:  Also listed on Innovations and Institutions ScoopIt news.

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, January 26, 2013 4:00 PM

Forecasting the future is tricky, however, Google has made some major shifts (their unified User Interface, UI), and why wouldn't the inventors of the Google Maps be on the trail for something even more revolutionary?  ~  Deb

Pedro Barbosa's curator insight, January 27, 2013 4:40 AM

We have been talking about this oin the Harvard Trends Books: as the drones on the air, we will have driveless cars on the ground. Or at least, drive easy cars.

 

It´s a complete new market for the next 30 years, starting probably like 2020 

 

Pedro Barbosa | www.pbarbosa.com | www.harvardtrends.com

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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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TRENDS: Students Are Fleeing Liberal Arts - How It Could Hurt the U.S.

TRENDS: Students Are Fleeing Liberal Arts - How It Could Hurt the U.S. | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

By Steve Yoder

 

"If there’s one thing liberal arts colleges offer, it’s critical thinking. That might be why this spring Occidental College is offering a course called Liberal Arts at the Brink? Navigating the Crisis in Higher Education.


The course examines whether college liberal arts curricula like its own can survive in a time of high unemployment and rising student debt.


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[Will] college liberal arts curricula l...survive in a time of high unemployment and rising student debt?

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The number of liberal arts colleges nationwide has dropped from 212 in 1990 to only 130 today, according to a study this summer in the journal Liberal Education.


The National Center for Education Statistics says the share of students matriculating with a liberal arts degree, as a percentage of all graduates, dropped slightly from 2004 to 2010 from 3 to 2.8 percent."

 

Read more at http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2013/01/09/Jilting-Liberal-Arts-Can-Hurt-the-US-to-a-Degree.aspx#iGlxHkXgrvFWy8Tf.99


Related posts by Deb via REVELN:


   



Via Jim Lerman
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Are we becoming "job" driven or are we becoming an economy of individuals?  It may another signal of the dawn of the freelance and electronic/independents economy, which may also mean we either self-fund and study what we want to study, curriculum or not.  ~ Deb

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Thanks again Deb!
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Why Apple, Academia, Tesla & VCs May Die, Disruption Guru Christensen Talks

Why Apple, Academia, Tesla & VCs May Die, Disruption Guru Christensen Talks | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"Harvard business professor Clayton Christensen literally wrote the book on technology disruption...and he thinks Apple, Tesla Motors, venture capitalists and most of the nation’s colleges and universities should be afraid."

  

The author of The Innovator’s Dilemma said Wednesday that all of them could be killed by less advanced competitors in the same way that many once dominant technology companies have been in the past.

  

...He believes that and the commoditization of smartphones threaten Apple in the long run.

  

...“For 300 years, higher education was not disruptable because there was no technological core."

  

“But now online learning brings to higher education this technological core, and people who are very complacent are in deep trouble.'

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...people who are very complacent are in deep trouble.

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...“there is a different business model that is disrupting this in addition to online learning. It’s on-the-job education. ...you come in for a week and we’ll teach you about strategy and you go off and develop a strategy.  


...You learn it and you use it. These are very different business models and that’s what’s killing us.”

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Yes, this fits what I've been tracking since I left higher education in 2009, and his track record of sensing disruption is impressive.  


Who is responding in ways that make sense?  ~  Deb

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, February 11, 2013 11:50 AM

I've posted this to BOTH Change Leader Watch & here.  On the Innovations & Institutions stream, I'll be adding examples of organizations that are adapting to this disruption in academe and the other industries mentioned.  ~  Deb

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's comment, February 17, 2013 4:30 PM
Thanks for your comments Marie. Knowledge Management is quite an industry, with various opinions of the traction it holds in business. I am most curious as to where it is headed.
Patrick J Scanlon's curator insight, March 12, 2013 5:58 PM

If you don't like change.  You will like irrelevance even less #media #higherEd #VC

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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 | Scoop.it

"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 www.bus.umich.edu/Positive

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.


Photo credit:  http://www.erb.umich.edu/

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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John Sperling, University of Phoenix Founder, Retires. For-Profit Enrollment Declining.

John Sperling, University of Phoenix Founder, Retires.  For-Profit Enrollment Declining. | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

In 1976, Dr. John Sperling, started the popular the University of Phoenix  to help working adults obtain higher education, at the age of 55.  He's now retiring, at 92 years of age.


The article linked here questions his exit package, via:  


  • In the wake of lower revenue and the recent cutting of 800 jobs, Apollo Group is giving John Sperling a $5 million bonus, two company vehicles and a lifetime annuity of almost $70,000 per month -- all for simply retiring from the company he founded.


From  Wikipedia, updated in 2013:  


  • The University of Phoenix (UOPX) is an American for-profit institution of higher learning, headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Apollo Group Inc., a publicly traded (NASDAQ: APOL) S&P 500 Phoenix-based corporation that owns several for-profit educational institutions.


  • In October 2012, it announced plans to close 115 campuses due to a drastic drop in its profits.

  • The New York Times reported that "enrollments at the University of Phoenix and in the for-profit sector over all have been declining in the last two years, partly because of growing competition from other online providers, including nonprofit and public universities, and ...negative publicity about the sector’s recruiting abuses, low graduation rates and high default rates ... including many charges that the schools enrolled students who had almost no chance of succeeding, to get their federal student aid."


Forbes has this information listed for him:

  • Age: 92
  • Source of Wealth: Apollo Group, self-made
  • Residence: Phoenix, AZ
  • Country of Citizenship: United States
  • Education: Doctorate, University of Cambridge; Master of Arts, University of California Berkeley; Bachelor of Arts / Science, Reed College


Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

For someone pioneering online education for working adults, the article fails to mention in the bonus controversy that Dr. Sperling is 92 years old, a rather delayed retirement.  

As for the controversy, for-profit education and the Apollo Group of for-profit universities have been profiled on FrontLine, PBS for issues mentioned by the New York Times listed above.  

For good or ill, Dr. Sperling and the for-profit world of on-line education and those who adapt to shifts in higher education are definitely on the "Change Leadership Watch" roster.  ~  Deb

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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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Undiscovered: The Sound Value of Creative Industries: Sex, Drugs, Rock 'N' Roll

Undiscovered: The Sound Value of Creative Industries: Sex, Drugs, Rock 'N' Roll | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"Creative industries bring more than a feel good factor. They bring hard cash and jobs to any country that nurtures this sector."


Creatives often express an antipathy towards making commercial profit and their business skills can be limited – so policy makers and investors write them off as unpredictable and difficult to control, but this is stereotyping that is inhibiting growth!
 

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The separation of creative and management processes is counterproductive ...ensuring the appropriate development of them/into marketable commodities is in short supply.

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“Creative content sectors …are more likely to have their finance applications rejected by finance providers than non CIBs with similar risk profiles” but the evidence shows that creative SMEs have greater longevity than the industry average and, over the long term, deliver better returns."


…Within the Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI) sector, the functions of business management and creativity converge in a way that they don’t in other industries.

The separation of creative and management processes is counterproductive and the management of creatives and creative/cultural content in ensuring the appropriate manipulation and development of them/that content into marketable commodities is in short supply.
 

So there is a perceived risk in management and marketing – which is not backed up by the reality, as these figures show:
 

The average survival rates of CCIs after 5 years compared to all business
CCIs 49.7%    All UK businesses 46.9%
 

And for high growth firms it is even more impressive
CCIs 7.5%    All UK businesses 6%



What are creative and cultural industries? >>  @elebelfiore :  http://t.co/zR41O1qv)


Related blog topic from Deb:


   
    

   


Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

I was intrigued by the statistics and the opportunity of this piece, featuring UK research.  In these trying time, financially and culturally, you still "gotta have art."  ~ Deb

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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
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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Thank you for re-scooping this!
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:) you´re very welcome Karen I probably will rescoop more from you!
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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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