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Michael Porter unveils new health and happiness index

Michael Porter unveils new health and happiness index | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it
The Harvard professor, who created the concept of shared value, hopes to bring social and environmental considerations to the top of the policy and corporate agenda
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Attention cause-based businesses! Ever wonder if global indices are starting to include more than just economic indicators?  Wonder no more.  Introducing the Social Progress Index, a way to measure social and environmental impact at a country level.

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Are Clients Holding Back Agency Innovation?

Are Clients Holding Back Agency Innovation? | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it
Clients control the purse strings and give the final go-ahead. Some feel held back.
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The age-old conflict between ad agencies and their clients.  What do you say/think, my agency & client friends?  Has the landscape changed much in the last 5 years?  Are we taking more, or fewer risks?

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Radicals & Visionaries: Invention vs. Innovation

Radicals & Visionaries: Invention vs. Innovation | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it
Is it better to improve on existing ideas or to start from scratch?
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I agree with both camps, though I DO tend to be biased toward innovation.  It reminds me of the time I was a Biology major in university, when we debated the usefulness of pure vs. applied science.  What's your take?

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John Michel's curator insight, April 4, 2013 5:36 AM

Are successful entrepreneurial concepts the product of nature or of nurture? Do they spring unformed from the minds of inventors, or are they carefully cultivated adaptations of preexisting notions?





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Need a Job? Invent It

Need a Job? Invent It | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it
Finding a job is so 20th century. That is why young people today need to be more “innovation ready” than “college ready.”
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Is our education system grooming the next generation of innovation-ready workers?  According to this article, the answer is no.  Read on to see where we're failing and how to turn the tide.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, April 1, 2013 4:56 PM

Who is doing it right?

 

“Finland is one of the most innovative economies in the world,” he said, “and it is the only country where students leave high school ‘innovation-ready.’

 

 They learn concepts and creativity more than facts, and have a choice of many electives — all with a shorter school day, little homework, and almost no testing. In the U.S., 500 K-12 schools affiliated with Hewlett Foundation’s Deeper Learning Initiative and a consortium of 100 school districts called EdLeader21 are developing new approaches to teaching 21st-century skills. 

 

There are also a growing number of ‘reinvented’ colleges like the Olin College of Engineering, the M.I.T. Media Lab and the ‘D-school’ at Stanford where students learn to innovate.”

Ana Tapia's curator insight, April 8, 2013 10:03 AM

The main issue of the article is into the headline. 

 

The way...train the creativity side of our brain... And, meanwhile, laugh...to help with the caos that the crativity process could bring until you get some tangible to to with.

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Innovation in the office: 6. Persist - Telegraph

Innovation in the office: 6. Persist - Telegraph | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it
'The challenge is to make people persist in the [innovation] behaviours' says 'Innovation as Usual' author Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg.
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Creative People: A Complex Personality

“If there is one word that makes creative people different from others, it is the word complexity.” Creativity researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.


Via Douglas Eby, Lynnette Van Dyke, AlGonzalezinfo
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Yes, we are complex creatures indeed :)

A useful introduction to the inner world of a highly creative person. How do you relate to the content?

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monica gigante's comment, March 27, 2013 8:55 AM
Thanks Erica, good sugestion! uma otima sugestao! :)
Douglas Eby's comment, March 27, 2013 2:51 PM
Thanks - here is a link to The Da Vinci Method http://shrd.by/cASYML
Érica Ariano's comment, March 27, 2013 4:07 PM
Oh yeah, great Douglas. You shared the most important thing - thank you! ;) Loporto has a site too http://thedavincimethod.com/ and this video is nice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPR3GlpQQJA
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Why CEOs should read Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In - Fortune Management

Why CEOs should read Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In - Fortune Management | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it
Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In reminds us that there is a very strong business case for inclusion and diversity.
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This opinion piece looks at the broader implication of Sheryl's book.  It's not just about gender equality - it's about creating a space for any and all strong talent to contribute to the company's success.  Thank you Mohamed El-Erian for your thoughtful take on the matter.

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Mindfulness, Meditation, Wellness and Their Connection to Corporate America's Bottom Line

On Tuesday I'll be guest-hosting CNBC's Squawk Box, a program that bills itself as the show that "brings Wall Street to Main Street." As well as discussing Cyprus and a possible euro-crisis
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Finally, mindfulness and meditation hits the business mainstream!  The article combines both research data and mindfulness mentor evidence of how 'soft' topics like this make a tangible difference to your bottom line.

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Succeed Now and in Any Economy: The 7 Forces of Business Mastery

Succeed Now and in Any Economy: The 7 Forces of Business Mastery | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it
While these are challenging times, they are also times of opportunity. In fact, the best companies have always excelled in the most difficult eras. More than half of the Fortune 500 were birthed in
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Why innovation is sequester-proof

Why innovation is sequester-proof | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it
COLUMN | The sequester is not top-of-mind for technologists and inventors for a reason.
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All is not doom and gloom, despite what the US government might have us believe...

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Transformational Leadership Takes Companies to New Heights - PM Hut

Transformational Leadership Takes Companies to New Heights - PM Hut | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it
Transformational Leadership Takes Companies to New Heights - PM Hut (Transformational Leadership Takes Companies to New Heights http://t.co/A8xbXoHPGU)...

Via Susan Bainbridge, Natalie Savage
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Be the change you want to see, keep your eye on the long-term prize and your company will thrive!  I share practical wisdom on how to be a transformational leader at http://inventivelinks.com

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Natalie Savage's curator insight, March 5, 2013 7:50 AM

Now this is what I am talking about...

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The Future of Advertising 2020

A co-authored piece by Mark Earls (@herdmeister) and John V Willshire (@willsh), part of the The Wharton Future of Advertising Program 2012, using Artefact Card
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Tell more meaningful stores that customers want.  Based on this slide presentation, push marketing will have declined in 2020, and purpose-driven social storytelling will replace it as the dominant way to advertise/market.  Hear, hear!

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My Secrets: How I Became a Prolific Writer and Learned to Get Beyond School Essays

My Secrets: How I Became a Prolific Writer and Learned to Get Beyond School Essays | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it
Some people think I am a journalist. My friends ask how I can possibly write as much as I do given all the responsibilities that I have. I write for The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, ASEE
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Writing well, and often, is a critical and persuasive tool for organizational change.  Here's some advice from a writing road less traveled, straight from a prominent Silicon Valley personality.

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Transforming the corporate sector - fear of the future holding leaders back

Transforming the corporate sector - fear of the future holding leaders back | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it
Businesses will stick to the status quo whatever the disastrous consequences unless we build a credible sustainability vision (RT @sarah_holloway: Wonderful, personal, spot-on article about the pain of real transformation:

Via David Hain
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This article makes the vital connection between a leader's ability to embrace uncertainty amidst accelerated change, and an organization's ability to prevail amidst the hard knocks of the modern marketplace.

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Will Women Leaders Influence the Way We Work? — HBS Working Knowledge

Will Women Leaders Influence the Way We Work? — HBS Working Knowledge | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it
As a growing number of women advance to corporate leadership positions, Jim Heskett wonders, will they change the way we work? What do YOU think?

Via Tania Kowritski, David Hain
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I have too many thoughts and opinions on this to list here!  This is inspiring me to write a longer post about it all.

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David Hain's curator insight, April 5, 2013 12:12 AM

Yes - but so will men thinking differently.  Both are part of the equation for change...

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How to Create an Innovation Ecosystem

How to Create an Innovation Ecosystem | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it
The best ideas don't spring from individuals.
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If you're cautious about doing too much innovating too fast, try this method of 'test and grow' within your organization.

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How to Innovate Like a Jedi Knight

How to Innovate Like a Jedi Knight | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it
Remember the epic battle at the end of Star Wars? Luke Skywalker is streaking down a trench on the surface of the Death Star, trying to sneak his proton torpedoes down an exhaust port. With his X
Maya Mathias's insight:

Finally, an obvious connection between the Force, living/acting in the moment and how it is the vanquisher of fear and fountain of innovation. Great post @metacool! (Wish I'd written it first :) )

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What's Better for Business: Logic or Emotion? Answers From Neuroscience - Forbes

What's Better for Business: Logic or Emotion? Answers From Neuroscience - Forbes | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it
Part 1 of a series on neuroscience and innovation Humans are animals. We try to be different than other creatures.  But we can’t help ourselves.  We’re just glorified apes, even in business.

Via Wise Leader™, AlGonzalezinfo
Maya Mathias's insight:

Looking forward to the rest of this multi-part series!  Logic and emotion MUST co-exist if your business is to succeed in the new global economy. 

On a related note, I've just released a 6-part email report that covers this and other critical business that 21st Century leaders need to pay more attention to - you can check it out at http://thetrainedbusinesseye.com

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, March 27, 2013 1:34 PM

Q:  Why does human nature matter in business?

 

Janet: Business is best when the people providing goods and services feel passion and commitment to what they are producing and their customers feel they’ve received value.  The operative word here is “feel.”  When we use the term “rational” in business, we usually mean dispassionately data driven and informed by explicit measureable criteria.

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Why You Need a Complementary Team To Succeed

Why You Need a Complementary Team To Succeed | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it
I believe that every company needs a strong senior executive team to be successful, however, I feel that “strong” needs to be complemented by “different.” If the senior team
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Different is good.  Having a diverse executive team that trusts and respects each other, and can get to a place where they're rowing in the same direction, is a huge key to long-term success in the new global economy.

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Academics Weigh In On Why We Have So Few Women Global Leaders

Check out Thunderbird Online's recent guest blog written by Karine Jaffredo Baltzley and Sarah Schwab on women leaders in a global context.
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We need to take ownership, take stock and take action to rise to the top at work.

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To Become More Adaptable in Business, Take a Lesson from Biology

To Become More Adaptable in Business, Take a Lesson from Biology | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it
It's easy to make your company more adaptable: Stop giving orders and start issuing challenges. (Excellent!

Via Natalie Savage
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An eloquent piece on the business lessons we can learn from biological systems.  Applying just one of these ideas can take your company from good to great.

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John Michel's curator insight, March 17, 2013 8:05 AM

Even the best of us are horrible at predicting the future. That's too bad, because our world is full of risk that we'd love to avoid and opportunity that we'd love to seize.

Fortunately, there's a rich source of lessons on how to thrive in an unpredictable world, and it has been cranking out success stories for 3.5 billion years. It's called biology.

All of Earth's successful organisms have thrived without analyzing past crises or trying to predict the next one. They haven't held "planning exercises" or created "predictive frameworks." Instead, they've adapted. Adaptability is the power to detect and respond to change in the world, no matter how surprising or inconvenient it may be.

While there's much chatter in the management world about the need to be adaptable, only a few creative companies and innovative managers have probed the natural world for its adaptability secrets. But when they have, they've been remarkably successful. A study of nature offers straightforward guidance through four key practices of adaptable systems.

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John Michel, experienced leader, humanitarian, visioneer, and renown status quo buster, is the author of the ground breaking book, Mediocre Me: How Saying No to the Status Quo will Propel you from Ordinary to Extraordinary. Check out his blog at www.MediocreMe.com or drop him a note at johnmichel@MediocreMe.com


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Holacracy's Radically Different Decision-Making Process

Brian Robertson, co-founder of HolacracyOne -- http://holacracy.org/node/25 Holacracy has a fairly unique decision-making method called Integrative Decision-...
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Try this on for size.  It dehumanizes the decision-making process (in a good way!)

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Christophe Mikolajczak's curator insight, June 24, 2013 1:06 PM

Holacracy is interesting

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The Yahoo memo and Marissa Mayer’s big innovation gamble

The Yahoo memo and Marissa Mayer’s big innovation gamble | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it
The memo might just be one of the biggest “bet-the-company” moves to create a culture of innovation that we’ve ever seen in Silicon Valley.
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It's no good just talking about a more innovative culture...you need to shake things up and actually make it happen.  Let's see if and how Ms. Mayer's gamble pays off.

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Why Innovation By Brainstorming Doesn't Work

Why Innovation By Brainstorming Doesn't Work | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it
Eleven men and women file into a conference room and take their places around a large table. Coffee cups and pastries are assembled in front of them.
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You solve the problem creatively when you aren't actually focused on the problem.  Give your brain the space to find something new.

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Unleashing Talent: The Intrapreneur and How To Groom Him

Unleashing Talent: The Intrapreneur and How To Groom Him | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it
We have all become familiar and accustomed to the concept of the entrepreneur in recent years – they are the creative stars of the commercial world who have the ability and drive to build
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Oh Mr Caan, you are a man after my business heart.  This article highlights an important point - nurturing your innovative sparks could spell great things for long-term company success.

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