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Company Values? You Really Need to Live Them — or Leave

Company Values? You Really Need to Live Them — or Leave | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it
Not too long ago, I was thrilled to see a stark and riveting example of a CEO fearlessly leading culture change in his organization – Antony Jenkins, CEO of Barclays Bank. Osney Media … (Company Values?
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Company values are only as good as the extent to which they live, breathe and are expressed by your employees.  How do you take values from a page in the employee manual to being a part of doing business?  This article sheds some light on a way forward.  I explore this in depth in my coaching & training programs - go to http://inventivelinks.com to sign up for updates.

 

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Gary Hamel On Innovating Innovation - Forbes

Gary Hamel On Innovating Innovation - Forbes | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it
Gary Hamel On Innovating Innovation: The New M-Prize Challenge: Innovation is a problem at the level of DNA,
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Let this article be a wake-up call, THE wake-up call, for your company and its ability to thrive.  Innovation is the name of the new economy game, and the faster you inject it into the DNA of your organization, the better your chances that your company will still be around in 2020 & beyond.  My training programs & book help answer this call - it's time to Unleash Your InnoMojo(TM) now! http://bit.ly/innomojopb

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Leadership schmeadership - The Daily Princetonian

Leadership schmeadership - The Daily Princetonian | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it
As I eavesdropped on the college admissions interview taking place at the next table over, I couldn’t help but laugh into my seasoned and cynical ...
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Some contrarian food for thought.  A wonderful piece on why having strong followers is every bit as important as nurturing strong leaders.

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Change Initiatives Failing? The New Leadership Paradigm Shift

Change Initiatives Failing? The New Leadership Paradigm Shift | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it
Change - Just Do It! Wouldn't it be wonderful if it was that easy?

 

Change by command is no longer a plausible method of implementing a change in an organization.


Via Richard Andrews, Jose Luis Anzizar, David Hain
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A more theoretical article than I'd normally post, but with some important distinctions between 3 different types of organizational change and how to manage them.

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John Wade: Coach; consultant; mentor's curator insight, February 8, 2013 3:09 PM

Thoughtful article - which is tune with one of my favourite approaches of Dynamic Stability, and adds to the thinking by including people, systems and 'type' of change.

Lansana Gagny Sakho's curator insight, February 15, 2013 3:41 AM

HE SHOULD READ THIS ARTICLE 

Lansana Gagny Sakho's comment, March 8, 2013 9:53 AM
Taff point is how to handle african context is very conservative putting change in place is like 'changing culture'
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Are women less ambitious? Confessions of a corporate dropout

Are women less ambitious? Confessions of a corporate dropout | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it
Addressing "ambition" among women in business and how some senior-level women choose to leave the corporate world to find their calling.
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Driven women seek career & leadership fulfillment in different ways.  If your company isn't creating the environment for smart women executives to thrive, they will seek their fortunes elsewhere.  It's time to rethink how we do business, to engage more women, millenials and other 'minority' voices in the workplace.

 

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The Strategic Plan is Dead. Long Live Strategy. (SSIR)

The Strategic Plan is Dead. Long Live Strategy. (SSIR) | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it

Creating strategies that are truly adaptive requires that we give up on many long-held assumptions. As the complexity of our physical and social systems make the world more unpredictable, we have to abandon our focus on predictions and shift into rapid prototyping and experimentation so that we learn quickly about what actually works...

 

 

 

...Instead of the old approach of “making a plan and sticking to it,” which led to centralized strategic planning around fixed time horizons, we believe in “setting a direction and testing to it,” treating the whole organization as a team that is experimenting its way to success.

 


Via David Ednie, Cyrille Jansem, David Hain, AlGonzalezinfo
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Plan, then experiment and be fluid to changing course.  Adaptive strategy is THE way to succeed in the 21st Century economy.  Thoughts?

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donhornsby's curator insight, February 2, 2013 8:22 AM

(From the article): The skills and mindset for today’s strategic planning will come from continuously asking ourselves these questions about our organizations, programs, and initiatives. Once we accept Dwight D. Eisenhower’s sage advice that “Plans are useless, but planning is everything,” we will be ready to adapt to whatever curveballs the twenty-first century sees fit to throw.

Peg Gillard's curator insight, February 2, 2013 10:01 AM

Thinking and planning in this type of growth oriented mind-set could set public education on an entirely different course of growth and innovation.

Renee Stuart's curator insight, February 14, 2013 10:34 PM

Lose the assumptions...  Love it!

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Great Innovators Are Great Communicators | 15inno

Great Innovators Are Great Communicators | 15inno | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it
Corporate innovation teams at big companies need to pay more attention to communication if they want to improve their success rate of their innovation
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The sidelined art of communication during the innovation process.

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Five Reasons We're Losing A Whole Generation of Managers - Forbes

Five Reasons We're Losing A Whole Generation of Managers - Forbes | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it
The reason you hear so much about succession planning is because finding good managers is harder than ever. Today's professionals are just as often saying no to management, and here are five reasons why.
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Management jobs used to be sexy.  Not anymore, apparently.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, January 19, 2013 3:37 PM

Senior Execs need to pay attention to this...

Denise Michelle Starrett's curator insight, January 19, 2013 4:05 PM

If what is in organizations isn't working, then there is an opportunity to lead differently.  You do not need to wait for your organization to show you a plan, hire yourself a coach and lead your way.

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How Any Company Can Harness Global Growth In 2013

How Any Company Can Harness Global Growth In 2013 | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it
CNN Money recently reported that the National Intelligence Council--the same thinkers who produce National Intelligence Estimates--has released a 140-page study that offers a series of prognostications about how the world might change in the coming...
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Great roundtable discussion by innovation & growth thought leaders, on why America seems to be losing its competitive edge and how to get it back.

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Design an Organization that Makes a Difference

Christian Busch, cofounder of Sandbox, built his company to offer innovators a vehicle for doing good.
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To promote ethics and innovation is a trip with no finish line

To promote ethics and innovation is a trip with no finish line | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it
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A great piece on the link between business ethics and innovation, and the call to be more mindful about organizational culture - thanks for the thought-provoking post @Jabaldaia

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It’s (still) hard out there for a millennial

It’s (still) hard out there for a millennial | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it
Does the ‘it’ generation have a PR problem? People do love to talk trash about today’s youth. We explore the reasons why, and whether it will ever stop.
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10 Things Bosses Wish They Could Tell Employees

10 Things Bosses Wish They Could Tell Employees | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it
Even if you're a remarkable boss -- and here's how to tell if you're a remarkable boss --there’s a lot you don’t know about your employees.There’s also a lot employees don’t...
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Seth's Blog: Open, generous and connected

Seth's Blog: Open, generous and connected | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it
Isn't that what we seek from a co-worker, boss, friend or even a fellow conference attendee? Open to new ideas, leaning forward, exploring the edges, impatient with the status quo... In a hurry to make something worth making.
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What we all seek from our relationships, whether personal or professional.  Stay open, generous & connected, and there is no limit to what we can achieve together!

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The 1 Thing Every Business Executive Must Understand About Social Media

The 1 Thing Every Business Executive Must Understand About Social Media | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it
Social media is still in its infancy, and many business executives still don't understand how to Ieverage it for their organizations, large or small. They're too focused on the talking, and not
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Social media has its own etiquette.  And it's sometimes more about listening & empathy than broadcasting & selling.

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Managing Opposition To Strategy Within The Executive Ranks | Executive Street

Managing Opposition To Strategy Within The Executive Ranks | Executive Street | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it
This article examines the dilemma of managing dissent within the management team related to corporate strategy.
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Implementing a new business strategy involves a lot of moving parts.  Getting buy-in and communicating clearly & consciously throughout the process is vital - this article outlines some great ways to achieve that.

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Cultural Intelligence - Working Successfully with Diverse Groups

Cultural Intelligence - Working Successfully with Diverse Groups | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it
Learn how to build great relationships with people from other cultures.
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A great introduction to the concept of cultural intelligence, and how it can help you be a more effective global leader.

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Innovation is hard work these days, business leaders admit | SmartPlanet

Innovation is hard work these days, business leaders admit | SmartPlanet | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it
Innovation may be a feel-good concept, but it’s a source of stress for many business leaders, latest GE study reveals.
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The state of innovation affairs for business leaders.  We need to work harder & faster to create spaces & cultures that innovate!

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For Big Data to Work, You Need Intuition

For Big Data to Work, You Need Intuition | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it
I recently spoke at the ADSCON about data science in advertising. We had a really interesting conversation as we delved into the role of intuition in data. Much of the promise of Big Data is that
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You gotta marry your head for numbers with your gut for the bigger picture.

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Oprah's biggest branding failure and what we can learn from it | SmartBlogs

Oprah's biggest branding failure and what we can learn from it | SmartBlogs | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it
Brand Oprah was flying high, and then she made one critical branding failure -- a failure that caused her to drop in Fortune’s Most Powerful Women list f
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Branding is an art, and it lives in the hearts and minds of your customers.  Some interesting insights into how and why Oprah diluted her brand as she moved to create the OWN network.

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CEOs and leaders: Are you rewarding rabbit tricks? | SmartBlogs

CEOs and leaders: Are you rewarding rabbit tricks? | SmartBlogs | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it
Listening to the CEO of the $500m manufacturing firm describe the exploits of his operations vice president was fascinating: “Louis was incredible ...
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Whoa. How prevalent is crisis management (and the rewarding of it) in your company?  This articles talks about why it may not be healthy in the long term.

 

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3 Leadership Mandates For Sustained Innovation & Growth

3 Leadership Mandates For Sustained Innovation & Growth | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it
In a recent post by Alan Hall at Forbes, Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen is quoted: Our current economy, however, has gone off of the rails in large part because we are focused almost entirely on efficiency innovations--on...
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Secrets Of America's Happiest Companies

Secrets Of America's Happiest Companies | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it
“Being able to be truly happy at work is one of the keys to being happy in life,” says Heidi Golledge, CEO and cofounder of CareerBliss, an online career database. And what company couldn’t use a little more joy among its ranks?
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Some secrets Of America's Happiest Companies - it's a mix of several factors we know & recognize.

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33 HBR Blog Posts you should read Before 2013 - Katherine Bell @KatherineABell

33 HBR Blog Posts you should read Before 2013 - Katherine Bell @KatherineABell | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it

The topics that most preoccupied our authors and readers in 2012 reflected our shared anxieties: the pressures exerted on our businesses by technology and the global economy — no end to economic uncertainty, the need to make sense of vast amounts of data, the problem and opportunity of disruptive innovation; as well as perennial personal worries — finding work that matters, never getting enough done.

 

We hope you'll find some insights here you may have missed the first time around, and that they'll help you make 2013 a productive and innovative year for your company and yourself.

 


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Peter Hoeve's curator insight, December 30, 2012 4:47 PM

I admit, You'll have to hurry to read them all .. Or just try this article for a start and a taste of the 33: http://bit.ly/Lq7Z17 . And make 2013 your greatest year ever .. A year to built Bridges across Cliffs ..

 
David Hain's curator insight, December 31, 2012 6:10 AM

 End of the first week of January would do, but they are worth reading!

Ricard Lloria's comment, January 19, 2013 6:56 AM
recommended read!! , Thanks david!
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When It Comes To Innovation, It's Time To Think Globally

When It Comes To Innovation, It's Time To Think Globally | Create Positive Change | Scoop.it
How firms innovate needs to change. The increasing diversity and dispersion of knowledge, the growth of new markets, and the emergence of new competitors require a global and integrated approach to innovation.
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