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As a society, we have become inundated with bad news – children being shot, young soldiers going away and not returning home, corrupt politicians just...

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Social Networks In Healthcare: Breaking Down Barriers To Change

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As U.S. hospitals, professionals, and patients from coast to coast grapple with a daunting maize of healthcare challenges that’s growing more complex each day, it’s easy to forget that the solutions we need might just be sitting in someone else’s back yard.  And no matter who might own those great ideas, harvesting their value depends upon finding the best ways to share and make the most of them.

Both of these themes were at the heart of an exceptional two-day event I attended in Copenhagen recently, hosted by Healthcare DENMARK.  Called “The Ambassadors’ Summit,” each participant was invited to attend based upon his or her lifetime healthcare-industry contributions.  The Summit provided our group the opportunity to compare ideas and benchmark best practices with peers from around the world.  And while every national representative had something valuable to offer, some of the best thinking came directly from our hosts themselves.

Denmark has long stood out among nations for its health system, which is differentiated by its fundamental focus on the patient.  The Danish system functions by placing the patient in the center of its care-delivery circle.  Patients’ involvement in their own care is essential for the system to work.  And while few argue that patients should have a greater say in their own care, in Denmark they really do.

Because the Danes have made healthcare a true national – not political — priority, there’s a team mentality country-wide to support it – to improve it continuously over time.  It was this commitment that led Healthcare DENMARK to hold the Summit in the first place: they recognized that every country around the world has its own best practices to offer for consideration.  For example, Summit Ambassadors from Germany brought participants their expertise in international healthcare systems, managed care, integrated care, secure data transfer, and theoretic medicine, among others.  Colleagues from the United Kingdom shared insights from their roles in organizations like the World Health Care Congress and in subject areas such as healthcare analytics and health system financing, to name a few.

At the end of the Summit, we all agreed to return a year from now having advanced our own care systems by harnessing and developing the rich ideas we’d shared in just 48 hours.  Easily said, but what will prove the best means of connecting all the ideas in all those back yards?  The answer is social media used smartly – in a way that establishes closely defined social networks that engage communities interested in solving very specific problems.

As I left the Summit, I could already envision a new group of social communities that could invite the participation of the leaders who contributed so much to the Ambassadors Summit – effectively creating real-time conversations around the key issues that concerned each one of us.  For example, we could launch a new community with a “Danish voice” to advance our nation’s work to increase patient centricity.  Another smart social network could consider the construction of new hospitals and the consolidation of existing ones.  Other smart social healthcare communities could focus on medical homes, the roles of primary-care physicians, and the true connectivity of personal health records.

The possibilities are energizing because they are so clearly within our reach.  With the smart use of social platforms, global boundaries lose relevance, great meetings like the Ambassadors Summit never have to adjourn, and our power to drive a world of better care increases exponentially.

 


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Import photos and videos from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your Mac or Windows PC - Apple Support

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Learn how to import media you've captured or saved on your iOS device to your computer.

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Voiceboard - Future of Presentations

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VOICEBOARD is a voice and gesture controlled application which helps you give unique presentations.
Use your hands and voice to engage with interactive media, such as 3D models, maps, webpages, to wow your audience.
Jump through content freely using your voice, keeping your audience engaged, without leaving the stage.


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Filipe Cálix's curator insight, November 30, 12:05 PM

Ponha um anel no dedo, um headset na orelha e prepare-se para uma experiência futurista até com as apresentações mais banais. Voiceboard usa os gestos e a voz para comandar a apresentação dos slides. Tão simples quanto isto.

Voiceboard foi desenvolvido no Reino Unido e tem lançamento marcado para o próximo dia 9. O preço do pack é algo proibitivo por enquanto: 799USD é preço avançado para as primeiras reservas.  Esperam-se reações do mercado a esta inovação.

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No more having to use a clicker to navigate through slides, therefore making a presentation more natural!  Particularly impressive is the ability to move 3D objects around by just using gestures. 

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7 Habits Of Natural Leaders all Driven By Curiosity 1st

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“Successful leadership, like happiness, is one of those things that everyone claims to have the "secret" to. There are more than 27,000 leadership books on Amazon, thousands of seminars on leadership skills held in conference rooms across th...”


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David Cooperrider & Chris Johnston's curator insight, November 1, 6:58 AM
When I met Bill Clinton for the 1st time I felt that not only did he care about me as a person, but that he wanted to learn everything he could about appreciative inquiry in the first five minutes. That's what great leaders do. They are fascinated. They glance around them with delight. There is joy in learning and surfacing the best each person has to offer. And they thrill to surprise. Bill Clinton has a startlingly simple secret to success: the former president gives everyone he meets his full, undivided attention. Countless anecdotes about Clinton suggest that his legendary charisma stems from the full focus he gives to every person he meets, and it's made him one of the greatest political communicators in recent history. Clinton was known, during his early career, for connecting with the people he was leading, looking them in the eye, and listening to what they had to say. He embodied an important trait of great natural leaders: They genuinely care about others, and no matter how busy they are, they always give people the time of day. "All my life I’ve been interested in other people’s stories," Clinton wrote in his autobiography My Life. "I wanted to know them, understand them, feel them." Clinton's superior powers of attention only highlight to our larger cultural "attention deficit" that can have a significant negative impact on the way we communicate and interact with others. Paying attention to people might not sound too difficult, but consider how often we actually do this. Technology has contributed to a decline of eye contact, and multitasking has become so much the norm that we often check our email or text while conversing with others. Even when we're not multitasking, research suggests that we only give people roughly a third of our attention -- but a great leader knows that everyone they work with deserves more than that.
Paul Leslie's curator insight, November 1, 1:31 PM

Curiosity comes from within. You have to want to learn. It is not something you 'do' in order to learn.

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Curiosity as a 21st Century Leadership Practice

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Obvious Choice welcomes our new Associate Professor Elaine Rumboll A globally experienced and leading thinker, Elaine runs master classes for seasoned execut...


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David Cooperrider & Chris Johnston's curator insight, November 1, 7:31 AM
Curiosity is an appreciative system whereby the more you use it the more it appreciates in value. It creates more curiosity as it grows. It's also the first step in true collaboration because it invites us out of our closed conclusions.
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I highly recommend: amazement-and-achievement-leading-by-seeing-what-works Scoop.It. Curated by David Cooperrider et al.

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Champlain College's David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry (AI): The First Academic Center Exclusively Dedicated to Advancing the Theory and Practice of AI

Champlain College's David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry (AI): The First Academic Center Exclusively Dedicated to Advancing the Theory and Practice of AI | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it
Center Based at Robert P. Stiller School of Business at Champlain College

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David Cooperrider & Chris Johnston's curator insight, November 8, 4:15 PM

This press release was just issued today...it was an amazing day with a college that US News and World report named "the most up and coming college in America."  Big cheers to Lindsey Godwin and Mary Grace Neville, two of our proud graduates from the PhD program in organizational behavior at Case Western Reserve University  that are now leading the way, together with their faculty colleagues and Dean Wes Balda, at Champlain College's new center for Appreciative Inquiry. From President Don Laakman's  opening to the dedication with the Vermont community, my family, and the faculty and students of Champlain, it was a magical day!   

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Education formelle ou informelle ou organisation tout courts, tous auront de grands avantages èa prendre la tournure appréciative... !

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3 Powerful Traits of Inspirational Leaders

Inspirational leaders rarely just take a walk--they walk with a purpose.

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Want to Boost Productivity? Let Children Come to Work

Believe it or not, welcoming kids at work can give you a competitive advantage.

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8 Whimsical Home Furnishings That Will Make You Smile

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Furniture is meant to be functional first and foremost, but who says it can’t be fun too?
Just like cheerful paint colors, surrounding yourself with playful furnishings can brighten your day with each glance.

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The Complexity Leadership Theory (CLT)

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The Complexity Leadership Theory (CLT) starts with the notion of Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS), which are a basic unit of analysis in complexity science.

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Connected Leadership is Not the Status Quo

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As organizations, markets, and society become networked, complexity in all human endeavors increases. There are more variables as a result of more connections. In complex adaptive systems, the relationship between cause and effect can only be known after the fact. This makes traditional planning and control obsolete. Connected organizations must learn how to deal with ambiguity and complexity.


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Are You Ready to Lose Control?

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Control: It’s the essence of management. We’re trained to measure inputs, throughputs, and outputs in hopes of increasing efficiency and producing desired results. In a world of linear processes, such as in the factories of the Industrial Age, that made sense. But in today’s knowledge economy, where enterprises are complex, adaptive systems, it’s counterproductive.

 

The real problem is confusion between control and order. Control implies centralized control and hierarchical relationships. The person with control tells others what to do and whether they are successful or not. Order, on the other hand, emerges from self-organization. There may not be anyone telling others what to do, yet things get done—often with great efficiency and effectiveness. People know what is expected of them and what they can expect of others.

 

But how can this be true? Mustn’t an orchestra have a conductor? A dance troupe, a choreographer? A company, a CEO?

 

Not necessarily. Nature abounds with examples of what is known as swarm intelligence. Termites build intricate dwellings without the benefit of set of plans or engineers with advanced degrees. Birds migrate thousands of miles in formations where the lead position rotates to optimize their collective capacity. There are no marching orders or hierarchies dictating who leads. Massive flocks of starlings engage in intricate maneuvers known as murmuration with neither collisions nor confusion. There is order without overarching control. Indeed, our obsession with control helps explain why human-designed organizations fail to achieve such beautiful synchronicity.

 


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Steve Bax's comment, April 23, 4:42 AM
This ties with the Belasco and Stayer thinking. Humans tend to seek control. Feeling out of control of ourselves and our lives can cause physiological effects. So passing it to others is tough.
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Another stimulating scoop from Kenneth. This ties with the Buffalo and Geese theory from Belasco and Stayer. Passing control to others is not always easy. 

Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s curator insight, June 5, 5:12 AM

Good blog on the difference between 'control' and 'order' (and what we can learn from swarms)

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Country Stars Featured on The Best of Me Soundtrack

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A number of country stars are featured on the soundtrack for the new Nicholas Sparks film, The Best of Me.

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What Leaders Should Learn from Fiction Writers

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Managing employees has a lot more in common with the way writers develop fiction characters than you might have thought.

 

Now here's an interesting article! Basically it encourages leaders to ask the same questions regarding their employees as writers do when developing characters.

 

Why? Because employee engagement is at an all-time low according to the articles I regularly scan. Perhaps following the advice here will help leaders connect.

 

What's the best way to connect with staff? Through conversational story sharing.

 

Don't you just love cross-fertilization?!

 

Anyway, the article makes great points about reflecting on employee wants, obstacles, and what the leaders's role is in helping them.

 

And of course, the critical skills of listening, and then coaching.

 

Reflection, and both the asking of questions and listening, requires leaders take time out for all three -- and that is tough to do, no question. But if you can, you may be amazed with the results!


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Slides Carnival - Free templates for presentations

Slides Carnival - Free templates for presentations | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it
We create free quality presentation templates for you to focus on communicating your ideas. Create meaningful content and use our free template designs to give your audience a beautiful and memorable experience.

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Tanja Gvozdeva's curator insight, November 24, 4:15 AM

for google presentations

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Templates to supplement the meagre selection in google slides

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Empathy programs help students try a little tenderness

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Empathy programs have kids beginning to look beyond the surface and not judge others. It's part of a nationwide effort.

 

The push to make students more empathetic is part of a 10-year effort within schools nationally to combat school violence and bullying, both physical and emotional. Many districts are turning to in-class and after-school empathy programs to build students' "emotional intelligence." The goal for many, in addition to curbing online taunts and fighting, is to create environments more open to learning.

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In Hillsborough, students at Metropolitan Ministries Partnership School, Potter Elementary School, Just Elementary and Booker T. Washington Elementary School learn to manage negative feelings, like fear and anger, and not act on impulse. 

 

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Infuse and inspire and bring curiosity back into your leadership

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Chris Wire is an innovator who has been infusing the world with creative ideas since 1993 as the "fearless leader" of Real Art, headquartered in Dayton. Unde...


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David Cooperrider & Chris Johnston's curator insight, November 1, 7:22 AM
What's the difference between questions looking for a correct answer versus questions intended to open the world to new possibilities? Does curiosity precede good questions, or might it be the other way around: good questions serve to breed curiosity!
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It's almost impossible to be curious when you are negative.

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Eric Kaufmann of Sagatica sharing a quick tip on becoming a better, wiser leader. While there is power and value in certainty, there is magic and innovation ...


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David Cooperrider & Chris Johnston's curator insight, November 1, 8:01 AM
It is almost impossible to be negative and curious at the same time and almost impossible not to be positive when curiosity is alive. Positivity and curiosity have an intriguing correlation and it needs to be better understood. That's why "appreciative" and "inquiry" are not two words but a unified whole. Inquiry creates appreciation and awe, and vice versa: appreciation and awe inspires inquiry.
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A presentation inspired by the spirit of Appreciative Inquiry

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Humble Leaders Most Effective - Especially When in Power

Too often, being humble is linked to iconic spiritual or political leaders -- instead of humility in leadership in the business world. New research by Milton Sousa of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University reveals that the more power you have as a leader, the more humility will help to be a successful one.

 


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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, November 26, 1:40 AM

With great power comes great humility:-)...at least for the servant leaders:-))..and it works other way round too....with great humility you rise to the positions of great power.

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You're Either a Giver, a Matcher or a Taker

Every company has these three types of employees. Which are you?

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The History Of The Pin-Up Girl, From The 1800s To The Present

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She's risqué but never explicit. She's flirtatious but fiercely independent. She's erotic but always safe for work, a welcome sight for your teenage cousin and prudish mother alike. She's the pin-up girl, an all natural American sweetheart cre...

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10 Stunning Renovations That Leave You Spellbound

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Renovating an old, dreary home into a beautiful, modern residence can be a demanding task at the best of times. In fact, many of us find a small kitchen renovation or a bedroom makeover a task too cumbersome to undertake and so put if off infinitely!

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From Change Control to Adaptation

Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) are non-linear, self-organizing systems that have the ability to adapt to changing conditions through changing the rules that organize the random autonomous interactions between agents in the environment. This adaptation takes place through gradual gained experience that is reflected in the agent’s behavior. Interacting agents that are described in terms of certain rules generate complex temporal patterns. Emergent higher level patterns can arise out of parallel complex interaction between local agents.

 

Emergent systems are rule governed systems; their capacity for learning and growth and experimentation is derived from governing decentralized level local rules. Acknowledging that giving up top-down control, giving systems a margin of freedom to govern themselves bottom-up as much as possible and letting it learn from and build on their experience is essential to understand emergence in CAS. Applying this framework to case studies from informal settlements around Cairo, we identify several innovations in governance that emerged in this program and demonstrate how complex adaptive system thinking can be useful in understanding how governance can enhance resilience.

 

The complex adaptive systems approach shifts the perspective on governance from the aim to control change in resources through a rigid prescriptive sociopolitical systems that is assumed to be stable, to enhancing the capacity of social-ecological systems to learn to live with and shape change and even find ways to transform into more desirable directions. Adaptive management of environmental resources presents a challenge to traditional government, with its reliance on bureaucratic procedures, the lengthy processes of legislative deliberation, and the often arbitrary nature of judicial decision making.


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Accelerating STEM Capacity: A Complex Adaptive System Perspective

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Worthwhile reading from the Journal of Engineering Education:

 

"The educational system that produces the critical talent for the United States’ future security and prosperity is complex …It is composed of systems nested within subsystems, each operating on multiple temporal scales where observable causality is often hidden… Changes to this system emerge through evolutionary processes and are encumbered by complex physical, behavioral, and social phenomena as well as competing interests. Faced with overwhelming complexity in the learning ecosystem (including shifting economic, political, and business environments), we tend to focus primarily on issues that are relevant to the cultural boundaries within which we operate…

 

Our Santa Fe Institute and SRI Inc. research is attempting to model educational subsystem behaviors through the lens of complex adaptive systems to better conceptualize the current educational ecosystem. Therefore, we plan on identifying methods to model the larger system. A deep understanding of this structure (exponential complexity encountered as knowledge is distributed through the organization) is required in order to transcend subcultural boundaries and meld a unified framework. From this might emerge a fresh composite that values different cultural and situational perspectives."


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Happy Interior Blog: From Place To Space: Praktik Bakery Hotel In Barcelona

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Check out the wonderful Praktik Bakery Hotel in Barcelona - I'm sharing my impressions on the blog today!


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