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Truly Human Leadership

This is a great TEDx talk by Bob Chapman. Bob runs a company called Barry Wehmiller. He and his organization are obsessed with developing people and creating an environment that allows them to go home fulfilled by the work they do.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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We're human beings, not human doings.

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David Hain's curator insight, June 6, 2013 3:31 AM

Grerat stuff!

Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, June 6, 2013 7:43 AM

This is an important message for any organizaiton.

Pavel Barta's comment, June 7, 2013 11:54 AM
I am so glad that we are moving away from the industrial era where human beings were just means to the end. The beauty and worth of human being is limitless and so is their potential to learn. We need to learn to unleash and harness the power that people have by treating them as human beings, like we would like to be trated ourselfs.
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Organizing for breakthrough innovation | McKinsey & Company

Organizing for breakthrough innovation | McKinsey & Company | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
Roche’s CEO talks about its R&D structure, tough decisions, and long-term mind-set. A McKinsey Quarterly article.
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Great interview with Roche's CEO, Severin Schwan, who appears to embody several creative-leadership traits. This excerpt is just one great example:

 

"I passionately believe innovation happens from the bottom up, and I don’t believe in the approach of those visionary leader who try to determine the fate of their companies with their own miracle insights. After all, we have thousands and thousands of brilliant minds closely connected to science and scientific communities. That said, although I am an economist by training, it’s important that I have an affinity for the science and a good understanding of disease biology. Lots of the things we talk about—internal projects, partnerships, or acquisitions—hinge on issues of science. Should we go into this or that area? Do we have the capabilities to do so? If I was too detached from science, I wouldn’t ask the right questions and I wouldn’t have a feel for the management implications of the decisions we make.


Clarity of thinking is key here. In my experience, scientists who really understand what they are talking about can explain even the most complex scientific topics to laypeople. If, on the other hand, scientists can’t explain the principles or why they’re exciting, I start to have my doubts. I go into the labs and talk to people—sometimes for 30 minutes or an hour—who are often world experts in their fields. And of course I triangulate; I talk to others to pick up the signals. This takes time. It’s not as though you have a meeting, somebody tells you about an exciting technology, and the next day you go out and acquire a company. The buildup can literally last years."

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Is this what it takes to be an innovative leader?

Is this what it takes to be an innovative leader? | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
To build a sustainable future for our organizations and communities, it’s time we all rethink leadership and learn to create collective genius.
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Very good read on the importance of creative leadership. Here's one interesting excerpt:

 

"Too often, I fear, individuals who do not exhibit take-charge, direction-setting behaviours may be perceived as “weak leaders”, and may be less likely to get access to social networks, stretch assignments, or fast-track educational courses that can develop their leadership talents. This is troubling to me, given what we now know about leading innovation. Other indicators – like the extent to which individuals don’t punish team members for the inevitable “failures” associated with taking risks, or an individual’s willingness to ask others for help – may actually be better markers of high potential leaders of innovation. One of the most gifted innovation leaders we studied was warned early in her career that if she “continued to lead from behind”, her prospects were limited. Fortunately, she followed her instincts and built one of the most innovative regions in her organization. My worry: we are overlooking those individuals who have the most potential to become master leaders of innovation."

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The top 10 traits of creative leaders

The top 10 traits of creative leaders | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
We all know a creative leader is a force to be reckoned with — here are the top traits they possess.
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"A job title does not imbue the individual with courage or charisma. Those are personal traits. Creativity takes many forms, so don't count yourself out because you are in accounting, operations, human resources, logistics, project management or any other field or specialty."

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3 Simple Principles for thinking about Innovation Training

3 Simple Principles for thinking about Innovation Training | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
When it comes to innovation training there are 3 simple principles to keep in mind.
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"No Guru Needed: Anyone Can Lead Innovation." Do we agree with this statement? #innovation #creativeleadership

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Give Ideas a Chance | Tony Vengrove | TEDxShepaugValleySchool - YouTube

"On the one hand ideas are fragile, easily crushed and discarded," muses Tony Vengrove, "On the other hand they have the power to scare the heck out of whoev...
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"Although my original concept hit the proverbial brick wall, another creative team grabbed onto it. They kept it alive, refined it, made it better and sold it. They took the time to get to know the idea before they judged it. That’s why I like to say, Know should always precede no."

 

“If you believe it, you will see it,” should become the part of your culture’s DNA. It’s a far better mindset than what the doubters say, “I’ll believe it when I see it.”

 

"When we do this and embrace our natural creativity, we’ll get closer to feeling fully human. And when we bask in the glory of our humanness, we’ll feel fulfilled, we’ll feel hopeful. We might even experience some clarity about why we’ve been given a moment of time on Earth—Perhaps it’s to make a difference with our creative gifts. That’s why we need to give ideas a chance."

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Unfolding Transitions

Unfolding Transitions | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it

Despite the frenetic pace of 21st Century living, the prospect of a major transition still has the power to slow us into deep circumspect behavior. Although we live in an age where it seems anything is possible, where more and more people are chasing dreams, navigating transitions has the tendency of taking our eyes off of the long-term prize to focus on the short-term.

The fear of taking those first few steps into hazy territory can be so overwhelming that we become possessed with judging every step we take versus keeping our focus on the finish line. And if those first few steps don’t go as planned, boy isn’t it tempting to quickly retreat to known territory?

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Creative Leadership requires patience and resilience. Nearly every innovative project involves change and transitions. While it's nice to force these changes on our own terms, often they need to unfold at their own pace.

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The Rise Of Creativity As A Key Quality In Modern Leadership

The Rise Of Creativity As A Key Quality In Modern Leadership | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
By David Slocum To speak of a creative leader, or manager, is for some a paradox: creativity is chaotic and unrestrained while leadership is orderly and controlling, and setting the two together makes for an uneasy, potentially volatile combination.
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I don't think there's much of a paradox unless you believe creative leadership requires leaders to demonstrate their own creativity. For those that know me, you know that I disagree with that. Creative Leaders must create the conditions for others to be be creative, first and foremost.
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A Spirit of Whatever It Takes

A Spirit of Whatever It Takes | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
Tony Vengrove is a regular contributor to intrepidNOW, writing about innovation, creative leadership, and fostering a creative culture. I must admit I absolutely abhor the phrase, “make innovation ...
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So how do we make innovation “happen?” There’s really only one answer: any way you can. Let’s agree to let go of the notion that there’s a single magic formula for innovative success. Instead, let’s adopt a spirit of whatever it takes!

Do whatever it takes to get inspired, and to inspire those around you, to solve those seemingly impossible problems.

Do whatever it takes to connect the right people together and build a collective brain.

Do whatever it takes to understand what your consumers are really experiencing and feeling.

Do whatever it takes to create the conditions for others to channel their creative genius.

Do whatever it takes to defend ideas, no matter how much you’re outnumbered by skeptics.

Do whatever it takes to satisfy every constraint management throws at you, until you earn a green light for launch.

Do whatever it takes to learn and make things better—embrace failure a la Thomas Edison.

Do whatever it takes to gain agreement to take a shot on goal.

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Raphael Hernandez: Making it happen, and other lessons in Creative Leadership from the USMC

Raphael Hernandez: Making it happen, and other lessons in Creative Leadership from the USMC | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
Season 2 of Stories of Creative Leadership continues with Lt. Col. Raphael Hernandez, Chief Marketing Officer, Marine Corps Recruiting Command. Some highlights from the conversation: We define crea...
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Lt. Col. Raphael Hernandez discusses how the Marines embrace creative leadership and independent thinking in order to accomplish its missions. It turns out there's a lot corporate leaders can learn from military tools such as Commander's Intent.

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How To Be Motivated: 4 New Insights From Research

How To Be Motivated: 4 New Insights From Research | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
Bestselling author Dan Pink gives the latest insights on how to be motivated by breaking down the research in this interview.
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A nice piece on motivation with many useful links.

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Hyperakt Lunch Talks with Cheryl Heller – MFA Design for Social Innovation

Hyperakt Lunch Talks with Cheryl Heller – MFA Design for Social Innovation | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
Design for Social Innovation at SVA is the first MFA program in the rapidly growing field of social impact design.
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Cheryl Heller is a great designer and creative leader. In this talk, she shares lessons from her career journey as well as offers several insights about shaping culture via social innovation.

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The 4 Weapons Of Exceptional Creative Leaders

The 4 Weapons Of Exceptional Creative Leaders | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
Charles Day outlines four perhaps unexpected but effective weapons that the best creative leaders use in their battle for creativity and profitability.
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One of the better articles I've read about Creative Leadership. Worth a read and a bookmark.

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Global CEO Survey 2015

Find out how confident CEOs are in the economy and in their own business growth prospects, what worries them the most, and where they're looking for growth opportunities.

 


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Read the 2015 report for the detailed findings from the 18th Annual Global CEO Survey conducted by PwC. 


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The Chief Innovation Officer, Redefined — Fahrenheit 212 — Medium

The Chief Innovation Officer, Redefined - Fahrenheit 212 - Medium
How to hire a CINO that can build lasting innovation capabilities
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I don't use the phrase "must read" often, but this is a must read for executives hiring for innovation. For four years, I've been promoting creative leadership as a framework for hiring CINO and other innovation roles. This superb article from Fahrenheit212 mirrors many beliefs that I share. 

 

To learn more about my position on Creative Leadership visit my company's page on The Seven C's of Creative Leadership: http://www.milesfinchinnovation.com/blog/the-seven-cs-of-creative-leadership-podcast-series/

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3 Things the Most Creative Leaders Do

3 Things the Most Creative Leaders Do | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
According to IDEO.
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I was starting to question this piece by Tom Kelley until I read the last two sentences. Phew.

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Idea Climatology | The Official Blog of Miles Finch Innovation

Idea Climatology | The Official Blog of Miles Finch Innovation | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
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"Kanter’s list also infers that innovation isn’t a process-driven system that can be managed like other business systems. It’s a unique beast. Innovation requires a different style of leadership—creative leadership. Kanter isn’t finding fault with process, she’s indicting poor leadership and poor culture.

If it’s so easy to stifle innovation as Kanter demonstrates, shouldn’t it be just as easy to un-stifle it? Here’s how her list reads if you simply embrace the opposite behavior. I shall call them Vengrove’s 10 Rules for Un-Stifling Innovation..."

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Top CEOs Share How To Shepherd Innovation

Top CEOs Share How To Shepherd Innovation | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
Winston Churchill once famously said, “Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.” As leaders seek innovative ways to artfully shepherd their enterprises to success, I thought sharing insights from top CEOs in would be important. So on June 22, 2015 I [...]
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Some great Creative Leadership insights in this interview with Gerald Hassell and Doug Conant.

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How to stifle innovation

How to stifle innovation | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
Tony Vengrove, a regular contributor to intrepidNOW, helps companies shatter the cultural barriers that interfere with corporate innovation. He writes about innovation, creative leadership, and fos...
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Most employees are begging for change and the opportunity to work for a company that embraces rather thanstifles innovation. If the actions of leaders set the tone and culture of the organization, then it’s up to leadership to demonstrate the desired behaviors they want to see in others. That means you can make a huge difference. That means you can help un-stifle innovation. That means you can start now!

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John Bell: Achieve creative leadership by doing less better

John Bell: Achieve creative leadership by doing less better | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
Season 2 of Stories of Creative Leadership continues with John Bell, best-selling author and retired CEO and management consultant. Some highlights from the conversation: Starting with your new boo...
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"One of the most important things a CEO can do is establish an environment that will not force him or her to compromise their strategic principles."
John Bell on The Stories of #CreativeLeadership Podcast. Great interview!

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What a 10-Year-Old Boy From Kabul Can Teach Us About Employee Engagement | Idea Climatology

What a 10-Year-Old Boy From Kabul Can Teach Us About Employee Engagement | Idea Climatology | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
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There's a lot of insight to pull from this inspiring story by Raphael Hernandez. Employee engagement, leadership, salesmanship--all critical aspects that are important for creative leadership and an innovative culture.

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Values Based Leader

Values Based Leader | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
The refusal to let go is the culmination of fear and pure stubbornness. Just because it worked before, doesn’t mean it’s the best solution now. Never allow pigheadedness to asphyxiate the creative spirit of your organization!
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"The refusal to let go is the culmination of fear and pure stubbornness. Just because it worked before, doesn’t mean it’s the best solution now. Never allow pigheadedness to asphyxiate the creative spirit of your organization!"

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How Trust Can Unlock Superior Performance

How Trust Can Unlock Superior Performance | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
At the end of the day, leadership is all about performance. Breeding high-trust is essential to delivering extraordinary results.
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It's impossible to deliver truly great ideas and innovation without trust. Without trust, there's no risk-taking. Without risk-taking, you end up with mediocrity--or worse.

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To Erect a Flagpole... | Michael Lester | LinkedIn

To Erect a Flagpole... | Michael Lester | LinkedIn | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
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There's a powerful lesson in this short story by Michael Lester. Creative Leadership requires the art of leading by objectives. As this story points out, we're often tempted to dictate all the steps that need to happen. A great creative leader empowers their team with one objective, then gets out of the way.

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Know Precedes No | Tony Vengrove | LinkedIn

Know Precedes No | Tony Vengrove | LinkedIn | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
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Before we say no to any idea, we should be sure that we gave the opportunity due diligence; to fully understand what the presenter saw that was so exciting and relevant for the business. Remember, your team is taking time to think, create and package an idea. If you cut the discussion off too quickly, you’ll frustrate them. Do this too often and they’ll stop bringing ideas to you.

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The Commandant's Planning Guidance

The Commandant's Planning Guidance | Creative Leadership | Scoop.it
"I want each of you to read it, discuss it with your fellow Marines and provide feedback to your leadership. With your help our Corps will continue to innovate, adapt and win."
— Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr.
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An excellent example of Creative Leadership. Simple direction from the top down is critical.

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