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Ten Skills for the Future Workforce

Ten Skills for the Future Workforce | Culture Change | Scoop.it

Great one from Marcia. If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there. 


Via Jay Cross, Loretta Donovan
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Thx to Lorretta Donovan for this scoop! Clear focus on the attributes anyone needs to work in current and future workplaces. Feels like a skill set for complex systems. 

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Evaluating Complexity: Propositions for Improving Practice - FSG

Evaluating Complexity: Propositions for Improving Practice - FSG | Culture Change | Scoop.it
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Love the nine propositions outlined in this paper. Well worth the download and read through. They really are words to live by. I know they relate to evaluation of complex systems. But isn't evaluation really a chance to reflect and learn? And don't we all spend every day deeply engaged and interconnected in these complex networks all around us? 


Love that someone has really thought this through:

Characteristics of Complex Systems

Propositions for Evaluation

A complex system is always changing, often in unpredictable ways; it is never static

1 Design and implement evaluations to be adaptive, flexible, and iterative

Everything is connected; events in one part of the system affect all other parts

2 Seek to understand and describe the whole system, including components and connections

Information is the fuel that drives learning and helps the system thrive

3 Support the learning capacity of the system by strengthening feedback loops and improving access to information

Context matters; it can often make or break an initiative

4 Pay particular attention to context and be responsive to changes as they occur

Each situation is unique; best principles are more likely to be seen than best practices

5 Look for effective principles of practice in action, rather than assessing adherence to a predetermined set of activities

Different sources of energy and convergence can be observed at different times

6 Identify points of energy and influence, as well as ways in which momentum and power flow within the system

Relationships between entities are equally if not more important than the entities themselves

7 Focus on the nature of relationships
and interdependencies within the system

Cause and effect is not a linear, predicable, or one-directional process; it is much more iterative

8 Explain the non-linear and multi-directional relationships between the initiative and its intended and unintended outcomes

Patterns emerge from several semi-independent and diverse agents who are free to act in autonomous ways

9 Watch for patterns, both one-off and repeating, at different levels of the system

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RSA Animate - The Power of Networks - YouTube

In this RSA Animate from 2012, Manuel Lima, senior UX design lead at Microsoft Bing, explores the power of network visualisation to help navigate our complex moder...

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Love the insights he brings on this and the use of rhizomes to understand the notions of organized complexity.

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Requisite Variety, Autopoiesis, and Self-organization

Ashby's law of requisite variety states that a controller must have at least as much variety (complexity) as the controlled. Maturana and Varela proposed autopoiesis (self-production) to define living systems. Living systems also require to fulfill the law of requisite variety. A measure of autopoiesis has been proposed as the ratio between the complexity of a system and the complexity of its environment. Self-organization can be used as a concept to guide the design of systems towards higher values of autopoiesis, with the potential of making technology more "living", i.e. adaptive and robust.


Requisite Variety, Autopoiesis, and Self-organization
Carlos Gershenson

http://arxiv.org/abs/1409.7475


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How Diversity Makes Us Smarter

How Diversity Makes Us Smarter | Culture Change | Scoop.it
Being around people who are different from us makes us more creative, more diligent and harder-working
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Charting culture

This animation distils hundreds of years of culture into just five minutes. A team of historians and scientists wanted to map cultural mobility, so they tracked the births and deaths of notable individuals like David, King of Israel, and Leonardo da Vinci, from 600 BC to the present day. Using them as a proxy for skills and ideas, their map reveals intellectual hotspots and tracks how empires rise and crumble

.The information comes from Freebase, a Google-owned database of well-known people and places, and other catalogues of notable individuals. The visualization was created by Maximilian Schich (University of Texas at Dallas) and Mauro Martino (IBM).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gIhRkCcD4U&index=1&list=PL7yuGPz_odjMW3YfSRkFRjoDdGsTrZDyD Read Nature's news story: http://www.nature.com/news/1.15650See Also: http://sco.lt/8by75F
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The End of ‘Genius’

The End of ‘Genius’ | Culture Change | Scoop.it
The idea of the solitary creator is a myth that has outlived its usefulness.
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Thanks June Holley for sharing this NYTimes article on the essence of the creative process. It is by author Joshua Wolf Shenk based on his forthcoming book The Powers of Two http://www.shenk.net/powersoftwo/


Fav Quote: "At its heart, the creative process itself is about a push and pull between two entities, two cultures or traditions, or two people, or even a single person and the voice inside her head. Indeed, thinking itself is a kind of download of dialogue between ourselves and others. And when we listen to creative people describe breakthrough moments that occur when they are alone, they often mention the sensation of having a conversation in their own minds."

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Emma Plumb: Building Great Work Cultures Through Work Flexibility

Emma Plumb: Building Great Work Cultures Through Work Flexibility | Culture Change | Scoop.it
My boss and I have been working together for over a year, and we've never met in person. She trusts me to make the most effective and productive decisions about where I work and how I structure my time....
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Innovation Excellence | Leading for Innovation in Extreme Uncertainty

Innovation Excellence | Leading for Innovation in Extreme Uncertainty | Culture Change | Scoop.it
A recent article, ‘Leading in the 21st century’, in McKinsey & Company Quarterly, shares a series of interviews of leaders from some of the world’s largest and most vibrant organizations. The article suggests that leaders are operating in a “bewildering new environment in which little is certain
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Nice summary of skills needed for leading in the context of uncertainty. 

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Why should we care about corporate culture

Why should we care about corporate culture | Culture Change | Scoop.it
Why should we care about corporate culture. Culture and strategy go hand in hand.

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The Culture Deck — Medium

The Culture Deck — Medium | Culture Change | Scoop.it
How people work is as important as what they do. 
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Thanks June Holley for this Scoop! It looks like a great summary of the emerging importance of culture in the workplace, how it is generated and is shaped or changed over time. Nice set of rules. One thing that seems missing is any ref to Ed Schein and his book Organizational Leadership and Culture ?? 

http://books.google.ca/books/about/Organizational_Culture_and_Leadership.html?id=tMPDAgAAQBAJ&redir_esc=y


Maybe the strong Agile/Lean focus?

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Social Technology and the Changing Context of Leadership

Social Technology and the Changing Context of Leadership | Culture Change | Scoop.it

Social technologies with their inherent democratic, anti-hierarchical quality easily transcend internal and external boundaries, suddenly creating a powerful thrust for horizontal collaboration and participation. They give each and every member of an organization a creative voice and enable real-time virtual connectivity in a way we have never seen before. This makes them a great catalyst for the organizational principles that are required by the new leadership context of the 21st century.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, Alexis Assimacopoulos
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Donna Karlin's curator insight, June 24, 8:12 AM

In an increasingly global community this is critical. Collaboration across borders and in increasingly virtual work environments, a new playbook is in order.

Donna Karlin's curator insight, June 24, 8:19 AM

In an increasingly virtual work environment and global community this is critical

june holley's curator insight, July 19, 7:33 AM

Some really important material on connection between leadership and social technology...

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Transformational Leadership - The Latest Thinking in Leading Effective Teams

Transformational Leadership - The Latest Thinking in Leading Effective Teams | Culture Change | Scoop.it
Understand what Transformational Leadership is and how to use it to really drive people-centred success.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, june holley
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John Thurlbeck, FCMI FRSA's curator insight, October 22, 4:23 AM

Great re-scoop from Susan Bainbridge - love the graphic illustration and the simple descriptions! True transformational leadership begins, in my view, with the people ... and ends with the people!

Claude Emond's curator insight, October 25, 12:06 AM

Praise for people-centered leaders

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, October 29, 10:24 AM

There's nothing like the simplicity of a quadrant model to test your views of motivation and leadership, including transformational leadership, to boost us up and away from 20th century thinking that is no longer working well for us today.  ~  D

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Complexity and Community Change: Managing Adaptively to Improve Effectiveness

Complexity and Community Change:  Managing Adaptively to Improve Effectiveness | Culture Change | Scoop.it
The challenges of transforming distressed communities are heightened by the complexity of the problems community change actors address and the complexity of the environments in which they work. Confr
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This new publication looks very helpful for bringing the insights of complexity to community groups and organizations. Written by Pat Auspos and Mark Cabaj for the Aspen Institute Roundtable for Community Change. Free download.

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Change your Culture One Behavior at a Time

Jon Katzenbach, Senior Executive Advisor at Strategy&, with more than 50 years of experience studying corporate culture, provides his insights on how changin...

Via Sharon Shakung, Alexis Assimacopoulos
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Innovation Excellence | Culture Eats Innovation for Lunch

Innovation Excellence | Culture Eats Innovation for Lunch | Culture Change | Scoop.it
A series of personal innovation stories from a new book by Luis Solis,
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Thanks to Erika Bailey for this share. Important reminder about the role culture plays in organizations, especially those seeking innovative solutions and creativity.

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The Matthew effect in empirical data

The Matthew effect describes the phenomenon that in societies the rich tend to get richer and the potent even more powerful. It is closely related to the concept of preferential attachment in network science, where the more connected nodes are destined to acquire many more links in the future than the auxiliary nodes. Cumulative advantage and success-breads-success also both describe the fact that advantage tends to beget further advantage. The concept is behind the many power laws and scaling behaviour in empirical data, and it is at the heart of self-organization across social and natural sciences. Here we review the methodology for measuring preferential attachment in empirical data, as well as the observations of the Matthew effect in patterns of scientific collaboration, socio-technical and biological networks, the propagation of citations, the emergence of scientific progress and impact, career longevity, the evolution of common English words and phrases, as well as in education and brain development. We also discuss whether the Matthew effect is due to chance or optimisation, for example related to homophily in social systems or efficacy in technological systems, and we outline possible directions for future research.


The Matthew effect in empirical data
Matjaz Perc

http://arxiv.org/abs/1408.5124


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Three Secrets of Organizational Effectiveness

Three Secrets of Organizational Effectiveness | Culture Change | Scoop.it
How the practices of pride builders can help you develop a high-performance culture.
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Corporate Culture Change: Why Small Details Matter

Corporate Culture Change: Why Small Details Matter | Culture Change | Scoop.it
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"It is not the one ro two big things but the 1,000 little things." This is something my friend and colleague Erika Bailey likes to say when we think about shifting culture. This article from Wharton gets at the need to pay attention to small details. 

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The Art of Self-Renewal: A Timeless 1964 Field Guide to Keeping Your Company and Your Soul Vibrantly Alive

The Art of Self-Renewal: A Timeless 1964 Field Guide to Keeping Your Company and Your Soul Vibrantly Alive | Culture Change | Scoop.it
"The self-renewing man … looks forward to an endless and unpredictable dialogue between his potentialities and the claims of life -- not o
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Thanks to Maria Popova of Brainpickings.org  for this fabulous precis of John Gardner's Self-Renewal: The Individual and the Innovative Society from 1964. It is such a good reminder of how long these ideas have been with us and it reminds me to keep reflecting on the past in order to shape the future. My fav concept  "stability in motion" :)



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Leading in the 21st century | McKinsey & Company

Leading in the 21st century | McKinsey & Company | Culture Change | Scoop.it
Six global leaders confront the personal and professional challenges of a new era of uncertainty. A McKinsey Quarterly article.
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Here is the original article by McKinsey.

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Resources

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I am very interested in brain science and culture change - this model based in neuroscience looks very promising. Please share any experience you have with it.

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The Leadership 'X' Factor That Creates 'It' Companies

The Leadership 'X' Factor That Creates 'It' Companies | Culture Change | Scoop.it
Great leadership and culture are behind the best companies in the world today.

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David Hain's curator insight, June 29, 2:40 AM

The no.1 source of sustainable competitive advantage!

Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, June 29, 3:02 AM

"...people are the culture..." yeahhh, that's why it takes time to change it if you want to change the ingrained one (modify it slowly, gradually...)  If to change people individually is difficult (and goes only with their consent and highly charged motivation....), consequently to change culture is even more difficult because the system effect... and your best, most brilliant strategy will fail if it does not take into account the culture and if necessary, the change of it... the pure, aseptic oarding desk blueprints will never take the real "3D" form, they are umrealizable because of this....