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Changing a business culture: Get people to feel they can make changes on their own

Changing a business culture: Get people to feel they can make changes on their own | Culture Change | Scoop.it

"If your team doesn't feel empowered to do something, then, in essence, nothing ever really will gets done." Larry Leatherman

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Great tale of transformation form within by Larry Leatherman when he as at Bristol Myers Squibb.

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Leadership Learning Community's curator insight, February 23, 3:25 PM

About empowerment and initiation.

Jacob M Engel's curator insight, August 12, 3:29 PM

Too many organization and business owners, miss this very important point! Empowering your people will allow them to take ownership of the issues and fell obligated to do it...

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Introduction to Computational Cultural Psychology: Yair Neuman

Introduction to Computational Cultural Psychology (Culture and Psychology)

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Human psychology is deeply rooted in the culture in which people live. Introduction to Computational Cultural Psychology introduces a revolutionary approach for studying cultural psychology. Drawing on novel computational tools and in-depth case studies, Professor Yair Neuman offers thought-provoking answers to questions such as: how are thought and language deeply related? How can computers help us to understand different cultures? How can computers assist military intelligence in identifying vengeful intentions? And how is our concept of 'love' rooted in our basic embodied experience? Written by a leading interdisciplinary researcher this book is a "tour-de-force" which will be of interest to a variety of researchers, students and practitioners in psychology as well as an interdisciplinary audience with an interest in the intricate web weaved between the human psyche and its cultural context.


Introduction to Computational Cultural Psychology
by Yair Neuman

Cambridge University Press

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I suspect there are some clues within for triggering and tracking culture change...read on!

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The Critical Few: Components of a Truly Effective Culture

The Critical Few: Components of a Truly Effective Culture | Culture Change | Scoop.it
Forget the monolithic change management programs and focus on the elements of your culture that drive performance.
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Fav Quote: "Companies that...focus on three specific elements—critical behaviours, existing cultural traits, and critical informal leaders—have the most success (at changing culture). We call these “the critical few.”



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Designing for Collaboration

Designing for Collaboration | Culture Change | Scoop.it

Collaboration is essential in our interconnected world, and everything interesting has become "cross", “multi” and "inter" today: international, inter-disciplinary, cross-functional, multi-generat...


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Culture Change demands collaboration....

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june holley's curator insight, February 10, 10:51 AM

INNOVATIVE USE OF WORLD CAFE PROCESS

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Collaboration built on the world cafe process

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Making Social Innovation Work Inside Your Organization - 1028243

Making Social Innovation Work Inside Your Organization - 1028243 | Culture Change | Scoop.it
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Interesting Webinar on Inscaping from Stanford Social Innovation Review related the previous scooped article on the same topic. People find ways to integrate an experiential approach to everything they are doing - not just what we achieved but how did this feel for us?

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How a New Science of Cities Is Emerging from Mobile Phone Data Analysis

How a New Science of Cities Is Emerging from Mobile Phone Data Analysis | Culture Change | Scoop.it
“ Study the way people make mobile phone calls in metropolitan areas and you can see a city breathe, say computer scientists.”The results reveal some fascinating patterns in city structure. For a start, every city undergoes a kind of respiration in which people converge into the center and then withdraw on a daily basis, almost like breathing. And this happens in all cities. This “suggests the existence of a single ‘urban rhythm’ common to all cities,” say Louail and co.
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Interesting to see hoe cell phone data can help us learn how people move through and interact in cities. I am sure we will learn more as we get smarter with big data.
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How Can the Study of Complexity Transform Our Understanding of the World?

How Can the Study of Complexity Transform Our Understanding of the World? | Culture Change | Scoop.it

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Shifting culture in an organization is a complex challenge. It takes seeing patterns and dynamics and and helping others see them too. Complexity science is the lens of choice when thinking about culture change for me.

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Manifesto | Disrupt Magazine.

Manifesto | Disrupt Magazine. | Culture Change | Scoop.it
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Great set of simple rules from the people at Disrupt Magazine http://disruptmgzn.com/ . Feels like a great set of simple rules to shift culture (which often started by dirstrupting or creatively destrying certain practices or behaviours). 

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Leadership Learning Community's curator insight, January 21, 11:19 AM

Lots of things here to add to our ideas about network leadership.

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Atul Gawande: How Do Good Ideas Spread?

Atul Gawande: How Do Good Ideas Spread? | Culture Change | Scoop.it
In the era of the iPhone, Facebook, and Twitter, we want frictionless, “turnkey” solutions to the major difficulties of the world. We prefer instructional videos to teachers, drones to troops, incentives to institutions.

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Thanks June Holley for this Scoop!

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june holley's curator insight, January 11, 5:18 AM

Excellent to help us further our understanding of diffusion of new ideas.

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Design Observer

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The website of the Design Observer Group

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I tripped over this website today and feel like I have just scratched the surface of exploration. The three word descriptors: Design, Culture, Change caught my eye right away and I suspect there will be lots of glean from the articles and insights shared here.

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Management Be Nimble

Management Be Nimble | Culture Change | Scoop.it
How to keep your company as fresh as a start-up? In hundreds of interviews, executives shared the paths they took to energize their corporate cultures.
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Loved this piece from the Sunday NYTimes. It is short and clear and gives great insights from companies and institutions that have achieved a great working culture. For example the use of "MRI" or "most respectful interpretation" from Robin Domeniconi from Rue La La, a flash sale site. It means having a team where everyone can say everything they need to to everyone. Not that people have to all be best friends, just that they actually connect and challenge each other. As she says: "If you get people talking and challenging each other, you're going to ahve the ability to arrive at the right decision so much quicker and so much easier"

 

Article is by Adam Bryant and based on his book Quick And Nimble

http://www.amazon.com/Quick-Nimble-Lessons-Leading-Innovation/dp/0805097015

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Rhizomatic Education : Community as Curriculum

Rhizomatic Education : Community as Curriculum | Culture Change | Scoop.it

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thanks June Holley for this Scoop - Article comes from the world of Education and what caught me eye from a culture change perspective is how the Rhizomatic Model is consistent with community sense making. As the author Dave Cormier says: "In the rhizomatic model of learning, curriculum is not driven by predefined inputs from experts; it is constructed and negotiated in real time by the contributions of those engaged in the learning process. "

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june holley's curator insight, December 28, 2013 9:39 AM

Rhizomatic learning is key to successful networks. Network weavers need to know how to faciliate their own and clusters' learning.

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Britain’s Ministry of Nudges

Britain’s Ministry of Nudges | Culture Change | Scoop.it
Inspired by American behavioral economics, the British government is finding new ways to gently prod people to pay taxes, find jobs and insulate their homes.
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Love this quote - vey much like the work we are doing in health care but applied to society writ large: "The goal is to see if small interventions that don’t cost much can change behavior in large ways that serve both individuals and society."

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Self-Organizing Networked Systems: So when do we call a system self-organizing?

Self-Organizing Networked Systems: So when do we call a system self-organizing? | Culture Change | Scoop.it
Self-Organizing Networked Systems -- A new paradigm for controlling networked systems

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Culture in an organization feels like it results from self-organizing patterns of relating. Here is one of three refs within the article - it is short and worth the read: A self-organizing system (SOS) consists of a set of entities that obtains an emerging global system behavior via local interactions without centralized control.
(from Research Days'08, see [IWSOS:2008]))

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luiy's curator insight, February 12, 4:28 AM

- A self-organizing system (SOS) consists of a set of entities that obtains an emerging global system behavior via local interactions without centralized control.
(from Research Days'08, see [IWSOS:2008]))

- Self-organization is the process where a structure or pattern appears in a system without a central authority or external element imposing it through planning. (Wikipedia)

- A self-organizing system is a system that changes its basic structure as a function of its experience and environment. (Farley and Clark 1954)

- Are they really refering to the same thing? So be warned, when a discussion heads towards the definition of self-organization!

Leadership Learning Community's curator insight, February 15, 10:07 AM

Another important concept to help structure leaders' collaborative learning.

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The Social Labs Revolution: A New Approach to Solving our Most Complex Challenges: Zaid Hassan, Joi Ito: 9781626560734: Books - Amazon.ca

The Social Labs Revolution: A New Approach to Solving our Most Complex Challenges

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Liz Rykert's curator insight, February 11, 9:56 AM

Looks like another one for the reading list - great to see insights from many of the "labs" that have sprung up to work on complex social challenges captured in a book. I just placed my order at my local bookstore!

Leadership Learning Community's curator insight, February 15, 10:26 AM

Lots of great ideas here for new approaches to network leadership. A real action learning model.

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Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread—The Lessons from a New Science: Alex Pentland

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For good or ill, big data and networks have taken over our lives and, unfortunately, they too often run amok. From the Arab Spring, mediated on Twitter and Facebook, to the NSA spying scandal, to the 2008 financial crash, big data and networks are causing wrenching changes but very rarely can we piece together why, how, or what do to about the problem.  Alex “Sandy” Pentland and his team have created a new data science that not only describes how networks of people behave but also creates actionable intelligence from that understanding.  Called “Social Physics,” it encapsulates social, analytical, computer, and managerial sciences into a synthesis that allows us to build more resilient and creative societies while at the same time providing greater protection for personal privacy and resistance to cyber attack.  Pentland’s new book, SOCIAL PHYSICS: How Good Ideas Spread—The Lessons from a New Science, is a landmark tour of this new science, offering revolutionary insights into the mysteries of collective intelligence and social influence.


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Adding this one to my reading list.

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The Ecozoic City: Change Observer: Design Observer

The Ecozoic City: Change Observer: Design Observer | Culture Change | Scoop.it
How humans are reintegrating their endeavours into a larger ecological consciousness.
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This article is a great description of how we are looking at the reintegration of cities and ecosystems and seeing living systems within cities (or even perhaps as cities). My fav quote from this article is: "The fact that most of these actions are small does not diminish their significance. Change bubbling up from the bottom is how complex systems change — and cities are no exception."


Cities are one scale of system, organizations are another. 

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Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System - The Donella Meadows Institute

Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System - The Donella Meadows Institute | Culture Change | Scoop.it

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I especially liked the list of points for intervention - I am going to try this with a group I am working with.
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Beyond Sage on the Stage Consulting

Beyond Sage on the Stage Consulting | Culture Change | Scoop.it
While many patients, anxious about their well-being, simply want the doctor to tell them what to do, that is, ultimately, a prescription for failure. Sustainable change only happens when people take full responsibility for their own condition.
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Enjoyed this short piece by Mitch Ditkoff - particularly this quote: "If you bring in outside consultants to help your company transform its culture, be mindful of this: No one outside of your company is going to transform your culture. The only way it's going to happen is if you, your CEO, senior team, and a critical mass of committed, collaborative, energized, creative, adaptive, change agents co-create the blueprint with your outside consultant, a person who has already made the transition from "sage on the stage" to "guide on the side," someone with no ax to grind, nothing to prove, and is rooting for you to replace him or her as soon as possible."


I couldn't agree more.

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economic complexity: Charts of economic development: a fantastic journey

economic complexity: Charts of economic development: a fantastic journey | Culture Change | Scoop.it
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Be sure to check out the MIT/Harvard Tool at http://www.atlas.cid.harvard.edu/ and generate your own insights for product flows, complexity and opportunity. They have data on 128 countries up until 2011.


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Social Innovation From the Inside Out (SSIR)

Social Innovation From the Inside Out (SSIR) | Culture Change | Scoop.it

"Inscaping"

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Curious about how you might answer this question: "How do social-purpose organizations maintain an adaptive, generative orientation—the kind of orientation that will allow them to grapple consistently and creatively with the complex social reality that they face?" read on...

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People | Public Interest Design

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Fun list of people and their outstanding insights and work!

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Understanding complexity | Harold Jarche

Understanding complexity | Harold Jarche | Culture Change | Scoop.it

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Love this scoop by Lisa Kimball - It is a good demonstration of how the patterns of relating are key to emergent culture. 

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june holley's curator insight, January 9, 6:51 AM

Another great graphic!

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IDEO’s Culture of Helping

IDEO’s Culture of Helping | Culture Change | Scoop.it
“ RT @HarvardBiz: Ever wonder what @ideo's culture is like? http://t.co/5c6eCVX53K http://t.co/YFlvOrz1h3”;
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Feels like a culture that generates both a culture that invites people to seek help and one that celebrates people who offer it goes a long way in creating a work environment people would describe as healthy.
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To be a leader, you need to be a teacher too - The Globe and Mail

To be a leader, you need to be a teacher too - The Globe and Mail | Culture Change | Scoop.it
To be a leader, you need to be a teacher too
The Globe and Mail
It can enable transformational change. Coaching can provide a place for executives to calibrate their strategy and evaluate themselves and their performance.
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I found this article helpful for two reasons: one the references to teaching and learning and the notion you need to learn twice to teach and second, the value of coaching for leaders. 

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