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In a Social Economy it Takes Empathy to Be a Leader

In a Social Economy it Takes Empathy to Be a Leader | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it

Brian Solis did a guest post for gapingvoid on a topic that is very close to my heart, truly feeling empathy for others


Here's what caught my attention:


**""what if I asked you, “how are you feeling?” Brian Solis


Add one word and you unlock a vault of emo­tion and valua­ble dia­lo­gue 


**In a social eco­nomy where paying it for­ward and reci­pro­city serve as the currency of rela­tionships, emo­tio­nal exchan­ges form strong ties 


**It takes asking, lis­te­ning, and res­pon­ding to ins­till trust and a sense of mea­ning into any enga­ge­ment


**What you walk away with howe­ver is pri­ce­less; for you now have felt empathy. And, empathy is the sec­ret ingre­dient to fee­ling the need for transformation


**the ins­pi­ra­tion to find a crea­tive or pas­sio­nate spark to design new and sig­ni­fi­cant experiences.


**Once you listen, not monitor but truly listen to customer activity and observe online behavior you cannothelp but feel both empathy and harmony


There’s a dif­fe­rence bet­ween mana­ge­ment and lea­dership.


There’s a dif­fe­rence bet­ween pio­nee­ring and follo­wing.


There’s a dif­fe­rence bet­ween explo­ring pos­si­bi­li­ties and cha­sing them.


I love this quote in this article from one of my favorite people: Maya Angelou


"I've learned that people will forget what you said,

people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel".


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Read full article here: [http://tinyurl.com/bn6kmq2]

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Beth Kanter's comment, September 22, 2012 12:19 PM
I've been tracking this topic calling it "Network Mindset" -- very important for nonprofits. Thanks for starting this scoop.it ...
janlgordon's comment, September 22, 2012 2:39 PM
Hi Beth, This is a wonderful topic and one that is very much needed in business today. I'd love to see what you've tracked on this so far. Talk to you soon!
Beth Kanter's comment, September 22, 2012 3:13 PM
Jan - I have a scoop.it called "networked ngo" - isn't funny how new coillections sprout up
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Moving From a Network of Silos to Data-Driven Collaboration

Moving From a Network of Silos to Data-Driven Collaboration | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it
If you work in marketing, you may have spent a good portion of your life in meetings and status phone calls for the projects you are working on.
janlgordon's insight:

This insightful article is from Stuzo and written by Mark Spangler - he talks about the old way of working and how even though we have built extremely rewarding and successful engagements this is not productive in this day and age.


Here's the problem:


Many brands, and marketing campaigns, are organized as silos within many companies with a rotation of partners and resources that may engage on a given project.


At the same time, we are moving towards a real-time, collaborative, data-driven marketing environment.


Which means things have to move faster, be more agile, work smarter and across a plethora of devices.


Being an early adopter of this change while others are working in silos can feel a bit like being the main character, waking up each day, trying to apply your isolated learnings against the rest of the world on auto pilot 


With that, it’s time for all of us to move from a network of silos to a network of data-driven collaboration.


Here is is just one insight that caught my attention:


Consistent and repeatable learning loops do not exist at the organization, nor do they exist within the agency ecosystem. What went right? What went wrong? What would you do differently?


Owning this feedback and relevant data across the project teams is critical to delivering efficiencies, future success, and to building out the right agency/vendor network for a company.


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Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/1aTbB8w]





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Moving From a Network of Silos to Data-Driven Collaboration
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, November 1, 2013 11:49 AM

This illustration seems well-paired. better together, with a recent business intelligence post on this curation stream.  ~  Deb

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, November 7, 2013 10:29 AM

The curation comments and full article are very insightful moving toward data-driven collaboration, making this one of the first articles on my curated curation "Best of the Best" news, drawing from:  
 

  • Agile Learning,
  • Careers,
  • Change Leadership Watch,
  • Innovation & Institutions,
  • People Data,
  • Motivation,
  • Talent and Performance Development,
  • and the Social Media Learning Lab.


I'll be using the new ScoopIt & MailChimp service to deliver a list of 6-8 Best of the Best items monthly via email to those who let me know their interests via DebNystrom@Reveln email and/or signing up on Reveln Tools..


Your email will NEVER be shared with or sold to others, you can unsubscribe at any time.  MailChimp is a respected purveyor of high integrity email list practices.


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Infographic: History of Disruptive B2B Marketing Innovations — It's All About Revenue: The Revenue Marketing Blog

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“We’re gonna change the world” has become the battle cry for many tech startups. When you’re bootstrapping a company against all mathematical odds, the only thing better than ambition is wild ambition.
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The Power of Deep Connection & Why It's So Important Today

I love the word serendipity and today I happened to see a tweet chat #pochat and I began following the stream. I met a man who lives and breathes what I hold dear to my heart - meaningful connections that lead to powerful communities.


 After interacting with Bobby and listening to this talk, I could have said this myself.


"Bobby Umar is a human teddy bear and a personal diary. People always want to hug him and share deep, personal thoughts with him, even after a first meeting"


This inspiring talk is all about the 5 c's of connection - they are


**Caring


**Communication


**Connection


**Community


**Change


Today we're living with massive change in every area of our lives. It's an exciting time but it is also a time of confusion and anxiety. No person can afford to be a lone wolf, we all need each other.


I loved this talk, what he is saying is what gets me out of bed in the morning. It is my purpose and it was so wonderful to hear him speak and articulate what I am trying to do as well. There are so many wonderful people out there who have the same vision, who are different from me and you, we all have something to learn from each other.


"What I can't do alone, we can do together"


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Listen to the talk here: [http://bit.ly/S40CRL]

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The Power of Trust & The Ability To Tackle Challenges Together

The Power of Trust & The Ability To Tackle Challenges Together | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it

I chose this piece by Jose Baldaia today because it is profound and relevant.

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“The most productive people are the most trusting people. If this seems to be an astonishing statement, it shows how distorted the concept of trust has become. Trust is one of the most essential qualities of human relationships. Without it, all human interaction, all commerce, all society would disappear.” Taylor McConnell


Here's what I took away from this article:


**We're all facing trying times, so much change and chaos, it's essential that we trust ourselves and each other to find solutions together for some very difficult challenges ahead.


**How well do we know each other and ourselves? This is an important question and it starts with ourselves, continually looking inside for our true voice and purpose


**We must find our own clarity and purpose and act from that place in all of our dealings with others on and offline to build trust.


**We need to have confidence in ourselves and find others whom we trust in order to co-create and find new meaning and solutions to problems together


Here are some highlights directly from Jose Baldaia:

 

Trust can be represented or felt at three distinct levels, namely, ethical, behavioral and knowledge that make us vulnerable according to the concept of acceptable risk that we set for ourselves and for others in these levels.

 

“To collaborate with others involves often have to face opposing thoughts, but it does not mean having to abdicate of ourselves for the benefit of the other or vice versa.


On the basis of collaboration is also creating a culture of courage and that is not only to make people courageous, it is to create conditions in which the courageous people can accomplish their projects.

 

A sustained balance between trust in me and trust in others, that is reciprocal, it is only possible to establish yourself by the feeling generated and perceived in these connections. It is only possible through effective communication."


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Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/LNNnmH]

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Beth Kanter's comment, September 22, 2012 12:28 PM
Been thinking a lot about this lately - see: http://www.bethkanter.org/networks-hatred-civilsociety/
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How Did Howard Rheingold Get So “Net Smart”: An Interview (Part One)

How Did Howard Rheingold Get So “Net Smart”: An Interview (Part One) | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it

Howard Rheingold has been one of the smartest, most forward thinking, most provocative writers about digital culture for the past several decades. He’s someone who always makes me think. Even a short hall way chat with Howard at a conference can lead to transformative insights about how we live within a networked culture. I have been lucky to know him for more than two decades now, and I treasure every interaction I’ve ever had with the guy.


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Money & People at the Frontier of Transformative Change - Documentary

Visionary filmaker Katie Teague has created Money & Life a documentary  and they are looking for funding on Kickstarter.


It's a  story about money at the frontier of transformative change. This is an extraordinary piece of work in process and something that I support and want to bring it to your attention:


Here's an excerpt:


The converging crises we are grappling with today reflect the crumbling of old stories and institutions that are no longer adequate for the times we are living in. We are awakening to a new story about who we are as human beings and what it means to be alive in this time. This emergent reality is giving birth to a new story about money, one that restores its meaning and imagines it anew in service to the flourishing potential of all life on the planet.


The film carefully takes the viewer on a journey of why the current system and culture of money is failing us. Connecting these dots is still crucial to empowering and building the capacity to make new choices. From this capacity we can and already are beginning to innovate and experiment with new ways of being and doing.

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The last 20-30 minutes of the film paints a broad but compelling brushstroke on patterns emerging in the New Economy movement.



"Money & Life is an important film from a visionary filmmaker, Katie Teague. Like many good films, it challenges its viewers to see the world in new ways. But that is the least of it. The film requires something of us - a particular kind of witnessing. It demands a kind of participation that engages not only the mind, but the heart. In the end, it calls us to into a different conversational dynamic with the prevailing economic systems and the economic alternatives that are emerging. This movie is ultimately a clarion call to individual and collective change so that all of us can thrive". ~


Matthew Wesley, The Wesley Group


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Read full article and see intro video and trailer here: [http://kck.st/Ni5lu0]

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If You Don't Understand People, You Don't Understand Business [vimeo]

I selected this video by Simon Sinek because he always inspires me and this talk is now exception, It's  a great reminder to all of us what's important in business first and foremost. It got me thinking about the power of communities and what they can do together and the importance of businesses to find, connect and support those communities who resonate with their brand promise.


He talks about trust and the importance of being authentic as individuals and organizations to be transparent, honest, generous and consistent through all of our actions.. He wrote a book called "It Starts With Why"  [people don't buy what you do, they buy WHY you do it], which I highly recommend.


Simon Sinek


"If you inspire people, more people will inspire you"


Intro:


 "Our ability to build trust and relationships is the key to our survival as a race, and to thriving as ideamakers"


Here's what caught my attention:


**When we are authentic as individuals and businesses, every decision we make is a communication to others who will immediately be drawn to us.


**Trust and common beliefs are the ingredients that make up trusted communities, brand advocates and word of mouth.


As a Business:


**People make purchasing decisions based on recommendations from their trusted friends, they want to buy your products and services because you have clearly communicated to them that you care about their needs, you have listened and you are there to provide solutions

 

As Individuals


**When we have clearly stated who we are and what we believe through our actions, others who share those beliefs are attracted to us. We then come together to form a trusted community based on these core values


**Think about the power of being in a community that builds trust through common beliefs and the impact this group can make on us as individuals as well as out in the world.

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**Think about the fulfillment of doing something for others without wanting anything in return  


**Think about the richest day you’ve had as a business or as an individual, was it about money or was it about helping others in some way. When you have your priorities straight, you reap human satisfaction and financial rewards always follow.


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See Vimeo here: [http://vimeo.com/26774102]

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Bart van Maanen's comment, July 18, 2012 10:44 AM
No time to watch now, but I've pinned it. Did you see his TED.com video as well. That was quite inspiring too: http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action.html
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Bubble vs Crash: What Happens to Us When We Take Risks

Bubble vs Crash: What Happens to Us When We Take Risks | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it

John Coates wrote this fascinating article for the NY Times about what happens to us when we take risks using traders and investors as examples and the effects it has on the market and beyond. Useful information for all of us!


Intro:


Advances in neuroscience and physiology have shown that when we take risk, we do a lot more than just think about it. We prepare for it physically.


Normally, the body of a risk-taker purrs along efficiently — after all, our bodies have been crafted for the quick reactions and gut feelings we need to survive in a brutal world. But not always.


**Under circumstances of outrageous success or terrifying failure, our biology can overreact;


**when this happens to traders and investors, they suffer an irrational exuberance or pessimism that can destabilize financial markets and wreak havoc on the wider economy.


This article was based on John Coate's book  "The Hour Between Dog and Wolf: Risk Taking, Gut Feelings, and the Biology of Boom and Bust"


Here's a review on the book http://tinyurl.com/6ns5ppu


Buy the book here: http://tinyurl.com/dypguur


Takeaway:


**we should recognize, on a personal level, that “know thyself” means know your biochemistry


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Creative Courage in the Age of Flux | Business 2 Community

Creative Courage in the Age of Flux | Business 2 Community | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it
Creativity: A simple, yet loaded word. It encompasses everything we could potentially claim as unique about ourselves and our ideas.
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Social is Changing Everything - Here's What You Need to Know

Social is Changing Everything - Here's What You Need to Know | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it

I selected this piece written by Jay Deragon because his insights and suggesgtions are like a beacon in the chaos of change.  This piece is no exception. Tto paraphrase:


Social is changing so rapidly, it's impossible to create a plan when you have a moving target. The only solution at this point in time is to dive in and learn quickly.


Here's what caught my attention:


**The evolution of the web is accelerating with new tools, new discoveries and the subsequent market dynamics effected by these changes.


**As more and more conversations begin to impact business models, market relations and the supply and demand equations the more traditional mind sets try and fit these changes into the old box.



**Most executives are totally disconnected from the dynamics created by all things social.


**Yet the same executives expect their managers to come up with a plan to use this thing called social media.


**If you ask someone for a plan that neither you or they understand you’ll get a plan that doesn’t create anything new


**it only addresses all things social in context to what they know


**What they know is not what they need to know.


Takeaways:


**the plan ought to be more about understanding, learning and adapting to the new marketplace dynamics that are changing your relationships with buyers


**Guy Kawasaki says: "Don't plan social media just do it!"


**Doc Searle wrote The Cluetrain Manifesto 

which Jay refers to in this piece, I highly recommend it, it's like a roadmap for everything discussed in this article.


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions"


Feel free to visit my other topic: "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"


Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/LnyFU1]

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Alessio Manca's comment, June 5, 2012 12:18 PM
Agreed 101% "Most executives are totally disconnected from the dynamics created by all things social."
Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, July 25, 2012 7:41 PM
Thanks for the pickup Jesus. Marty
janlgordon's comment, July 26, 2012 10:48 AM
Thanks for your input Marty! I think it's possible for anyone to catch up in social if they have a clear purpose and intent, know who their audience is and serve them with excellent solutions on a consistent basis. Obviously, this is a longer discussion, many great books out there, haven't read the one you suggest and will take a look at that.
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Turn Your Wounds Into Wisdom

Turn Your Wounds Into Wisdom | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it

I selected this beautiful, piece  written by Ann Tran and 2omorrowknight

because it is indeed very wise and inspirational.


**This is the kind of article that I love to post because it may change someone's life and move them in a postive direction.

We all have scars. Some are small and others more prominent. Some fade and are forgotten while others persist as vivid reminders of past trauma.


**Everyone makes a choice how to grow and move forward in the wake of their wounds.


Here are a few highlights:


**The moment we become aware of our imperfections from society's viewpoint, those imperfections become scars.


**Ironically, we can choose to make these imperfections our perfection. We decide how we deal with the negative words from society and those around us -- whether to allow them to destroy or to empower us.


**By sharing our stories, we just might have the opportunity to help heal the scar of one person out there -- maybe even more. If we help one person heal from a scar, then what other amazing things are we capable of accomplishing?


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Read full article here: [http://huff.to/KmfmI0]


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Organization is a process, not a structure

Organization is a process, not a structure | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it

This thought-provoking piece was written by Esko Kilpi


Intro:


"It is time to change the way we think about organizations. It is not about hierarchies vs. networks, but about a much deeper change.


"The way in which companies organize themselves and define their internal boundaries has been essentially determined by the way in which people are planned to communicate and information is designed...


Here's an excerpt that sums up the essence of this very important piece on organizational change


"Gregory Bateson wrote: “information is a difference which makes a difference”. Information is the energy of organizing. When information is transparent to everybody, people can organize effectively around changes and differences, around customers, new technologies and competitors."


**What we still have not understood is that people need to have access to information that no one could predict they would want to know. Even they themselves did not know they needed it – before they needed it. Thus, the organization can never be fully planned in advance.


**When information is transparent, different people see differently


**The context matters more than ever. The easier access people have to one another and to (different) information, the more possibilities there are.


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The Intention Economy - Where Customers Take Charge

The Intention Economy - Where Customers Take Charge | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it

Oliver Marks  reviews  Doc Searle's latest book,  The Intention Economy  customers will be in control of their own data, vendors and choices.choose who they do business with


'"Finally a thoughtful, hype free book worth reading about digital marketing, the relationships we have with vendors and a vision for a better future"


In essence:


…A powerful global conversation has begun. Through the Internet, people are discovering and inventing new ways to share relevant knowledge with blinding speed. As a direct result, markets are getting smarter—and getting smarter faster than most companies.


The Intention Economy gets perspectives back on track with a credible vision of a world where you are in complete control of your digital persona and grant permission for vendors to access it on your terms and pitch bids for products or services you are interested in buying - essentially you publish a ‘Request For Proposal’ (RFP) for what you are looking for.


**Digital agents applications work for you to signal your needs which vendors then respond to, scrabbling to compete for your business.


**It’s a vision which is heavily weighted towards individual rights and quality of service - an area the rapidly growing and mutating Customer Relationship Management (CRM) market currently serves and which is valued at eighteen billion dollars in 2012.


Where CRM often seeks to ‘lock in’ and ‘own’ you, flipping over to a ‘VRM‘ model would empower you and give you greater control over your relationships and choices. ‘Caveat venditor - let the seller beware‘ says the book blurb.


There are two benefits to reading this book:


**one is understanding how collective action could result in more control of your digital footprint, data and buying power, 


**understanding what more effective marketing interactions with prospects can look like.


Selected by Jan Gordon covering, "Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions"


Read full article here: [http://www.zdnet.com/blog/collaboration/the-intention-economy/2490]

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Invention v. Reinvention In The Age of Disruption

Invention v. Reinvention In The Age of Disruption | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it
janlgordon's insight:

This post was written by Andy Capaloff for Curatti about a very important topic, navigating change through the age of disruption.


Here are a few highlights:


The infusion of new ideas and the understanding of whether necessary change can be accomplished in a timely and effective manner from within and when to seek that freshness externally, are vital to the continued success of any company.


The importance of the ability to accept that something you do, whether a large or small aspect of your processes, has become a hindrance to your future growth and must be replaced, cannot be minimised.


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Purpose Driven Tribes: Gaining Control & Influence in the Marketplace

Purpose Driven Tribes: Gaining Control & Influence in the Marketplace | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it

This piece was brought to my attention by my wonderful friend and colleague, Jennifer Sertl. It was written in April of 2011 by Jay Deragon who is always articulates the present and the future in a way that hopefully expands your awareness which we all need in today's marketplace.


Here are some of the highlights:


**People are gathering in "tribes" to connect, collaborate, discover and influence change.


**Social technology provides people the ability to aggregate around everything and anywhere.


**The market sees this and attempts to aggregate self serving tribes but the people have a different purpose & their own tribe


**The aggregation of tribes has become the pursuit of the market. Pulling groups and custom networks has become a common practice of the markets managing these tribes with a purpose different than simply gathering of the trade.


The evolving dynamics of tribal aggregation are the dynamics that will change the way markets interact with tribes


1. Tribes control the message with growing influence over markets


2. Tribes have a purpose. Help them fulfill their purpose and just maybe you'll become part of that tribe


3. Companies will have to learn that they are not the "connection" to the tribes, internal and external hold the keys to tribal influence


4. Tribes do need management, they need tools to accomplish their objectives and will always be self managed


5. Tribal leaders are more interested in serving tribe members than themselves.


Here is a great takeaway:


Seth Godin writes: "Tribe management is a whole different way of looking at it.


**It starts with permission, the understanding that the real asset isn't an amorphous brand but is in fact the privilege of delivering anticipated relevant messages to people who want to get them


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Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/VgyyuG]


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Beth Kanter's curator insight, December 11, 2012 10:52 AM

Another way to think about the "network mindset" and network weaving as per point 4.

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In a Social Economy it Takes Empathy to Be a Leader

In a Social Economy it Takes Empathy to Be a Leader | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it

Brian Solis did a guest post for gapingvoid on a topic that is very close to my heart, truly feeling empathy for others


Here's what caught my attention:


**""what if I asked you, “how are you feeling?” Brian Solis


Add one word and you unlock a vault of emo­tion and valua­ble dia­lo­gue 


**In a social eco­nomy where paying it for­ward and reci­pro­city serve as the currency of rela­tionships, emo­tio­nal exchan­ges form strong ties 


**It takes asking, lis­te­ning, and res­pon­ding to ins­till trust and a sense of mea­ning into any enga­ge­ment


**What you walk away with howe­ver is pri­ce­less; for you now have felt empathy. And, empathy is the sec­ret ingre­dient to fee­ling the need for transformation


**the ins­pi­ra­tion to find a crea­tive or pas­sio­nate spark to design new and sig­ni­fi­cant experiences.


**Once you listen, not monitor but truly listen to customer activity and observe online behavior you cannothelp but feel both empathy and harmony


There’s a dif­fe­rence bet­ween mana­ge­ment and lea­dership.


There’s a dif­fe­rence bet­ween pio­nee­ring and follo­wing.


There’s a dif­fe­rence bet­ween explo­ring pos­si­bi­li­ties and cha­sing them.


I love this quote in this article from one of my favorite people: Maya Angelou


"I've learned that people will forget what you said,

people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel".


Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions"


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Beth Kanter's comment, September 22, 2012 12:19 PM
I've been tracking this topic calling it "Network Mindset" -- very important for nonprofits. Thanks for starting this scoop.it ...
janlgordon's comment, September 22, 2012 2:39 PM
Hi Beth, This is a wonderful topic and one that is very much needed in business today. I'd love to see what you've tracked on this so far. Talk to you soon!
Beth Kanter's comment, September 22, 2012 3:13 PM
Jan - I have a scoop.it called "networked ngo" - isn't funny how new coillections sprout up
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True Leaders Create Conversations Around Core Ideas, Agendas & Solutions

True Leaders Create Conversations Around Core Ideas, Agendas  & Solutions | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Eric Fletcher he says:


"Leaders encourage dialogue and collaboration, leading to the identification of common experiences and shared aspirations"


Here are the highlights:


**Real leadership, in any venue, brings perspective, dialogue and collaboration in measure equal to or greater than individual conviction.


**while the dialogue may be disconcerting at times, the progress of a team, an enterprise or any diverse community depends on the honest dialogue and collaborative spirit that leads to the identification of common ground.


**Perhaps even shared experiences and unifying aspirations.

in search of leadership that will make a difference?


**Don’t be seduced by charisma. Find someone unafraid of the tough conversations, skilled as a listener, and relentless in the pursuit of dialogue.


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It's got to be about Why, not How: How Great Leaders Inspire Action, Simon Sinek

"Why FIRST:  Communication and the Golden Circle:  Why, How, What?  Inspire where others do not.  Profit is JUST a result NOT a reason for existing."


Simon's examples include Apple (why so innovative?), Martin Luther King (lead major change, Civil Rights movement), and the Wright brothers (controlled powered manned flight that others did not achieve, tho' were working on.)


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"The goal is to do business with people who believe what YOU believe." ~ Simon Sinek

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Apple:  NOT, What we do, great computers.  Want to buy one?

RATHER:  Everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo, we believe thinking differently. The way we challenge the status quo is making products that are beautifully designed, simple to use & user friendly.  We happen to make computers.  Want to buy one?


Counterpoint Tivo, which (until a recent court victory that tripled its stock price) appeared to be struggling.  

   








http://www.ted.com Simon Sinek presents a simple but powerful model for how leaders inspire action, starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" 


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How Do You Create A Culture Of Innovation?

How Do You Create A Culture Of Innovation? | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it
This is the third part in a series by Scott Anthony, author of The Little Black Book Of Innovation.It sounds so seductive: a “culture of innovation.” The three words immediately conjure up images of innovation savants like ...


Here's what caught my attention:


At the core is what the professors call “associational thinking.”


**The ability to make connections between seemingly unconnected things.


A classic example of this is how a calligraphy class inspired Apple legend Steve Jobs’s emphasis on typography on early computers.


**The professors then detail what they call the "Innovator’s DNA,"


Four time-tested approaches successful innovators follow to gather stimuli that spur these connections:


**Questioning: Asking probing questions that impose or remove constraints. Example: What if we were legally prohibited from selling to our current customer?


**Networking: Interacting with people from different backgrounds who provide access to new ways of thinking.


**Observing: Watching the world around them for surprising stimuli.


**Experimenting: Consciously complicating their lives by trying new things or going to new places.


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21 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity

21 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it

I selected this post from Buzzfeed and put it in this category because any kind of change happens when we're inspired. These pictures will definitely lift your spirits!


While you're here, you might want to explore some of the other articles I've selected about information and change that is relevant to us personally and professionally.


"People aren't always awful. Sometimes, they're maybe even just a little bit wonderful. Here are 21 pictures to remind you of that fact".


Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Change Through Ongoing Discussions"


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The Harm of Sitting Constantly

The Harm of Sitting Constantly | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it

If you're sitting at your computer many hours in the day, you should take a look at this infograph and read this article.


Infographic detailing the potential harm in sitting too much.


greenerideal.com details the potential harm in spending too much of your day sitting down


**. Other than the obvious (more time sitting = less time for exercise = gaining weight) sitting for prolonged periods can not only increase your risk for diabetes, but for heart disease as well.


On the positive side, if you are required to sit at your job, or say in a class, it is better to sit at a more reclined angle rather than straight up or hunched over


**Also, just remember to try and be as active as you can for the environment that you’re in.


**For more information on sitting vs. standing please refer to the infographic


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The Complex Relationship Between Happiness and Motivation

The Complex Relationship Between Happiness and Motivation | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it
Can too much happiness hurt motivation? Can too much motivation hurt happiness? How can we find a balance between happiness and motivation?


I guess it depends on your definition of happiness. If you define happiness as being fully satisfied and content with everything in your life, then there would never be anything you’re motivated to change.


Motivation implies a willingness to make something better. But if you’re happy with everything, then there is nothing you want to make better because everything is already fine the way it is.


Read more: http://www.theemotionmachine.com/the-comp


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The Myths That Prevent Change

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This piece was written by Roberto Verganti for Harvard Business Review


I selected it because I thought the insights were right on the money.


Excerpt:


"You probably think that the barriers to innovation are negative elements of your organization — that is, the wrong people, behaviors, and processes"


Here's what caught my attention:


**Myths are pernicious barriers to innovation because they are so deeply and silently embedded in an organization that they almost hypnotize it


. I've been recently inspired by I miti del nostro tempo (The Myths of Our Time), a book by the Italian philosopher Umberto Galimberti.


He says that "myths are ideas that own and govern us by means that are not logical but psychological, and therefore are rooted in the depths of our soul.


**These are ideas that we have mythologized because they give no problems, they facilitate judgment; in a word, they reassure us.


"Galimberti talks of individuals. But the same dynamics happen in organizations.


What's the remedy? Galimberti's advice is that because "myths prevent us from deeply understanding the world ... we must therefore put our myths under critical scrutiny..."


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The Six Enemies of Greatness (and Happiness) - Forbes

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The Six Enemies of Greatness (and Happiness) These six factors can erode the grandest of plans and the noblest of intentions. They can turn visionaries into paper-pushers and wide-eyed dreamers into shivering, weeping balls of regret.


** Ignorance If we don’t know how to make something great, we simply won’t. If we don’t know that greatness is possible, we won’t bother attempting it. All too often, we literally do not know any better than good enough.


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Exploring Two Mindsets

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Infographic from brainpickings looking at the world and the impact each has on life experience


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