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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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This is a must read as we usher in 2012
Here's an excerpt and what caught my attention:
The world has come to our backyard and now our race, political affiliation, language, religion, and fashion actually put us in the minority. Are you ready?
**When we swim down the stream from our little pond to the big ocean, we find out the truth. Our traditional majorities are not only meaningless,
**but they might cause us to lean on the wrong strength for a globalized world.
****Most people on Earth don’t speak a certain way, have a certain look, believe a certain thing, or act a certain way. Not even close. Anyone living in a majority mindset is living in a fantasy land as the world gets more connected.
**We won’t be able to ignore it.
**The big world out there is full of our future clients, doctors, suppliers, friends, and business partners.
So now what?
****Leaders need to change their understanding of strength and seek out opportunities to collaborate with others.
****We need more partners. We need to build more coalitions and seek more consensus when making decisions. Common ground will be more valuable than higher ground.
****The pride in any “majority” must be replaced with a newfound sense of wonder, awareness, and appreciation for others who are different.
**It’s time to focus on common ground and common problems.
Selected by Jan Gordon "Exploring Change Through Ongoing Conversations"
Read full article: [http://8pmwarrior.com/2011/12/were-all-minorities-now/]
I selected this piece written by Jose Baldaia because what he says here is so important because it is a mindset that companies must adopt if they want to thrive in business today.
Hi uses this quote from Marty Neumeier that really captures the essence of what he's saying.
“A company can’t will itself to be agile. Agility is an emergent property that appears when an organization has the right mindset, the right skills, and the ability to multiply those skills through collaboration. To count agility as a core competence, you have to embed it into the culture. You have to encourage an enterprise wide appetite for radical ideas. You have to keep the company in a constant state of inventiveness. It’s one thing to inject a company with inventiveness. It’s another thing to build a company on inventiveness.”
Here's an excerpt that caught my attention:
"Design thinking is, intrinsically, a prototyping process that feeds the deep understanding of what people want and enjoy (or not) about the way things are done, made, distributed, etc.
**That is, design thinking try to understand people as a whole when performing a specific activity, not just what they do, but how they feel and how it is that their needs connect to other situations in their life.
**Through design thinking, innovations do not come from incremental adjustments. They arise from the work of interdisciplinary teams of T shaped people, constantly encouraged to fail early to be able to respond to changing market conditions.
**It is essential to look beyond what is, and see what could be, using the imagination to generate entirely new solutions and identify what will drive the success of the solutions.
Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions"
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