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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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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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Venessa Miemis is a pioneer and change agent, and every one of her posts is part of a mindset that is essential for anyone who wants to thrive in this new world. I selected this piece because it is something that I am struggling with now, perhaps you are too. There are great insights, and suggestions on how to create relationships that are empowering and productive.
Here's an excerpt:
**we embrace the gifts, skills and capacities of the individuals in the community
**We pursue common goals and not the goals of just one or two people who come forward but find a way to let everyone be heard
Only in the past few months have I heard this term “asset mapping” as a needed tool to surface hidden but available value, bootstrap communities, and get things done.
I could go on and on but want you to read the article.
I personally belong to private groups on Facebook, have various affiliations on other networks and I am continually struggling with the following:
**the ability to manage time constraints, (how can I possibly be on 10 networks, be on tweetchats at night)
** do my work which is very time consuming
**find time to eat and sleep and still have time for my wonderful life offline
**come together with these people and create something meaningful. I'm living in the question, what comes next........
I feel a responsibilty to other members to do my part and contribute in ways that I feel can help move things forward.
**As a content curator, I can bring articles like this to the attention of others
**It is my hope this will stimulate discussions
**introduce new ways of looking at things
**create tools and resources for us to function in a more cohesive manner
**make a difference in whatever way we see fit and create dynamic, meaningful relationships both within and outside of these communities
**Work together to help others grow and change
Selected and curated by Jan Gordon covering "Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions"
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The gist is:
Don't enter a conversation with only answers. The questions you ask could be the catalyst for your next or biggest leap forward.
Questions value and empower those you are asking, and create conversation, as opposed to the boundaries which are set when people come into a conversation with only answers.
The big question referred to in the article was asked in 1999 by IBM Director Jane Harper.
***In an era when every young, gifted programmer, engineer, or entrepreneur's first instinct was to write their own business plan or head to a fast-growing startup, she asked:
***"Why would really great people — the best technical and managerial talent in the world — want to come work at IBM?"
**This question spawned Extreme Blue in Cambridge, Mass., which has since grown into a thriving platform for innovation and talent acquisition. That this type of talent would go to Big Blue, was previously unthinkable.
Curated by JanLGordon covering "Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions"
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