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This is a collection of articles, blogs, comments and research that features integral approach to business and how to cultivate and coordinate a workplace that harnesses today's society to meet tomorrow's needs.
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How creating a collaborative culture could benefit your startup - Wamda

Wamda How creating a collaborative culture could benefit your startup Wamda Building a collaborative culture at your startup is a great way to enhance your innovation, efficiency, and overall chance of success, by encouraging information sharing...
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Why Empathy Is The Force That Moves Business Forward

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Jayson Boyers argues that behind every successful business, you are likely to find a leader who has mastered the skill of empathy.

 

One of the hallmarks of a successful business is its ability to harness creativity to constantly push into new territory. Without growth and innovation, businesses stagnate and eventually fade away. Those with staying power, however, have mastered an intangible, often overlooked factor that allows them to focus on the future with clarity: empathy. While that may surprise many, I am certain that the ability to connect with and relate to others—empathy in its purest form—is the force that moves businesses forward.

 

Though the concept of empathy might contradict the modern concept of a traditional workplace—competitive, cutthroat, and with employees climbing over each other to reach the top— the reality is that for business leaders to experience success, they need to not just see or hear the activity around them, but also relate to the people they serve


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'70% Disengagement' - 3 Ways To Engage Those Who Aren't

'70% Disengagement' - 3 Ways To Engage Those Who Aren't | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
When leaders are committed and actively working to connect, inspire and embolden – they raise the bar not just on productivity, but on the value their organisation contributes to all its stakeholders.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 14, 2013 8:59 AM

The first point is build trust.

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Is Costco Secretly A Social Enterprise?

Is Costco Secretly A Social Enterprise? | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
“I just think people need to make a living wage with health benefits,” Craig Jelinek told Bloomberg Businessweek, a practice which "puts more money back into the economy and creates a healthier country.
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We live in interesting times: A simple decent policy causes raised eyebrows and surprise... we are formatted to expect indecency as normal...

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Trickle Down Employee Engagement - Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)

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Trickle Down Employee Engagement
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Leaders do many things but perhaps more important than anything is the behavior they demonstrate in the workplace.
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New study finds small groups demonstrate distinctive ‘collective intelligence’ when facing difficult tasks - MIT Media Relations

New study finds small groups demonstrate distinctive ‘collective intelligence’ when facing difficult tasks - MIT Media Relations | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Tendency to cooperate effectively is linked to the number of women in a group
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The Number One Job Skill in 2020 - Every one of these jobs is all about empathy.

The Number One Job Skill in 2020 - Every one of these jobs is all about empathy. | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
What's the crucial career strength that employers everywhere are seeking -- even though hardly anyone is talking about it? A great way to find out is by studying this list of fast-growing occupations

 

Sports coaches and fitness trainers. Masseuses, registered nurses and physical therapists. School psychologists, music tutors, preschool teachers and speech-language pathologists. Personal financial planners, chauffeurs and private detectives. Each is expected to employ at least 20% more people in the U.S. by 2020.

 

Did you notice the common thread? Every one of these jobs is all about empathy.

 

George Anders


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Transform Now… or Struggle To Survive

Transform Now… or Struggle To Survive | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
We are no longer in a period of rapid change! We have now entered a unique period of time, unlike anything any of us have ever seen, that can best be described as transformation.Three digital
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The problem isn’t that we need new ways to simply step outside the box—we need to completely transform the box itself.

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Ten Ways Organizations Kill Innovation

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Here are ten common
inhibitors that can dampen an organization's ability to innovate effectively.
For each one, think about the extent to which it applies to your firm.

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Employee Engagement Statistics of Engaged Employees | Dale Carnegie

Employee Engagement Statistics of Engaged Employees | Dale Carnegie | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Dale Carnegie has trained engaged employees for 100 years & now there's data to prove their worth. Read our infographic for more employee engagement statistics!

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hvdk's curator insight, June 8, 2013 7:56 AM

Légèrement éloginé de la 'happy' réalité. Pyramidal.

Paul Thoresen's curator insight, June 10, 2013 9:14 AM

Infographic is an interesting way to show the information. Although there is nothing really new in the data.

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The End of Competitive Advantage

The End of Competitive Advantage | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it

Virtually all strategy frameworks and tools in use today are based on a single dominant idea: that the purpose of strategy is to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. This idea is strategy’s most fundamental concept. It’s every company’s holy grail. And it’s no longer relevant for more and more companies...


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Tom Hood's comment, June 4, 2013 9:35 AM
I love Rita's work and this is a great read. Her big idea that competitive advantage is fleeting is on point. The way she recommends dealing with it to become systematic about innovation and she offers a "playbook" framework. I agree with Christopher's caution about not changing for change's sake. Thanks!
Suchitra Mishra's curator insight, July 1, 2013 11:42 PM

Brilliant insights. Need to read this before reviewing/creating your organizational strategy

Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s curator insight, July 2, 2013 10:48 AM

Steve Denning discusses this intriguing new book called 'The End of Competitive Advantage'. According to the author Rita Gunther McGrath, all our current ideas about strategy and competitive advantage are based on the 'old economy'. The 'Creative Economy', however, requires a different strategy approach.


For example, "one of the biggest changes is “to stop thinking of within-industry competition as the most significant competitive threat. (..) Today, competition can come from anywhere. Now entire product lines—whole markets—could be destroyed almost overnight as customers defect in droves by “big bang disruption."

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What is the relationship between culture and strategy

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What is the relationship between culture and strategy? Strategy is rational and culture is emotional - Torben Rick
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Measuring organisational alignment - You get what you measure

Measuring organisational alignment - You get what you measure | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Measuring organisational alignment allows you to identify backsliding and correct course where needed. Remember that you get what you measure. - Torben Rick
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Why Are So Many Employees Disengaged?

Why Are So Many Employees Disengaged? | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
The answer most often lies in the manager-employee relationship. Most people chafe under too much authority, too much forcefulness, too much control.
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The Importance of Employee Engagement - Small Business Blog ...

Microsoft's Small Business Blog provides resources for start up and growing small businesses, including software trials, downloads, 'how-to' guides, and technology advice.

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Kudos's curator insight, June 14, 2013 12:16 PM

The truth of the matter is doing all the recommended things on the list is hard. That is why some companies are great, some average and some horrible. Some are just better at the items on list then others. The trick is not to do all of these items well as a leader but building a foundation based on culure and empowering your whole team to be part of the communication and recognition solution. 

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Study on Employee Engagement Finds 70% of Workers Don't Need Monetary ... - PR Newswire (press release)

Study on Employee Engagement Finds 70% of Workers Don't Need Monetary ...
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stunning numbers

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Creating the Best Workplace on Earth

Creating the Best Workplace on Earth | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
by Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones Suppose you want to design the best company on earth to work for. What would it be like? For three years we’ve been investigating this question by asking hundreds of ...
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Six Common Misperceptions about Teamwork

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This post is part of the HBR Insight Center Making Collaboration Work. Teamwork and collaboration are critical to mission achievement in any organization that has to respond quickly to changing circumstances.

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Good points though my definition of harmony does not exclude conflicts. On the contrary it encourages conflicts, different opinions, etc. but resolves them in the congruent way

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, June 10, 2013 9:52 PM

Teamwork can be hard.  As with most group work, fidelity of implementation matters!  Working through problems is essential!

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Why Gamification is the Cure for Poor Employee Engagement - Business 2 Community

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Why Gamification is the Cure for Poor Employee Engagement
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According to a Gallup poll, more than two-thirds of employees are disengaged with their jobs.
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How to Tackle US Employees' Stagnating Engagement - Gallup.com

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How to Tackle US Employees' Stagnating Engagement
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According to Gallup's State of the American Workplace: 2010-2012 report, employee engagement levels remain stagnant among U.S. workers. By the end of 2012, as the U.S.
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Ode to empathy

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With the emergence of a global civilization, we need to move beyond the “us and them” mentality that lends itself to so much conflict, violence, and self-destruction. An absolutely essential ingredient for this is empathy.

 

Here are just a few more extremely interesting ideas that are changing the way we think about our species:

Roman Krznaric’s concept of Outrospection, the act of learning more about ourselves and our world by empathizing with others, and “The Six Habits of Highly Empathic People”;Charles Eisenstein’s ideas about an expanded sense of self explained in his books, Ascent of Humanity and Sacred Economics;Non-Violent Communication, developed by Marshall Rosenberg (we even have a newly-formed local Non-Violent Communication team here in Athens, Greece); andScilla Elworthy’s powerful Ted Talk about fighting with non-violence.

Also, more and more organizations centered around empathy, compassion, altruism and generosity are popping up all the time. Here are just a few: Greater Good, Roots of Empathy, Center for Building a Culture of Empathy, Random Acts of Kindness, Charter for Compassion, The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (not to mention all of the talk and action around sharing and gift economies, like the Post Growth Institute’s Free Money Day.)  by Jen Hinton,


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David Hain's curator insight, June 7, 2013 2:30 AM

Here's a hopeful post for a positive future...

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Group Intelligence, Enhancement, and Extended Minds

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Virtually all talk of cognitive enhancement focuses exclusively on the enhancement of individual intelligence. But what about enhancing group intelligence?

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Lia Goren's curator insight, June 1, 2013 4:13 AM

Inteligencia del grupo, mejora y mentes amplidas (si hay mucho error de traducción, acepto el aviso).

La investigación a la que se refiere el post contradice la concepción intuitiva de que la inteligencia de las personas, cuando trabajan colaborativamente en un grupo, equivale a la adición del IQ de cada integrante del grupo. No es así. Fenómenos interesantes suceden cuando trabajamos en grupo.

Lia Goren's curator insight, June 1, 2013 4:15 AM

Inteligencia del grupo, mejora y mentes amplidas (si hay mucho error de traducción, acepto el aviso).

La investigación a la que se refiere el post contradice la concepción intuitiva de que la inteligencia de las personas, cuando trabajan colaborativamente en un grupo, equivale a la adición del IQ de cada integrante del grupo. No es así. Fenómenos interesantes suceden cuando trabajamos en grupo.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 1, 2013 11:25 PM

One of the tags is ethical technology

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OCAI online | Sharing or selling? Creating a business culture of kindness

OCAI online | Sharing or selling? Creating a business culture of kindness | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Creating a business culture of kindness means bringing “social norms” to work and treat others as people
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Top 8+ steps to create a great corporate culture

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Great corporate culture doesn't just happen - you need to make it happen. Top 8+ steps to create a great corporate culture - Torben Rick
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