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Collective Intelligence

Human collective intelligence is a shared intelligence augmented by digital technologies. This form of group intelligence results in learning, communication, and collaboration improvements for its networked members.
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MIT Unravels the Secrets Behind Collective Intelligence – Hint: IQ Not So Important

MIT Unravels the Secrets Behind Collective Intelligence – Hint: IQ Not So Important | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it

This has been making the rounds for a while now, but it's still interesting.  Here's an editorial on research at  MIT's Center for Collective Intelligence relating group success to factors other than IQ style individual intelligence.  Although it is described with the term "social sensitivity" I think it refers to a capability that hasn't quite found its study niche yet - emotional intelligence, but at the group level.

 

"When Malone, Woolley and the rest of the MIT team set out to measure collective intelligence, it wasn’t even clear if such a thing could statistically be shown to exist. Sure, people have spent years measuring how groups perform a task, but no one was really asking if a group that was good at one task would somehow be good at most tasks. That’s something we tend to associate with individual IQ, which is often used as a measure for one’s universal ability to handle complex problems. Does group IQ, or collective intelligence, really exist?"


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Social Networks: Where Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Model Misses

Social Networks: Where Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Model Misses | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it

Although positioned as an insight relative to social media (and what isn't, these days?) this article touches on a basic paradigm shift in how human intelligence works.

 

According to the author, Maslow's popular "hierarchy of needs" would better be replaced by a model that recognises that needs and motivations aren't hierarchical and they aren't individualistic. 

 

Connection and community are basic to everything we do as humans.

 

The author states:

 

"Maslow’s model needs rewiring so it matches our brains.  Belongingness is the driving force of human behavior, not a third tier activity.  The system of human needs from bottom to top, shelter, safety,sex, leadership, community, competence and trust, are dependent on our ability to connect with others."

 


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Why Employee Engagement? (These 28 Research Studies Prove the Benefits)

Why Employee Engagement? (These 28 Research Studies Prove the Benefits) | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
“Why employee engagement?” is a question I’m frequently asked. “Isn’t that just soft stuff? What’s the point in making employees happy?
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Figuring Out What’s Really Important

Figuring Out What’s Really Important | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
This is a guest post provided by Good Vibe Agency It is really inspiring to see this whole new trend of companies really going out of their way to (re)evaluate their culture and value system from s...
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Social Collaboration… | Connected Principals

Social Collaboration… | Connected Principals | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
The Collaboration Pyramid by oscarberg, on Flickr The Collaboration Pyramid offers a great visual to dive deeper into the nature of authentic co...
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Jena McGregor On Leadership: Motivated by a reward for others - The Washington Post

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10 Lessons In Defining Your Company Values

10 Lessons In Defining Your Company Values | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Creating a Culture through Explicit ValuesValues are one of those things that can sound soft and squishy, especially in the context of a company. The reality - I have found - is actually quite the
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Beyond Money and Power (and Stress and Burnout): In Search of a New Definition of Success

Beyond Money and Power (and Stress and Burnout): In Search of a New Definition of Success | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
I'm happy to announce that next week, on June 6th, Mika Brzezinski and I will be co-hosting the Huffington Post's first-ever women's conference, "The Third Metric: Redefining Success Beyond
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How to build an “agile” culture - PandoDaily (blog)

How to build an “agile” culture - PandoDaily (blog) | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
How to build an “agile” culture
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How can you begin to adopt the stance of a curious student and willing participant in transforming your organization?
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How Deeply Engaging Stakeholders Changes Everything

How Deeply Engaging Stakeholders Changes Everything | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
For your company to sustain its competitive advantage, multi-directional, emotionally deep, profoundly trusting relationships that unleash people’s greatest potential – is no longer an option but an imperative.

Via Celine Schillinger, AlGonzalezinfo, Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN
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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, May 26, 2013 6:58 PM

Excellent resource.  From the article:

 

Neuroscience research supports experience that profound relationships with stakeholders are vital to business success.Other studies show how employee and customer engagement are intimately connected and, taken together, have an outsized effect on financial performance.

 

So, for your company to sustain its competitive advantage, HRE – multi-directional, emotionally deep, profoundly trusting relationships that unleash people’s greatest potential – is no longer an option but an imperative. Welcome to the interconnected world of business!

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The Values on Which Trust Rests

The Values on Which Trust Rests | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Trust must be carefully constructed and constantly reinforced. Learn how trust is established over time through a long chain of successful experiences.

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Annette Schmeling's curator insight, May 25, 2013 10:02 AM

Frank Sonnenberg writes I a clear explanation of the values structure of a strong trust system. Compassion, as an ethic of care, is another value that I believe should be be added to this list. In a caring relationship, the needs and wants of another, not some per-established ideal, are taken into consideration. Naturally, we trust more when we know that we are cared for. 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 27, 2013 6:30 PM

This is a pretty detailed article which a clear understanding and is thus different than a recent article on trust.

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No One Wins Alone

No One Wins Alone | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
In today’s highly competitive and exhilarating atmosphere of change, a leader can’t win alone. Great organizations triumph behind strategic leaders who use their “power” to
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Future Work Skills

The results of this research have implications for individuals, educational institutions, business, and government.
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Collective Intelligence and Collective Leadership:

 

George Por is one of the pre-eminent theorists (and practitioners) of what I would call an integrative, multi-perspectival, soft-systems approach to collective intelligence.

 

From the author's abstract:

 

"By looking at collective intelligence (CI) through four distinct lenses, this paper draws on recent research in organizational design, evolutionary economics, cognitive sciences, knowledge ecology and political economy to built a twin path forward: collective intelligence and collective leadership."


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Collective Intelligence in Humans: A Literature Review

This isn't standard fare for curated social media channels - blog entries, white papers,  promos for professional services - but if you have the time, this is worth digging into.

 

This academic paper is a comprehensive literature survey of what various scientific research communities mean by "collective intelligence".

 

From the Introduction:

 

"Approaches to studying collective intelligence have been diverse, from the purely theoretical and conceptual to simulations, case studies, experiments and systems design. The field is also multidisciplinary as it is related to, at least, psychology, complexity sciences, cognitive studies, biology, computer sciences and semantics and social media.

 

"At the moment, there is no theory capable of explaining how collective intelligence actually works. Despite some efforts, generally accepted frameworks for studying collective intelligence in humans do not exist either, and as a result, the field might be at risk of fragmentation. Although a certain amount of diversity is probably good for the advancement of a scientific field, a lack of overarching structure could make the field appear confusing and make it challenging to tie the efforts of different disciplines together in a coherent way. Furthermore, due to the lack of a common framework, it is not possible to assess what is already known. It is challenging for researchers from different disciplines to be aware of advancements in other fields, possibly under differently named concepts."


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Thriving on Social Connections

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Eating your veggies and having social connections – not just twitter followers or LinkedIn connects – are predictors of a longer life.  Dr. Emma Seppala makes these points in her Psychology Today a...
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M/C Journal: "Stigmergic Collaboration: The Evolution of Group Work"

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The Difference Between Managers and Leaders

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It's time to face the music as a manager: You don’t always have all of the right answers. Your “it’s my way or the highway” approach to management isn’t going to
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Dan Ariely » Blog Archive Better (and more) Social Bonuses «

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LivePerson’s Chief, on Removing Organizational Walls

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Robert LoCascio, founder and C.E.O. of LivePerson, says a set of core values helps his staff avoid infighting and a bureaucratic focus on “getting offices and titles.”
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5 Reasons Employees Can't Stand Their Bosses

5 Reasons Employees Can't Stand Their Bosses | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Do you think your employees hate you? If so, make things right, quickly, before their negativity takes down your company's culture.

Via AnYes van Rhijn, Kudos
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What it takes to have your employees respect you...

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The Feelgood Manager: is ensuring workplace happiness a full-time job?

The Feelgood Manager: is ensuring workplace happiness a full-time job? | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
We explore the rise of the Feelgood culture and speak to three managers from across the German startup scene..
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Discomfort is the Catalyst for Team Growth

Discomfort is the Catalyst for Team Growth | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
The only catalyst for team growth is you finding a way to make your people feel a bit of discomfort.

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Daniel H Pink: employees are faster and more creative when solving other people's problems - Telegraph

Daniel H Pink: employees are faster and more creative when solving other people's problems - Telegraph | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Recent research reveals that people are more capable of mental novelty when thinking on behalf of others than for themselves. This has far-reaching practical implications at every level of business.
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