Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend?
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A more united United States of America: Sally Kohn's liberal views on Fox News & Today | TED Blog

A more united United States of America: Sally Kohn's liberal views on Fox News & Today | TED Blog | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

Sally Kohn is both liberal and a lesbian -- and she worked at FOX News, contributing to the conservative network for three years. During that time, sparred with some of the most conservative minds on television.  In this TED talk, she gives a bold idea for pushing past political polarization.

She feels strongly that the only way to address the issues facing our country is to sit down and have a real conversation — no more talking past each other or walking out of press conferences.  


She comments:  If people come up to me on the street, it’s: ” I don’t agree with you but I really like you. You seem really cool, you seem fun, you seem nice.” And to me, that’s huge. That’s 90% of the way there. As opposed to, “Oh you’re another one of those crazy, angry [people].”


Her current articles for 2014 are listed on The Daily Beast. 

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

This 2013 article has lessons for our 2014 news and social media, which has all kinds of filter bubbles built into it.  For example, have your heard more about July 2014 Miley Cyrus' tattoo of her dog lately than about the recent July 4th gun violence in Chicago?  82 people were injured, of that 14 killed, yet few news organizations covered it in prime time compared to a star's tattoo.

If Sally was a token liberal at FOX news, her message is still getting out, via TED's blog, as well as her record of exposure at FOX.  

What do you think?   ~  D

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Talent is irrelevant ? (and so 1971 ) What makes for a talented group and innovative result?

Talent is irrelevant ? (and so 1971 ) What makes for a talented group and innovative result? | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

At least, the author admits, talent is less relevant TODAY in this blog post:


  • Less work is being done by individuals and more work is being done by groups. 
  • Nobel prizes are increasingly awarded to multiple individuals, research papers increasingly cite numerous individuals
  • Inside our organizations more projects and objectives are anchored to groups of people. 
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Individual ability / competence / talent are one variable among many in the equation. Putting a group of talented individuals at a table together does not make a talented group.


Relational skills, communication skills, empathy, flexibility…all of these are part of the equation as well.  And so is diversity.


Very likely our three most wasted assets inside the organization are knowledge, perspectives and heuristics…the stuff inside a persons brain, the mash up of their identity and experience.


When you bring a group together to do serious work, the bigger your aggregate collection of knowledge, perspectives and heuristics is, the more likely you are to have access to the tools necessary to generate an optimal result and the less likely you are to be limited and compromised by shared blind spots.

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Innovation vs. Measurement & Systems: Leadership Is Always The Key

Innovation vs. Measurement & Systems:  Leadership Is Always The Key | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

"Think of “win-lose” structures in incentives.  If you can only win if someone else loses, what are the odds of your developing a working relationship grounded in trust?"

Trust:

Strong leadership can recognize “win-lose” structures or norms and work to eliminate them.  It seems obvious that leadership drives trust, not systems.


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Without ...systems ...built to allow for ...individual and group failure, risk will always be a negative organizational value. 


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DIVERSITY:      . . . of people, points of view, ideas, ethics, and beliefs.  Diversity is what drives and powers iteration, constant challenge, testing, playing, and randomness. Strong leadership will drive (or diminish) diversity much more profoundly than will the most deeply embedded systems.  


RISK:     Risk tolerance and the attractiveness of rapid iteration are the hallmarks of innovative organizations.  Without operational systems that are built to allow for and to contextualize individual and group failure, risk will always be a negative organizational value.


...Should you be thinking a little more about how you encourage and foster strong leadership, and a little less about your systems of measurement and evaluation.?  You might be surprised by where this reflection will take you.

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

The venture capitalist who wrote this post has a view I share on putting measurement and evaluation within the right context, including a certain tolerance for enough risk-taking to help organizations be adaptive and "anti-fragile." ~  Deb

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, July 5, 2013 8:29 PM

This is also shared here via Performance and Talent Development because of the theme of leadership above performance systems, and leadership to build an innovation, adaptive culture that trumps traditional measurement practices. ~  D