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Warren Berger Tells How to Ask a ‘Beautiful Question’ - How to Amplify Innovation & Performance

Warren Berger Tells How to Ask a ‘Beautiful Question’ - How to Amplify Innovation & Performance | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger is about the importance of asking thoughtful, ambitious "beautiful questions"—the kind that can bring about change in the world around you.


How do you define a "beautiful question"?
 

Warren Berger:  The term is inspired by this line from the poet E.E. Cummings: "Always the beautiful answer who asks a more beautiful question."

The way I define a beautiful question in the book is: "An ambitious, yet actionable, question that can begin to change the way we think about something—and might serve as a catalyst to bring about change."


For example, when someone steps back and asks, Why are we doing things the way we've been doing them the past 20 years—what if we tried a whole new approach? That's a beautiful question.


- See more at: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/03/08/warren-berger-tells-how-to-ask-a-beautiful-question.html#sthash.Y9LUzjHR.dpuf

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

In the consulting world, it's shared that a good consultant knows how to ask good questions.  This article amplifies performance and innovation by interviewing the author about breakthroughs (the cell phone, the Internet), helpful organizations (The Red Cross, the Olympics) that started with a question.

So the weird, the unusual, the provocative can end up being the beautiful when it comes to a great, powerful question.  ~  Deb 

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Six Stages to Achieving a Big Data and Innovation Culture

Six Stages to Achieving a Big Data and Innovation Culture | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it
Companies are realizing analytics are actually at the center of their company, whereas before analytics was just at the edge. According to Bruno Aziza of SiSense, that’s having an impact.


Aziza’s credentials are robust. Prior to SiSense, he ran data analytics programs at Microsoft, Apple and Business Objects (now a SAP company). He is the co-author of two books in the business analytics space, one of them the best-selling tome, Drive Business Performance: Enabling a Culture of Intelligent Execution(Wiley, 2008).


 He is a fellow at the Advanced Performance Institute, an independent advisory group specializing in organizational performance, and he has over 12,800 Twitter followers at @brunoaziza.


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…there are six cultural stages, kind of like the five stages of grief, except that …the higher you go the better shape you’re in.

  

1) Increased Visibility > looking at data but not able to tell what the data is telling them.

  

2) Move Beyond Gut Feel > understand the data, apply judgment to it so you’re able to react to information faster than anybody else.

In these first two stages, the types of problems you’re trying to solve are backwards looking analysis. you’re building infrastructure so you understand where your data comes from and what happened yesterday.

   

3) Plan for Success > “Here is what success means.”

   

4) Execute on Strategy > align our strategy to our knowledge, our ability to adjust based on success or failure on certain actions. Very few companies are at this stage.

   

5) Power to Compete > you are able to compete, taking strategic market share from the market you’re in, or adjacent markets.

   

6) Culture of Performance >  which is more of the North Star rather than a place where you end up:  “Run it like you own it.”

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Some data driven, high performance companies may be over obsessed with data. The author describes six (6) stages of becoming, including "achieving a Culture of Performance as more of the North Star rather than a place where you end up." ~ D

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Bill Gates Futuring and HR/Recruiting Stuck in a Time Warp

Bill Gates Futuring and HR/Recruiting Stuck in a Time Warp | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

Bill Gates has been in the media of late with “My Plan to Fix the World’s Biggest Problems.”


Gates’ solution is about continuous improvement.  However ...as Gates’ says, this is simple in concept, but often difficult to execute.  

  


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While times have changed for most business functions, it seems that the HR and recruiting departments are stuck in a time warp, circa 1975.

  

1) Stop using skills and experience-based job descriptions.... Instead require the hiring manager to define the job in terms of 6-8 measurable performance objectives.


2) Measure the hiring manager’s ability to attract, develop and retain top people.


3) Never interview more than four people for any job.


4) Define Quality of Hire before the person’s hired based on a performance-based job description.


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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

The author of this article uses HR and recruiting as an example of old practices that need updating as good hires (and good talent development and succession planning) are the front door to smart, high performance cultures.

Balanced scorecards began to be used for the very reason of taking HR's people hire impact into a balanced account of measurement, beyond finance to internal business, learning and growth.


Using performance based job descriptions and innovation (refurbishing boring jobs) can be transforming to organizations still working from a 70's model of HR.

Be aware, overdoing metrics also has drawbacks, such auto companies over-relying on measurement, via ill-conceived management purges (that also appeared age-driven.)  Staffers served in roles as mentors that also produced lower numbers in their metrics because they were taking time to help newly hired and learning youngers.  The lack of a systemic focus lowered productivity and morale at the same time.  

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The 2011 Global Innovation 1000: Why Culture is Key to Performance

The 2011 Global Innovation 1000: Why Culture is Key to Performance | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it
Certain companies succeed in producing innovative new products and services, and in so doing generate superior financial results.

Our 7th annual Global Innovation 1000 study has consistently demonstrated that the success of these companies is not a matter of how much these companies spend on research and development, but rather how they spend it.

This year, we took under consideration two particular qualities — strategic alignment and a culture that supports innovation — that truly innovative companies have put in place that allow them to outperform the competition.
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