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Dropping the Needle: Disruptive Innovation and Higher Education

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Higher education's entire value proposition is seriously being reconsidered by modern society, often because it is not considered innovative enough. 


Via Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.
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This is an important article that references the recent attack on Clayton Christensen by Harvard Professor Jill Lepore. (I referenced this article and you can read it at https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140618200728-13378242-reframing-disruptive-innovation?trk=mp-edit-rr-posts

 

This particular article questions whether there’s benefit in applying Christensen’s concept of disruptive innovation to the business of education.

 

“In an "on demand" culture, it is quite understandable that most feel that "failure is not an option," but that runs counter to everything we know about human learning and development. . . .”

 

The realm of education where the idea of disruptive innovation is most relevant is the world of MBA Programs.

 

The way business cultures present failure determines that culture’s ability to learn and adapt.

 

Failure is essential to learning. The only way to know when we have pierced the boundary of our understanding and find ourselves in new territory is through that uncomfortable feeling of dissonance we call failure.

 

Empathic cultures understand this and regard failure as a resource.

How are we teaching empathy to our MBA candidates? 

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Random Acts Of Leadership™ | Got Rhythm?

Random Acts Of Leadership™ | Got Rhythm? | Jazz and business engagement | Scoop.it
As a leader, it is important that you don't neglect self-development. The most systematic way to do that is through the use of development rhythms.
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An interesting take on the importance of "rhythm" in developing leadership capabilities. Leading in business is no different than leading in jazz. The bottom line is how we cultivate our personal approach to "practice." After the 10,000 hours are spent to gain the expertise needed to compete, it becomes a matter of honing our rhythmic skill- every day.

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Collaboration Isn't About Impressing One Another - Donald Miller

Collaboration Isn't About Impressing One Another - Donald Miller | Jazz and business engagement | Scoop.it
Collaboration Isn't About Impressing One Another. Amena Brown Owen. by Amena Brown Owen. I married my deejay and music producer. Since we said, “I do,” we've been traveling, working, creating and performing together ...
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The collaborative process of jazz can be an extremely powerful model for business people as they struggle to understand a new paradigm of leadership. This short piece clarifies 3 important principles that come from music and reach into every aspect of our social and organizational lives.

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10 Ways to Become the Leader Others Value | Leadership Freak

10 Ways to Become the Leader Others Value | Leadership Freak | Jazz and business engagement | Scoop.it
The greatest "ship" in leadership is relationship. The priority of relationship came home to me in a follow-up call with Bob Buford. Bob was mentored by Peter Drucker. Their mentoring relationship turned into a life-long ...
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If you’ve ever watched a good jazz ensemble you might notice that everyone- regardless of their instrument- is given the chance to lead, to solo. How come? What’s the benefit? In Jazz, business and life leadership is never static it is always a quality of relationship. This is a great article on one clarifying our understanding leadership in the work place. 

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Can Asking Better Questions Make Us Better Innovators?

Can Asking Better Questions Make Us Better Innovators? | Jazz and business engagement | Scoop.it
If we want to be more innovative, learning how to ask better questions is a key skill to develop.
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I'm a jazz bass player- the operations manager of the ensemble, if you will. The best soloists I work with always evoke new possibilities from the material by asking great questions through their musical exploration. So too in business.

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Recommended Summer Readings For Creative Leaders From The First Half Of ... - Forbes

Recommended Summer Readings For Creative Leaders From The First Half Of ... - Forbes | Jazz and business engagement | Scoop.it
Recommended Summer Readings For Creative Leaders From The First Half Of ...
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On the specific topics of creativity, leadership, and organizational and business success, 2014 has also already yielded some helpful titles.
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What if companies had mission questions rather than mission statements?

 

As a jazz musician, my daily practice is always framed by questions about what I don’t yet understand. I’ve got a stack of new material that's always waiting for me. That’s how me, my colleagues and the field of jazz evolves.

 

The same is true for leadership in business and organizations.

In this “Recommended Summer Reading For Creative Leaders From The First Half Of 2014” David Slocum lays out some great material for innovative leaders.

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Leadership Involves Poetry As Well As Plumbing - Huffington Post

Leadership Involves Poetry As Well As Plumbing - Huffington Post | Jazz and business engagement | Scoop.it
Leadership Involves Poetry As Well As Plumbing
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People need to feel they're able to bring all of their effort into the task, which requires an open, autonomy-oriented culture. ...
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The “Leadership Poetics” in this piece are identical with the dynamics at play in a good jazz ensemble. Here are some very useful ideas for leaders and managers who seek deeper engagement in the uncertain, ambiguous context of change in 2014.

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Innovation Myths and the Unsexy Truths About Breakthroughs

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Bloomberg Innovation Myths and the Unsexy Truths About Breakthroughs Bloomberg To help clear up the confusion and dispel some common beliefs about how to innovate, we turned to more than a dozen people known for their inventiveness, including those...

Via Peter Verschuere
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What is it that so mystifies us about the way a jazz ensemble works together? Jazz is the art of collaborative innovation and INNOVATION is still one of the biggest mysteries- especially for businesses.This terrific slide show dispels popular myths about how innovation works. Every dynamic these brilliant innovators talk about also happens to be an operating principle for the jazz ensemble . . .  and has been for 100 years. Jazz has something essential to offer businesses trying to gage the ROI they’ve made in Innovation Training. 

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Why Business Leaders Should Think Like Artists

Watch more videos at: http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/ Best-selling author Seth Godin challenges entrepreneurs to get out of their comfort zones and embrac...
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A wonderful discussion explaining how the arts are absolutely integral to the survival of business, society and the planet in the 21st century. Worth the time.

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4 Things Leaders Get Wrong About Creativity

Design theory and branding professor Natalie Nixon says the reason we don't see more creativity in business is that most leaders don't have any idea what it is. (RT@Inc Uncover Creativity in the Workplace through Jazz!
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Natalie Nixon, director of the strategic design MBA program at Philadelphia University, offers a great perspective taken from the world of jazz on reframing the way Leadership can bring out the best in the people they serve.

Read more: http://www.inc.com/kimberly-weisul/creativity-four-things-leaders-get-wrong.html#ixzz36oxx8TGA

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7 Signs Someone's Not Listening To You - Business Insider

7 Signs Someone's Not Listening To You - Business Insider | Jazz and business engagement | Scoop.it
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7 Signs Someone's Not Listening To You
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How can you tell whether a colleague, client, or friend is really hearing you rather than thinking of what they're going to say next?
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As a jazz bassist I've gotten pretty good at knowing when the people I am supporting during a performance are listening to one another and when they aren't. Jazz is the art of collaborative innovation and listening- listening to understand vs listening to reply- is the core competence that makes or breaks a good ensemble. This article might help you practice your own listening skills so that you can improve the quality of improvisation that your daily existence is based on.

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The Hidden Innovation Barriers: Company Culture and your Brain | Innovation Management

The Hidden Innovation Barriers: Company Culture and your Brain | Innovation Management | Jazz and business engagement | Scoop.it
When you ask Executives what they want beyond short profit and revenue growth they’ll likely say ‘more innovation’. Why? Because they face unprecedented business challenges. Let’s look back. The current modern corporation was invented about 100 years ago – at the start of the 20th century. That’s when the big companies were born like the US railroad companies, US Steel, the big banks, IG Farben. Some exist still today (GE).

Via Jess Chalmers
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Perhaps with the shift in ethos coming with the millennial workforce there will be a deeper understanding that innovation is a cultural value that encompasses many different and interdependent conditions. It's ironic that these same thoughts were stated by Mary Parker Follett in "The Creative Experience pub. 1930 when she said: “Through circular response we are creating each other all of the time. . .  ‘I’ can never influence ‘you’ because you have already influenced me.” 

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Tough-minded Leadership with Tenderhearted Skills

Tough-minded Leadership with Tenderhearted Skills | Jazz and business engagement | Scoop.it
In business today, every leader, every boss, every chief executive officer, wants their company to be successful and so they advocate for tough-minded attitudes and strong-willed personalities.
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The beauty of jazz is in the transparency of the relationship between leading and support- tough-minded yet vulnerable, empathic and agile. Co-opetition: The balance of competition and cooperation.

This article sums it up for business leaders.

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Improvisation: We’re Social Media Jazz Musicians | Intelligent Catalyst

Improvisation: We’re Social Media Jazz Musicians | Intelligent Catalyst | Jazz and business engagement | Scoop.it
When I talk to senior management in companies, whether it's marketing, PR or customer service, I like to ask about how they're integrating social within (Improvisation: We’re #Social Jazz Musicians | http://t.co/TNuE3Wrx1p)...
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Alan Berkson “gets it.” The improvisational mindset of Social Media.

 

“As a manager you need to give your team more than just sheet music — scripts and canned responses. You need to give them an understanding of the underlying themes and rhythms of your campaign — and your brand! — so when it comes time for their solo they can be creative but still harmonize with the rest of your brand communications.”

 

Great parallel.

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Your Business Doesn't Always Need to Change - blogs.hbr.org (blog)

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Your Business Doesn't Always Need to Change
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By now, the idea that organizations must adapt in order to maintain both relevance and market share in a rapidly changing world is so ingrained that it's been reduced to pithy sayings.
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Jazz, like innovative business, is constantly transforming. But change simply for the sake of change never works in jazz. Every musician is unique and every successful ensemble has a unique quality that gives it its market value. And while part of the market relationship is based on the promise of jazz to continually evolve and surprise with innovative ideas, staying true to the core value that made that ensemble popular in the first place is fundamentally more important than constantly trying to stay in the limelight with something new. So, too, in business.  This HBR piece is an interesting push-back on the rush to novelty in today’s business environment. 

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Social Intrapreneurism and All That Jazz

Professor David Grayson talks about his new book (co-authored with Melody McLaren and Heiko Spitzeck) which identifies the mind-sets and skills that have hel...
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It's really exciting when business academics discover the connection between jazz and business. You can tell Doc Grayson gets it by the passionate way he talks about the connection.

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Why Bother? The Value of Training Your Employees Around Innovation

Why Bother? The Value of Training Your Employees Around Innovation | Jazz and business engagement | Scoop.it
Many successful innovation programs are extending their offerings to include training efforts for employees around the skills of innovation.

Via Peter Verschuere
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A great article on sustaining innovative culture. As a jazz bassist I recognize the symmetry between these new demands on business and business as usual in the world of jazz.

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