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The 12 cognitive biases that prevent you from being rational

The 12 cognitive biases that prevent you from being rational | Leading | Scoop.it
The human brain is capable of 1016 processes per second, which makes it far more powerful than any computer currently in existence. But that doesn't mean our brains don't have major limitations. The lowly calculator can do math thousands of times better than we can, and our memories are often less than useless — plus, we're subject to cognitive biases, those annoying glitches in our thinking that cause us to make questionable decisions and reach erroneous conclusions. Here are a dozen of the most common and pernicious cognitive biases that you need to know about.
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All of these biases impact how we lead. For this reason, it's vital to understand what biases we are prone to, in order to adapt behaviour accordingly.

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Deeper Innovation in Public Service

Deeper Innovation in Public Service | Leading | Scoop.it
In the world of public sector innovation, there’s room for many possibilities and all players. What there isn’t room for is complacency. The public sector needs innovation and innovators. As studen...
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I'm intrigued by the idea of a personal innovator's manifesto as a tool to encourage deeper, disruptive innovation in the public service.

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Cathexis: Social collaboration-the dynamics of working out loud

Cathexis: Social collaboration-the dynamics of working out loud | Leading | Scoop.it
A significant benefit for users and organizations who employ social collaboration solutions such as enterprise social networking (ESN) is that it supports a more transparent, conversational way of working, enables more visible communication flows, and asynchronous yet interactive problem solving....
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Working in government is often the antithesis of working out loud. This is a significant problem for several reasons:


  1. Often, work is not shared until it is in a "near perfect" state.
  2. Problems in the work are not identified early
  3. The people who would use that work may feel disengaged


Shifting to increase public engagement in our work has remedied this to a certain extent. For example, broad consultation in the development of Alberta's Learning and Technology Policy Framework invited over a thousand people into the process of its development. This is a step in the right direction.


However, this is not always the case. It is not the norm to take early-stage thinking to our stakeholders. In my work, this kind of "working out loud" is highly beneficial for everyone concerned.


How might we increase the frequency with which government works out loud? How might we make this the norm and not the exception?

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What skills will you need to succeed in the future? | Visual.ly

What skills will you need to succeed in the future? | Visual.ly | Leading | Scoop.it

Times have changed. Organizations in the mid-20th century were looking for rule-following, conformist employees who wanted to belong. Now, organizations are looking for adaptable, entrepreneurial employees.

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Many of the skills listed here can't be taught in a classroom.


What key experiences, jobs or initiatives have you worked on that have enabled you to develop these skills? What opportunities are available to you to develop these skills?


Consider opportunities that are available to you in your community - your physical community...or your virtual community.

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How to be Happier and More Productive by Avoiding 'Decision Fatigue'

How to be Happier and More Productive by Avoiding 'Decision Fatigue' | Leading | Scoop.it
We're conditioned to think that more choice is a good thing, but "decision fatigue" makes choosing much harder. Here's how to fight it and be happier, too.
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Decision fatigue is an important concept to understand for anyone who needs someone else to make a decision.  How information is presented is vital.


For example, a business case that presents multiple options in sequence requires decision makers to evaluate each option and decide if it is suitable based upon a variety of parameters - value, cost, risk, approach and so forth.


Presenting a chart with the business case that enables those decision makers to compare the options and decide which is best reduces their decision fatigue.

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Advice from Artists on How to Overcome Creative Block, Handle Criticism, and Nurture Your Sense of Self-Worth

Advice from Artists on How to Overcome Creative Block, Handle Criticism, and Nurture Your Sense of Self-Worth | Leading | Scoop.it
Mastering the balance of restriction and imaginative play, or why unbridling your self-worth from your professional success is essential for
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If leadership is your art, sometimes you'll experience blocks and criticism. Take a moment to learn how artists deal with similar challenges.

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4 Leadership Traits to Drive Social Innovation : Center for Social Innovation (CSI)

4 Leadership Traits to Drive Social Innovation : Center for Social Innovation (CSI) | Leading | Scoop.it
At a recent World Economic Forum event in San Francisco Klaus Schwab was asked by an audience member what it takes to be a successful leader in today’s complex and fast paced world.
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8 Conversational Habits That Kill Credibility

8 Conversational Habits That Kill Credibility | Leading | Scoop.it
If you avoid these common errors, you'll be more believable and command more respect.
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Honing our communications skills is work that is never done. Here are 8 things to watch out for in your communications.

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TEDxOverlake - Susan Scott - The Case for Radical Transparency - YouTube

Susan Scott is a best-selling author and leadership development architect who has enabled top executives worldwide to engage in vibrant dialogue with one ano...
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Susan Scott's call to better leadership. Perhaps the most worthwhile 20 minutes you'll spend thinking about leadership all week.

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Connected leadership is helping the network make better decisions | Harold Jarche

Connected leadership is helping the network make better decisions | Harold Jarche | Leading | Scoop.it
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As our context becomes more complex, leadership becomes more about creating and supporting networks of empowered employees, customers and stakeholders. How are you doing this today?

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How to Make Your Own Luck

How to Make Your Own Luck | Leading | Scoop.it
"All creators need to be able to live in the shade of the big questions long enough for truly revolutionary ideas and insights to emerge."
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It's hard to believe that so much insight was packed into a single post. I bought the book.

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Ingroup Bias - The Neurochemistry Behind the Phenomenon

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This study shows how ingroup/outgroup behaviour is regulated in part by Oxytocin. This contributes to organizational silos.

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Are You Dutiful or a Disruptor? Career Advice for the Innovator in All of Us » The Glass Hammer

"[I]f you want to be a better innovator, then the single most important thing you can do is to embrace disruption in yourself and in those you lead," If you want an innovative organization, cultivate "disruptive" leaders.

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We need diversity among our leaders - innovators, disruptors, enablers, connectors, strategists and relators.  Rather than seeking to create or be "all things to all people" heroic leaders, perhaps we should be looking to create leadership networks that enable leaders to play to their strengths.


While this article speaks to cultivating a particular type of leader, it did inspire the above idea when I read it.

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Great Leaders Build A Culture of Courage In A Climate Of Fear

Great Leaders Build A Culture of Courage In A Climate Of Fear | Leading | Scoop.it

Fear is a potent human emotion that can sabotage success for even the brightest minds and biggest organisations. It can also undermine an organisations ability to harness the potential of those within it. Learning how to create a ‘culture of courage’ in which employees feel safe to push back, take risks and explore new possibilities is becoming an ever more valuable skill in today’s marketplace,  creating a ‘culture of courage’ that emboldens employees to rise above their fears is vital.


Via Fouad Bendris
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Before leaders can create such a culture, they must tackle their own fears. If leaders are afraid of failure, it will not be possible for them to create a culture that faces fear, embraces innovation, and accepts the possibility of failure.

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When leaders are committed and actively working to engage, inspire and embolden – they unleash untapped potential and raise the bar not just on productivity, but on the value their organization contributes to all its stakeholders ...

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The Critical Few: Components of a Truly Effective Culture

The Critical Few: Components of a Truly Effective Culture | Leading | Scoop.it
Forget the monolithic change management programs and focus on the elements of your culture that drive performance.
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This article provides an overview of the critical few aspects of creating cultural change, and provides some rather counterintuitive advice about how to lead change. Worth the read.

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The Secret Weapon of Intrapreneurial Innovators

The Secret Weapon of Intrapreneurial Innovators | Leading | Scoop.it
Last summer, Jennifer Sigler, the Chief Operating Officer at Global Giving, shared with me that her entire staff was reading the Lean Startup by Eric Ries. The idea that a senior manager of a non-profit would have all of her employees read a book about start-up strategy sounded unconventional and [...]
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Startup thinking is not only exclusive to entrepreneurial businesses. I highly recommend Lean Startup and Running Lean for any leader looking for ways to increase organizational agility.

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Are We Solving For the Wrong Problems? - Disenthrall

Are We Solving For the Wrong Problems? - Disenthrall | Leading | Scoop.it
  • Grady Fuson: We’re trying to solve the problem here, Billy.
  • Billy Beane: Not like this you’re not. You’re not even looking at the problem.
  • Grady Fuson: We’re very aware of the problem. I mean…
  • Billy Beane: Okay, good. What’s the problem?
  • Grady Fuson: The problem is we have to replace three key players in our lineup.
  • Billy Beane: Nope. What’s the problem?
  • Pittaro: Same as it’s ever been. We’ve gotta replace these guys with what we have existing.
  • Billy Beane: Ehh! [imitates buzzer] The problem we’re trying to solve is that there are rich teams and there are poor teams. Then there’s fifty layers of crap, and then there’s us. It’s an unfair game.
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It doesn't matter if you solve the wrong problem well.

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7 Ways To Stop Making Bad Decisions

7 Ways To Stop Making Bad Decisions | Leading | Scoop.it
Hunger, bad information, and other common pitfalls that can contribute to bad decision-making. Read on, before you make another choice.
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Lens, Conclusions and Generative Governance | NON PROFIT ...

Lens, Conclusions and Generative Governance | NON PROFIT ... | Leading | Scoop.it
As such, that makes the story well within our bounds for blog posts, even one that looks at decision making through an economic development lens. If your job is to lead your city, ... Governance as Leadership: An Interview with Richard P.
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The quality of questions asked in this post make it worthwhile reading. Before embarking on your next "big project" consider asking questions of this nature.

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Understanding Organizations Using the Four Frame Model: Family [the Human Resource Frame] and a Helpful [Lawyer's] Checklist for Organizational Assessment - Psycholawlogy

Understanding Organizations Using the Four Frame Model: Family [the Human Resource Frame] and a Helpful [Lawyer's] Checklist for Organizational Assessment - Psycholawlogy | Leading | Scoop.it
The human resource frame describes a way to emphasize the human side of organizations and the importance of the interpersonal and intrapersonal dynamics involved in organizing and need fulfillment.
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The Content You Read Shapes How You Lead: Top 10 Leadership Themes

The Content You Read Shapes How You Lead: Top 10 Leadership Themes | Leading | Scoop.it
People are consuming massive amounts of content each day via their smartphones, laptops, tablets and the multiple social media platforms, blogs and publications they engage with. Carefully observe the leaders in your organization – the content they create and/or read shapes how they lead. This is why the leaders who write well, speak well and read often are generally those who effectively lead. Leaders gravitate towards content that fuels their knowledge and provides them the insights and wisdom that keeps them on their toes and helps them better serve others. Conversely, those who are not well read often don’t write well or have the ability to speak effectively – they lack the communication skills and executive presence required to be taken seriously as a leader. Here are the top-10 leadership content themes that we found:
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Critical Questions for Cultivating Winning Relationships

Critical Questions for Cultivating Winning Relationships | Leading | Scoop.it
Have you ever been blindsided by a colleague’s words or actions? Or maybe been part of a team that spent more time complaining about others in the business rather than collaborating and solving the business decision at hand?

Via Jesse Jacoby & Emergent
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Leading  from  where you are requires creating and sustaining great relationships. if we would like our friends and colleagues to demonstrate  these behaviours make sure that they would respond with four yeses  if asked these questions about you.

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Seth's Blog: The problems you've got left...

Seth's Blog: The problems you've got left... | Leading | Scoop.it
are probably the difficult ones. We'd all like to find discount answers to our problems. Organizations, governments and individuals prefer to find the solution that's guaranteed to work, takes little time and even less effort. Of course, the problems that...
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