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Making Organizational Learning Stick: How to Set Your Knowledge Goals

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Henry Ford once observed, “Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” This is as true for nonprofit organizations as it is for individuals.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 25, 2013 7:30 PM

We need to develop learning organizations through good ideas, good practice, and good collaboration.

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Great 'do's and don'ts of writing learning goals.

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Systemsthinking in a complex world for better understanding
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How to Make a Systems Graphic to Understand Shared Enterprises

How to Make a Systems Graphic to Understand Shared Enterprises | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it
Wherever we are, we need to deal with complex systems, from small family units to whole environmental ecosystems. With zillions of entities interacting, it's almost impossible to keep track of how our actions may affect the world. When we are faced with such situations and need to understand complex systems or find solutions to complicated problems, it can be helpful to visualize our understanding of these interactions.
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Why Corporations Have a Talent Problem

Why Corporations Have a Talent Problem | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it
The reason most corporations are broken when it comes to talent acquisition is they are simply looking for the wrong things through the wrong lens. Their hiring models are built for the old economy. They are looking for conformity rather than a non-conformity. They look to protect the status quo rather than disrupt it. They are hiring for the present and not for the future.

When organizations’ hire, develop, and promote leaders using a competency-based model, they’re unwittingly incubating failure and obsolescence. Nothing fractures corporate culture faster, and eviscerates talent development efforts more rapidly, than rewarding the wrong people for the wrong reasons. Don’t reward technical competency – reward aggregate contribution.

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David Hain's curator insight, October 10, 2016 5:20 AM

Mike Myatt on why competency based leadership models don't work.

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Successful Leaders Know What Made Them Who They Are

Successful Leaders Know What Made Them Who They Are | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it

As chairman of the Washington Speakers Bureau, Bernie Swain posed one simple question to 100 of the eminent people that his company represents. People like Madeleine Albright, Tom Brokaw, Colin Powell, Terry Bradshaw and Condoleezza Rice were asked to identify the one person, event, or influence that made them who they are as a leader and a person.

 


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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, September 7, 2016 3:35 PM

The overriding lessons from Bernie Swain's questioning is that successful leaders are self-aware. They have an inner voice and pay attention to it. They understand the defining moments of their lives and thereby better understand their own strengths, biases, and weaknesses as leaders.

 

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Introducing the Systems View of Life Into Organizations | Sustainable Brands

Introducing the Systems View of Life Into Organizations | Sustainable Brands | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it
One of the first obstacles in introducing systems thinking into organizations is the fact that universities, which are organized around single disciplines, are not currently able to prepare students in this approach, which is inherently multidisciplinary. As Fritjof remarked:

“A professor of biology often does not feel comfortable talking about climate change; or a professor of social studies about mind and consciousness. The systems view of life covers all these areas.”
To overcome these challenges Fritjof was inspired to create Capra Course, a new online course based on The Systems View of Life, which consists of twelve pre-recorded lectures, along with a discussion forum in which Fritjof participates throughout the course. As Fritjof explained:

“You see, the systems view of life is critical today for all professions, because the major problems of our time are systemic problems — all interconnected and interdependent — and they need corresponding systemic solutions. The systems view of life provides the conceptual framework for such systemic solutions.”
While we have come a long way in relation to helping major organisations develop a more systemic view of the problems we face, we still have some way to go.

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David Hain's curator insight, September 6, 2016 6:01 AM

The Capra Course - teaching a systems view of life and organisations. Interdependent challenges need system solutions!

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The Six Systems Thinking Steps to Solve Complex Problems

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Systems thinking helps us to explore problems as part of a large system. These six steps can help us achieve systems thinking.

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Dysfunctional Organization: Definition and Cure - Intelligent Management -

Dysfunctional Organization: Definition and Cure - Intelligent Management - | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it
"There is no such thing as a dysfunctional organization." We were asked to comment on this statement. Here is our reply.
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The Management Thinker We Should Never Have Forgotten

The Management Thinker We Should Never Have Forgotten | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it

W. Edwards Deming believed that we can improve worker performance only when we improve the entire system they work within. And he believed that managers wrongly apply incentive pay plans, forced rankings, and all sorts of carrots and sticks to create the illusionof control without solving root performance problems.

 


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jean charles crouin's curator insight, August 15, 2016 5:14 AM
Much more to @demming thank his wheel...
Au delà de la roue...#leadership
Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, August 23, 2016 6:45 AM
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Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, September 22, 2016 11:35 AM
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The Communication Guide For Leaders Who Aren't Sure What's Coming Next

The Communication Guide For Leaders Who Aren't Sure What's Coming Next | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it

When we don't have enough information, our brains seek "cognitive closure." Much of the time, it doesn't end well.

 


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Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, April 18, 2016 8:33 AM
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Ken Donaldson's curator insight, May 11, 2016 6:38 AM
The Communication Guide For Leaders Who Aren't Sure What's Coming Next
David Hain's curator insight, May 12, 2016 2:46 AM

Working out the inherent contradictions of lid and still being able to make a decision is a critical skill in leading through complexity.

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Paradigms are Made for Shifting

Paradigms are Made for Shifting | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it
“A new type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move toward higher levels…" ~Albert Einstein, N.Y.
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Dave Wood's curator insight, July 4, 2016 12:23 AM
How many coaching clients are on the verge,  or in the midst of paradigm shifts?  Good  article with effective range of visuals reinforcing the main points.
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Simple Rules for Organizational Conflict Resolution

Simple Rules for Organizational Conflict Resolution | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it
We all deal with conflict, whether we like it or not. There are many ways to work through a difficult conversation, or find a settlement in negotiation. Some outcomes are more sustainable and satisfactory than others.
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Agile is Dead

Agile is Dead | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it
Are you an IT consultant or contractor?  Agile Software Development work is dead.  If you practice that, you are a doorstop.  If you manage that way, you are a boat-anchor.  The wave has ended, it is

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A good example of the archetype Limith to growth when you don't stick to the initial principles
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Philippe Vallat's curator insight, June 30, 2016 4:06 AM

Certainly worth reading.

Quote: "Yet Agile has become the most popular software project management paradigm, certainly exceeding my expectations.  People commonly fix some of these issues above, ignore the manifesto, and call it Agile anyway (AINO).  Market penetration is high, real applicability is limited, problems have not been solved, the original supporters have left, the name is tarnished, implementations are highly modified away from original goals.  "

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How a Lack of Systemic Thinking Threatens a Sustainable U.S. Energy Policy

How a Lack of Systemic Thinking Threatens a Sustainable U.S. Energy Policy | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it
Congress’s failure to see the ramifications of its shifting ethanol policies is wreaking havoc on energy supply chains.
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Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, May 19, 2016 11:04 PM
Unanticipated outcomes of federal policy implications are seldom considered by legislators .... especially in educational situations ....
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Systems thinking: a cautionary tale (cats in Borneo)

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Systems thinking changes everything | From Poverty to Power

Systems thinking changes everything | From Poverty to Power | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it
A Guardian 'long read' extract from How Change Happens nicely captures many of the central arguments of the book
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Strategy under uncertainty | McKinsey & Company

Strategy under uncertainty | McKinsey & Company | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it
The traditional approach to strategy requires precise predictions and thus often leads executives to underestimate uncertainty. This can be downright dangerous. A four-level framework can help.

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Philippe Vallat's curator insight, September 14, 2016 9:48 AM

Interesting Four levels of residual uncertainty

Philippe Vallat's curator insight, September 14, 2016 9:49 AM

Interesting Four levels of uncertainty

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Learning: Employees take charge

Learning: Employees take charge | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it
Corporate learning departments are changing from education providers to content curators and experience facilitators, developing innovative platforms that turn employee learning and development into a self-driven pursuit.
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The pertinence of the systems approach to wicked problems faced by planners generally

The pertinence of the systems approach to wicked problems faced by planners generally | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it
In 10 slides I will explain above concept map which enables an integrated conceptualization of the logical relationships of the core characteristics of wicked problems with the basic requirements and workings of the systems approach.

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Uncertainty by Jonathan Fields – Summary

Uncertainty by Jonathan Fields – Summary | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it
This article contains my book notes for Uncertainty by Jonathan Fields (2011). We all suffer from uncertainty and doubt, especially when creating something new. It’s certainly something I have issues with. Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance is a […]

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Philippe Vallat's curator insight, September 2, 2016 11:20 AM

A good summary of this very inspiring book that I recommand

Philippe Vallat's curator insight, September 2, 2016 11:22 AM

A good summary of this inspiring book that I recommand

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Disciplines of a Learning Organization: Peter Senge

Disciplines of a Learning Organization: Peter Senge | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it
If there is one book that has influenced my business thinking the most, it is Peter Senge’s “The Fifth Discipline – The Art and Practice of Learning Organization” and I have referred to it many times over past years on this blog. Written in 1990, the insights contained in this book are even

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Reawakening Idealism

Reawakening Idealism | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it

In current times we need idealists to steward the conversation about the society we want to live in rather than leaving it up to greedy lobbyists, opportunistic politicians and reductionistic fortune tellers to set the direction.

 


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prepareexcitable's comment, August 19, 2016 1:14 AM
Thats stunning...
Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, September 22, 2016 11:37 AM
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Katherine Prewitt's curator insight, January 3, 11:31 AM
"When we defend idealism, we defend imagination. We defend possibility. We defend the world of ideas." Peter Block
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Adapting Change to Fit Complexity

Adapting Change to Fit Complexity | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it

What if decision makers instigating change are seeing the inherent nature of companies all wrong?


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Philippe Vallat's curator insight, July 1, 2016 1:10 AM

Excellent post, must read

Philippe Vallat's curator insight, July 1, 2016 1:11 AM

Excellent post, must read

Nadene Canning's curator insight, July 30, 2016 4:12 PM
Adaptive systems thinking (Stacey) applied to illustrate change and complexity
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Change the World Capture the Drama

Change the World Capture the Drama | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it
How often have you been involved in facilitating or engaging in a conversation that got so wrapped up in the drama of it all that the participants lost sight of the original goal or purpose of the conversation? There is a practice that we can use to get past all that drama. It’s called “Six-word Stories.”

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Edgar Schein: Humble Leadership

Author and organizational culture expert Ed Schein in a conversation with Google VP of People Development Karen May.

 


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Caylin Britt's curator insight, June 3, 2016 8:33 AM

No intellect compares to that of the wisdom of a life long lived. - Caylin Britt

Gijs Spoor's curator insight, June 12, 2016 9:17 AM
In times of Great Churning asking humble questions allows collective intelligence to be activated. 
prepareexcitable's comment, August 19, 2016 1:14 AM
Its splendid :)