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Getting People to Believe in Something They Can’t Yet Imagine

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What would you do if you had a working prototype of a revolutionary tablet computer that was receiving rave reviews well before Apple came out with its iPad? Cancel further funding for the project in favor of developing an updated version of an existing company product? In hindsight that seems crazy, but it’s exactly what Microsoft did with its prototype “Courier” tablet.

Similar fates often befall innovations within large companies. It is not enough to come up with next great idea. To turn that idea into a reality you have to influence people and gain their support. You must do that in the face of vast forces arrayed against innovation within an established organization, which include inertia, resistance to change, fear of failure, financial disincentives, and the tendency of people and organizations to favor what has worked in the past. Then there’s what might be the biggest hurdle of all, people’s inability to envision something that is truly different.

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, October 12, 2014 4:10 PM

Leaders can, and often do, try to make corporate cultures more receptive to innovation.

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How Assertive Should You Be? The Answers Will Surprise You.

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Google the phrase “assertiveness training” and over 700,000 possibilities will pop up. Thanks to Sheryl Sandberg, “lean in” is the new mantra for women—and judging from the search options, it appears that every second person is either worrying about being a doormat, or working as a life coach.

 

We take it as truth that how assertive or unassertive we are affects every aspect of our lives, including work and relationships. Culturally, we link assertiveness to success, leadership, and getting ahead, but still, there’s ambivalence: Look up “assertive” in the dictionary and you’ll see its synonym is “aggressive.”


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, April 7, 2014 4:33 PM

Don’t rely on your own perception of how assertive or unassertive you are; it’s not likely to be accurate. New research shows who really gets ahead.

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The 10 Things You Must Do to Make Hiring Top Talent No. 1

The 10 Things You Must Do to Make Hiring Top Talent No. 1 | Peak Performance | Scoop.it

Over a 10 year period from 1991 to 2001 my firm made over 400 presentations to groups of CEOs at emerging and entrepreneurial companies. The presentations were largely the same. All focused on how to select people to grow the company.

 

One big idea was to map the types of people the company was hiring to its business strategy. The other point, while not as grand, was more important: If hiring top talent is important to your company's growth make this the primary measure of how you reward and promote your hiring managers. Although 90% of the CEOs believed in the concept, few did anything to make this part of their company's culture.


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I think there are some important points around talent management, that any organisation could implement.

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Ian Berry's curator insight, September 25, 2014 10:02 PM

Hiring top talent is not number 1 Enhancing the gifts (talents) of the people already there is number 1.

Ian Berry's curator insight, September 25, 2014 10:03 PM

Hiring is not number 1. Enhancing the gifts (talents) of the people already there is number 1.

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How To Motivate People - 4 Steps Backed By Science

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Employees, spouses, kids — what does it take to get people motivated so you don’t have to nag them?

 

Motivation is powerful. It predicts success better than intelligence, ability, or salary.


So what does research and expert insight have to say about how to motivate people? Here are 4 tips that can get employees, spouses and kids to try harder.


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Understanding what drives yourself and others is the key to progress and influence.

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, April 6, 2014 4:30 PM

What does research and expert insight have to say about how to motivate people? Here are 4 tips that can get employees, spouses and kids to try harder.

Kellie Grasman's curator insight, April 7, 2014 9:20 AM

Motivation?

Graeme Reid's curator insight, April 7, 2014 8:44 PM

Understanding what motivates people is the first step in really engaging people.