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Visualization as Process, Not Output

Visualization as Process, Not Output | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
"Please make me a visualization."
I get a lot of emails that say this or some variation of it.
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Common Language Doesn't Equal Common Culture

Common Language Doesn't Equal Common Culture | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
"Finally," you think to yourself as you board the plane to London for a series of business meetings with the British subsidiary of your American corporation.
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New Research Shows Success Doesn't Make Women Less Likable

New Research Shows Success Doesn't Make Women Less Likable | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
A businesswoman has a conversation with her five-year-old daughter. "What if I told you that as Mommy does better at work, fewer people like me. But when Daddy does better at work, more people like him.
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Don't Let Your Strengths Become Your Weaknesses

Don't Let Your Strengths Become Your Weaknesses | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
Perhaps the biggest fad to sweep through management in the last decade was the strengths movement. Its message was that you should build on natural talent to maximize strengths rather than try to improve weaknesses.
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Solving China's M&A Maze

Solving China's M&A Maze | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
Western executives undertaking M&A in China often lack the in-depth knowledge required to navigate the countless pitfalls unique to China's business environment they are sure to encounter--from the pre-deal phase through the postmerger integration.
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Five routes to more innovative problem solving

Five routes to more innovative problem solving | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
Tricky problems must be shaped before they can be solved. To start that process, and stimulate novel thinking, leaders should look through multiple lenses.
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The Hidden Biases in Big Data

The Hidden Biases in Big Data | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
This looks to be the year that we reach peak big data hype.
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4 Blind Spots Every Leader Must See

4 Blind Spots Every Leader Must See | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision – Helen Keller Max Lucado shares a story about Bob Edens. For 51 years he was blind and could not see a thing. His world was a black hall of sounds and smells.
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Rehiring Retirees as Consultants Is Bad Business

Rehiring Retirees as Consultants Is Bad Business | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
Why would any organization set up a system that discourages experts from sharing their business-critical knowledge?
Obviously, no leader deliberately set out to do such a thing.
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How Disruptive Behavior by Employees Can Devastate a Workplace

How Disruptive Behavior by Employees Can Devastate a Workplace | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
To Jody Foster, disruptive people in any type of organization -- from a big corporation to a major health center -- can poison the atmosphere for everyone with whom they interact. Foster, who is chair of the department of psychiatry at Pennsylvania...
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It's Not Who You Know

It's Not Who You Know | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
It is a classic tale of entrepreneurship: a computer whiz spends a few years working at a large corporation in Silicon Valley, then leaves to launch a startup. But what happens if she locates her firm in Kansas City, 1,500-odd miles away?
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Escape the Moore's-Law Traffic Jam

Escape the Moore's-Law Traffic Jam | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
When it comes to microchips — the miniature machines that run so much of our lives — innovation has driven us farther than we ever thought possible.
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Operational Excellence, Meet Customer Intimacy

Operational Excellence, Meet Customer Intimacy | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
Most organizations continuously strive to achieve operational excellence, but they spend less effort understanding customer needs — and few marry these two sources of customer value effectively.
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To Innovate, Find What's Hiding in Plain Sight

To Innovate, Find What's Hiding in Plain Sight | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
In our last post, we asked the question, "What's the connection between counting squares and innovation?" In order to come up with the answer, we presented you with the following figure and asked you how many squares you could find.
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How to Deal with a Toxic Client

How to Deal with a Toxic Client | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
Law firms have a hard-earned reputation for being really tough places to work. Today I see an increasing amount of toxicity in those firms.
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Project Managers Should Share Their Stress

Project Managers Should Share Their Stress | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
Project managers tend to hold their cards pretty close to the vest. Sure, they may post or circulate some sort of general progress chart.
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If You Were a Stock, Would You Bet On Yourself?

If You Were a Stock, Would You Bet On Yourself? | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
My husband, Eric, is an armchair entrepreneur. He has ideated, seeded, started, funded, built, grown, and sold dozens of companies — 10 times over — all in his head.
His best friend, Marc, is a finance guru.
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The Skills Most Entrepreneurs Lack

The Skills Most Entrepreneurs Lack | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
Entrepreneurs are a unique group of people, but they behave in patterns.
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Leading Teams When Lives Are at Stake

Leading Teams When Lives Are at Stake | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
I am about to climb Mount Everest. And as a management professor (Scott speaking here) this inevitably has led me to wonder how team dynamics will play out on the mountain — as my life may depend on it.
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Morning Advantage: It's Not Who You Know

Morning Advantage: It's Not Who You Know | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
You might think that the best place to locate a new venture would be in an industry hub – say, Silicon Valley for a tech startup, or New York City for a publishing venture.
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How to Write the Dreaded Self-Appraisal

How to Write the Dreaded Self-Appraisal | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
No one likes review time. For many, self-appraisals are a particularly annoying part of the process. What can you say about your own performance? How can you be honest without coming off as arrogant, or shooting yourself in the foot?
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To Close the Gender Gap, What Needs to Change -- Women or the System?

To Close the Gender Gap, What Needs to Change -- Women or the System? | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
The current debate over why too few women have achieved leadership positions in business and government focuses on two alleged culprits -- women who don't try hard enough to promote themselves, and organizations that don't provide workplaces...
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Is the Party Over? The Unintended Consequences of Office Social Events

Is the Party Over? The Unintended Consequences of Office Social Events | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
The office holiday party, the company softball league and the baby shower for the woman who sits three cubicles away are all part of the social rhythms and obligations of the modern workplace, ostensibly meant to help us form and maintain close...
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When Presenting Your Data, Get to the Point Fast

When Presenting Your Data, Get to the Point Fast | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
Projecting your data on slides puts you at an immediate disadvantage: When you're giving a presentation, people can't pull the numbers in for a closer look or take as much time to examine them as they can with a report or a white paper.
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IT Outsourcing: Expectations Versus Facts

IT Outsourcing: Expectations Versus Facts | Jesse Jacoby & Emergent | Organization, People, and Change | Scoop.it
Article IT outsourcing can be a potent lever for improving the quality of IT services and driving down IT costs—yet many outsourcing efforts ultimately disappoint, with hoped-for gains in speed, flexibility, and/or service quality...
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