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Strategic principles for competing in the digital age

Strategic principles for competing in the digital age | Strategic Thinking and Learning | Scoop.it

Digitization is rewriting the rules of competition, with incumbent companies most at risk of being left behind. Here are six critical decisions CEOs must make to address the strategic challenge posed by the digital revolution. 


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Digital engagement is not a trial-error tool ... you need to think seriously about how you will use the various strategies and tools ...

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Nobody Cares How Hard You Work

Nobody Cares How Hard You Work | Strategic Thinking and Learning | Scoop.it

As you sink into the couch, or slide onto the barstool, at the end of an exhausting workday, it’s hard not to experience the warm glow of self-congratulation. After all, you put in the hours, cranked through the to-do list; you invested the effort, and got things done. Surely you’re entitled to a little smugness?



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Hard news to hear for us workaholics, but reinforces focusing on the results, rather than the effort.
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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, October 18, 2015 7:27 AM

Will we ever decouple perceived effort and long hours with our rewards system?

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Are Your Managers Being Fragged?

Are Your Managers Being Fragged? | Strategic Thinking and Learning | Scoop.it
From films like Apocalypse Now, Platoon, Full Metal Jacket, and Hamburger Hill I learned  about "fragging," a phenomenon of American enlisted men in the Vietnam War deliberately killing their superior officers—usually because their inexperience in leadership was a threat to the soldier's life.

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Why Second In Command Can Have More Influence Than The CEO

Why Second In Command Can Have More Influence Than The CEO | Strategic Thinking and Learning | Scoop.it
Being at the top doesn't necessarily mean being the one in charge.

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Why New Hires Fail (Emotional Intelligence Vs. Skills)

Why New Hires Fail (Emotional Intelligence Vs. Skills) | Strategic Thinking and Learning | Scoop.it
According to a study of job interview, 46% of new hires will fail. And shockingly, emotional intelligence is a bigger reason than technical skills...

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, August 31, 2015 2:06 AM

about half of the new hires fail and the reason for failure is predominantly non-technical or non-skill based.

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The paradoxes of creative leadership

The paradoxes of creative leadership | Strategic Thinking and Learning | Scoop.it

The THNK model of creative leadershipCreative leadership is rich with paradoxes. Creative leaders are driven by their internal passion and purpose, yet they also have an externally oriented, explorative mindset. Creative leaders lead from the front by envisioning a better future, pointing the way and setting an aspiration, yet they achieve this by orchestrating a creative team, often leading from behind to bring out the best in others.
In this article, we describe the competencies of a creative leader in detail, and invite you to look in the mirror and see how you score on those key competencies. We explore the topic of paradoxes found in creative leadership and leave you with some practical suggestions on how to grow as a creative leader.


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David Hain's curator insight, July 15, 2015 4:36 AM

The THNK model of creative leadership. Exploring creative paradoxes and tensions.

Ian Berry's curator insight, July 15, 2015 6:38 PM

I like the paradox of leading from the front and the back I would add and alongside

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Leadership Development

Leadership Development | Strategic Thinking and Learning | Scoop.it
Top Employers Institute launches the first of a series of reports with findings of the annual global Top Employers HR Best Practices Survey. This report identifies 6 Key Trends that are shaping the future of Leadership Development. Three of these trends

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Three Worlds for the Future of Work

Three Worlds for the Future of Work | Strategic Thinking and Learning | Scoop.it
Recently PwC released a 30 page report called "The Future of Work - A Journey to 2022," which is actually quite fascinating. In fact, I did a podcast with Toni Cusumano who helped create the report....

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David Hain's curator insight, April 16, 2015 10:16 AM

So what's your favourite colour - green, blue or orange? It's quite important, apparently!

Jaro Berce's curator insight, April 17, 2015 7:41 AM

I agree too that Blue and Orange should prevail ...

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Ten Leadership Theories in Five Minutes - YouTube

"There's nothing so practical as a good theory." Here are ten of them, summarized by Professor Michael Zigarelli, for those who want to lead more effectively.

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, April 18, 2015 1:11 PM

Excellent discussion of leadership theory. The key is there is no singular answer for every situation however the more you know about each the better hybrid you can adapt and engage from for yourself. Well worth listening to and digesting.

Valerie MacLeod's curator insight, April 18, 2015 6:43 PM

A great overview of 10 leadership theories. 

Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, April 20, 2015 7:19 AM

spare 5 mins especially if you consider yourself a leader!

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Leading Minds Instead of Managing Behavior

Leading Minds Instead of Managing Behavior | Strategic Thinking and Learning | Scoop.it

We are in the midst of a paradigm shift that, at times, can be disconcerting. But if we embrace the new worldview that science gives us, we stand to be far more effective managers. The place to start is with an understanding of three fundamental discoveries about how the brain works.

 


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Ben Olmos's curator insight, March 1, 2015 4:48 PM

Feedback is a very important activity managers perform often in their role; however, for many it is difficult to understand why feedback is not effective.  After all, it's not as if the two people sitting in the room are speaking a different language.  How to deliver feedback is a hot topic.  In fact, there are a number of management training courses and articles written on the best and most effective ways to deliver feedback; however, may the approach for providing feedback is all wrong.  Jacobs explains that there is emerging research providing insight on why we may need to change our view of feedback and the effect it has upon those receiving it.  According to recent research, criticism has a negative effect on performance, which is probably not all that surprising.  However, it has also been found that there is no correlation between praise and improvement either.  Take a look at the following to understand how managing behavior is less effective than leading minds.  

Owen Roper's curator insight, March 19, 2015 9:23 AM

In the words of Napoleon Hill, If you can control your mind, your thoughts. Then what you can believe, you can achieve, you will receive it. The Masters Plan goes hand in hand with the Master Mind theory.

Hanne Alsen's curator insight, June 17, 2015 3:28 PM


I OVERGANGE eller forandringer, er du da en elefant (der er god til at løfte tunge ting) eller er du en cirkus-artist (med nye tricks til hver sæson) ?

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7 Mistakes Your Brain Makes Every Day – And How To Fix Them

7 Mistakes Your Brain Makes Every Day – And How To Fix Them | Strategic Thinking and Learning | Scoop.it
This article reveals seven common mistakes your brain makes every day and suggests concrete solutions based on a regular mindfulness practice.

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David Hain's curator insight, October 22, 2014 2:18 AM

Mindfulness matters!

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The Importance Of Perspective-Taking In Leadership

The Importance Of Perspective-Taking In Leadership | Strategic Thinking and Learning | Scoop.it

Whether you’re selling a product, pitching an idea, or trying to get employees to do something different or do something in a different way, perspective-taking has become an essential element in moving others.


Over the last decade, social scientists like Adam Galinsky of Columbia University have deepened our understanding of perspective-taking. Their work yields three ways leaders can become more effective.


1. CHECK YOUR POWER. Galinsky and others have found that when people feel powerful, their perspective-taking abilities degrade. The more powerful we feel, the more we anchor in our own perspective rather than adjusting to another’s. And that can make others less likely to go along. But briefly reducing one’s feelings of power (“Maybe this employee I’m asking to do something needs our company much less than our company needs her.”) can increase the acuity of our perspective-taking, which in turn can make us more effective.


2. PERSPECTIVE-TAKING ISN’T TOUCHY-FEELY. Perspective-taking sounds a lot like empathy, but the two qualities are siblings, not identical twins. Empathy — the ability to understand another’s emotional state — is an essential human quality. But research has shown that, in commercial settings such as negotiations, understanding the other side’s thoughts and interests, not simply their emotions and feelings, can be more effective in forging a deal. So if you’re in a high-stakes leadership situation, definitely be emotionally intelligent. But use your head as much as your heart.


3. DON’T FORGET MIMICRY. Mimicking others’ posture, gesture, and expressions sounds like the sleazy tactics of a used car salesman. But ample research has shown that mimicry is a natural part of human behavior, an instinctive way we understand others. You can enhance your attunement skills, and thereby your leadership, simply by being conscious of how the other person is standing, moving, and talking and ever so slightly mirroring what they’re doing.


By Daniel Pink. 


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Frank J. Papotto, Ph.D.'s curator insight, August 7, 2014 12:39 PM

There's no doubt that leaders who fully appreciate their organization's  and their followers perspectives will be much more effective. It is after all, what defines their job. 

David Jardin's curator insight, August 16, 2014 12:40 PM

Perspective enhances relationships when it lets us see past WHAT someone did to help/anger/hurt/etc. to understand WHY they did it.

Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, August 26, 2014 10:25 PM

Succinct and helpful ideas to think about for any leader. 

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Seven principles of learning better from cognitive science

Seven principles of learning better from cognitive science | Strategic Thinking and Learning | Scoop.it

"I just finished one of the best books I’ve read on the science of learning ..."

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5 military leadership skills that can help junior biz leaders - Orlando Business Journal (blog)

5 military leadership skills that can help junior biz leaders
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If you are a new leader in the workplace or have been leading a team for a few years, chances are you were terrified your first time in a leadership role.
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7 Powerful Lessons From TED Talks About Leadership

7 Powerful Lessons From TED Talks About Leadership | Strategic Thinking and Learning | Scoop.it

What does it take to be a great leader? In a fascinating series of talks, business leaders, researchers, a famed general, and an orchestra conductor tackle that question from their diverse viewpoints.

Some of their answers will surprise you. Here are seven of their best lessons.


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Graeme Reid's curator insight, September 8, 2015 12:13 AM

Some great TED talks on leadership.

Ian Berry's curator insight, September 8, 2015 12:25 AM

In a world of overwhelm I always appreciate list of careful selections. This is one of them

Maggie Lawlor's curator insight, September 12, 2015 4:57 AM

Well worth watching!

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10 Behaviors of Real Leaders

10 Behaviors of Real Leaders | Strategic Thinking and Learning | Scoop.it

Leaders lead. Followers follow. You can't do both. That's not opinion; it's biology.


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Hierarchy of IoT “Thing” Needs

Hierarchy of IoT “Thing” Needs | Strategic Thinking and Learning | Scoop.it
 I received a lot of feedback on an article I wrote a few months ago about changing the way we perceive the “Things” in the Internet of Things (IoT).
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Cheryl Doig's curator insight, September 6, 2015 4:52 PM

The internet of things - one interpretation of what IoTs will need to be successful. 

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10 Principles of Leading Change Management

10 Principles of Leading Change Management | Strategic Thinking and Learning | Scoop.it
Since the mid-2000s, organizational change management and transformation have become permanent features of the business landscape. Vast new markets and labor pools have opened up, innovative technologies have put once-powerful business models on the chopping block, and capital flows and investor demand have become less predictable. To meet these challenges, firms have become more sophisticated in the best practices for organizational change management. They are far more sensitive to and more keenly aware of the role that culture plays. They’ve also had to get much better on their follow-through.

Yet according to a 2013 Strategy&/Katzenbach Center survey of global senior executives on culture and change management, the success rate of major change initiatives is only 54 percent. This is far too low. The costs are high when change efforts go wrong—not only financially but in confusion, lost opportunity, wasted resources, and diminished morale. When employees who have endured real upheaval and put in significant extra hours for an initiative that was announced with great fanfare see it simply fizzle out, cynicism sets in.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 15, 2015 9:20 AM

10 guiding principles for change can help executives navigate the treacherous shoals of transformation in a systematic way. - Katzenbach Survey


Ron McIntyre's curator insight, July 17, 2015 11:30 AM

Major changes are only successful when people involved have aligned vision, mission and focus. It also requires transparent communications from all stakeholders.

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Transformational learning vs Transactional Learning

Transformational learning vs Transactional Learning | Strategic Thinking and Learning | Scoop.it
While transactional learning focuses on providing the learner with a new ‘toolkit’, transformational learning focuses on developing the user of the tools. Its aim is to improve the competency of the learner by transforming beliefs and values, underlying assumptions and ingrained habits.

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David Hain's curator insight, May 13, 2015 7:12 AM

Useful distinction between learning modes by the excellent John Wenger @JohnQShift. Join his workshop at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/difficult-conversations-tickets-16875202184

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The Paucity of Leadership

The Paucity of Leadership | Strategic Thinking and Learning | Scoop.it

The issue of leadership represents the most pressing challenge for global organizations.  According to Deloitte’s Human Capital Survey, the vast majority of human resources and business leaders (86%) identified leadership as a significant problem and 50% saw this leadership deficit as immediately pressing. 

What is leading to such dismal statistics? This paucity of leadership has myriad causes and some clear remedies. Problems include: The failure to integrate leadership development into the culture of the organization; insufficient and inconsistent investment in people; only allowing select employees to benefit from education and development programs; inadequate succession planning, especially for leaders in the middle to lower levels of the organization; programs focused on theory rather than practical examples; inadequate accountability and insufficient measurement of results.


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David Hain's curator insight, May 16, 2015 5:39 AM

Leaders should be held accountable and rewarded for their talent pipeline. 

Ian Berry's curator insight, May 17, 2015 1:00 AM

The challenge for leadership development is that it must be more about who a leader is and less about what a leader does. This is the big reasons for the poverty in leaders. There also needs to be less labels like capital and resources and assets when referencing human beings. We need to better better humans it's a simple and complicated as that.

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Ten Leadership Theories in Five Minutes - YouTube

"There's nothing so practical as a good theory." Here are ten of them, summarized by Professor Michael Zigarelli, for those who want to lead more effectively.

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, April 18, 2015 1:11 PM

Excellent discussion of leadership theory. The key is there is no singular answer for every situation however the more you know about each the better hybrid you can adapt and engage from for yourself. Well worth listening to and digesting.

Valerie MacLeod's curator insight, April 18, 2015 6:43 PM

A great overview of 10 leadership theories. 

Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, April 20, 2015 7:19 AM

spare 5 mins especially if you consider yourself a leader!

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Is Your Leadership Style Right for the Digital Age?

Is Your Leadership Style Right for the Digital Age? | Strategic Thinking and Learning | Scoop.it

Advancement in digital technologies has disrupted everything, including leadership styles.

 

Employees want more ownership rather than to follow instruction; customers want to participate in the marketing and development process; and leaders are finding that open and agile organizations are able to maneuver more effectively than organizations where all insight and direction comes from the top. In short, the autocratic Commander, whether brilliant or misguided, just won’t cut it anymore.


 


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Digital business transformation: disruption, optimization, integration and humanization
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Adele Taylor's curator insight, August 28, 2016 7:20 PM

What type of leader are you? What works best for your team?

The Commander, Communicator, Collaborator or Co-Creator?

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Challenging the Status Quo

Challenging the Status Quo | Strategic Thinking and Learning | Scoop.it
When you challenge the status quo you open yourself to seeing opportunity where you least expect it. Ask questions. What is working and what isn’t? How can I make it or do it better? Milton Berle said, “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” Constantly step outside your comfort zone. Take on challenging situations. Be willing to look at situations from a new perspective. Welcome opportunities to collaborate in new and creative ways. Look to the work of others for inspiration and opportunity to reevaluate the status quo.

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David Hain's curator insight, October 17, 2014 1:07 AM

Status quo is too often used to disguise stasis quo - Liz Sticelli @infinitestin

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Leadership Ethics: It Doesn't Depend

Leadership Ethics: It Doesn't Depend | Strategic Thinking and Learning | Scoop.it

Imagine recent outcomes at GM, and Toyota before it, if some frontline engineer – or even assembly line worker – used the company Intranet to say "Hey, CEO, there’s a fundamental design problem with (fill in the blank),” …and the CEO stopped production while the glitch was fixed, even if that meant months of stalled production.


Ethics today save you money tomorrow. But that’s not all. Ethics todaymakes you more money, every day of the year, for generations.


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Charlotte Hitchcock's curator insight, July 25, 2014 4:49 AM

We need to learn to get the right priorities which may mean losing activity for a while but the long teem benefits will outweigh any kind of loss

Jeremy Pollard's curator insight, July 25, 2014 6:26 AM

If culture beats strategy (Drucker) and Ethics is the basis of good culture - why, why why are there so many companies that refuse to take ethics seriously?

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Ramblings of a Modern Learner: Learning to Sketchnote

Ramblings of a Modern Learner: Learning to Sketchnote | Strategic Thinking and Learning | Scoop.it

"This summer, I was introduced to sketchnoting and challenged to incorporate  the concept of sketchnoting as a means of note taking.  Sketchnoting is the process of creating a personal visual story while listening, reading, or recording an experience as it happens or on a later date. 


Sketchnoting brings in a variety of cognitive processes, increasing the connection between speaker and listener due to the engagement needed to listen intently while synthesizing the spoken word into drawings and short narratives.  I decided to to take the challenge seriously."


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5 Steps For Leading Through Adaptive Change

5 Steps For Leading Through Adaptive Change | Strategic Thinking and Learning | Scoop.it

Leadership and management are two distinctly different but complimentary skill sets that all companies need. Leaders make sure the organization is doing the right things, while managers make sure they do those things right. Leadership is about coping with change while management is about coping with complex issues. Both are qualities that can be learned and both require constant focus on improvement. Especially when the organization is facing potential adaptive challenges.


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Josie Gibson's curator insight, August 12, 2014 6:20 PM

Thanks to @LeadershipABC for highlighting this article.

Eric Chan Wei Chiang's curator insight, August 12, 2014 11:25 PM

These five steps may seem very simple but they are often taken for granted. To give direction a leader must take ownership and have a vision. Managing conflict and providing protection are often not pleasant and require great maturity from leaders. Shaping the norms and clarifying roles is often not given a very high priority as it involves intangible people skills.

 

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Jay Roth's curator insight, August 17, 2014 4:33 PM

Perfect article to suggest (in schools) WHY the trainings of Cognitive Coaching, Adaptive Schools, and Polarity Thinking is necessary!