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Flirting & Play: The Most Productive Way to Develop as a Leader | HBR

Flirting & Play: The Most Productive Way to Develop as a Leader | HBR | Talent and Performance Development | Scoop.it

"Think of [leadership] self-improvement as play, not work."


One of the biggest reasons we don’t stretch beyond our current selves is that we are afraid to suffer a hit to our performance. A playful posture might help John, [the case study shared] feel less defensive about his old identity [as if] he’s just practicing his bad swing.

 “people tend to flirt only with serious things — madness, disaster, other people.”





Play generates variety not consistency, it allows our “shadow,” as Carl Jung called the unexpressed facets of our nature, fuller expression. John might, for example, sign up for some new projects and extracurricular activities, each a setting in which he’s free to rehearse behaviors that deviate from what people have come to expect of him. He’s not being mercurial; he’s just experimenting.


Psychoanalyst Adam Phillips once said, “people tend to flirt only with serious things — madness, disaster, other people.” Flirting with your self is a serious endeavor because who we might become is not knowable or predictable at the outset. That’s why it’s as inherently dangerous as it is necessary for growth.

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

This brilliant, researched post highlights the dramatic change from the straight, and therefore narrow view of performance, vs. play to

  • 1) "borrow from different sources" creatively, to 
  • 2) be in a learning orientation, and 
  • 3) "generate variety." 


In a VUCA world, full of complexity and ambiguity - this can take the edge off the terror of perfect performance, an unrealistic goal in many business situations far beyond performing live on the stage in the arts, but not unlike the "improv" where audience reaction is the immediate feedback system to help gauge success.. ~ Deb

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Talent and Performance Development

Talent and Performance Development | Talent and Performance Development | Scoop.it

"Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence."

~ Ted Key 

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

This quote is usually misattributed, as listed here.  Ted Key, an American cartoonist and writer  (1912-2008) did a series of posters.  This particular illustrated saying achieved popularity.

It is quite appropriate to Talent and Performance Development's curation stream.

The saying has been frequently cited, but Key has rarely been credited. 

Wikipedia: Ted Key 
Ted Key, born Theodore Keyser (August 25, 1912 – May 3, 2008), was an American cartoonist and writer. He is best known as the creator of the cartoon panel Hazel, which was later the basis for a television series of the same name. 

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18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently

18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently | Talent and Performance Development | Scoop.it

Creativity works in mysterious and often paradoxical ways. 

Neuroscience paints a complicated picture of creativity, far more complex than the right-left brain distinction would have us think (the theory being that left brain = rational and analytical, right brain = creative and emotional).


....psychologically, creative personality types are ... complex, paradoxical and tend to avoid habit or routine. ...not just a stereotype of the "tortured artist" -- artists really may be more complicated people.


Scott Barry Kaufman, a psychologist at New York University who has spent years researching creativity, [said], "Imaginative people have messier minds."


Excerpts from the full list of 18:
They daydream.   Creative types know that daydreaming is anything but a waste of time.   ...mind-wandering can aid in the process of "creative incubation." ...from experience [we know] that our best ideas come seemingly out of the blue when our minds are elsewhere.


They observe everything.

Henry James is widely quoted, a writer is someone on whom "nothing is lost."
They take time for solitude."In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone," wrote the American existential psychologist Rollo May. 


They turn life's obstacles around.  Specifically, researchers have found that trauma can help people to grow in the areas of interpersonal relationships, spirituality, appreciation of life, personal strength, and -- most importantly for creativity -- seeing new possibilities in life.


They take risks.

.... "Creativity is the act of making something from nothing. It requires making public those bets first placed by imagination. This is not a job for the timid. Time wasted, reputation tarnished, money not well spent -- these are all by-products of creativity gone awry."


They make time for mindfulness.

Creative types understand the value of a clear and focused mind -- because their work depends on it. Many artists, entrepreneurs, writers and other creative workers, such as David Lynch,  have turned to meditation as a tool for tapping into their most creative state of mind.

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

It's helpful to see this 2014 version of what distinguishes creatives, updated with mindfulness practice, yet listing daydreaming in the first, #1 spot.  The article offers a quote from the writer Joan Didion's notebook , "We are talking about something private, about bits of the mind’s string too short to use, an indiscriminate and erratic assemblage with meaning only for its marker."  ~  D

Robin Martin's curator insight, March 6, 2014 10:14 PM

Thanks for sharing this, Deb! Loved it!

Christi Krug's curator insight, May 6, 2014 11:11 AM

I can relate to this! "Imaginative people have messier minds."

Rescooped by Deb Nystrom, REVELN from Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend?

Pay For Performance: Innovation Killer?

Pay For Performance:  Innovation Killer? | Talent and Performance Development | Scoop.it
Talent Management magazine, The Business of Talent Management

Pay for performance is effective for employees in operational roles, such as a painter painting houses or a salesman hitting quotas. But when it comes to employees responsible for finding creative solutions to problems, the model is ineffective, said Gustavo Manso, co-author of a 2012 study published in the July issue of Management Science.

...a straight pay-for-performance model does not have a tolerance for early failure, a component essential to innovation, said Manso, an associate professor of finance at the University of California at Berkeley.

Innovation is a “trial and error process,” Manso said. “You have to try things that you don’t know if they’re going to work.”

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

I scooped this originally to "Innovations & Institutions:  Will it Blend?" and am sharing it here due to the Pay and Performance theme. ~  Deb

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, July 25, 2013 1:08 PM

There are also cultural components to tolerance for failure.  

Also, performance and pay are linked in many, though not all performance systems.  It is how they are linked, (soft link, dotted line, one factor among others, or direct links / primary factor) that sends a message that affects extrinsic and instrinsic  (Alfie Kohn, cited), and churn (stay or go) in organizations. ~  D