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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.

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

   

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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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Innovation vs. Measurement & Systems: Leadership Is Always The Key

Innovation vs. Measurement & Systems:  Leadership Is Always The Key | Talent and Performance Development | Scoop.it

"Think of “win-lose” structures in incentives.  If you can only win if someone else loses, what are the odds of your developing a working relationship grounded in trust?"

Trust:

Strong leadership can recognize “win-lose” structures or norms and work to eliminate them.  It seems obvious that leadership drives trust, not systems.


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Without ...systems ...built to allow for ...individual and group failure, risk will always be a negative organizational value. 


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DIVERSITY:      . . . of people, points of view, ideas, ethics, and beliefs.  Diversity is what drives and powers iteration, constant challenge, testing, playing, and randomness. Strong leadership will drive (or diminish) diversity much more profoundly than will the most deeply embedded systems.  


RISK:     Risk tolerance and the attractiveness of rapid iteration are the hallmarks of innovative organizations.  Without operational systems that are built to allow for and to contextualize individual and group failure, risk will always be a negative organizational value.


...Should you be thinking a little more about how you encourage and foster strong leadership, and a little less about your systems of measurement and evaluation.?  You might be surprised by where this reflection will take you.

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

This is also shared here via Performance and Talent Development because of the theme of leadership above performance systems, and leadership to build an innovation, adaptive culture that trumps traditional measurement practices. ~  D

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The venture capitalist who wrote this post has a view I share on putting measurement and evaluation within the right context, including a certain tolerance for enough risk-taking to help organizations be adaptive and "anti-fragile." ~  Deb

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Grammy-Nominated Musician Uses Songwriting To Foster High Quality Connections, to Do Your Job Better

Grammy-Nominated Musician Uses Songwriting To Foster High Quality Connections, to Do Your Job Better | Talent and Performance Development | Scoop.it

Grammy-nominated songwriter and Bob Dylan's son-in-law Peter Himmelman uses the techniques he mastered as a veteran rock n’ roller to create momentary connections between people that open up organizational creativity and help people overcome fear and risk-aversion so common in organizations.


Professor Jane Dutton's work with High Quality Connections, HQCs, is included.  


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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

It's great to read of Jane Dutton's work, at work, in a new context with music.  Creativity, the magic of music and high quality connections go together, naturally.  The work application is marvelous and useful!

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