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Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast

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Culture eats strategy for breakfast, technology for lunch, and products for dinner, and soon thereafter everything else too.Why? Because company culture, a concept pioneered by Edgar Schein, is the operationalizing of an organization’s values. Culture guides employee decisions about both technical business decisions and how they interact with others. Good culture creates an internal coherence in actions taken by a very diverse group of employees.

 


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This seems to be a theme for my day... this is the third place I"ve encountered the idea, and it's not even 9am yet. When we seek to create change in the world, all too often we ignore the most powerful thing working against us - the culture in which we're working. So how can you work with that? Make your change "fit" the culture? Find ways to change the culture itself?

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Anne Landreat's curator insight, May 21, 5:40 AM

La culture d'entreprise est ce qui rend les actions de tous cohérentes sans surcharger tout le monde avec des procédures paralysantes.

C'est donc un outil sur-puissant, qu'il travaille à la perte de l'entreprise ou à son agileté, sa capacité d'innovation et d'adaptation, bref, sa performance.

Et c'est aussi un des éléments les plus complexes à transformer. Complexe, mais pas impossible.

Anne-Laure Delpech's curator insight, May 22, 11:19 PM

J'aime beaucoup ces propos :

"“You can’t complain here,” Tamara explained. “If you see something wrong, you must fix it. We say it is a great opportunity to come up with a solution, and this is where many of our best programs have come from. Anything can be changed. We aren’t victim to anyone. We own the culture.”"

Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, June 10, 10:23 PM

Culture matters and it matters immensely!

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Systems Thinking and the Future of Cities

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The idea that nothing exists in isolation−but only as part of a system−has long been embedded in folklore, religious scriptures, and common sense.

Via Erika Harrison
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One of the things that gives real wizards their "powers," is the ability to see the world as systems within systems within systems... and then finding the leverage points, where a small action in one part of the system might cause a very large response elsewhere...

 

This post and article discuss that whole idea in a bit more depth. I found it to be a good read.

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Erika Harrison's curator insight, August 15, 4:49 PM

In Brief

The idea that nothing exists in isolation−but only as part of a system−has long been embedded in folklore, religious scriptures, and common sense. Yet, systems dynamics as a science has yet to transform the way we conduct the public business. This article first briefly explores the question of why advances in systems theory have failed to transform public policy. The second part describes the ways in which our understanding of systems is growing−not so much from theorizing, but from practical applications in agriculture, building design, and medical science. The third part focuses on whether and how that knowledge and systems science can be deployed to improve urban governance in the face of rapid climate destabilization so that sustainability becomes the norm, not the occasional success story.


Key Concepts

Reducing wholes to parts lies at the core of the scientific worldview we inherited from Galileo, Bacon, Descartes, and their modern acolytes in the sciences of economics, efficiency, and management.The decades between 1950 and 1980 were the grand era for systems theory. However despite a great deal of talk about systems, we continue to administer, organize, analyze, manage, and govern complex ecological systems as if they were a collection of isolated parts and not an indissoluble union of energy, water, soils, land, forests, biota, and air.Much of what we have learned about managing real systems began in agriculture. One of the most important lessons being that land is an evolving organism of interrelated parts soils, hydrology, biota, wildlife, plants, animals, and people.The challenge is to transition organized urban complexity built on an industrial model and designed for automobiles, sprawl, and economic growth into coherent, civil, and durable places.A systems perspective to urban governance is a lens by which we might see more clearly through the fog of change, and potentially better manage the complex cause and effect relationships between social and ecological phenomena. The application of systems offers at least six possibilities to improve urban governance.

 

A system is an interconnected set of elements that is coherently organized in a way that achieves something . . . . [it] must consist of three kinds of things: elements, interconnections, and a function or purpose.
—Donella Meadows, Thinking in Systems1

 

A system [is] (a) a set of units or elements interconnected so that changes in some elements or their relations produce changes in other parts of the system, and (b) the entire system exhibits properties and behaviors that are different from those of the parts.
—Robert Jervis, Systems Effects 2

 

One of the most important ideas in modern science is the idea of a system; and it is almost impossible to define.
—Garrett Hardin, The Cybernetics of Competition3

Gary Bamford's curator insight, August 19, 11:08 PM

Non-linear futures.

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Great Leadership Starts with Mindset Not Skillset - George Ambler

Great Leadership Starts with Mindset Not Skillset - George Ambler | Wizards | Scoop.it
Leadership begins with mindset. What is mindset you may ask? Mindset refers to the ideas, beliefs and attitudes with which a leader approaches a situation. As such mindsets for the foundation of great leadership. Mindset forms the basis for action. The VUCA environment of today is rewriting the rules of business. The result is that leaders …
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Interesting thoughts by George Ambler - and in this case, what goes for leaders, goes double for those seeking to become true wizards.  The biggest changes you need to make aren't just skills, but they go deeper, to mindset.  Learning to embrace new experience, take on radical responsibility and adopt the creative mindset are essential.

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Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast

Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast | Wizards | Scoop.it

Culture eats strategy for breakfast, technology for lunch, and products for dinner, and soon thereafter everything else too.Why? Because company culture, a concept pioneered by Edgar Schein, is the operationalizing of an organization’s values. Culture guides employee decisions about both technical business decisions and how they interact with others. Good culture creates an internal coherence in actions taken by a very diverse group of employees.

 


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Tobias Beckwith's insight:

This seems to be a theme for my day... this is the third place I"ve encountered the idea, and it's not even 9am yet. When we seek to create change in the world, all too often we ignore the most powerful thing working against us - the culture in which we're working. So how can you work with that? Make your change "fit" the culture? Find ways to change the culture itself?

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Anne Landreat's curator insight, May 21, 5:40 AM

La culture d'entreprise est ce qui rend les actions de tous cohérentes sans surcharger tout le monde avec des procédures paralysantes.

C'est donc un outil sur-puissant, qu'il travaille à la perte de l'entreprise ou à son agileté, sa capacité d'innovation et d'adaptation, bref, sa performance.

Et c'est aussi un des éléments les plus complexes à transformer. Complexe, mais pas impossible.

Anne-Laure Delpech's curator insight, May 22, 11:19 PM

J'aime beaucoup ces propos :

"“You can’t complain here,” Tamara explained. “If you see something wrong, you must fix it. We say it is a great opportunity to come up with a solution, and this is where many of our best programs have come from. Anything can be changed. We aren’t victim to anyone. We own the culture.”"

Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, June 10, 10:23 PM

Culture matters and it matters immensely!

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Nasty Gal CEO Sophia Amoruso: 'Wisdom is Earned Through Experience ... - Entrepreneur

Nasty Gal CEO Sophia Amoruso: 'Wisdom is Earned Through Experience ... - Entrepreneur | Wizards | Scoop.it
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Sophia Amoruso has never been one to do things by the book.
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It's getting easier to spot real wizards who are women. Sophia Amoroso certainly qualifies. Think I'm in love:

 

One of my favorite quotes is from George Bernard Shaw, “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” I think we as a culture spend too much time looking at role models or other fascinating lives instead of spending time creating our own. And that’s probably the best lesson to learn from my story.

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HeroX

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Tobias Beckwith's curator insight, July 6, 10:55 AM

Just got a newsletter from  Peter Diamandis, one of my favorite "tech age" thinkers, and founder of the X prize. He has a new project, and I think it's pretty cool.  Click the link to see what you think about it. People stepping up to create the change the world needs...that's my idea of true wizardry!

Tobias Beckwith's curator insight, July 6, 10:56 AM

The latest from one of my favorite "Tech Age" thinkers. Stepping up to create the change the world needs...that's real wizardry!

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The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge | Brain Pickings by Maria Popova

The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge | Brain Pickings by Maria Popova | Wizards | Scoop.it

"The real enemy is the man who tries to mold the human spirit so that it will not dare to spread its wings."


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Wizards are curious - and you never know what will turn out to be practical...

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Erika Harrison's curator insight, March 23, 8:09 PM

"In an age obsessed with practicality, productivity, and efficiency, I frequently worry that we are leaving little room for abstract knowledge and for the kind of curiosity that invites just enough serendipity to allow for the discovery of ideas we didn’t know we were interested in until we are, ideas that we may later transform into new combinations with applications both practical and metaphysical".

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HeroX

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The latest from one of my favorite "Tech Age" thinkers. Stepping up to create the change the world needs...that's real wizardry!

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Tobias Beckwith's curator insight, July 6, 10:55 AM

Just got a newsletter from  Peter Diamandis, one of my favorite "tech age" thinkers, and founder of the X prize. He has a new project, and I think it's pretty cool.  Click the link to see what you think about it. People stepping up to create the change the world needs...that's my idea of true wizardry!

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3D Systems Joins Planetary Resources to Mine Asteroids in Space - 3D Printing Industry

3D Systems Joins Planetary Resources to Mine Asteroids in Space - 3D Printing Industry | Wizards | Scoop.it
3D Systems Corporation Becomes Core Investor in Planetary Resources Asteroid Mining Project (3D Systems Joins Planetary Resources to Mine Asteroids in Space http://t.co/0HgJfdEl9y)...

Via Allen Taylor
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Real wizards dream big... and do the impossible every day. You've gotta love these folks, don't you think? I hope they succeed and make billions...but even if they don't, they're paving the way for others.

 

 

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, July 3, 4:46 PM

Planetary Resources receives a new investor in 3D Systems.

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The surreal work of Erik Johansson - Design daily news

The surreal work of Erik Johansson - Design daily news | Wizards | Scoop.it
When it comes to using Photoshop, Erik Johansson is talented, very talented. However, all this talent would be put to waste if he wasn’t also incredibly creative. In his artworks, Johansson combines poetry, realism and humor in his surreal landscapes. In his world, grass is not limited by the laws of physics anymore, but can …
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Do you love illusions? They help us see things in radical new ways. For me, they're a big part of The Wizards Way. Click and enjoy!

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Search Results teen seminar

Search Results teen seminar | Wizards | Scoop.it
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Jeff McBride will be heading to St. Louis this weekend, along with Eugene Burger and Larry Hass from our McBride's Magic & Mystery School, in order to once again host the Lance Burton Young Magicians Seminar. A couple of intense days of magic for all!

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Tobias Beckwith's curator insight, June 27, 9:10 AM

A link within a link...perhaps a few "linking rings" here. OK, the metaphor doesn't hold, but I couldn't resist handing out a bit of punnishment.

 

But if you have young magicians in the family, and are attending the combined convention... this is for them!

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Peter Callesen creates the most impressive A4 papercuts

Peter Callesen creates the most impressive A4 papercuts | Wizards | Scoop.it
You already know what impressive drawings can be created on a A4 sheet, prepare to be stunned by what can be done with A4 papercuts.
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Art often shows us different ways of looking at things we're used to thinking of as "common." I found some of these to be particularly inspiring... hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

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EG 2014 | e.g. Conference

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Just home from the EG Conference in Moneterey. As an aspiring wizard, exposure to new ideas and experiences is mandatory - so many thanks to Marco Tempest for twisting my arm to get out and get this one!

 

One speaker after another with inspiration, beauty and world changing ideas and accomplishments. Sign up now for next year!

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The magic of technology, the technology of magic

The magic of technology, the technology of magic | Wizards | Scoop.it
Technology is quickly changing the world of magic, as illusionists incorporate everything from iPads to digital projection in their acts. Some magicians, however, object to the use of devices in performances. So when does digital trickery take the magic out of magic? Antony Funnell investigates.
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A week or so back, Marco Tempest was interviewed for ABC radio in Australia by Anthony Funnell. Funnell has posted this great article on magic and technology. There are some interesting thoughts here about magic's place in our technological world.

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SerialThriller™ — joluvian: Life begins at the end of your comfort...

SerialThriller™ — joluvian: Life begins at the end of your comfort... | Wizards | Scoop.it
joluvian:
“ Life begins at the end of your comfort zone
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I love this. An inspiration for all of those walking The Wizard's Way. And so beautifully done!

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How to Cultivate Practical Wisdom in Our Everyday Lives and Why It Matters in Our Individual and Collective Happiness

How to Cultivate Practical Wisdom in Our Everyday Lives and Why It Matters in Our Individual and Collective Happiness | Wizards | Scoop.it
The psychology of how we use frames, categories, and storytelling to make sense of the world.

"It’s insulting to imply that only a syst
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Wisdom is what makes a wizard... and this post truly tickled my wizardly fancies. Not only a review of what looks like a fantastic new book on Practical Wisdom... but a review the way I wish every review was done. It not only makes me want to read the book... but adds to what the author has found already in the book.  The one book made me want to explore the whole "Brain Pickings" site - something I highly recommend. If you're like me, you may well find yourself falling in love with what you find there!

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Harry Potter Returns in a New Story From J.K. Rowling - Speakeasy - WSJ

Harry Potter Returns in a New Story From J.K. Rowling - Speakeasy - WSJ | Wizards | Scoop.it
Harry Potter is pushing 34 and he has "a couple threads of silver" in his black hair, according to a new story from J.K. Rowling. (Harry Potter fans! The wizard is back in a new story by J.K.
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Fellow wizard fans, here's a bit of welcome news...

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Industrial Automation & Robotics: Marco Tem... | element14

Industrial Automation & Robotics: Marco Tem... | element14 | Wizards | Scoop.it
Read about 'Marco Tempest brings us a robot that wants to be a real boy' on element14.com. Marco Tempest and EDI at TED2014 (via TED & Marco Tempest) Any fans of Artificial
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I found this to be kind of a strange article on Marco and EDI. What do you think?

 

Still...if you're having a conference on AI or robotics... Marco's piece and his talk about how EDI was developed might be just the spice you need to keep things moving...

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Southwest Things to Do, July 17-23

Southwest Things to Do, July 17-23 | Wizards | Scoop.it
IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
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Thanks to the Las Vegas Review Journal for this on Jeff McBride's upcoming show at The Orleans on July 18.

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"See whatever you want to see": clever ad campaign - Design daily news

"See whatever you want to see": clever ad campaign - Design daily news | Wizards | Scoop.it
With you Jeep, you are supposed to be able to go everywhere. This is what Leo Burnett France tried to illustrate in this cool campaign. Each animal can be seen upside down, suggesting every time that you could go see that animal in its natural environment with your Jeep. The simple black and white visuals …
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Illusions, illusions...why do I love you so? I think it's because you remind me how much of what I think of as "reality" is just a creation of my mind... and can fall away at any moment.

 

This was found in Daily Designer, one of the very few blogs I like to follow. Check them out at designer-daily.com.

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Cc @DeeKerubo RT "@advaits: @calestous @ScienceBasedRD ref. http://t.co/h6XHxCiT7e http://t.co/i1NfaAdNPO”
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True wisdom doesn't see "reality" as a fixed and unchangeable thing. Wizards are willing to change their beliefs when their perspective shifts, and when the change is warranted.  Gotta love this!

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Jeff McBride

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Jeff McBride, a three time award winner at the International Grand Prix of Magic in Monte Carlo, is widely recognized as a foremost innovator and most exciting performer in contemporary magic. Naming him “Vegas’ Best” Magician several years ago, the Las Vegas Review Journal wrote: “Light...
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Check out Jeff McBride at FantasyCon this weekend!

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Tobias Beckwith's curator insight, July 4, 4:11 PM

Don't miss Jeff and a lot of other great magicians at Fantasy Con this weekend in Salt Lake City!

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How to Curate Knowledge, Turn it Into Wisdom, and Build Your Audience - Copyblogger

How to Curate Knowledge, Turn it Into Wisdom, and Build Your Audience - Copyblogger | Wizards | Scoop.it
To build an audience that will build your business, you need wisdom. How do you gain this wisdom? By making a consistent habit of curating knowledge.

Via Thomas Faltin
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Real Wizards seek out wisdom anywhere they can find it. I've stumbled on this great blog post which echoes some of my own theories on why and how this is so important. Enjoy!

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Magician’s brain

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Man of measure The Newton Papers: The Strange and True Odyssey of Isaac Newton’s Manuscripts. By Sarah Dry. Oxford University Press; 272 pages; $29.95. Buy from...
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This looks like fascinating reading for would-be wizards. I'm ordering my copy now. Newton didn't make it into "The Wizard's Way" as one of my examples...and now I'm wondering how I missed him.  an opportunity for future articles or books, I guess.

 

I think physicists MUST have the wizard's property of being willing to look at things from many different perspectives if they are to help us make progress in understanding our world - and the courage to think as "renegades" as well. Newton, Einstein and Richard Feynman... all willing to rethink what others simply accepted, and to put forth their thoughts without caring about who might ridicule them. True wizard traits!

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Churchill was a master of both wise-guy and truly wise use of the English language. This is one of my favorite Churchill quotes...

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Tweet from @idillionaire

Tweet from @idillionaire | Wizards | Scoop.it
Wisdom.... �� http://t.co/VwrPb1g52J
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I love this. One of my "wizard principles" is that wizards go out of their way to look at things from different points of view. And that can change everything... but this puts it a different, and really clever way, I think...

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