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Generativity, in General

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In which I explore the concept at the root of all things progressive in business.
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Equally applicable to self and organisation.

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Businesses aren't ready for the digital age, suggests research

Businesses aren't ready for the digital age, suggests research | WorkLife | Scoop.it
The digital future has taken the corporate world by storm, but many employees are jumping ship. A new study by MIT Sloan Management Review, in collaboration with Deloitte, finds that only 44% of managers and executives believe their company is adequately prepared for digital disruption. Worse, 50% of employees who believe their company is lagging behind in digital innovation plan on leaving that company within a year.
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We Need to Expand Our Definition of Entrepreneurship

The great entrepreneurs of the last century — folks like Henry Ford, John D. Rockefeller, and Thomas Edison — spawned huge companies that were designed around a model of scalable efficiency. In that model the job of workers was to fit into their roles and perform tightly specified and standardized tasks in a highly reliable and predictable way. The employee society was born. Enormous wealth was created for the entrepreneurs who pioneered this way of organizing business, and enormous value was delivered to the marketplace. And most of us became employees.
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You Can’t Delegate Talent Management to the HR Department

Successfully identifying, developing, and retaining leadership talent is critical for any organization’s long-term success. That’s why many of them, particularly the largest ones, rely on full-time “talent management” professionals, who work in coordination with other parts of HR.

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What We Miss When We Judge a Decision by the Outcome

When people are judging the quality of leaders’ decisions, they tend to focus much more on outcomes than intentions. For example, they judge hiring decisions not on the basis of whether the decision was made thoughtfully or fairly but on whether the new employee performs well. They judge the quality of a product decision on whether the product was well received in the market, rather than the quality of the process that led to the decision in the first place. As it turns out, this tendency affects virtually all human beings. When evaluating others’ actions, most people focus more on the outcome of decisions than on intentions, a phenomenon that psychologists call outcome bias.

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Few Millennials Are Engaged at Work

Few Millennials Are Engaged at Work | WorkLife | Scoop.it

Much of what matters to organizations -- from performance to customer service to stock prices -- hinges on a deep understanding of how their millennial employees live and work. That's because millennials -- the youngest of whom are college-aged -- will grow to dominate the workplace. Millennial workers currently make up 38% of the U.S. workforce. Some estimate that they will make up as much as 75% of it by 2025.

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How Leaders Can Help Others Influence Them

How Leaders Can Help Others Influence Them | WorkLife | Scoop.it
If you’re genuinely open to being influenced, then you should logically make it as easy as possible for others to provide the kind of information that would best influence you. It’s simply more efficient. The more others know what will influence you and the more you help them articulate their case, the sooner you can decide whether that information and reasoning warrants changing your mind.
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Why You Should Always Go Off-Script in a Job Interview

You’ve just landed an interview for your dream job. If you’re like most people, you’ll spend hours, perhaps days, preparing for that interview. But, in spite of your careful preparation, your interviewer might not evaluate your skills, ability, and potential using an equally thorough process.

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The Map of Meaning - Saybrook University

The Map of Meaning - Saybrook University | WorkLife | Scoop.it
How would you describe finding meaning in the work you do? Would you say that work is most meaningful when you are developing yourself? Would you say that that you find the most meaning when you are expressing your full potential?  How about when you feel connected with others? Does doing service give you the most meaning? How about all of the above? 
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Basically flawed

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WORK is one of society’s most important institutions. It is the main mechanism through which spending power is allocated. It provides people with meaning, structure and identity. Yet work is a less generous, and less certain, provider of these benefits than it once was. Since 2000 economic growth across the rich world has failed to generate decent pay increases for most workers. Now there is growing fear of a more fundamental threat to the world of work: the possibility that new technologies, from machine learning to driverless cars, will cause havoc to employment.
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Ten Keys to Handling Unreasonable & Difficult People

Ten Keys to Handling Unreasonable & Difficult People | WorkLife | Scoop.it
Most of us encounter unreasonable people in our lives. We may be “stuck” with a difficult individual at work or at home. It’s easy to let a challenging person affect us and ruin our day. What are some of the keys to empowering yourself in such situations? Below are ten keys to handling unreasonable and difficult people. Keep in mind that these are general rules of thumb, and not all of the tips may apply to your particular situation. Simply utilize what works and leave the rest.
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90 Days Ago I Left Google To Work For A Bank: Here’s What I Learned

90 Days Ago I Left Google To Work For A Bank: Here’s What I Learned | WorkLife | Scoop.it
“Ah so you learned to drive in a Ferrari” that’s what a new colleague said to me when I explained that I had joined Google straight after university.  This sentence echoed in my head, when in the months after that conversation; I got an offer to leave Google.  Deciding to leave Google was hard, really hard but I’m really glad I did. Here’s what I learned when I handed back the keys to the Ferrari.
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Living the Meaning of Life: A Praxis Farewell

Living the Meaning of Life:  A Praxis Farewell | WorkLife | Scoop.it
Four years ago, I launched a series at Big Think dedicated to deeper takes on “unplumbed questions and unexamined assumptions” in the overlapping realms of law, morality and politics. With topics ranging from how we use smartphones to the limits of religious liberty, rationality to circumcision, belief in God to teleportation, the recipe for happiness to how to be reasonable, irony to education and suffering to sex, I have tried to bring ideas from philosophy to bear on how people think of themselves, how they live their lives and how they interact with other people to forge meaningful communities. Three hundred or so posts later, I write a coda to Praxis.
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From Apple to Buffer, here’s 20 companies who rejected me. — Life Learning — Medium

From Apple to Buffer, here's 20 companies who rejected me. - Life Learning - Medium
I talk a lot about failure. It’s something that I’ve come to grips with many times over the years, failure and rejection and that feeling…
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The paradoxes of organization – The XPLANE Collection – Medium

The paradoxes of organization – The XPLANE Collection – Medium | WorkLife | Scoop.it
We think of organizations as a way to coordinate work and get things done, which is true enough. But at the same time, every organization is a bundle of contradictions and conflicts.
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The Future of Firms. Is There an App for That? – Medium

The Future of Firms. Is There an App for That? – Medium | WorkLife | Scoop.it
There are three fundamental structures that govern the nature of all economic activity: customers, producers and the way, the mediating infrastructure, in which value is exchanged between them.
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When to Stay Inside Your Comfort Zone

Comfort zones are hard to leave, and for good reason. They’re often places where we feel most secure and natural, and sometimes they are where we can do our best and most fulfilling work. But don’t confuse bravery with sensibility. Stretching your comfort zone when you’re not ready — or don’t need to — can add more stress than skill.
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Successful Leaders Know What Made Them Who They Are

Can you identify the one person, event, or influence that made you who you are as a leader and a person? Over the past 10 years, I’ve put that question to one hundred of the eminent people I represented as chairman of the Washington Speakers Bureau: Madeleine Albright, Tom Brokaw, Colin Powell, Terry Bradshaw, Condoleezza Rice, and many others. I was curious to find out what they felt were the turning points in their lives — the defining moments and influences from which they draw motivation and inspiration.

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How to Create an Exponential Mindset

How to Create an Exponential Mindset | WorkLife | Scoop.it

Digital business models require a shift from incremental to exponential. At the start, it takes vision and a leap of faith to commit to the unknown. In the early days, it takes courage and patience to build the foundation for growth even when results aren’t yet apparent. When growth kicks in, agility comes from empowering others and letting go without losing control.

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Millennials Are Actually Workaholics, According to Research

Millennials Are Actually Workaholics, According to Research | WorkLife | Scoop.it
Millennials don’t have a reputation as a hard-working generation. The caricature of the Millennial worker is more or less a cartoon of an entitled recipient of hundreds of plastic participation trophies who cares less about paying his dues at work and more about perks like flex-time, beer carts, and nap rooms. Or perhaps I should say that “we” have that reputation, since I’m technically a Millennial — most demographers put the start-date for this generation at 1981.
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Don't find your passion. Grow It. - Jessica Abel

Don't find your passion. Grow It. - Jessica Abel | WorkLife | Scoop.it

I keep running across people who are depressed and anxious about not knowing what they were meant to do, as if there were really only one thing we were meant to do.  We don’t believe in that old myth anymore that there is only one true love out there for us, do we? So why do we persist in thinking that we each have only One True Profession?

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Turning Ambiguity into Opportunity: A New Approach to Strategy under Uncertainty

Asserting that the pace of change is accelerating is nothing new. That statement could arguably have started any article describing the challenges facing corporate leaders at any time over the past 150 years. The world of the business leader has always been uncertain, full of surprising twists and turns. Yet something today just feels different.

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A pattern language of post-industrial work

At the core of the post-industrial era is the idea that people should design for themselves. This principle applies also our value creating entities. This may sound radical but comes from the observation that most of the value on global scale is not created by firms but by people. People, then, should learn to be better designers. When designing something we always rely on certain patterns. We are in the midst of a shift from the industrial pattern of supply and demand to social, interactive patterns.
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Dear Dad ...

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I read a great post by Richard Branson recently where he discussed how Leadership Lessons Begin At Home. He invited people to share their story of learning from family members in a competition to win a copy of his new book "The Virgin Way", so here's mine:
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How insane work hours became a mark of American privilege

How insane work hours became a mark of American privilege | WorkLife | Scoop.it
Americans work a lot: 47 hours a week on average, according to a 2014 survey — and a fifth work as much as 59 hours a week. Unlike other advanced nations, the annual hours we spend at work stagnated in the last half-century. So now we work more than basically everyone in the West.
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6 Ways to Disagree with Senior Management

6 Ways to Disagree with Senior Management | WorkLife | Scoop.it

Disagreeing with someone senior isn’t something you want to do every day. Save it for important issues, even in organizations that say they encourage people to express their own opinions. If you disagree too often, you will get a reputation for negativity.

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