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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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HBR: What Happens When All Employees Work When They Feel Like It? Prosperity & Health?

HBR:  What Happens When All Employees Work When They Feel Like It?  Prosperity & Health? | Talent and Performance Development | Scoop.it

Chopping up the total amount of work that needs to done in your firm into blocks that suit our human physiology has nothing to do with the actual work. If the total amount of work that needs to be done in a firm in one week equals 20,000 hours, it is just as arbitrary to chop that up into 500 40-hour work weeks as it is to chop it up into 800 blocks of 25 hours.

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Leaders ....realize[d] that for skilled people disillusioned with the [traditional] employment model ...there is a strong attraction to work tailored to their individual requirements. 

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A five-day work week consisting of eight-hour days happens to be the social norm i...at present.  [However, consider] a company that disrupts that kind of social norm in its industry.  [It] could potentially build a momentous competitive advantage out of it.

An Example:    Eden McCallum has set itself up as a so-called “double-sided market,” tying together supply (consultants) and demand (clients) – similar to platforms like eBay, eHarmony, peer-to-peer betting company Betfair, or property search firm Zoopla.  Leaders at the firm realize that for skilled people disillusioned with the employment model of traditional firms, there is a strong attraction to work tailored to their individual requirements. This allows the firm to hire good employees at a good price. Clearly, there are other industries where the skill level of a firm’s employees is crucial for competitive advantage.

  

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

"New Work" thinking has been developing in the new economy and digital age for awhile.  Right now, Uber, the personal vehicle taxi service, via a "killer app," is a thorny but successful example at the time of this writing.  

Historically, "New Work and New Culture" ideas and ideals have been around by the likes of Frithjof Bergman, at the University of Michigan for several decades. 

Another alternative view is this. also on ScoopIt:  Change in the Nature of Work: The Case For "Antiwork" and the 20 hour Work Week  
 

"...we see the persistent belief that we can achieve 'full employment.' Rifkin showed empirically that this is nonsense, unless we create a lot of make-work, i.e., work for the sake of working. And that’s what, as a society, we seem to be doing. Everywhere you look there are stupid, pointless (and probably environmentally destructive) jobs."

 

  

What is needed are more business people and entrepreneurial saavy to create more opportunities to adapt to this new business thinking  that takes technological disruption seriously.

 

~  Deb

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, March 2, 2015 12:47 PM

"New Work" thinking has been developing in the new economy and digital age for awhile.  Right now, Uber, the personal vehicle taxi service, via a "killer app," is a thorny but successful example at the time of this writing.  

Historically, "New Work and New Culture" ideas and ideals have been around by the likes of Frithjof Bergman, at the University of Michigan for several decades.

Another alternative view is this. also on ScoopIt:  Change in the Nature of Work: The Case For "Antiwork" and the 20 hour Work Week  
 

"...we see the persistent belief that we can achieve 'full employment.' Rifkin showed empirically that this is nonsense, unless we create a lot of make-work, i.e., work for the sake of working. And that’s what, as a society, we seem to be doing. Everywhere you look there are stupid, pointless (and probably environmentally destructive) jobs."

     

What is needed are more business people and entrepreneurial saavy to create more opportunities to adapt to this new business thinking  that takes technological disruption seriously.

 

~  Deb

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, April 1, 2015 1:26 PM

"New Work" thinking has been developing in the new economy and digital age for awhile.  Right now, Uber, the personal vehicle taxi service, via a "killer app," is a thorny, problematic,  but so far an successful example at the time of this writing.  
    

Historically, "New Work and New Culture" ideas and ideals have been around by the likes of Frithjof Bergman, at the University of Michigan for several decades. 
     
Another alternative view is this. also on ScoopIt:  Change in the Nature of Work: The Case For "Antiwork" and the 20 hour Work Week.   ~  Deb

 

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Why Should You Care About Business Intelligence? - Innovation, Performance & Decisions

Why Should You Care About Business Intelligence? - Innovation, Performance & Decisions | Talent and Performance Development | Scoop.it

[It's important that business] intelligence (BI) is being used correctly by everyone in the business, including finance, marketing and sales.

  

Small businesses might also run into problems if they choose to rely solely on spreadsheets, problems such as:

   

  • Spending more time and manpower than necessary to maintain and set up spreadsheets
   
  • Not having the proper resources for sufficient feedback and data sharing  (essential to performance development for individuals and teams)
  
  • Having to deal with ...errors in spreadsheets

Before, business intelligence solutions were simply too expensive and intricate for every business to have, but times have changed so that intelligence solutions are now more accessible for businesses of all types and sizes.

Some of the newest innovations for BI solutions include:

   

  • Software that is function specific
  • Broader intelligence solution suites that have been pre-programmed
  • Solutions that are automatically integrated

There are more options than ever for businesses looking to take advantage of intelligence for business solutions.


Read more at http://www.business2community.com/business-intelligence/care-business-intelligence-0661723#lkyOCVPlxdVUJAmP.99



 

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Data is a driver of many things, including helping simplify the problems with the human element in performance management, from giving feedback to people to empower achievement, to pinpointing vulnerabilities in running the business.  

Business Intelligence connects with improvement, responsiveness as Data, Purpose, Plan, Evaluate or DPPE, an acronym II've used with teams, groups and in planning.  It is similar to the Shewhart cycle of Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCAcycle, or PDSA where Check is swapped for Study.


~  Deb

 

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Toyota Learns via Hoshin Kanri, Help to Adapt for the Long Term

Toyota Learns via Hoshin Kanri, Help to Adapt for the Long Term | Talent and Performance Development | Scoop.it

When the 2008 Lehman Brothers bankruptcy triggered a global recession, Toyota Motor Company lost money.   ... They were very unhappy about their loss, ...not because of the loss of a few billion dollars which they could absorb like an annoying mosquito bite. It was because, through serious reflection, they found serious weaknesses.


Of course they downsized...by reducing a temporary workforce designed to absorb inevitable downturns in the business cycle. Management bonuses and overtime were eliminated. Less energy was used. Travel was reduced. But the jobs of long-term team members were protected.

     


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Wirearchies = Adaptive, Two Way Flow of Power, Knowledge, with a Focus on Results

Wirearchies = Adaptive, Two Way Flow of Power, Knowledge, with a Focus on Results | Talent and Performance Development | Scoop.it

Harold Jarche features Chee Chin Liew’s presentation on moving from hierarchies to teams at BASF.  It shows how IT Services used their technology platforms to enhance networking, knowledge-sharing, and collaboration.  


It features an approach to “building flows of information into pertinent, useful and just-in-time knowledge” so that...  knowledge can flow in order to foster trust and credibility.

      

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In complex environments, weak hierarchies and strong networks are the best organizing principle.   ...It means giving up control. 

   

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Creating this two-way flow of dialogue, practice, expertise, and interest, can be the foundation of a 
wirearchy.

In complex environments, weak hierarchies and strong networks are the best organizing principle.


....many companies today have strong networks...coupled with strong central control. Becoming a wirearchy requires new organizational structures that incorporate communities, networks, and cooperative behaviours. It means giving up control. The job of those in leaderships roles is to help the network make better decisions. 



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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Harold Jarche highlights several useful models featuring two way information flow through power and authority. which helps build, if the culture allows it, adaptability into knowledge work.  


As quoted in the article, much of this work has been "routinized and standardized with the ongoing marriages of business processes and integrated enterprise information systems."  This makes for a fragile system susceptible to disruption.  

Building robust, two-way flows is essential to enable adaptability to the realities of continuous change and learning organizations ready to embrace disruption.  ~  D

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Dr. Helen Teague's curator insight, March 6, 2014 1:46 PM

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, August 17, 2014 2:23 PM

I just featured the called out quote above about complexity (over complicated, bureaucratic), and less hierarchy, more communication via networks in my most recent post about letting go of industrial age thinking via the command and control nature of performance appraisals.  

Wirearchy and holacracy (think Zappos) are alternatives that embrace networked learning.  One is arguably a set of principles, the latter is an organization design approach that deemphasizes management.

~  Deb

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Rethinking Leadership Development, Competency Confusion & What Happens Afterwards

Rethinking Leadership Development, Competency Confusion & What Happens Afterwards | Talent and Performance Development | Scoop.it

When your manager or colleagues finish their leadership program, do they demonstrate sustained improvements? Unless their post-program behavior changes, unless they do something differently, there is no return on investment.  

There's also the assumption that all leaders in a given company must demonstrate excellence on a defined set of leadership competencies.


But the [competency] paradigm doesn't work. Excerpts from the four reasons why:


Many competencies cannot be improved. Competencies are a mixed bag. Some are skills (e.g., strategic thinking), some are personality traits (e.g., drive to achieve), some are knowledge (e.g., market insight), and some are talent (e.g., good judgment). Skills and knowledge can be improved, but personality traits and talent cannot. ...No "Drive to Achieve" class is going to change that.


Competency models are unfocused. Abbott Laboratories (ABT_) uses 24 competencies...The U.S. Department of Labor's management competency model uses 60 ... Ridiculous.


...If a leader is world-class in operational excellence but poor in strategic thinking, he/she must add an outstanding strategic thinker to the leadership team.


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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

The compentency systems reasoning in this article is especially provocative and worth a read to test your own assumptions. The comment about talent as not change-able is up for debate, personality less so.  ~  Deb

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