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About This Tech Leaders Curation

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To meet the leadership and influence needs of 21st Century Technology Leaders -- through best practices in leadership, influence, and narrative practices, to achieve the results they desire in a data driven world. And have a blast doing it all.

Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

I offer the People part of the People + Processes + Technology success equation -- which is really the hardest part.

 

This curation is designed for technology leaders -- and myself -- to keep sharp and on the cutting edge of new frameworks, mindsets, processes, and skills to...

  • Enhance leadership
  • Expand influence
  • Build strong engaged cultures
  • Win the talent wars
  • Turn big data into business value
  • Survive the storm of digital disruption

...while keeping the lights on

 

I promise no junk -- just the best tips, resources, and advice I can find. I hope these posts prove valuable and helpful.

Dr. Karen Dietz

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How Not To Regret The Things You Will Build

How Not To Regret The Things You Will Build | Tech Leaders | Scoop.it
Ethical OS Toolkit As technologists, it’s only natural that we spend most of our time focusing on how our tech will change the world for the better. Which is great. Everyone loves a sunny disposition. But perhaps it’s more useful, in some ways, to consider the glass half empty. What
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

Wow, what a great resource for anyone in technology. This free toolkit consists of a checklist of 8 danger zones to consider when developing new technology, 14 scenarios to spark conversations, and 7 future-proofing strategies. 

 

When so many questions about AI, deep learning, biases in algorithms, etc. are on everyone's radar screen these days, having a guide like this -- created by insiders in Silicon Valley -- is essential.

 

Frankly, anyone can use this -- CIOs/CTOs, corporate leaders, org and leadership development folks, entrepreneurs, and even the general public.

 

Download it today and engage...

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Technical Experts: Get Better at Telling Stories

Technical Experts: Get Better at Telling Stories | Tech Leaders | Scoop.it
Clear writing is a must.
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Yes, yes, yes -- and yes again!

 

If you want to communicate data that's memorable, where your insights stick, and the final thought helps drive decision making -- then build your storytelling skills.

 

As I keep telling my scientists and engineers: "If someone can't understand your brilliant idea because it's too filled with jargon and data, it's going nowhere."

 

Read this article for more of the "why".

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The Engine That Drives Finance Transformation? People + the Right Skills 

The Engine That Drives Finance Transformation? People + the Right Skills  | Tech Leaders | Scoop.it
The automation of finance will only enhance the importance of our uniquely "human" skills.
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

This post is so fascinating, mainly because of the chart it includes about the essential skills needed and the difficulty in finding them.

 

Storytelling ranks high for both -- it's an essential skill for financial and digital transformation. But among numbers, data, and engineering folks, it's hard to come by.

 

Plan now for today's and tomorrow's needs by using the 4 questions posed in this article.

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Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, June 21, 3:45 PM

This post is so fascinating, mainly because of the chart it includes about the essential skills needed and the difficulty in finding them.

 

Storytelling ranks high for both -- it's an essential skill for financial and digital transformation. But among numbers, data, and engineering folks, it's hard to come by.

 

Plan now for today's and tomorrow's needs by using the 4 questions posed in this article.

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Frameworks -- Using Story to Change Systems 

Frameworks -- Using Story to Change Systems  | Tech Leaders | Scoop.it
We need to develop new processes of collective storytelling across sectors to navigate turbulent times and foster systems change.
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

OMG, what a great article by writer Ella Saltmarshe on the power of storytelling for change.

 

She makes 3 frames for business stories: stories as light, stories as glue, and stories as web. When you frame stories like this, it becomes a lot easier to leverage them for any kind of change effort.

 

Saltmarshe goes into detail with the 3 frames so readers come away with a more in-depth understanding of how the 3 work. Within the 3 frames are additional subsets.

 

The article is published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, so you know the post has got substance. This is a powerful post you won't want to miss.

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Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, March 26, 10:50 AM

OMG, what a great article by writer Ella Saltmarshe on the power of storytelling for change.

 

She makes 3 frames for business stories: stories as light, stories as glue, and stories as web. When you frame stories like this, it becomes a lot easier to leverage them for any kind of change effort.

 

Saltmarshe goes into detail with the 3 frames so readers come away with a more in-depth understanding of how the 3 work. Within the 3 frames are additional subsets.

 

The article is published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, so you know the post has got substance. This is a powerful post you won't want to miss.

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How To Master the Art of Influence 

How To Master the Art of Influence  | Tech Leaders | Scoop.it
As a product leader at Google and Reddit, Tyler Odean uses persuasion as a tool in his everyday job. Here's what he's learned through experience and research about being influential at work.

Via Daniel Watson
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

Good golly -- what a comprehensive article about how to effectively influence and persuade! And all the points are right on.

 

I really like the distinction between System 1 and System 2 thinking based on neuroscience. To influence, use System 1, which is storytelling.

 

But wait -- there's more! The author does a deep dive into all facets of persuasion/influence, including elements like Anchoring, Representation, Coherence, and Framing. Your business stories -- when positioned well -- will do all of these for you. That's the good news. It's not as complicated as you think.

 

Run, don't walk, to read this article. There's tons of good actionable advice here.

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Chong Jiaxuan's comment, March 13, 10:09 AM
According to Odean, success depends on whether you are able to persuade people to join you in your cause to create new and revolutionary things. I feel that this is true. Someone might have an extremely innovative idea, but no words to express himself. People would most likely scratch their heads in confusion by what this person says. However, another person may have a dumb idea, but package the idea so nicely that others think the idea is amazing. Although persuasion is such an important skill, schools do not educate students on how to be persuasive concisely. Instead, schools teach students to use windy evidences to strengthen their point. Using lengthy evidences will just confuse others and make them question you more. I feel that schools should also give some insights on how to have better speaking skills in order to persuade people easily. Such knowledge proves to be more useful for students when they grow up.
Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, March 19, 1:30 PM

Good golly -- what a comprehensive article about how to effectively influence and persuade! And all the points are right on.

 

I really like the distinction between System 1 and System 2 thinking based on neuroscience. To influence, use System 1, which is storytelling.

 

But wait -- there's more! The author does a deep dive into all facets of persuasion/influence, including elements like Anchoring, Representation, Coherence, and Framing. Your business stories -- when positioned well -- will do all of these for you. That's the good news. It's not as complicated as you think.

 

Run, don't walk, to read this article. There's tons of good actionable advice here.

English Jeffrey's curator insight, March 25, 8:38 PM
Understanding how the brain processes information to make decisions may influence the way you present information about your business.
 
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Today's World -- The Rise of the Human Economy

Today's World -- The Rise of the Human Economy | Tech Leaders | Scoop.it
Technology isn’t just changing our world. It’s reshaping it faster than individuals and institutions are able to respond. We see drones delivering packages, computers recognizing faces, cars driving themselves. All around us, we see and experience technology doing the things that historically we believed that only humans could do. Machines, once thought of as a …

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Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

Grab this. I like how the marketplace is being framed these days as the Human Economy. This is a natural extension of the Experience Economy.

 

As I read somewhere recently, coaching -- not gadgets -- is the key to improving performance. As a lover of technology, tools, gadgets, and systems I can attest first hand to the power of coaching for increasing my productivity. With the aid of a coach, my productivity has more than doubled at the same time I'm working less. Yay!

 

The lesson (once again) is: people and mindsets first. So what can technology leaders and CEOs do today to realize more of the Human Economy?

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Humility For Tech Leaders: Lead With it

Humility For Tech Leaders: Lead With it | Tech Leaders | Scoop.it
Humility nudges us to be inclusive—to be open to varied perspectives which leads to the empowerment of others and ultimately demonstrates courage, ability and confidence.
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

"When thinking about leadership, humility does not usually come to mind for most of us, but various studies have shown that it is a vital characteristic to achieving success as a leader," says the author of this article, José Pierre.

 

He aptly points out that in today's world of rapid change -- where we frequently find ourselves in unchartered territory in uncertain situations -- it's not easy to always know what to do.

 

The next point he makes is solid: "In an increasingly complex world, humility is a necessary quality for leadership, as it allows us to create space to receive the input of others and develop and learn." This, in turn, generates a powerful executive presence, fostering a kind of organizational storytelling that brings its own rewards.

 

As powerful as humility is, it is often dismissed by leaders because it is so misunderstood. Read this post to understand more about it, and the positive returns humility has for both leaders and companies.

 

Thank you to my friend and colleague Sean Van Tyne, UX/CX guru for pointing me to this fab piece.

 

This review was published by Dr. Karen Dietz for her Tech Leaders curation: www.scoop.it/t/tech-leaders 

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Who Doesn't Fit In At Work? A Better Way To Think 

Who Doesn't Fit In At Work? A Better Way To Think  | Tech Leaders | Scoop.it

Across cultures and industries, managers strongly prize “cultural fit” — the idea that the best employees are like-minded. One recent survey found that more than 80 percent of employers worldwide named cultural fit as a top hiring priority.


When done carefully, selecting new workers this way can make organizations more productive and profitable. But cultural fit has morphed into a far more nebulous and potentially dangerous concept. It has shifted from systematic analysis of who will thrive in a given workplace to snap judgments by managers about who they’d rather hang out with.



Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

I was just reading an article today in HBR about organizations hiring for "cultural fit" when instead they should be asking themselves the question, "Does this person bring a perspective/point of view that we are missing?"

 

This brings true diversity into an organization and helps avoid the dreaded "group think" that keeps new ideas and innovation from happening.

 

This article from the New York Times explains it perfectly, offering better ways to think along with how-to steps.

 

This review was published by Dr. Karen Dietz for her Tech Leaders curation: www.scoop.it/t/tech-leaders 

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Beware hiring on cultural fit: it's "a new form of discrimination," research suggests. Recruiters for top firms often define merit in their own image.

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We Are All Human Beings -- So Why Do So Many Managers Forget That? 

We Are All Human Beings -- So Why Do So Many Managers Forget That?  | Tech Leaders | Scoop.it

In our assessments, surveys, and interviews of over a thousand leaders, many comments stood out, but one in particular was especially powerful and thought-provoking. “Leadership today,” Javier Pladevall, CEO of Audi Volkswagen, Spain, told us, “is about unlearning management and relearning being human.”

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Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

What a powerful piece from Harvard Business Review (HBR) with some astounding stats about the sorry state of leadership and management in organizations.

 

It's eye-opening

 

Businesses are confronted with enormous pressures these days to transform themselves digitally, find new business models, sources of revenue, and be innovative. It's going to be doubly hard to do so if your organization is experiencing any of what the HBR post is talking about.

 

But I also like the 4 ways the author discusses as ways to remedy the situation. Narrative skills increase #s 1, 3, and 4. Read it and then get your game on.

 

This review was published by Dr. Karen Dietz for her Tech Leaders curation: www.scoop.it/t/tech-leaders 

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Diversity -- Where and How It Drives Financial Performance 

Diversity -- Where and How It Drives Financial Performance  | Tech Leaders | Scoop.it
According to a survey of 1,700 companies in eight countries.
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Want more innovation that drives new business revenue? Then diversity is your ticket, according to this latest study.

 

Yet, the sad news is that the conditions supporting diversity, including fair employment practices (such as equal pay), participative leadership, top management support for diversity, and open communication practices, are employed by less than 40% of companies.

 

Ouch. Money and opportunity are being left on the table.

 

Read more in this HBR post about making diversity work at multiple levels in the company. Communication is one of the core elements, which of course, includes effective influence and narrative skills.

 

This review was published by Dr. Karen Dietz for her Tech Leaders curation: www.scoop.it/t/tech-leaders 

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The transformational CIO - 5 essential traits

The transformational CIO - 5 essential traits | Tech Leaders | Scoop.it
'Transformation' gets overused as a term. But truly transformational CIOs share these qualities.
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There's a gap between what is needed from IT to drive transformation and what is actually happening. What does it take for today's tech leaders to be transformational, change-driving CIOs?

 

Here are the 5 essential traits from this post:

  1. Being customer centric
  2. You are a master of technology and incredibly business savvy
  3. You are fine experimenting
  4. You are totally focused on financial outcomes that grow the business
  5. You pay attention to your IT culture and skills -- big time

 

After years in the trenches with executives, I couldn't agree more. What I also like about the article are the research stats shared and an additional reading list.

 

Oh, and BTW -- storytelling skills impact #1 and #5. I also include it in #2, because influence skills with storytelling as a foundation is a must to build collaborations across the organization and get business done.

 

Of the 5, where do you need to up your game?

 

This review was published by Dr. Karen Dietz for her Tech Leaders curation: www.scoop.it/t/tech-leaders 

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How Leadership Changes As AI Takes Over

How Leadership Changes As AI Takes Over | Tech Leaders | Scoop.it
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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is taking over many leadership skills -- so what do you focus on now for success?

 

What a great post from Harvard Business Review (HBR) about the implications of AI for leaders. It boils down to this: AI is going to increasingly take over hard skills (processing of facts and information). That means in the age of AI, soft leadership skills are going to make or break your success as a leader.

 

As HBR says, "Certain qualities, such as deep domain expertise, decisiveness, authority, and short-term task focus, are losing their cachet, while others, such as humility, adaptability, vision, and constant engagement, are likely to play a key role in more-agile types of leadership."

 

The article goes on to talk about each of these qualities. Brushing up or expanding your skills in communicating with greater humility, rolling with the punches, upgrading your vision and how you are inspiring people with it, and using conversations for ongoing engagement is essential -- now more than ever. Storytelling skills are a big part of this, BTW.

 

This review was published by Dr. Karen Dietz for her Tech Leaders curation: www.scoop.it/t/tech-leaders 

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Why Data Culture Matters: Data Officers and Executives Speak 

Why Data Culture Matters: Data Officers and Executives Speak  | Tech Leaders | Scoop.it
Organizational culture can accelerate the application of analytics, amplify its power, and steer companies away from risky outcomes. Here are seven principles that underpin a healthy data culture.
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

This I just saw this rejesearch from McKinsey today about why data culture matters, the risk factors, and tips. What I particularly like is that all the input is based on comments directly from data officers and business executives. In fact, that is what most of the report shares -- direct comments. 

 

So there's a wealth of insights here and the report shares the 7 principles that underpin a health data culture. Check it out. Where do you stand on all of this?

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Work Trends: 7 Skills That Aren’t About to Be Automated

Work Trends: 7 Skills That Aren’t About to Be Automated | Tech Leaders | Scoop.it
Focus on things like connections, context, and ethics.
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What's the number one skill?

Communication. Specifically -- storytelling!

"The most basic form of communication is constructing a compelling story," says the author of this HBR post.

The other 6 skills are all subsets of storytelling.

Time to get your business and data storytelling game on.

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Cultivate These 3 Qualities: How To Lead For A Hard Future

Cultivate These 3 Qualities: How To Lead For A Hard Future | Tech Leaders | Scoop.it
Leaders must take better responsibility for leading the world for a hard future - because our brains don't see the challenges lying ahead.
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

"Interviewing leaders from around the world – from across industries and cultures – has given us great hope. Leaders from many of the world’s most successful companies are embracing these qualities. And in the process, they’re creating greater trust and happiness in their organizations, their communities, and our world."

 

That's the quote from the author of this article from Forbes magazine. The 3 qualities the author discusses -- based on research with 35,000 leaders -- are:

  • mindfulness
  • selflessness
  • compassion

 

In the fast-paced tech world of daily disruptions, why these 3? Because these 3 qualities lead to collaboration and the common good instead of isolation and tribalism. Evolutionary biology continues to show us that collaboration for the common good is what propels us forward and gets us through hard times.

 

Read this post for more insights.

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"Interviewing leaders from around the world – from across industries and cultures – has given us great hope. Leaders from many of the world’s most successful companies are embracing these qualities. And in the process, they’re creating greater trust and happiness in their organizations, their communities, and our world."

 

That's the quote from the author of this article from Forbes magazine. The 3 qualities the author discusses -- based on research with 35,000 leaders -- are:

  • mindfulness
  • selflessness
  • compassion

 

In the fast-paced tech world of daily disruptions, why these 3? Because these 3 qualities lead to collaboration and the common good instead of isolation and tribalism. Evolutionary biology continues to show us that collaboration for the common good is what propels us forward and gets us through hard times.

 

How does storytelling fit in? Living these 3 qualities generates powerful stories about you as a leader. This is at the heart of influence. 

 

Read this post for more insights.

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What plagues digital transformation? Cultural and leadership issues 

What plagues digital transformation? Cultural and leadership issues  | Tech Leaders | Scoop.it
Members of the Society for Information Management offer their advice on how to best plan and launch an initiative, and who in the organization needs to be involved.
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

Information Management asked several members of the Society for Information Management for their advice on what works best to ensure a positive digital transformation. Here are 2 of several important points the article makes:

 

 “They know what their customers want, or at least think they do, but do not have experience putting the end-user at the center of the development process. They also do not have experience building software that meets customers increasing expectations or delivering applications quickly. As a result, customer experience suffers, putting business at risk." Storytelling can be a significant tool to solve this problem.

 

“Some of the biggest challenges with internal forces – like buy-in and commitment from all functional areas, sponsorship from executives, board and other governing bodies, and willingness to redefine KPI’s – actually pale in comparison to the effort required to prevent your digital transformation from becoming your customer’s problem, too.” 

 

Bottom line: upgraded leadership is essential. Read more for specific gems.

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Ban These 5 Words From Your Corporate Values Statement

Ban These 5 Words From Your Corporate Values Statement | Tech Leaders | Scoop.it
Stop assuring people that you’re “ethical” and “fun.”
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

Agreed, agreed, agreed! Did you know that most corporation's values are similar? 90% refer to ethical behavior or use the word "integrity". 88% mention commitment to customers. 76% cite teamwork and trust. No wonder they all sound the same.

 

The author here bans these 5 words from values statements and I'm right there with her:

  1. Ethical/integrity
  2. Teamwork
  3. Authentic
  4. Fun
  5. Customer-oriented/customer centric

 

None of these identify what is unique or valuable about your company. What would come up with if you banned these words too? Likely something much more interesting!

 

Read the article for more insights and next steps.

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Shola: CIO Lessons in Innovation, Mentorship & Continuous Learning on the Journey To Solving Global Health Challenges 

Shola: CIO Lessons in Innovation, Mentorship & Continuous Learning on the Journey To Solving Global Health Challenges  | Tech Leaders | Scoop.it
This episode is sponsored by the CIO Scoreboard My guest for this episode is Shola Oyewole, CIO of United Therapeutics. As a member of the Senior Executive Leadership of United Therapeutics Corporation, Shola provides technology, vision, and leadership in the development and implementation of the global information technology (IT) program. In that role he supports the Finance, HR, R&D, Manufacturing, Sales & Marketing, and various business units in planning and implementing enterprise i
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

I'm interviewing CIO Shola Oyewole later today because of his interesting approaches to IT, developing new products/services that add solid business value, and building trust that has led to phenomenal success. 

 

Bill Murphy of Red Zone Tech, another amazing guy in my network, interviews Oyewole for his podcast. Oyewole talks about renaming his IT department, rebranding it, and the ongoing learning he engages in that fuels his work and career.

 

I think you will really enjoy this interview. There's lots to think about, and shifts to make to expand your success.

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Why Cultivating Gratitude, Compassion, and Pride Builds Grit + High Performing Teams 

Why Cultivating Gratitude, Compassion, and Pride Builds Grit + High Performing Teams  | Tech Leaders | Scoop.it
Grit is not enough.
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

Want high performing teams? What a high performing culture? The make sure you cultivate gratitude, compassion, and pride.

 

Why? Because as a leader, when you cultivate these 3 qualities it spurs collaboration, innovation, and satisfaction. The insights, advice, and research shared here definitely make the case. Plus it's another demonstration of the critical need for soft skills to make any organization more productive.

 

What's missing from this post are suggestions for how to build gratitude, compassion, and pride. Well, it's really quite simple when you use defined story methods and practices.

 

For example, sharing stories of staff member's excellent work and the results they produce generates pride. Sharing positive stories of what goes on at work and expressing thanks builds gratitude. Effectively listening to stories grows empathy and compassion. I've experienced this personally with clients. An amazing amount of energy is unleashed that propels the organization forward. In a technical world, it's one of your best nontechnical solutions for leading people.

 

Here's the real kicker -- in today's world where screens hold our attention, social connection suffers. Loneliness results. Story sharing is the best antidote there is. It connects people and builds relationships, which is vital to getting work done. Let's do it.

 

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Cooperation: It Makes Us Human And Companies Successful 

Cooperation: It Makes Us Human And Companies Successful  | Tech Leaders | Scoop.it

Want to know what makes us stand apart from our ape cousins?


Cooperation—no other animal does it quite like us. Developmental psychologist Michael Tomasello explains why if chimps had a self-help bestseller, it would be titled, How to Outwit Rivals and Get More Fruit.



Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

Our abilities to cooperate put us ahead of every other species. Being able to share stories that foster cooperation (instead of division like we are so fond of today in politics) is one of the essential ingredients in building cooperation. Cooperation balances our competitive drive, which is critical for tech cultures to provide ongoing value.

 

This is a great post that will brighten your day. The research is fascinating. The conclusions compelling.

 

The last line in the article sums it all up: "In the end, what stands out more is our exceptional capacity for generosity and mutual trust, those moments in which we act like no species that has ever come before us."

 

This review was published by Dr. Karen Dietz for her Tech Leaders curation: www.scoop.it/t/tech-leaders 

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Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, February 15, 4:46 PM

Our abilities to cooperate put us ahead of every other species. Being able to share stories that foster cooperation (instead of division like we are so fond of today in politics) is one of the essential ingredients in building cooperation. Cooperation balances our competitive drive, which is critical for tech cultures to provide ongoing value.

 

This is a great post that will brighten your day. The research is fascinating. The conclusions compelling.

 

The last line in the article sums it all up: "In the end, what stands out more is our exceptional capacity for generosity and mutual trust, those moments in which we act like no species that has ever come before us."

 

This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it. 

Dr. Madelyn Blair's curator insight, February 15, 5:27 PM
This is a remarkable exploration of how humans might have developed cooperation. Read it to the end as he lays out how we humans domesticated ourselves. Fascinating. 
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You Think You Are Inspiring? Not Really According To Research. 5 Ways To Be A More Inspiring Leader  

You Think You Are Inspiring? Not Really According To Research. 5 Ways To Be A More Inspiring Leader   | Tech Leaders | Scoop.it
Your ability to be an incredible leader depends on your ability to be inspiring. This is also the biggest skill leaders say they lack and want to build. So how do you do that? The biggest mistake leaders make is thinking being inspiring is about telling an inspiring story.  Yes and no. Let's dig int
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

These are eye-popping stats based on solid research about inspiring leaders. 70% of leaders think they are inspiring. 82% of employees think NOT.

 

OK, that means you, dear leader. The biggest mistake leaders make is that they think sharing an inspiring vision or story does the trick. Hardly.

 

So my recent blog post shares about what to do to close this disastrous gap. I discuss 5 ways to become more inspiring. Which do you need to focus on?

 

This review was published by Dr. Karen Dietz for her Tech Leaders curation: www.scoop.it/t/tech-leaders 

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, February 13, 11:12 AM

Your thoughts?  Can you train to be inspiring?

Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, February 14, 7:00 PM

These are eye-popping stats based on solid research about the sorry state of leadership these days. 70% of leaders think they are inspiring. 82% of employees think NOT.

 

OK, that means you, dear leader. The biggest mistake leaders make is that they think sharing an inspiring story does the trick. Hardly.

 

So my recent blog post shares about what to do to close this disastrous gap. I discuss 5 ways to become more inspiring. Which do you need to focus on?

 

This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it. 

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Leadership in the Agile Organization

Leadership in the Agile Organization | Tech Leaders | Scoop.it

Why is “agile” organization design so important in 2018? Companies are only a few years into a decades-long shift away from corporate hierarchy into a world


Via Marc Wachtfogel, Ph.D.
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

I love the research shared in this organization that makes the point about the need for agile organizations.

 

Becoming an agile organization is critical to meet the push for digital transformation that is going on today and in the future.

 

I particularly like the comparison chart between today's org common org model, and the future model of an agile company.

 

Where are you at, and where are you headed with this fundamental shift in how business gets done?

 

This review was published by Dr. Karen Dietz for her Tech Leaders curation: www.scoop.it/t/tech-leaders 

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Designing  a shift  from corporate hierarchy into a world of “company as a network.” - worth to read
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6 secrets of master influencers

6 secrets of master influencers | Tech Leaders | Scoop.it

Put these tips to work, to avoid blunders and persuade with power.

Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

Want practical ways to increase your influence? Then here are 6 solid mindsets and maxim's to follow.

 

The original title of this article, however, is terrible. Every point made is not about presentation skills. But it's NOT about presentation skills -- it's but about influence skills. So as you are reading, frame it this way for yourself.

 

My favorite tip is #2 -- a successful campaign to influence decisions happens before, during, and after the slide deck. Forget this at your peril.

 

Next point #3 is also a keeper -- get the lay of the land. In other words, adapt your presentation to your audience in real time. The example the author shares is brilliant.

 

Point #4 is also a gem -- but most people won't do it. Don't drown people in data. Just pick a few data slides. The rest is in the story of what the data actually means.

 

Go read the rest of this post to dig into these 6 ways to be more influential (not just a good presenter).

 

This review was published by Dr. Karen Dietz for her Tech Leaders curation: www.scoop.it/t/tech-leaders 

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Why Only 10 Percent of Businesses Have Embraced The Most Powerful Form Of Communication Ever 

Why Only 10 Percent of Businesses Have Embraced The Most Powerful Form Of Communication Ever  | Tech Leaders | Scoop.it
Why aren't more organizations using brand storytelling to engage customers? New research from Skyword might hold the answer.
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

What a sorry state of affairs for leaders and organizations. The original title of this post is targeted to content marketers and CMOs. But when you read the post, you see it's really an indictment on storytelling and leadership for the entire organization, not just marketing!

 

And frankly, it follows my experience over the last 20 years. Tons of companies and leaders tout their storytelling. But it looks -- according to this article -- on all talk and little action. And they've got the research to prove it.

 

Why is storytelling not being adopted by organizations -- even though it is the one skill that can remedy at least 5 critical areas in business? As the research says, it's because:

  1. It's not part of the culture or mindset
  2. Storytelling is a new skill set
  3. It's not measured or documented

 

That is so accurate!

 

Want results in technology leadership, employee engagement, an inspiring vision that people believe in, a Teflon culture, and incredible leadership? Then up your storytelling game and quit fooling around.

 

This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it.

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Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, January 29, 9:51 AM

What a sorry state of affairs for leaders and organizations. The original title of this post is targeted to content marketers and CMOs. But when you read the post, you see it's really an indictment on storytelling and leadership for the entire organization, not just marketing!

 

And frankly, it follows my experience over the last 20 years. Tons of companies and leaders tout their storytelling. But it looks -- according to this article -- on all talk and little action. And they've got the research to prove it.

 

Why is storytelling not being adopted by organizations -- even though it is the one skill that can remedy at least 5 critical areas in business? As the research says, it's because:

  1. It's not part of the culture or mindset
  2. Storytelling is a new skill set
  3. It's not measured or documented

 

That is so accurate!

 

Want results in sales, employee engagement, an inspiring vision that people believe in, a Teflon culture, and incredible leadership? Then up your storytelling game and quit fooling around.

 

This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it.

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Companies With The Best Corporate Culture 2017 & Role Of Narratives

Companies With The Best Corporate Culture 2017 & Role Of Narratives | Tech Leaders | Scoop.it
Best Places to Work 2017
Dr. Karen Dietz's insight:

Want to know which companies have the best corporate culture?

Then check out this list. It's based on what employees themselves say. We don't know exactly what they were asked, so how do you know if you measure up?

 

First things first: here's a definition of corporate culture:

It's the pervasive values, beliefs and attitudes that characterize a company.

 

What generates a corporate culture that's a great place to work? These are your essential  ingredients:

  1. Vision -- that is engaging and compelling
  2. Values -- that are lived
  3. Processes -- that back up the values
  4. People  -- that embrace those values
  5. Narratives -- compelling ones that shape the culture
  6. Place -- the environment you work in shapes the culture

 

Narratives play the biggest role, because it's through your stories that you convey your vision and how you are living it, your values and how you are living those, the amazing people you work with and their contributions, and how the environment you've created allows people to do extraordinary work.

 

The health of a culture is simply a reflection of the quality of the narratives told. That includes types of stories, quality of stories, who is telling stories, when and where stories are told, and the organization's capacity for story listening.

 

A company's vision, values, processes and place are the foreground. A company's narratives are the background that informs all the rest.

 

If you want to strengthen your culture, focus on narratives first. They are both your diagnostic for assessing your culture, and your remedy for fixing it.

 

This review was published by Dr. Karen Dietz for her Tech Leaders curation: www.scoop.it/t/tech-leaders 

Website: www.juststoryit.com 

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Nicolas Petitjean's curator insight, January 31, 10:27 AM

Sense-making is such an important role for leaders - working on a connected and coherent narrative across the organisation is such an important part of that!

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, February 4, 8:41 AM

Too many companies are ignoring this great tool for their culture.

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, February 11, 8:44 AM

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