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4 Ways to Make Your Management Skills More Effective

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A good leader provides constant motivation to his team to help them maintain excellence and quality in results. A good leader always looks for ways to improve efficiency and quality, especially if this can be done by simplifying processes or without increasing an employee’s workload. Here are some skills you can sharpen to boost your leadership skills and help your team be more effective and increase results. 1-Wander Around. Do you remember M.B.W.A. aka Management By Wandering Around?

Top 3 Myths About Change Management

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Did you know that… “Studies show that 70% – 80% of change initiatives in organizations fail” -John Kotter. As an organizational psychologist, I can tell you that this alarming failure rate is often attributed to the human factor! Here are 3 classical myths that I frequently deal with in my practice. Myth #1 – It is important to communicate the information in groups.

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2 Strategies to Develop Your Leadership

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Leadership, Leadership, Leadership! There is an abundant and constant flow of information on leadership in the form of books and articles including material on leadership development and best practices. Leadership can be defined as a unique form of behavior that results from the integration of, among other things, attitude , knowledge and experience. That being said, what can you do if you want to develop and use your full leadership potential?

3 Common Performance Management Mistakes

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Good Management is Key. According to Gallup , a US firm specializing in management research, in a survey of more than one million Americans, “people quit their bosses, not the organization.” ” The effect of mismanagement is widely felt. Gallup also determined that poorly managed teams are on average 50% less productive and 44% less profitable than well-managed teams.

Leadership Tools: 4 Steps to Handle Difficult Relationships

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We’ve all experienced them. We can’t get along with everyone, right? Difficult relationships can be stressful, frustrating and exhausting. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Unfortunately, there’s really no way to run a business or be a leader or work with people without encountering some difficult relationships. With a few simple tools, though, you can learn to minimize the roller coaster ride dealing with these challenges.

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6 Ways to Develop Your Leadership Skills

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Good Leaders Are Good Learners. Developing your leadership skills and abilities is a lifelong pursuit. It’s one that requires you to never stop learning and growing as a person. Leadership means continuing to tackle new challenges, face new changes and overcome new obstacles. Here are 6 of the best strategies to help you improve your leadership skills. Remain humble. Leadership starts with humility. It means remembering that your success depends on others.

Leadership Tools: Building Your Ideal Team

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How to Build Your Ideal Team. One of the best and sometimes trickiest parts of being a leader is having the opportunity to build your ideal team. Choosing the right employees can make a huge difference in the success of your company. Employees represent and translate your company’s values to your clients. What do you look for in an employee? You probably already have an idea of the education or skillset you’re looking for.

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Leadership Tools: Clarity in Communication

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Clarity Begins with Our Mighty Minds. Did you know our brains communicate information at the rate of some four billion neuron impulses per second? All that information feeds through our senses, and yet we’re only consciously aware of about 2,000. That’s only 0.00005%. If you stop to think about it, you’ll begin to notice things you normally wouldn’t be aware of. The feel of air moving in and out of your nose, throat, and lungs. The touch of clothes on your skin.

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Leadership Tools: Conquering Fear

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What do you fear? Stop for a moment and think about this: what keeps you from living your dreams? What problem tends to dominate the average person’s life without us even noticing? The answer: FEAR! People live every day in fear. Fear of not delivering, of dissapointing others, of being judged, of losing wealth, fear of conflict with loved ones, fear of making the wrong decisions. We are afraid to be ourselves, afraid to grow up, afraid to make commitments. The list goes on and on.

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Leadership Tools: Effective Listening

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Effective Listening Isn’t Waiting Your Turn to Speak All too often we are far more enthusiastic about talking than we are listening. Yet effective listening is vital for effective communication. Would you believe that most conflicts are simple misunderstandings? When we are actively listened to we feel valued and are far more likely to be engaged and compromise if necessary. Listening is about far more than words.

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You are Your Own President

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Welcome President You Congratulations! You are the president of your own nation, and it is called “Imagination”…get it? “Imagi-NATION” This particular nation is the driving force behind your life and is the underlying factor for your future. You have an enormous responsibility as the President of this nation because its success depends entirely on you. Its entire population (you!) can’t succeed without you. That’s a lot of power. You’re in charge!

A word or two about words …

Dave Snowden

In some ways this post is a follow up to a point I made yesterday about the dangers of creating a coat of rhinestones on something rotten at the heart and by way or warning it is polemical in nature.

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To curate or be curated?

Dave Snowden

From time to time someone, knowing my interest in narrative sends me a link to yet another website collecting people’s stories. One popped up in slack as I was writing this offering a “magic formula” to change the world. It has some powerful stories all carefully curated by the design team.

Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra

Dave Snowden

You may be asking what connects the events on stardate 45047.2,

The Increasing Economic Value of Digital Capital

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A firm’s financial statement comprises two distinct types of assets. Tangible assets are mostly physical in nature, and include vehicles, land, plants, equipment, and furniture, as well as financial assets like stocks, bonds, account receivables, and cash which have a concrete contractual value.

The Woozle effect

Dave Snowden

I talked yesterday about metaphor-based languages and used Winnie the Pooh as an illustration. That was part of a loose set of posts starting to develop and codify a more general theory of leadership from a sense-making and anthro-complexity perspective.

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Naturalising narrated

Dave Snowden

In recent times I’ve been engaged in a series of interesting exchanges with Dr Mike Jackson OBE, hereinafter referred to as Mike. I have a visiting chair at Hull University where he is Emeritus Professor and as well as a fair number of mutual friends including Yasmin Merali and Gerald Midgley.

I will lift up my eyes …

Dave Snowden

I grew up in and around the hills of North Wales, walking most weekends when were were not dinghy sailing. Rather than a birthday party when I was young I managed to persuade my parents to book a caravan in Snowdonia and took a couple of friends.

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The Current State of AI Adoption

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For the past few years, McKinsey has been conducting a yearly online survey to help assess the state of AI adoption. The 2019 survey garnered responses from over 2,300 companies, and found that AI was becoming more mainstream, with nearly 80% of the responding companies using AI in some capacity.

The Intriguing Nature of Non-Fungible Tokens

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The blockchain first came to light in 2008 as the digital ledger for bitcoin transactions. The blockchain creator’s original vision was limited to enabling peer-to-peer bitcoin transactions with no need for a bank or government agency to certify the validity of the transactions.

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A bad question

Clark Quinn

On Twitter today was a question from an organization that, frankly, puzzled me. Further, I think it’s important to understand why this was a bad question. So here let me unpack several illustrative problems. First, the question asks “What kind of learning do you prefer?”

The Increasing Influence of Recommendation Systems in Our Everyday Lives

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few years ago, I attended a seminar by University of Toronto professor Avi Goldfarb on the economic value of AI. Goldfarb explained that the best way to assess the impact of a new radical technology is to look at how the technology reduces the cost of a widely used function.

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Management Musings: Episode 4 – Two Alarming Workplace Trends

Dan Pontefract

In Episode 4 of “Management Musings,” I’m highlighting two alarming trends happening in the workplace as a result of the pandemic. First, there is a… The post Management Musings: Episode 4 – Two Alarming Workplace Trends appeared first on Pontefract Group.

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Book hiccups

Clark Quinn

As much as writing books is something I do (and I’m immodestly proud of the outcomes), they don’t always come out the way I expect. And that turns out to be true for almost every one! So here, for the record and hopefully as both mea culpas and lessons learned, are my book hiccups.

Networks and Complexity (1)

Dave Snowden

Complex human systems, such as organizations, communities or economies, go hand-in-hand with networks.

Performance Support and Bad Design

Clark Quinn

Here’s a story about where performance support would’ve made a task much easier. And, as always, the text. The other day, I had a classic need for performance support. Of course, it didn’t exist. So here’s a cognitive story about when and where a job aid would help.

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A word or two about words … (2/2)

Dave Snowden

In yesterday’s post, I was concerned about both the abuse of power, and the effectiveness of confessional use of language. The desire to compel people to put into words (generally the words of power in the facilitator’s culture and/or ideology) learning is problematic to say the least.

Levels of LXD Design

Clark Quinn

I stumbled across the Elements of UX diagram again, and happened to wonder if it would map to LXD. Here’s my stab: And the text, as usual. In a justifiably well-known image (PDF), Jesse James Garrett (JJG) detailed the elements of (web) user experience.

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The Current State of Cloud Computing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In June, 2008 I gave a talk at a conference on The Promise and Reality of Cloud Computing. In his closing remarks , the conference organizer noted that most everyone had agreed that something big and profound was going on, but they weren’t quite sure what it was they were excited about.

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How I write

Clark Quinn

I’d cued up a topic for a post, and then a conversation with a friend and colleague moved it to the front of the queue. We were talking about our process, and he pointed me to an article that nicely catalyzed my thinking.

How Covid Is Reordering the Global Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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The Social Network Is the Computer

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“Human beings have always been a social species,” writes MIT professor Sinan Aral in the opening paragraph of The Hype Machine , his recently published book. “We’ve been communicating, cooperating, and coordinating with one another since we were hunting and gathering.”

linguistic aporia

Dave Snowden

PENDING FULL TEXT. . In my post of today’s ago. . . . . . . Acknowledgements. Opening picture is by Kyle Glenn on Unsplash. The banner picture continues the them of the earlier post with a picture of one of the bookshelves in my study. This is the section for Welsh (and honorary Welsh) poetr

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Returning to constraints

Dave Snowden

The more astute reader may have noticed that I have been writing a series of blog posts that update previous work and explore new ways of defining the general field of naturalising sense-making, and more particularly anthro-complexity as a key aspect of that field.

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On Corporate Language

Dan Pontefract

Having spent two decades fighting the battle of corporate language from within at two huge organizations, I learned this: First, new language that is abnormal… The post On Corporate Language appeared first on Pontefract Group. Behaviour communication Culture corporate culture Writing

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On organisational change

Dave Snowden

This is not the second part of the re-wilding post, but a building block towards it. It addresses the issue of organisational change using, in the main, a mapping and navigation metaphor. Earlier today Paul and I were exchanging ideas for a walk in the Black Mountains using.gpx files.

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Sharing Global Perspectives: A project by people, for people

Dave Snowden

In 2021, the Cynefin Centre hopes that we can start introducing and highlighting the work carried out by our members more than ever before. Today’s blog post offers the stage to a project looking at experiences of the pandemic all around the world.

The Changing Nature of the Liberal Arts in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What is meant by the liberal arts? Here is a succinct dictionary definition : “The academic course of instruction intended to provide general knowledge and usually comprising the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, as opposed to professional or technical subjects.”

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Performance Ecosystem Maturity Model

Clark Quinn

Someone on LinkedIn asked about a way to evaluate orgs on their learning infrastructure. And I had developed a Performance Ecosystem Maturity Model as part of Revolutionize Learning & Development, but…I hadn’t presented it. At least not in full. Here I rectify that ;). (A

Start a journey with a sense of direction …

Dave Snowden

The single most fundamental error of the last three decades is to try and design an idealised future state rather than working the evolutionary potential of the here and now, the adjacent possibles – it is impossible to gain consensus in the former, easier in the latter. When I set up the idea of an occasional blog post using a quote as a base I didn’t intend to use my own.

Is Work-from-Anywhere Here to Stay?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Remote work has been around for a few decades, but took off in the mid-late 1990s with the explosive growth of the Internet. There were predictions that the Internet would lead to the decline of cities , because technology was making location less relevant to our work and personal lives.

Ten IT Predictions for the Post-Pandemic New Normal

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Looking back at the Acorn Study; Part 9: Seedlings

Dave Snowden

After a couple of weeks of hiatus (early spring is definitely Bank Holiday season here in Cyprus), this blog series returns for its final look back at the Acorn Study. To extend the metaphor, it is time to look at the forest floor and examine the new growth.

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