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  • What the Heck is Social Capital and Why Would you Want Any?

    What do I mean by social capital? Think of it as soft rewards that accrue from being tightly interconnected in mutually beneficial relationships. People who understand social capital act like pollinators. Their social relationships produce benefits like these: -insights from loose connections they wouldn’t normally encounter. -they identify and vet potential collaborative relationships. -they partner with subject matter experts who add value for their stakeholders. Should you invest in a social capital strategy to build your business?

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  • Use Imaginative Insights to Stimulate your Divergent Thinking

    “Imagination is more important than knowledge” said Albert Einstein. So…where have you sent your imagination? We need imaginative solutions more than ever. Are you looking in the wrong places for yours? The imaginative insights you get in unexpected ways can fuel your divergent thinking. But they need space, time and inspiration to emerge.   Choose Imaginative Spaces Sometimes you just gotta change it up. Nature is a great

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  • Use Better Questions Like These for Innovation Thinking

    Accelerating change means adapt and innovate or become irrelevant. Without innovation thinking and a willingness to try new things, you won’t survive. Innovation requires big and bold new ways of thinking, trial and error and the potential for mistakes. People hate making mistakes.   Every time I trot out my permission to be wrong coupons in workshops, they trigger a nervous laugh. At the root of peoples’ discomfort? Cynicism, judgement and fear of being

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  • Transformational leadership style: Why CEOs don’t innovate

    Why don’t CEO’s innovate? The transformational leadership style needed for innovation includes leadership skills beyond effective plan execution. A global survey reviewed in the Harvard Business Journal said this about innovation in organizations: The problem? Most employees believe that management does not inspire them to do great work — or give them the opportunity to do so. Fewer than half of those in

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  • Change Management Strategy:Tactics for Disrupted Organizations

    Disrupted? Here’s a 50,000-foot view of what that looks like. There are three fields of influence you need to consider for engaging disrupted organizations: • The way things were • Where you are today (in-between what used to work and what is still forming) • What evolves from new possibilities Simple? Not really when you are on the ground reacting to

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