People & Skills

Danger is the Early Warning Sign of Opportunity

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Without relying on the predictable places to hide—spread sheets, business buzzwords, risk mitigation plans, past glories—look me in the eyes. Now, point out the potential dangers for your business. When you stutter or express worry about your employees, I will know you're being real, vulnerable, human.

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Looking for Lightning When Hiring

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We’ve been interviewing a lot lately, trying to fill key positions at the Southern Growth Studio. We have been inundated with well-qualified people seeking exile from soul-crushing corporate cultures and large, global consultancies where they feel like a machine part.

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The Value of an Innovator Mindset

When it comes to driving innovation, the single most important consideration is mindset—the mindset of those attempting to achieve innovation, and the mindset of those they encounter. This is not speculation. In my peer-reviewed research, I have measured mindset and compared it to value creation, and it makes a huge difference in innovation success.

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Innovativeness – The Ultimate Transferable Skill

There may be no more important capability a person can have in the 21 st century than knowing how to innovate. Not just professional innovators, but every one of us. Personal innovativeness is not a single attribute, but rather a whole constellation of behaviors that in combination fulfill all of the diverse capabilities that innovation requires.

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Business Transformation Is All About Feedback

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We aim to optimize performance, hence the business term: Performance Management. Sounds simple, but of course it isn’t. Humans have a lust for control and have developed quite a few mental concepts to ‘control’ performance management; processes, ratings, manuals, competency frameworks, forms, collective labor agreements, etc.

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