Psychology

Pyramid of Results, Motivation and Ability

When engaging in a change effort it is important to focus not on outputs but on outcomes. The difference is sometimes subtle for people, but the biggest difference is that outputs are usually activity-based where outcomes are behavior-based. There are several good behavior modification frameworks out there including the Six Boxes framework from Carl Binder, the Six Sources of Influence framework from...

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The Big Change Management Lie

The idea that people always resist change is a lie, and it is extremely damaging to organization's seeking to increase their organizational agility. The truth is that people only resist changes that they either do not understand or for which they do not interpret there to be benefits great enough to offset the costs of their participation. The truth is also that the natural response to a potential change in an organization is greatly impacted by the level of trust in an organization.

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Innovation Hive Mind

If a culture prohibits its people from progressing, pursuing their core passions, and seeing their work reach its potential; it will drive away its high-performance talent. In essence, they will poison the hive and seal the fate for the next phase, or downward spiral, of the enterprise.

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Why Smart People Struggle to be Innovative

If you’re employed by a business and are reading this article, the chances are you’re quite smart. You must have a level of knowledge and expertise in something that your employer values – which is why they offered you a job in the first place. Unfortunately, it’s this knowledge and expertise that’s often stopping you from being innovative.

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Spinglish for Innovators

Why is Spinglish important to innovation practitioners? All innovation has a political dimension and requires selling ideas (sometimes over and over and over again) and being able to translate possibilities into commitment, action, investment. It’s probably wise to be alert to the Spinglish on the other side of the table, and from time to time, using some spinning can be practical.

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Are You an Empathetic Professional?

More research is showing us the power of empathy, as it can be used as the tissue that connects and deepens relationships. With empathy, you walk in the other’s high heels or sneakers, feel their feelings, experience life from their perspective. Human brains are filled with mirror neurons, which not only react to our subjects of empathy, but also reproduce their emotions.

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