A hungry mind fed by the discipline of noticing

Curious people tend to have better knowledge across subject areas than less curious people. Do curious people engage in just about the same things as less curious people but they pay better attention and thus, learn more? Sophie Von Stumm The Hungry Mind lab. Discipline, stemming from the latin word ‘discere’-to learn. Noticing or the… Continue reading A hungry mind fed by the discipline of noticing

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Productivity: locate improvement with those closest to the process!

Productivity and how to improve it has been very much in the news this week. A Financial Times lunch briefing ‘Below potential, but how far?’ contained the following wonderful sentence: “Productivity gains may rely on protecting or putting in place conditions where workers themselves can and want to figure out how to do things better.”… Continue reading Productivity: locate improvement with those closest to the process!

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Leadership is about relationships-with yourself and with others

Peter Northhouse defines leadership as “a process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal” Gary Yukl relaxes the assumption of a single leader: “the process of facilitating individual and collective efforts to accomplish shared objectives.” Defining leadership as a process means that it is not a trait or character-… Continue reading Leadership is about relationships-with yourself and with others

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Leading with curiousity, by asking questions

“Personal and organisational excellence demands experimentation, reflection and evaluation, and these things in turn lead to learning and growth. Change precipitates growth; some part of the self or the organisational culture is abandoned, encouraging and allowing a new self or a new culture to emerge.” “Therefore leadership is associated with risk taking, learning and change.… Continue reading Leading with curiousity, by asking questions

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Play and a developing sense of self

I continue my reflections on the stimulus provided by Herminia Ibarra form her latest HBR blog: The Most Productive Way to Develop as a Leader https://hbr.org/2015/03/the-most-productive-way-to-develop-as-a-leader In that blog piece, Herminia urges leaders to get or give themselves permission to play with their sense of self. This idea of play is a major challenge to… Continue reading Play and a developing sense of self

A leader as a bridge

This is the first of a short series of pieces stimulated by “How to act and think like a leader” a blog posting by Herminia Ibarra. http://knowledge.insead.edu/blog/insead-blog/how-to-act-and-think-like-a-leader–3894 In this posting Herminia writes of the important leadership activity of being a bridge between their department, service or outpost and the rest of the organisation. My recent… Continue reading A leader as a bridge

Learning by thinking

I was alerted through Twitter https://twitter.com/gpetriglieri to this paper which I think makes a huge contribution to encouraging the use of reflective practice in the business world. Learning by thinking: How reflection aids performance. HBS working paper 14-093 http://www.hbs.edu/faculty/Publication%20Files/14-093_4d4e874c-8e46-4054-84fd-df533e94ccd8.pdf In times of greater atomization of work, the individual is the level at which much of… Continue reading Learning by thinking

Leaders enabling individual learning for continuous improvement

Individual learning and the pooling of that learning is an essential element for continuous improvement. Leaders have a vital role to play in stimulated and supporting the learning process. Learning can be seen as a process; for this process to be effective the following is required: 1) a focus to plot a course 2) environments… Continue reading Leaders enabling individual learning for continuous improvement

Noticing and building a sense of purpose at Pixar

My reflections on the following article by Ed Catmull in the April 2014 McKinsey Quarterly: http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/media_entertainment/building_a_sense_of_purpose_at_pixar Ed writes of developing a Proactive sense of purpose at Pixar following his discovery that all was not right with the ‘people factors’ within his organisation despite the phenomenal commercial success of ‘Toy Story’. This sense of purpose is… Continue reading Noticing and building a sense of purpose at Pixar

Restoring Noticing

Noticing ‘Noticing’ is a concept developed by John Mason. ‘Noticing’ is a practice which is integral to successful critical reflective practice. The development of ‘noticing’ begins with a recognition that as an individual you are ‘not noticing’. We all become caught up in the everyday patterns and routines of our practice and whilst these remain… Continue reading Restoring Noticing

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