soft skills

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    HR Improvements that Can Build a Better Company

    June 20, 2017 | By: | In: Organization & Culture

    The role of HR has evolved significantly over the years. In the past, HR was focused only on hiring and making sure paychecks were sent to the right employees. Today, HR plays a much broader role in the strategic goals of a company. These following improvements can help your HR department meet your company goals.

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    The Benefits of Experiential Learning for Leaders with Rocket Scientist Joshua Spodek

    March 3, 2017 | By: | In: Innovation Ecosystem, Podcast

    In this podcast, Joshua Spodek discusses his journey from PhD student of astrophysics to launching and failing in the business world, and finally becoming a sought-after leadership coach and professor at NYU. He also touches on practical tools and exercises used to build the leadership muscles, and explores the importance of experiential learning or project-based learning for building leadership and personal skills.

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    Creativity is Key: Tips on Avoiding Groupthink

    January 10, 2017 | By: | In: Organization & Culture

    It’s awesome when everyone agrees, isn’t it? Yes—and no. Most of us have, at some point, fallen into the trap of groupthink to avoid conflict and promote harmony in a group, whether at school, work, or on a committee. Groupthink has its perks: everyone feels comfortable, and there’s no risk of tension among members. It’s safe. Easy. Unfortunately, it can also kills creativity and innovation.

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    Hacking Reality to Have a Great Day with Caroline Webb

    December 23, 2016 | By: | In: Innovation Ecosystem, Podcast

    Caroline is the CEO of Sevenshift, a firm that shows people how to leverage behavioral science to improve their working life. Caroline is also the author of How To Have A Good Day, which has been published in 16 different languages, in more than 60 countries. Some of the topics Mark and Caroline cover on this week’s show are: The secret manifesto Caroline has hidden in the book, which is shared by the Innovation Ecosystem, the 100-plus tools Caroline uses, all of which are scientifically proven, and operate independent of context, culture, or industry, and what you can do to hack reality in service of having a good day.

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    Pre-suasion: How to Influence With Integrity

    December 2, 2016 | By: | In: Innovation Ecosystem, Podcast

    Professor Robert Cialdini has spent his entire career researching the science of influence. This has earned him an international reputation as an expert in the fields of persuasion, compliance, and negotiation. On this week’s episode, Robert discusses how to enlist the support of your senior managers prior to making an important presentation, how companies can boost their sales productivity by up to 60%, and what we can learn from Warren Buffett on communication.

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    Managing Risk and Shortcuts for Project Managers

    November 24, 2016 | By: | In: Enabling Factors, Strategies

    Project managers are often dealing with loads of stress coming from all fronts, such as the pursuit of deadlines. Pressed by senior managers to deliver, project managers may find themselves resorting to risky shortcuts to make ends meet. Here are some ways to manage these risky shortcuts in project management.

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    Three Types of Networkers and the Roadblocks for Corporate Networking

    November 9, 2016 | By: | In: Collaborative Innovation, Organization & Culture

    As you determine how to build a networking culture within your organization, it’s important to understand how networking actually works. One of the most knowledgeable people on organizational networking and—how this supports innovation—is Rob Cross, a professor in the management department of University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce.

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    How Humility, Courage, and Empathy Help Navigate the Creative Process

    October 26, 2016 | By: | In: Videos

    In this short talk, Seung Chan Lim (Slim) shares two stories from research he conducted at both the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University on what it means to “make something,” how it works as a creative process, and why it matters to our lives. The stories illustrate how humility & courage help the artist develop their empathy in relation to the “others” they interact with in the creative process.

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    A New Approach to a Longstanding Team Building Tool

    October 11, 2016 | By: | In: Book Reviews

    After dedicating his professional career to teaching team building in companies followed by fifteen years of travelling the world to teach people about the DISC model, author and keynote speaker Merrick Rosenberg continues his mission in a new book that takes a more playful approach to personal assessment and learning behavioral differences.

  • ways-to-create-ecosystems

    Ways to Create Ecosystems

    September 28, 2016 | By: | In: Videos

    Astia CEO Sharon Vosmek shares research on what factors really increase group intelligence on teams: 1) Social perceptiveness of the team members, 2) Evenness of conversation over ideas between team members, and 3) The proportion of women on the team.

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    Creating an Innovation Network with Rob Wolcott

    September 2, 2016 | By: | In: Innovation Ecosystem, Podcast

    As Co-Founder & Executive Director of the Kellogg Innovation Network (KIN) and a Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Rob Wolcott knows a bit about networking and the politics of innovation. In this episode of Innovation Ecosystem Rob shares practical advice for intrapreneurs who are looking to get stuff done from within the middle of the organization. And for growth leaders of businesses, he also has some great tips about where to get your inspiration!

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    The Leadership Mindset: Disciplined Collaboration, Followership and Purpose

    August 25, 2016 | By: | In: Innovation Ecosystem, Podcast

    What makes a successful leader? Is there a secret formula for outstanding leadership above and beyond natural charisma? This is one of the golden questions that every HR manager and business owner wants to know. In fact, countless books and articles have been written on the subject. Emmanuel Gobillot is a leading author and speaker on the fundamentals of effective leadership and in this interview with Mark Bidwell he shares key insights about cultivating the leader’s mindset.

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    Urgently Wanted: The Design Driven Manager

    June 30, 2016 | By: | In: Organization & Culture

    The potential of Design Thinking becomes more and more visible because organizations like Apple, Coca-Cola, IBM, Nike en Proctor & Gamble not only show overtly that they use it, but start showing significant results. They outperformed their peers in the last decade with 219%, measured by the Design Value Index (assessment by Design Management Institute).

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    Innovate as a Team? Work on Your Psychological Safety!

    May 30, 2016 | By: | In: Creative Leadership, Innovation Psychology, Organization & Culture

    To be able to use the full potential of innovation, psychological safety within teams and organisations is essential. Psychological safety is the shared belief that it is safe within the team for interpersonal risk taking. There is a direct relation between a psychological safe climate and performance of the team. (Edmondson 1999)

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    How to Achieve More Effective Performance Appraisals

    January 25, 2016 | By: | In: Innovation Psychology

    Roughly only half of all companies conduct annual performance reviews. Of the fifty percent of companies that do tend to provide consistent and reliable feedback to their employees. However, it can be awkward at times to tell someone on your staff that they aren’t doing a good job or attempt to offer constructive criticism without sounding condescending. What are some ways to make a performance appraisal more effective and less awkward for yourself and the employee?

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