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Valeria Maltoni
Works at Conversation Agent - http://bit.ly/bestrategic
Attended University of Bologna
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As children, we start the first grade with our hand up, eager to participate and get involved, and end up hiding in the back row near graduation -- diversity, creativity, and curiosity beaten out of us. Because those who succeed, generally are labeled as misfits. Yet, it is #creativity   that enables a culture of innovation.
“Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” - Albert Einstein “Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at least you create what you will.” - George Bernard Show Sir Ken Robinson's body of work is one deserving of attention. Robinson is best known for the self deprecating sense of humor with which he delivers a very important message: “Imagination is the sou...
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what has helped Netflix is having a nimble approach to #technology  
At the end of his talk where he explains how Netflix brought programmatic advertising in house, ad technology director Tony Ralph said it's not for everyone: What has helped Netflix is having a nimble approach, having the juxtaposition of the ego and say 'I can do this' and move forward, but also have the lack of ego and say 'you know what, we were charging this way, and it is wrong and now we have to pull back.' ... the balance of confidence but...
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Thoughts on what influences our blindness, and why we are afraid to disagree in #business  
“What would I eliminate if I had a magic wand? Overconfidence,” says Daniel Kahneman in a recent interview with The Guardian. The author of a much celebrated best seller Thinking Fast and Slow and winner of the Nobel prize in economics: ... is downbeat about the capacity of his brand of psychology to effect change in the world. I imagine he would simply argue he’s a realist about human nature. And, indeed, studies showing that “skilled” analysts ...
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Stuart Brown's research on play exposes the areas of our #culture most in need of “play hygiene”
“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” [Plato] Stuart Brown says play is more than just fun. In Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul he says: “[...] work that is devoid of play is either boring or a grind. We can get pretty far through sheer willpower, and some people have prodigious powers of perfectionism, self-denial, and suffering. Ultimately, though,...
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Learning the difference between anecdote and #story - very powerful.
How do you go about it? I can tell you that it's a long process and takes a lot of work. Because of one key element your story needs to have to be valuable -- human context. Tomorrow we will take the stage and #dareconfUSA and tell our stories. Mine was a defining moment in the arc of my life and the story arc will convey how much that decision has changed me from that point forward. Stories without a turning point are just anecdotes. Peter Aguer...
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Liu Bolin and his art of blending takes me back to elementary school. We had an #art   teacher of gave us as assignment to continue the image in a postcard -- she distributed various landscapes to us, which we glued to a big white cardboard. Our tools: brushes and paints. I loved that assignment!
In September 2010 I received a package with a personalized note on crisp executive format paper from Mountain View, California. A place I have (still) never visited. The note was signed Nancy. It said: “Dear Valeria, I'm exited to send you a hot-off-the-press copy of Resonate. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Hopefully we can change the world one presentation at a time!” Changing the world is hard. That is something I know, ma...
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Clarity of understanding is the difference between coherence and chaos in #business . Knowing the process we use to make decisions helps us retrace our steps and learn using evidence.
Diego Rodriguez is a Principal of international design and consulting firm IDEO. For the past 18 months he has been creating new ventures @IDEOFutures where the firm looks to marry entrepreneurship and design. IDEO has a long history and track record of innovation. The company's founder, David Kelley, has been examining the question of how to build creative confidence and overcome the fear of judgment throughout his career. He believes that by le...
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We want to make a contribution with our work, and we want our lives to matter. How do we go about identifying the best opportunities to do that?
If we asked ourselves -- are we making a difference? Would we be satisfied with our answer or would we find it satisficing? Most of us want to have an impact in this sense (as opposed to collision.) We want to make a contribution with our work, and we want our lives to matter. How do we go about identifying the best opportunities to do that? Whether we are getting started on our careers, want to change the world, are wrestling with the question o...
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In my view, we will need many of the same skills we need today, including a stronger focus on understanding the #business and its results, #creativity, ideas and executions, and the ability to work collaboratively.
“The question for brands, agencies and media owners alike is what do you need to be able to do to continue to flourish in the world described by these future scenarios. Are some more relevant to you than others? Which areas present real opportunities for your business and how can you best futureproof your current offer to make sure that you adapt fast enough to lead rather than play catch up over the coming decade?” [Melanie Howard, Chair, Future...
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The book teaches us how to use the tools of improv comedy to communicate more openly and honestly, especially during the most difficult conversations.
In Yes, And: How Improvisation Reverses "No, But" Thinking and Improves Creativity and Collaboration The Second City Kelly Leonard and Tom Yorton say that: We are at our happiest and most successful when we are working as improvisers. When we are fiercely following the elements of improvisation, we generate ideas both quickly and efficiently; we're more engaged with out coworkers; our interactions with clients become richer or more long-standing;...
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We may or not may not be aware of the trade-offs we make between immediate benefit, cost, and long-term consequences, including unintended consequences - #learninghabit  
In economic terms we call them opportunity cost. They involve sacrificing something to do something else. Every day, we trade our time, attention, and resources as we go through our day. As individuals and organizations, we are reservoirs of potential energy that can be recruited to do things. How we spend our days does end up creating our lives. As Jim Loher and Tony Schwartz say in The Power of Full Engagement, a book I read a dozen years ago, ...
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business and brand strategy, digital and social integration, brand development, global experience; eCommerce, financial services, technology, media & entertainment, publishing, CPGs
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    Most organizations struggle with two problems: not creating the right products or services, and not reaching the right people. We translate big “S” Strategy into action strategy using learning to build contextual understanding of your brand and its relationships, including customers and their networks and create advantage for your business. Our framework is built on observation and orientation to lead to decision and action.
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Conversation Agent | Make sense. Make do. Make it.
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strategist - design of service/product experiences to help businesses rediscover the value of promises and its effect on relationships + culture. 

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Publisher #LearningHabit | Strategist | passionate about digital, brands, creativity, culture, languages.
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  • University of Bologna
    linguistics
  • Villanova University
    marketing
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