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Jim Hays
Works at The ASPIRE! Group, LLC
Attended University of Miami
Lives in Gold River, California
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"Ideas make you think. Insights make you act." - +Saul Kaplan @skap5
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"A quite obvious approach for established firms to complement their innovation capabilities may therefore be to partner or build innovation ecosystems with small firms."

"In many ways large companies need small companies more than vice versa, and it certainly wasn’t always that way."
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Hat Tip to +John Hagel for another great curation.
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“In survey after survey the major demands of industrial workers appear as demands for good and close group relationships with their fellow workers, for good relations with their supervisors, for advancement and, above all, for recognition as human beings, for social and prestige satisfactions, for status and function. Wages, while undoubtedly important, rank well down the list.” - Peter F. Drucker

Are the managers in your company adding to or detracting from that deep desire "for recognition as human beings"?
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I had the distinct pleasure of witnessing this view from the vantage point of a Yamaha FJR 1300 sport/touring motorcycle with my wife riding on the back. What an incredible experience it all was!
 
WHITE WATER THRASHING
Peterborough, Victoria, Australia

The Victorian coastline is amazing and the drive along the Great Ocean Road is a must if you visit this part of the world.  A number of rock stacks and arches can be seen along the drive, like this one which is imaginatively called 'The Arch'.  You can see why this area of the shoreline is called the 'Ship Wreck Coast' with the white water that is thrashing around the rocks.   (926)

This photo is best viewed large with shares and comments welcomed! (c)Lynden Smith

View the rest of my portfolio at www.LyndenSmith.com

#Canon  #Geelong #hdr #1212scenery #Peterborough, Victoria #Australia
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"Leading could be how we manage, or make knowledge effective through relationships, in powerless environments. Results are achieved around or beyond the use of power. “Leading without power” may be the only way leadership works. By definition, then, using power in leading is not leading at all."
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RIP-one of the first geniuses I learned of when I started college. Stayed relevant throughout his life, and beyond.
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+Daniel Pink on Innovation and Why We Need to Levitate More Frogs
"Human progress has always been driven by a sense of adventure and unconventional thinking." - Andre Geim
Think innovation might be important? If so, this terrific talk by Dan at the BIF7 event is highly recommended.
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Hat Tip to +Saul Kaplan, author of 'The Business Model Innovation Factory' and host of the upcoming BIF10 event for bringing this meaningful and important talk to the forefront once again.
http://www.businessinnovationfactory.com/bif10
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Several years ago, my wife and I were fortunate enough to visit this incredible castle nestled in Germany's Bavarian mountains. It's not hard to see why it served as Walt Disney's inspiration for for Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle.
 
Bavarian Castle Neuschwanstein....
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"Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly." - Franz Kafka
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Thanks for the reshare +Jim Hays
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"I am more afraid of an army of 100 sheep led by a lion than an army of 100 lions led by a sheep." - Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord
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It certainly does, +Jim Hays, it's the decisive element! 
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"Yet it’s possible that the hurdles to adoption are deeper and more fundamental than the structure of the market. None of this is to suggest that there isn’t a place for social communication tools in the workplace. But the outlook for rapid, mass adoption might have dimmed a bit."
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connector of dots, talent, ideas, and outcomes; collaborative co-creation junkie; speaker, writer, and consultant focused on helping clients leverage the two most effective types of innovation: business model innovation and collaborative partnering
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  • The ASPIRE! Group, LLC
    CEO & Principal Instigator, 2002 - present
  • Outcome Integrators, LLC
    CEO & Principal Connector, 2012 - present
  • Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Octel Communications
  • IBM Corporation
  • United States Air Force
    Captain
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Gold River, California
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Sydney, Australia - Miami, Florida - RAF Mildenhall, UK - Abilene, Texas - Kansas City, MO
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connector of dots, ideas, talent, and outcomes; co-creating enterprise innovation by helping CEOs bring the "meaningful Outside" in
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"Because the purpose of business is to create and keep a customer, the business enterprise has two - and only two - basic functions: marketing and innovation. Marketing and innovation produce results; all the rest are costs. Marketing is the distinguishing, unique function of the business."  
Peter Drucker (1909-2005) in The Practice of Management

If Peter Drucker had this one right (and lots of very bright people seem to think he did), then why is it that so many companies struggle to achieve breakaway success in the two areas that clearly matter most?

While the specific challenges will vary between each individual business, the primary issue is the natural tendency for each functional area within the organization to become overly focused on its own internal day-to-day issues and cross-functional machinations.  Although this is a natural tendency, that doesn't necessarily mean it is a healthy one.

So how does a CEO keep this naturally-occuring trend towards an inward focus from negatively impacting those results on the outside?

As always, Drucker's insights are simple, yet profound.

In his last article that was written for Wall Street Journal Online back in December of 2004, Drucker stated that, “The CEO is the link between the Inside that is ‘the organization,’ and the Outside of society, economy, technology, markets, and customers. Inside there are only costs. Results are only on the outside.”

Being a an effective CEO is one of the most challenging jobs on the planet.

CEOs have to be capable of juggling a mind-boggling level of complexity within the constraints of a never ending list of competing priorities that are constantly nipping at their heels for attention.

For that reason, determining what might even constitute that "meaningful Outside" is a job that is frequently put on the back burner by the pressing demands of more urgent issues.  Even if a CEO can carve out the time needed to establish what those relevant shifts on the outside are, the next challenge is to determine exactly which aspects of that "meaningful Outside" ought be brought in to the company and integrated across the various "costs on the inside".

Assisting CEOs with that all-important job of identifying that "meaningful Outside" and then capitalize on it through collaboratively innovation within their organizations and across their partnering ecosystem is why we exist.

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Survived hurtling at the ground in freefall from 18,000 feet up, made the long ascent up from 1,000 feet deep under the sea, and lived to tell the tale while fitting in a whole bunch of other crazy cool, adrenaline-filled adventures in between!
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  • University of Miami
    BA in Communications, 1974 - 1977
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