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Going Meta

"Psychologists and educational researchers, for example, stress how metacognition — the awareness and understanding of one’s own thought processes — is integral to enhanced learning and better decisions. Rigorous “thinking about thinking” boosts cognitive capabilities, and framing business competences and aspirations in meta-context invites ingenuity around their fundamentals."
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"Here’s an example: At a professional services firm rolling out KPI dashboards, a breakthrough came when a cross-functional design group and IT considered creating a KPI dashboard to manage KPI dashboards. What literally began as joking comments about “dashboard management” turned into creative debates around designing “master dashboards.” How could disparate KPIs be effectively aggregated and synthesized across the enterprise?

That macro-perspective fundamentally altered the mission. Designing KPI dashboards for KPI dashboards transformed how the team perceived its opportunity to impact top management, as well as individual users."

#DriveInnovation #DecisionMaking #leadership #metacognition 

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Notes from a keynote address by bestselling author Jim Collins

The creativity of great leaders is inspired by data-driven insights.

"Great leadership begins with the right people, and then building a culture that can deal with the shocks of the environment.  And the most important managerial skill is picking the right people and putting them in the right seats.  So what does it take to lead in these times of turmoil? Greatness generally comes not from charisma, but character, choices and consistency over the long term.  So for great leadership, the most important characteristics to have are the humility and will associated with “Level 5” Leadership ambition, in addition to a 3-way combination of:

- Fanatical discipline,
- Empirical creativity,
- Productive paranoia.

One key linkage I made is with the point about emprirical creativity. It's the handmaiden of analytics.  And it seems that great leaders' fondness for analytics means that they make confident decisions and they also ask great questions.  When I think about great leaders, it's the thoughtful curiosity and engagement in the form of the questions they ask that stand out for me.  Think about strong leaders in your organization - what makes them great?"

#Analytics   #BuildResilience   #DecisionMaking   #DriveInnovation   #Managers    #creativity   #leadership   #culture  

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How to make an organisation-wide digital transformation project a success still remains elusive for many

"Digital transformation can be viewed holistically as the confluence of SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud) technologies, cutting through business processes, enabling agile & secure infrastructure, leveraging IoT & connected devises, driven by seamless integration into (and upgrading) of current IT systems and underpinned by actionable insights for sustainable differentiation across customer experience and business efficiency."
#Social #Mobile #Analytics #Cloud #InternetofThings 
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"The business efficiency theme driving digital transformation projects is all around creating differentiation for organisations through one or more of the following: helping an organisation to become more agile and responsive in its ability to identify either opportunities or to protect against threats; taking cost optimisation to the next level by further automating mundane and routine tasks that can be more efficiently handled by intelligent systems; creating better decision making powered by real-time data and insights, rather than by gut-feel and intuition; and unleashing the ability to innovate through the provision of new offerings or different business models."
#DriveInnovation #Automation #ReduceRisk #DecisionMaking 

Posted by +Daniel Durrant

Cause Analytics is here to help you navigate through Business Intelligence, understand today's challenges and tomorrow's technologies.

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Breaking free of your comfort zone

Some good pointers in this piece. Talk to new people. Seek new perspectives. Be open to discovery!

I like this excerpt:
Habitual thinking is the brain's way to be efficient, but it also tends to keep you in your comfort zone. If you know what works one time, your brain starts to recognize this and create more defined neural pathways that allow you to almost unconsciously create an efficient action.

#DriveInnovation #Entrepreneurs 

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Salesforce Wear opens wearable CRM market, cool

Salesforce is said to be making a "bold and well-timed" move into the "wearables space". In their lineup of supported devices are the Epson Moverio, Jawbone UP, Vuzix M100, Meta Spaceglasses, and Oculus Rift join Pebble, Samsung Gear, Google Glass, Moto360, Myo, and Bionym Nymi band. Some highlights from the article:

Salesforce revealed that FacialNetwork, a HospitalityID app, allows customer service reps wearing smart glasses to identify guests using instant facial recognition technology.
. . . .
ClickSoftware’s ShiftExpert app leverages Samsung Gear II smartwatches to enable employees to clock in and out from shifts, automatically entering the data into timesheets – and sending reminder notifications if the worker is in danger of being late for a shift. 
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Proximity Insight’s app for Android Wear smartwatches alerts workers when a VIP has come into physical range, allowing retail employees to greet the customer right away.

#DriveInnovation   #Mobile   #Consumerisation   #HumanResources   #Sales  

Posted by +David Pidsley with +Dan Durrant 

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New on the Anticipate Change Blog: Data Storytelling for Disruptors

"Disruptive innovations have become common in these 'postnormal' times. Organisations that seek to be disruptive are fusing big data analytics with storytelling to nurture better business cultures. Narratives and data stories encourage participation in innovation. We share our recent experience and insights into data storytelling and disruptive innovation."

#AnticipateChange   #BigData   #Storytelling   #DriveInnovation   #DisruptiveInnovation   #Analysts   #SelfService  

Cause Analytics is here to help you navigate through Business Intelligence, understand today's challenges and tomorrow's technologies.

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Deep Data: a more ethical and transparent form of Big Data?

Excerpts:
The real problem of big data is that we are increasingly outsourcing our capacity to sense and think to algorithms programmed into machines. While this seems very convenient and cool at first and offers access to services that many of us want, it also raises a question about who actually owns big data, about the rights of individuals and citizens to own their personal data and to exercise choices regarding its use.
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Deep data is used to make people and communities see themselves. Deep data functions like a mirror: it makes you see yourself--both as an individual and as a community. Over the past twenty years of my professional life I have been helping teams and organizations go through processes of profound innovation and transformative change across sectors and cultures. The one thing that I have learned from all these projects is that the key to transformative change is to make the system see itself. That's why deep data matters. It matters to the future of our institutions, our societies, and our planet.
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But what happens today with big data often is the opposite: big data is used to manipulate our behavior, to bombard us with commercials that we never asked for. Surface big data is used to outsource human thinking to algorithms, to reduce our level of awareness inside the boundaries of habitual thought.  Deep data, if developed and cultivated in the right way, could help us to enhance the level of awareness and consciousness and to change the system by shifting the consciousness of stakeholders in that system from ego-system awareness (awareness of my own silo) to eco-system awareness (awareness of the whole).

#PositiveLocalImpact   #DriveInnovation   #Globalisation   #HumanResources   #BigData   #Transparency   #Wellbeing  
The journey from science 1.0 to 2.0 is a journey of bending the beam of scientific observation back onto the observing self--both individually and collectively. #nemetics This is a nemetical approach to deep sensing.

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Harnessing the Energy of Opposites

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How do today’s leaders create profound innovation in the face of complexity? According to an executive report by the IBM Institute for Business Value, they do it by “embracing dynamic tensions.”

In a report released in July, "Cultivating organizational creativity in an age of complexity," Barbara J. Lombardo and Daniel John Roddy assert that “leaders who embrace the dynamic tension between creative disruption and operational efficiency can create new models of extraordinary value. . . . By harnessing the energy of opposites, creative leaders and their organizations can benefit from new assumptions that replace less effective ‘either/or’ approaches.”
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The report lists seven key tensions that leaders can creatively optimize to create innovative breakthroughs:
[Here are two of them]
Operational Efficiency and Creative Disruption: “Complex systems (for example, the human body) are able to adapt in an orderly fashion to unexpected challenges because their many distinctive parts work smoothly together”

Business, Society, and the Environment: “Truly sustainable growth and profitability comes from solutions that address the needs of society and the environment”
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The body of work known as “polarity thinking” (or “polarity management”), pioneered by Dr. Barry Johnson, provides a practical and sophisticated method for leveraging dynamic tensions (or polarities). Polarities are situations ... in which both conflicting points of view are true. When leaders manage this ongoing, natural tension, they can often channel it into a creative synergy that leads to superior outcomes.

#DriveInnovation    

Featured in Data Storytelling for Disruptors
http://blog.causeanalytics.com/2014/10/data-storytelling-for-disruptors.html 

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Balancing the Big “I” and the little “I” of Innovation

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Many of us think of Innovation as that cool, new, never been done before breakthrough that completely changes the landscape of a business, its products, or the dynamics of the market. By that definition, we are referring to the Big “I” of innovation, and if successful, it can be an enormous win. These breakthrough or disruptive innovations are high risk and high return, and typically mid to long-term initiatives. It is because of the big payoff that companies should invest in these types of initiatives.

The incremental changes or improvements to businesses and products are known as the little “i” of innovation. While they are not quite as groundbreaking as the Breakthroughs, they are certainly powerful and profitable. Short-term innovations are typically focused on exploiting or optimizing existing business. They bring short-term revenue, increased efficiency, and cost-savings, which are important to keep the company going.

Having a balanced innovation portfolio is crucial to the success of your organization. Innovation has to bring tangible results and a competitive advantage to the organization by generating new revenue or reducing costs. Therefore you need a constant pipeline of new ideas, for a sustainable competitive advantage that provide short- and long-term benefits. 

#DriveInnovation   #GrowIncome   #SaveMoney  

Featured in Data Storytelling for Disruptors
http://blog.causeanalytics.com/2014/10/data-storytelling-for-disruptors.html 

Posted by +Dan Durrant 

Cause Analytics is here to help you navigate through Business Intelligence, understand today's challenges and tomorrow's technologies.

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Fusing Narrative with Analytic Thinking

+Stephen Denning writes,
"Analytic, abstract thinking is ideal for reporting the regular, the expected, the normal, the ordinary, the unsurprising, the mundane, the things we often take so much for granted that we are hardly conscious that we know them at all.

"By contrast, narrative thinking, encapsulated in stories and storytelling, is ideally suited to discussing the exceptional. Narrative thrives on the disruptions from the ordinary, the unexpected, the conflicts, the deviations, the surprises, the unusual. Stories flourish in the overthrow of the existing order by some event or thought that changes our perspective. Stories derive their power from a violation of the normal and the legitimate and the ordinary, which in turn generates the fear and curiosity and excitement which we all feel when listening to a good new story. In this way, stories appeal not only to the mental process of the brain, but are grounded in the feelings of the listener. They thus appeal to both the mind and the heart.
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"Storytelling doesn’t replace analytical thinking. It supplements it by enabling us to imagine new perspectives and new worlds, and is ideally suited to communicating change and stimulating innovation. Abstract analysis is easier to understand when seen through the lens of a well-chosen story and can of course be used to make explicit the implications of a story. The Springboard does not recommend abandoning abstract thinking, nor does it suggest that we should give up the advances that have emerged through experimentation and science. It discusses the discovery of the power of storytelling and the mechanisms by which it operates, thus remedying the neglect of storytelling, but not so as to jettison analytic thinking. It proposes marrying the communicative and imaginative strengths of storytelling with the advantages of abstract and scientific analysis."

#Storytelling   #DriveInnovation  

Featured in Data Storytelling for Disruptors
http://blog.causeanalytics.com/2014/10/data-storytelling-for-disruptors.html 
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