Some interesting ideas around the power of creative pairs/teams and what is required to make them work: “Joshua Wolf Shenk’s new book out this week, Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs, draws on academic research, historical evidence, and original reportage, to explore what makes creative partnerships tick, from a foundation of trust to a spark that ignites when two people are “as alike as identical twins and as unalike as complete strangers.” via Why Real Innovation Comes From Powerful Pairs | Inc.com.
“Joshua Wolf Shenk’s new book out this week, Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs, which, drawing on academic research, historical evidence, and original reportage, he explores what makes creative partnerships tick, from a foundation of trust to a spark that ignites when two people are “as alike as identical twins and as unalike as complete strangers.” I spoke with Shenk about why the lone genius is a myth, creativity is inherently social, and what really makes co-founders turn on each other.” via Why Real Innovation Comes From Powerful Pairs… Read more Why Real Innovation Comes From Powerful Pairs | Inc.com →
“Being the boss means being busy, so busy that you run the very real risk of overlooking the most important thing in your [organisation] –your people. Setting goals and issuing instructions is not enough. Neither is a relentless focus on your [students]. Yes, they matter–a lot–but to have happy [students] you need to happy [teachers]. To be at your best, both as a leader and as a person, you need to connect and sincerely communicate with your [teachers].” http://feeds.inc.com/~r/home/updates/~3/OsIpwDr1saw/story01.htm
Here it is. The secret to successful meetings in one sweet, sweet nugget: “use your valuable meeting time to create the future rather than summarize the past.” http://feeds.inc.com/~r/home/updates/~3/PChgk9LdwGc/story01.htm
“A hot group is a small group of individuals who share the excitement and commitment for a particular idea, perspective, or product. In a hot group, individuals commit to each other over mutual emotion and excitement over an idea, rather than rational exchange and coordination. Monet, Renoir, Manet, Bazzille, and Sissley were five painters, who separately were a soldier, factory worker, naval cadet, business student, and medical student. On the surface, they shared nothing. Together, they were a hot group. Through this hot group, they gave the world Impressionism.” http://feeds.inc.com/~r/home/updates/~3/CY_ZHlhfqJw/story01.htm
“So often when we get into an argument, or even a vigorous debate, we don’t even stop to listen to what is being said. Instead, we frequently simply reiterate our position, albeit ever more forcefully. This is too bad, because it misses a huge opportunity. Stephen Covey: Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our happiness.” via The Space Between Stimulus and Response.
“Let’s face it, most groups and teams are highly ineffective at making good quality decisions consistently, repeatedly, and without stress. There’s something about putting a bunch of people together–however competent they may be individually–that generates redundancy, friction and confusion.” Here’s a suggestion for a four step process to help teams make good decisions… via How to Make Good Decisions as a Team | Inc.com.
“It’s not rocket science. Being a better leader starts with the little things. Here’s what you need to know.” via 21 Ways to Be a Better Leader Without Breaking a Sweat | Inc.com.