Diversity of thinking: Taking a good idea and making it real

Diversity of thinking: Taking a good idea and making it real

Posted by Juliet Bourke on April 21, 2016.

Diversity of thinking is often touted as a panacea to groupthink and organizational inertia, but how do leaders take that profound insight and make it real? In my new book, Which two heads are better than one?, I take a practical approach to this challenge. Let me introduce these ideas with one set of examples.

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HR Times Redux: Have you seen these top posts?

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Over the past three years, HR Times has been discussing the talent-workforce-leadership-learning-organizational sphere with a broad audience of HR leaders and practitioners from business, industry, and government. We’ve looked at the trends and technologies, the challenges and risks, and the opportunities and imperatives for the future. Now we’re taking a brief look back. Here are a few of the top posts that have garnered the most attention. Did you miss any? Take a look and take away some food for thought.

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This Thing We Call “Passion”

Video Blog: John Hagel discusses “Unlocking the Passion of the Explorer”

What can we learn from environments that demand sustained extreme performance improvement? Our research found a common element across diverse fields: The people in those environments were extremely passionate about what they were doing — a particular kind of passion we call “The Passion of the Explorer.”

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Staking HR’s Claim to Social Media

Staking HR's Claim to Social MediaPosted by Stephen Redwood on July 24, 2012

It’s hard to imagine that anyone working in business today hasn’t felt the effects of the powerful and disruptive technology forces that are changing the way we work, play and even live. There’s a new melding of people and technology in this Postdigital™ world, with the pentagon of social, mobility, analytics, cloud and cyber intelligence technologies converging to create Postdigital Enterprises. The boundaries of the postdigital playing field are still being established, making now the time for HR to put its stake in the ground, particularly in the area of social media.

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Global Business Driven HR Transformation: The Journey Continues

Global Business Driven HR TransformationPosted by Jason Geller and Arthur H. Mazor on December 12, 2011

You can turn to the TV talking heads to hear opinions about the future. Or you can turn to the people in the trenches for an informed view of what really lies down the track.

These words introduce our new book on global HR Transformation and help explain why we created it. Our global HR Transformation consulting practitioners have amassed a unique perspective on the continuing journey to achieve Business Driven HR and address the major challenges organizations face globally larger issues and trends.Most every organization with which we collaborate can share stories about their place along the HR Transformation journey. The strategies we’ve pulled together are grounded in a set of key business imperatives, including:

  • Growth
  • Globalization and Emerging Markets
  • Cost Pressure
  • Talent
  • Innovation
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Risk & Compliance

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What’s New in Innovation?

What's New in Innovation? Posted by Alice Kwan on October 7, 2011

Many of the executives I talk with are wrestling with how to establish a culture of innovation in their organizations. Driven by forces like M&A activity, the growing need to partner with others in and out of their industry and the ever-present pressure to increase efficiencies and cut costs, they want to know how to expand collaborative thinking and new idea generation beyond the traditional “innovation departments” like R&D and product development.

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Diversity: A Key to the Innovation Engine

Posted by Thom McElroyon July 15, 2011

Perhaps my favorite concept in business is the idea of synergy — the thought that the whole of our ideas is greater than the sum of their parts. It only stands to reason that as leaders bring a variety of ideas, background, experience, and personal history together, the outcome is being able to outpace the competition. Emerging from a world where diversity was about “leveling the playing field,” many companies today are realizing that just the opposite is true — diversity is about raising the bar for the whole organization; it is about gaining competitive advantage.

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