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Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Blog, Kingdom |

Discovery Skill #3: Observing – Leadership Network Blog

Discovery Skill #3: Observing – Leadership Network Blog

Welcome to the fourth post in our series on innovation “discovery skills”.  If you haven’t read the previous posts, catch up on them here: Introduction: 5 Discovery Skills of Innovators Discovery Skill #1 – Associating Discovery Skill #2 – Questioning As a kid, I loved doing those ‘connect the dot’ activities.  They were pretty simple to do, and there was no greater feeling than beginning to see an image emerge out of a page of seemingly unrelated dots.  This post focuses on a discovery skill that is much like ‘connecting the dots’.  Its the skill of “observing”. There’s no real mystery to this skill; its just as simple as it sounds.  But that doesn’t mean effective observation is ‘easy’.  Leaders that have finely tuned their skills of observing have done so intentionally and over time.  They have learned to scrutinize common phenomena, particularly the behavior of potential customers, in order to generate breakthrough ideas. In observing others, they act like anthropologists and social scientists, combining qualitative and quantitative data to...

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Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Blog, Kingdom |

Discovery Skill #2: Questioning – Leadership Network Blog

Discovery Skill #2: Questioning – Leadership Network Blog

Leadership Network was established thirty years ago, in part, as a result of Peter Drucker’s relationship with and influence upon our founder, Bob Buford.  More than 50 years ago, Peter Drucker described the power of provocative questions for leadership. He wrote: “The important and difficult job is never to find the right answers, it is to find the right question.” Innovators find creative solutions to problems because they are relentless in finding and asking the right questions.  They aren’t afraid to question and challenge the status quo, and they constantly seek out those with the same mindset yet diverse perspectives.  Creative leaders spend a tremendous amount of time thinking about how to change the world.  In doing so, the continually ask, “What would happen if…?” To question effectively, innovative leaders do the following: They ask “How could we…?” Too often we approach challenges with a deficit mindset.  When potential solutions are proposed, our common response is, “That won’t work” or “We’ve never done that before.”  Even a simple shift...

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Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Blog |

Discovery Skill #1: Association – Leadership Network Blog

Discovery Skill #1: Association – Leadership Network Blog

Welcome to our series of posts covering the five ‘discovery skills’ of innovative leaders.  If you missed the introductory post, you can catch it here. The first discovery skill is “association”.  Association is the ability to successfully connect seemingly unrelated questions, problems, or ideas from different fields.  The art of connecting has long been recognized as central to innovative thinking.  Serial innovator and late Apple CEO Steve Jobs observed that “Creativity is connecting things.”  Author, TED presenter, and student of great ideas Steven Johnson commented that “Chance favors the connected mind.”  The more adept a leader is at connecting divergent principles and ideas, the greater the likelihood that innovative strategies will emerge. The world’s most innovative companies stay on top by taking advantage of the divergent associations of their founders, executives, and employees. For example, Pierre Omidyar launched eBay in 1996 after linking three unconnected dots: A fascination with creating more-efficient markets, after having been shut out from a hot internet company’s IPO in the mid-1990s His fiancée’s desire to...

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Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Blog |

5 Crucial Discovery Skills of Innovative Leaders – Leadership Network Blog

5 Crucial Discovery Skills of Innovative Leaders – Leadership Network Blog

I’ve done a lot of writing lately on the Leadership Network blog, but haven’t taken the time to repost any of that here.  Over the next few weeks I’ll play a little catch up with a couple of series I’ve done related to innovation and leadership.  Hope you enjoy! Pioneering leaders understand the ability to innovate is the “secret sauce” of organizational success.  This is true whether you’re a CEO of a Fortune 500 company, an inventor, or a co-founder of a start-up.  But few of us really understand what makes one leader more creative or innovative than another.  Is it something you’re born with?  Is it a skill you can develop? In an attempt to answer these (and other) questions, authors of the book The Innovators DNA studied the habits of 25 innovative entrepreneurs and surveyed more than 3,000 executives and 500 individuals who had started innovative companies or invented new products.  They learned that at most companies, top executives do not feel personally responsible for coming up...

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Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Blog, Kingdom |

Let’s Abolish Church Membership

Let’s Abolish Church Membership

Membership has its privileges. And that’s a problem when it comes to the church. We believe we have the right to… Be married and buried A Burger King Experience Top-notch Content Convenience A Faith Concierge We need to abolish church membership and establish joint ownership.   Church ownership brings about… Passion Hard Work Personal Investment An ‘Evangelistic’ Spirit Transformation Are you a member of your church?  Drop out.  Become an owner...

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