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Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Blog, Kingdom |

7 Deadly Assumptions #3: Confirmation Bias – Leadership Network Blog

7 Deadly Assumptions #3: Confirmation Bias – Leadership Network Blog

“We don’t believe the world we see; we see the world we believe.” In the blockbuster movie, The Matrix, there is a pivotal scene where the Judas figure, Cypher, betrays his cohort of rebels in favor of a more comfortable ‘reality’.  If you haven’t seen the film, “the Matrix” is a virtual reality created by an advanced artificial intelligence.  Machines that are a part of this system have usurped human dominion, plugging everyone into their giant network to keep them alive but in the dark.  The virtual world is managed by “agents” who, because they are manifestations of the AI within the network, possess super-human abilities that make them virtually unstoppable ‘peace keepers’.  In return for life in this artificial world, the energy of the billions of people plugged into the system provide the necessary power to keep everything running.  A nice little symbiotic relationship. Sorta. Anyway, in this scene, Agent Smith, chief of all the agents, talks to the rebel, Cypher, over a nice steak dinner.  Cypher admits that...

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Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Blog, Kingdom |

7 Deadly Assumptions #2: Framing – Leadership Network Blog

7 Deadly Assumptions #2: Framing – Leadership Network Blog

At some point in time you’ve probably played a version of a game called “The Back-to-Back Game” (not a very clever title, I’ll admit).  It begins by participants pairing up and standing in front of their partner.  Pairs are given 60 seconds to observe their partner’s appearance, trying to develop a mental picture of each and every detail.  Then the pairs are instructed to stand back-to-back and change 5 things about their appearance without their partner’s knowledge.  After another minute, the pairs face one another again and try to pick out each of the changes that were made.  There is chuckling and general merriment from participants, with the exception of those who rue such silly games. That’s the first round.  Pairs are asked once again to turn around and change five additional things about their appearance, without correcting the first five.  Groans and giggles ensue as participants struggle to come up with five more changes.  After time is up, they face their partners one more time to identify the...

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Posted by on Jun 8, 2015 in Blog, Kingdom |

7 Deadly Assumptions – Leadership Network Blog

7 Deadly Assumptions – Leadership Network Blog

This is another series I’ve been working on for the Leadership Network blog.  I’ve enjoyed rehashing some thoughts on leadership and strategic thinking.  Would love your comments on these.  Enjoy! The Ladder of Inference Have you ever been cut off in traffic? If you’re anything like me, just reading that first sentence can set your emotions to a slow boil. When you get cut off, lose your parking spot, or fall victim to some other blatant traffic injustice, a sequence of steps begin to unfold in your mind, like the slow unwrapping of an unwelcomed gift, that move you from observable fact to belief-based response in an instance. And if your emotions aren’t held tightly in check, you can ‘lose your religion’ in less time than it take to slam on the brakes. Why do many of us react this way? What is it that moves some of us from experience to emotion, while others seem unmoved by similar circumstances? Recently I came across an article that described a...

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Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Blog, Kingdom |

Discovery Skill #5: Networking – Leadership Network Blog

Discovery Skill #5: Networking – Leadership Network Blog

One of the principles we follow at Leadership Network is that innovation doesn’t happen alone. For the past 31 years, we have held the belief that if you get the right people in the room, great things happen. We have spent a great deal of energy, effort, and resources to build a network of leaders and a variety of experiences centered around Kingdom innovation.  ‘Networking’ is in our DNA. It’s how we help leaders like you move from ideas to implementation to impact. But how does networking for innovation ‘work?’  According to the authors of The Innnovator’s DNA: “Devoting time and energy to finding and testing ideas through a network of diverse individuals gives innovators a radically different perspective. Unlike most executives—who network to access resources, to sell themselves or their companies, or to boost their careers—innovative entrepreneurs go out of their way to meet people with different kinds of ideas and perspectives to extend their own knowledge domains. To this end, they make a conscious effort to visit...

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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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