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What caught my attention on week 1 of 2020.


“We look at the present through a rear view mirror. We march backwards into the future.” — Marshall McLuhan


“And ultimately, collapse is required for new growth and renewal. It creates space for something different to grow.

(…) The new year will also be interesting; what areas has 2020 brought us to an inflection point from which we can’t recede? Where will we retrench? Who will move forward, and who will stay back? Will we collectively use this moment as an opportunity or as a threat?

Those questions create energy — energy we will all need to imagine the future we want — and energy we will need to pursue it.

This holiday season, take note of the lights in the darkness. What we focus on is a choice each of us gets to make. What choices are in front of you?

“What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? ~ Mary Oliver” — Rachel Happe

Ways Finding

1/ Insightful interview with Kenneth Mikkelsen on the value of neo-generalists. Few notes I took and share:

With the pandemic, we can move from problem-solving mode and tools oriented to finding ways to adjust to the new realities with reflection and action. The pandemic is more a condition to adapt to than a problem to solve. We become adaptive through learning.

Neo-generalists know different languages and traverse different domains to pick one area to apply to cross-pollination. They understand the language in one speciality to negotiate the new reality with people who are in the bubble.

2/ Interview with Marcia Conner on six ways to rewrite work to get better results.

“Encourage and enable people to share

The next clip is on enabling employees to contribute content. Sounds straightforward, yet in many companies, people aren’t empowered to share their thoughts and opinions. With the advent of blogging and social media, companies are encouraging their people to be more proactive with their whole self, and bring that enthusiasm to the business.

As Marcia illustrates with a fantastic example, giving people permission, and communication options, (in this case via social business) lights up an entirely new source of creativity, innovation, and employee engagement. Said one long time employee:

… “so you’re telling me

I can blog about the 20 years worth of cool things I’ve wanted to do in this organization, and have been keeping in a desk drawer?

I don’t believe you ….”

Check Out Yourself

“And sometimes your creation will only be for yourself. Even if no one else checks out your work, it’ll still help you see yourself. Become better known to yourself.” — Sharon Walker in The Guardian

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