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  1. Marga Biller

    Journal of Workplace Learning Publishes LILA Research on Informal Learning Conversations

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    Informal learning conversations with colleagues is a powerful yet understudied source of self-directed, professional development. This study investigated the types of learning 79 leaders from 22 organizations reported they learned from 44 peer-led conversations over a two-year period. Survey data suggests empirical evidence of five learning outcomes – informational, conceptual, operational, reflective, and social learning. The study describes these categories, the overall distribution of these types of learning in the community, and how most conversations were “rich” in a particular outcome. It concludes with possible explanations for these patterns as well as potential lines for future research.
  2. Marga Biller

    December 10 2015 Call with Tobias Fredberg Summary

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    Tobias Fredberg is an Associate Professor at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweeden. During his presentation he stated that organizations are often good at solving complicated problems—often by taking an engineering approach: divide a problem into parts and then solve the component parts. But in organizations that are complex, complicated problem solving doesn’t work. Complex problems can’t be broken down. Instead, complexity translates into paradoxical tensions.
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    February 2016 LILA animation

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    You must be logged into LILA website to view the animation from the February 2016 LILA gathering focused on the Paradoxical Organization. CLICK THE SPINNING arrow to view the animation.
  4. Marga Biller

    Paradox: An Everyday Workplace “Problem” with Paula Jarabkowski

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    Paula Jarzabkowski is a Professor of Strategic Management at Cass Business School, City University London. Her research focuses on strategy-as-practice in complex contexts, such as regulated firms, third sector organizations and financial services, particularly insurance and reinsurance. Her research in this regard has been foundational in the establishment of the field of strategy-as-practice.
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    October 2015 Feedback

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    Team What went well The energy of newbies Good voices Logistics felt seamless The opening by Daniel Wendy’s presentation was clarifying and experiential Felt very familiar to other LILA events Simplification of Gists worked well DIGS – using the Gists worked well, lots of connections to conetent The sharing of challenges by participants in opening frame Note taker and facilitator in small groups Time management went well Consider changes Blank name tag Have less content on presenters slides Consider not starting with actions Invite Teresa Inviting Marc and Wendy to respond to some questions – in dialogue How to use...
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    Introduction to October 2015 LILA Session

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    Daniel gave an overview of the goals of LILA, the themes that we have explored during the last 5 years and identified the threads from these themes that led us to this year’s theme of Managing Complexity:  Navigating Strategic Paradoxes. Click Here to review the Prezi.
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    “There is in all visible things..a hidden wholeness” Thomas Merton

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    In a paradox, opposites do not negate each other; they cohere in mysterious unity at the heart of reality. In a recent post by Parker Palmer, a contributor to the program On Being, he talks about the paradoxes he sees in Autumn. It is an inspirational piece that urges us to think about the paradoxes we see around us during this season. For example, it is a season of "dying and seeding". He continues.
  8. Marga Biller

    Paradoxical Leadership Introduction by Dr. Wendy Smith

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    Dr. Smith, who had spoken to LILA last year in a member call, framed her keynote presentation today around the question of “What is the nature of paradoxes?” She expressed that her goal for this talk was to provide us with level-setting language to inspire reflections, push-back, and questions over the course of this conference and beyond. Her follow-up talk tomorrow will focus on potential approaches we can apply to manage and leverage the paradoxes we face in our organizations and daily lives. She suggested that, over the next year, one possible measure of success we may want to use is to see if we can shift viewing our challenges from “problematic” to a “source of possibility.”
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    The Competing Values Framework by Marc Lavine

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    Marc Lavine shared some of the ideas regarding the Competing Values Framework (CVF) and how it can help us become better paradoxical leadears. The CVF makes visible a certain set of paradoxes. I hope you find the CVF useful; it was created by University of Michigan scholars Kim Cameron and Bob Quinn. You can view it as a tool or resource to use in your organization; that’s great. Or you can think more in general terms; this is one way that might inspire you to think of other ways. Or you can think of it as possibly the source of...

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