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  1. Marga Biller

    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.
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    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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    PAREXEL’s Albert Siu Named to 2015 PharmaVOICE 100 Most Inspiring People in the Life Sciences List

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    Albert Siu, PhD, Vice President, Learning and Development, PAREXEL, was named as one of 2015’s PharmaVOICE 100 Most Inspiring People in the Life Sciences Industry. The honor, announced in the July/August 2015 issue of PharmaVOICE magazine, recognizes Dr. Siu’s leadership in developing PAREXEL’s employees and in helping train the next generation of clinical researchers for the industry.
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    Bridging Differences in the Workplace

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    Every team relies on constructive conversations to function productively - and when tensions or conflicts go unaddressed, teams can suffer major lags in efficiency, morale, and innovation. With the right tools, people can speak clearly, listen with resilience, and resist the temptation to talk past one another or fall into patterns of criticism and avoidance.
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    How to Break the Expert’s Curse by Ting Zhang

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    We have the pervasive problem of the expert-novice gap. Consider an illustrative example from an interview with a medical student. During her first weeks, she admits that she did not know something basic when she walked into the operation room: “where do I stand.” Her attention would be better directed on the substantive procedures in the OR. Experts find it difficult to relate to novices, though they themselves were once novices. This is because one, they have imperfect memory which leads them to mistakenly think that they have always known what they know now. Two, experts are victims of the curse of knowledge, so they assume the uninformed parties are knowledgeable. Three, difficult processes have become automatic for experts, and experts underestimate the amount of time it takes novices to learn.
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    Simple Rules by Kathy Eisenhardt

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    Kathleen enthralled our LILA community with compelling arguments on coping with complexity with simple rules. This brief captures the features of simple rules, why they work, and how to create (and update) them. Each major point is illuminated with examples (indented) of simple rules effective for the respective organizations or further explanation. Simple rules may be different even in similar situations if the people are different. Indiegogo and Kickstarter are both crowdfunding websites but they have different values which are reflective of the founders’ values. Indiegogo, founded by Berkley graduates, has a rule to fund anything as long as it is legal. It’s liberal, egalitarian, and for everyone. Kickstarter, who’s founders have a background in art curation, fund only if it fits one of their thirteen categories. They follow the model of curation—some criteria must be met.
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    June 2015 Feedback

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      MEMBER on day 2 What went well Fran:  Presentations were excellent, presented frameworks, wove in themes from the year, integrated insights from the day Albert:  Summary briefs for the year were very well written, connect dots, cite references which provides residual value Albert:  David’s summary and triangulation which provides insights and refreshing views on connections of key concepts TJ had doubts until David spoke about what flexpertise was.  Leveraging lateral potential really landed it for him. Laurent:  Such a complex theme. Speakers were well selected, choice of breakouts was hard to make.  Lucy:  Have alumn come back to reconnect Alana: ...
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    Team Feedback April 2015

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    April 22 2015 What worked well Pacing – no slippage of time Good to have only 5 tables – fuller Great attendance Mary’s content had a lot of overlay – deep dive and connections to Ed’s content Generative discussion on Mary’s content A lot of connection cafe topics, harvesting worked well.  Dave prompted them to talk in pairs or tables to generate topics Energy was high Ed clarified something he heard in the room before the conversation cafe – remember to prompt speakers 3 people commented on the video – were not present in February Daniel’s framing and connection to...

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