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  1. Marga Biller

    Team Feedback for February 2019

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    Day 1 What went well? Davide and Shelley material was well integrated and built on each other. Set up of the day’s session:  precise and concrete.  Bringing home the takeaways from before and this session.  Made the conversation by the community more precise. Didn’t feel small, felt intimate Sita’s graphics were powerful. People quoted from the brief. Nice that the speakers came up with provocations at the end of their presentations. Could we leave enough time to discuss them? What to change for tomorrow? Distance of the tables made the room feel a bit empty.  Get rid of one table....
  2. Marga Biller

    Can we measure collective intelligence in teams?

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    Until recently, organizations thought that if they wanted to create “smart” teams, they just had to hire smart individuals and put them together. But researchers have discovered that is not the case. Other explanatory factors account for the performance of teams more than simply the combined intelligence of individual team members. Anita Woolley has specifically focused on examining if there is an underlying collective intelligence (CI) that lets some teams perform better than others and, if so, can we measure it, use it to predict team future performance, and reliably create it?
  3. Marga Biller

    What do the members in your organization actively do to pick up weak cues signaling threat and/or opportunity?

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    During the December 2018 LILA member call, Professor Claus Rerup provided some insights into these questions. His research focuses on what he identifies as attentional triangulation – how a group of people (e.g., teams and organizations) avoid missing cues about threat or opportunity. Paying attention to the right kinds of cues is likely a mechanism toward achieving this year’s theme of collective mindfulness. When teams and organizations do not act in collectively mindful ways and are on autopilot, it is likely at least in part through lack of attentional triangulation.
  4. Marga Biller

    Winter LILA Gathering February 5 -6 2019

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    The Personal:  Understanding Identity and Micro-Narratives (February 5-6, 2019) If we are to engage with collective mindfulness, an important area of inquiry might be to get a better understanding of how individual identity plays into both driving collective mindfulness and is influenced by the context in which the individuals find themselves.  Individuals and groups engage in sensemaking and sensegiving activities as a way of reinforcing, reinventing or renegotiating identities.  Narratives are a mechanism through which this identity shaping process is revealed and hold clues about what is going on within the organization as individuals construct, interpret, and act within their...
  5. Marga Biller

    October 2018: Member Feedback

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    Kelly Dear LILA Community   It was great to see all of you at the first session of the year for LILA.  The LILA team is assembling all the materials that were created as part of the gathering  and will be sharing them with you in the upcoming weeks.  In the meantime, we ask that you take a few moments to provide us your thoughts regarding the gathering.  Particularly, let us know:   What did you of find most interesting? What feedback do you have about the ways in which we support your learning including: the briefing document:  how did the brief help...
  6. Marga Biller

    September 2018 Member Call: Connecting to Challenges and Initiatives

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    This is the summary of the first LILA member call for 2018-2019 focused on Collective Mindfulness. Shaping the Human Systems in Organizations: How do a group of people act as a collective and in a mindful way? As the members shared about their companies and the challenges they face, several themes arose around this year’s theme of Collective Mindfulness: Shaping the Human Systems in Organizations. Shaping the Human Systems in Organizations: How do a group of people act as a collective and in a mindful way? As the members shared about their companies and the challenges they face, several themes arose around this year’s theme of collective mindfulness.
  7. Marga Biller

    How Behavior Spreads: The Science of Complex Contagions by Damon Centola

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    LILA guest speaker Damon Centola has published a new book about the ideas he shared at LILA. From the publisher: A new, counterintuitive theory for how social networks influence the spread of behavior New social movements, technologies, and public-health initiatives often struggle to take off, yet many diseases disperse rapidly without issue. Can the lessons learned from the viral diffusion of diseases be used to improve the spread of beneficial behaviors and innovations? In How Behavior Spreads, Damon Centola presents over a decade of original research examining how changes in societal behavior–in voting, health, technology, and finance—occur and the ways...
  8. Marga Biller

    2018-2019 LILA Theme: Collective Mindfulness – Shaping the Human Systems in Organizations

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    Drawing on the fields of cognitive psychology, neurocognitive science, collective mind theory and organizational science we will explore questions such as what are the mechanisms that support collective mindfulness? How might we shape the social systems to create thriving ecologies? How might the macro and micro narratives come into conversation to further strategic paths? How can collective mindful organizing amplify the desired states? We will engage the theme through these three topics.

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