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  1. Marga Biller

    Collective Mindfulness: Shaping the Human Systems in Organizations

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    LILA Theme for 2018-2019:  Collective Mindfulness:  Shaping the Human Systems in Organizations In dynamic environments, how might we create the conditions that improve the quality of interactions in order to nurture collective sensemaking and collective action?   What are the states of dynamic organizations as they evolve and change?   Exploring collective mindfulness—defined “as the collective capability to discern discriminatory detail about emerging issues and to act swiftly in response to these details (Weick, Vogus & Sutcliffe) might provide some answers.  This year, LILA turns its attention to understanding how to nourish the organization and the systems whose future we hope to...
  2. Marga Biller

    2018 Feedback from Summit

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    From Team What went well Reordering the agenda and putting small groups first then keynotes worked well. Energy levels were high all day. Participants were mixing well together Timing worked well, padding – allowing for transition times Food was delicious Animation allowed people to yield in to theme – coherent and synthesizing – providing good background for new people Flipchart with topic and room and signage on the rooms   What to consider for next year Reconfigure the opening to set a conceptual frame for the theme to anchor people into the conversation for the day Small groups could be...
  3. Marga Biller

    April 2018 Feedback

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    From Team Day 1 What went well Both speakers were engaging They were committed to the group – in conversation with us rather than a show Members were engaged in the break out – practical group less theoretical (how do you identify and break patterns) More questions for the discussion groups Lots of post it notes Learning round for NASA was very productive.  Daniel thought it was poor – too many people and we didn’t really help them much. For Parexel, Michele reminded them about the content of the morning and suggest we might bring it into the conversation Engagement...
  4. Marga Biller

    Register now for the 12th Annual LILA Summit

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    REGISTER FOR THE 12th ANNUAL LILA SUMMIT Wendy Smith (Learner School of Business) and Marina Gorbis (Institute for the Future) will be the keynote speakers at the 12th annual LILA Summit focused on Emergence in Organizations: Shaping the Future as it Unfolds. Wendy Smith will share some of her recent research about how leaders engage others in complex, paradoxical ideas through storytelling. She will explore why stories convey complex, paradoxical ideas like the notion of emergence and how to best tell stories. For the past five years, Marina Gorbis has been studying how a combination of technologies is transforming organizations and work. In her talk, she will share some of her most recent findings on the transformations in the world of work and new forms of value creation, as well as their implications for workers, managers, organizational leaders, and policymakers. In addition to the two keynote speakers, the Summit will feature small group conversations led by past faculty who will share their current research on topics related to the theme.
  5. Marga Biller

    March 2018 Member Call: Adopting a Paradoxical Mindset for Emergence

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    Dr. Smith shared that adopting a paradoxical mindset has been shown to encourage creative outcomes, job satisfaction, and innovation, and has been linked to promotion within organizations. Organizations inherently have competing demands; they always exist but are not always observable o Become salient through a number of organizational conditions and/or individual characteristics o Example: Paul Polman (CEO of Unilever) invites people to discuss tensions Smith found there are two core dimensions to how people think about competing demands: 1. How do you experience tensions and make them salient? 2. How do you deal with the tensions? What mindset do you bring to the tensions?
  6. Marga Biller

    January 2018 Member Call – Self-managing organizations: Exploring the limits of less-hierarchical organizing

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    Fascination with organizations that eschew the conventional managerial hierarchy and instead radically decentralize authority has been longstanding, albeit at the margins of scholarly and practitioner attention. Recently, however, organizational experiments in radical decentralization have gained mainstream consideration, giving rise to a need for new theory and new research.

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