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  1. Marga Biller

    Ting Zhang reveals how experts can rediscover the experience of inexperience

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    In a recent study, Harvard Business School doctoral candidate Ting Zhang identifies how experts who are looking to be mentors, can reverse the "curse of knowledge" and tap into what it was like to learn something new. She describes two specific actions that experts can take: when learning something new, proactively document the early-stage learning process with the intention of reflecting on the process and using this knowledge later on to help others re-experience what it was like to be a novice. Dave Perkins commented on the research and was published on the Working Knowledge site. You can read his comment as well.
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    Improvisation Capability and the Flexible Firm by Dr. Dusya Vera

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    In the LILA October 2014 meeting, we argued that flexible experts have certain skills and abilities, dispositions, traits, metacognitive and self-regulatory skills, and experiences. Dr. Vera suggested that improvisation is one of those competencies that people develop at an individual, a team, or an organization level. She began the lecture by proposing the following questions: Is it enough to have a few people improvising? Or do you need an entire organization to improvise?
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    How to run a company with almost no rules – Ted Talk by Ricardo Semler

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    What if your job didn’t control your life? Brazilian CEO Ricardo Semler practices a radical form of corporate democracy, rethinking everything from board meetings to how workers report their vacation days (they don’t have to). It’s a vision that rewards the wisdom of workers, promotes work-life balance — and leads to some deep insight on what work, and life, is really all about. Bonus question: What if schools were like this too?
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    What is LILA?

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    Interested in getting a sense of LILA or sharing with colleagues? Click this post to watch the animation. Let us know what you think.
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    Superflexibility with Homa Bahrami: Audio Recording

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    Homa Bahrami is an international educator, advisor, and author, specializing in organizational flexibility & team effectiveness in dynamic, knowledge-based industries. She is a Senior Lecturer at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, where she has been on the faculty since 1986. She is the co-author of a major textbook (with Harold Leavitt) "Managerial Psychology: Managing Behavior in Organizations", published by the University of Chicago Press, and translated into many languages. Her latest book "Super-Flexibility for Knowledge Enterprises", published by Springer (second edition, 2009) focuses on practical approaches for organizing and leading knowledge workers in dynamic settings. Homa serves on several boards in Silicon Valley and Europe and is active in executive education and executive development in the US, Europe, and Asia. Click more to access the recording of the call.
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    Feedback February 2015

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    Quick feedback end of day 1 Showing animation at the start of the day Flow of day with presentation and opportunity to clarify ideas Allow for more topics and then cull down Team reflection day 1 What went well? Having Maurizio be part of the cafe – provided new insights but didn’t dominate Cafe process worked well, some felt constrained when a person stated what they believed in strongly, (dc does not belong in…) prompted really good discussion Think about? Difference between provocation and just questions Nominating process for cafe’s Is there a way to get more nominated topics and...
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    Scribing Workshop 1: Creating a Visual Narrative

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    In response to member interest in gaining a better understanding and skill around creating visual narratives, LILA will again be hosting a series of graphic workshops. These will be facilitated by Kelvy Bird and Sita Magnuson and are provided as part of your membership in LILA. These sessions will take place on the afternoon prior to each of the three remaining LILA gatherings.
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    Paradoxical Thinking with Wendy Smith

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      Wendy Smith from the University of Delaware joined us on a conference call as we continue the exploration of the theme of Flexpertise   Wendy’s research focuses on strategic paradoxes – how leaders and senior teams effectively respond to contradictory agendas.  She has studied how organizations and their leaders simultaneously explore new possibilities while exploiting existing competencies, and how social enterprises simultaneously attend to social missions and financial goals.  
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    The 9th Annual LILA Summit June 9, 2015 in Cambridge, MA

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    The 9th annual LILA Summit will be held on June 9th 2015 in Cambridge Massachusetts. The Summit will be the culmination of the exploration of the theme of Flexpertise. We will engage with current and past members, a small group of invited participants and guest faculty to reflect on our understanding of the how to develop adaptive practices in organizations in order to be able to meet novel and creative challenges. We will also identify future areas of interest. Dr. Deborah Ancona (MIT) and Dr. Kathleen Eisenhardt (Stanford) will be the guest speakers.

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