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  1. Marga Biller

    The Science of Evolution: What Makes Humans So Different

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    LILA October guest Michael Muthukrishna has written about how culture has evolved in the human species, and this perspective can help us begin our exploration of adaptive cultures in organizations. Muthukrishna and co-authors argue that humans are “an ‘evolved cultural species,’” which “has evolved to socially transmit complex behavior-shaping information between generations” (Chudek, Muthukrishna, & Henrich, 2015, p. 2). Our species has attained “cumulative cultural evolution,” which is where our culturally transmitted behaviors “are more complex, sophisticated and well-adapted than anything a single asocial or non-cultural individual could devise alone in their lifetime” (p. 2). No single person could ever re-create the world we live in.
  2. Marga Biller

    Unlearning to Learn – LILA Summit Animation

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    One of the ways in which LILA supports the learning of its members is to create an animated short presenting key ideas from the year long exploration.  The theme during the 2013-2014 season was Unlearning to Learn.  Below is the transcript from the animation in case you would like to read more about what is presented in the animation. Unlearning to Learn This year at LILA, we take a whirlwind tour of unlearning, approaching it from three angles: mindsets, habits, and systems. Here, we take stock of our two main quests around unlearning: understanding it and fostering it. Unlearning...
  3. Sue Borchardt

    October 2016 Animation: Understanding Culture in Organizations

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    The sheer scope of Culture’s sweep makes a pithy definition difficult, a challenge further amplified by the dynamic, overlapping, and nested cultural contexts we strive to make sense of. Culture is often named as contributing to the success or failure of organizational efforts such as globalization, mergers & acquisitions, and cultivating diversity. One place to start when exploring whether and how cultural forces might be leveraged to help organizations adapt to internal and external change, is by asking: how do cultures work? and how do they adapt?
  4. Marga Biller

    10th Annual LILA Summit Documents

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    The 10th Annual LILA Summit will be held on June 7th and 8th at the Academy of Arts and Sciences. To access the documents for the gathering, click the link below. We look forward to seeing you all at the Welcome Reception on June 6th at NuBar at the Sheraton Commander in Cambridge.
  5. Marga Biller

    April 2016 Animation: Paradoxes of Learning and Performance

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    This animation represents the sensemaking by the LILA community based on the ideas shared by guest speakers Jennifer Garvey-Berger and Chris Kayes. To continue the conversation, add a comment after viewing this animation. 1. What idea(s) sparked your interest? 2. How did it enhance your thinking? 3. What might you try based on the ideas?
  6. Marga Biller

    A Deeper Dive Into Deliberately Developmental Organizations

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    As a current LILA member you are invited to an exclusive three-hour workshop with Bob Kegan and Andy Fleming (CEO, Way to Grow INC) on Wednesday, June 8th from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, MA. The workshop will serve as a natural follow-up to Bob’s session on Tuesday and delve deeper into the principles and practices of Deliberately Developmental Organizations™ (DDOs). Bob and Andy also look forward to sharing highlights from their initial work using their proprietary DDO Assessment℠. This survey instrument measures the current “developmental-richness” of an organization’s culture and spotlights specific behavioral gaps that organizations need to address to become more developmental for all of their people.
  7. Conversational Moves That Matter: Bridging Learning Outcomes and Patterns of Speech in Informal Cross- Organizational Conversations Among Top-Level Leaders

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    LILA Research published in Sage Publications: Cross-organizational “learning conversations” are an important source of informal learning among professionals, though little is known about whether specific characteristics of conversational interaction contribute to different learning outcomes in such conversations.
  8. Marga Biller

    10th Annual LILA Summit Speakers Announced

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    The Learning Innovations Laboratory will be celebrating its 10th Annual Summit on June 7th 2016 in Cambridge, MA. This is an opportunity for Chief Learning, Talent and Innovation Officers to come together to explore potential next practices for their organizations. The three keynote speakers at the LILA Summit will be Marianne Lewis (Dean of Cass School of Business), Tima Bansal (professor at the Ivey Business School) and Bob Kegan (Harvard) as well as small group discussions led by distinguished professors and practitioners Deborah Ancona (MIT), Maurizio Zollo (Buconni Univeristy) and Ethan Bernstein (Harvard) with John Bunch (Zappos).
  9. Working through the organizational “F” word: Failure.

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    Jennifer’s ideas made us wonder: Maybe “failure” is the obscenity in organizations that gets in the way of learning? Is curiosity the energy in the tension of learning & performance?   She reminds us that learning and adapting are more useful in complex systems than predicting and planning. So failure is a necessary part of growth, development, and learning.   What moves us through the necessity of failure? Perhaps courage is part of the answer. When we fail but don’t grow we experience shame, rejection, loss of identity, isolation, judgment, etc.   When we fail and we experience these things, too, but...

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