Why can some organizations innovate time and again, while most cannot? You might think the key to innovation is attracting exceptional creative talent. Or making the right investments. Or breaking down organizational silos. All of these things may help—but there’s only one way to ensure sustained innovation: you need to lead it—and with a special kind of leadership. Collective Genius shows you how. Preeminent leadership scholar Linda Hill, along with former Pixar tech wizard Greg Brandeau, MIT researcher Emily Truelove, and Being the Boss coauthor Kent Lineback, found among leaders a widely shared, and mistaken, assumption: that a “good” leader in all other respects would also be an effective leader of innovation. The truth is, leading innovation takes a distinctive kind of leadership, one that unleashes and harnesses the “collective genius” of the people in the organization. Using vivid stories of individual leaders at companies like Volkswagen, Google, eBay, and Pfizer, as well as nonprofits and international government agencies, the authors show how successful leaders of innovation don’t create a vision and try to make innovation happen themselves. Rather, they create and sustain a culture where innovation is allowed to happen again and again—an environment where people are both willing and able to do the hard work that innovative problem solving requires. Collective Genius will not only inspire you; it will give you the concrete, practical guidance you need to build innovation into the fabric of your business.
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What's in a name? What's in a label? Everything. Collective Genius: The Naming Project by Richard A. Willis explores the names and labels used to describe races, and how they influence how people are viewed, particularly in the black community. In the end, the author challenges the reader think about what black people are called, and look toward a new direction of naming and reclamation!
To that end, the "Collective Genius" will bring forth a central point for informal groups to gather and to transition into a formal structure. With the resolution of issues or concerns as the purpose, you may institute a procedure for the vetting of potential members that can arise in an environment conducive to spiritual beliefs or faith principles. Whether a group starts from an idea or new members are added to an existing assembly, they can build upon the pillar of the "Collective Genius," which is a divine revelation that inspires a combined body and propels the totality of possessing members to summits not attainable separately. The "Collective Genius" shall bring to light an instrument that can channel the energy of a group along a course of extraordinary achievement. The application of principles set forth through the "Collective Genius" will produce the emotional need to fuel your exertion over the long-term endurance of a far-reaching campaign. You will also become a seeker of fresh ideas as well as a recruiter of those with reputable aspirations. Along with passion, the "Collective Genius" can reinforce your compassion and commitment to resolve a predicament by exhilarating your group to achieve phenomenal feats otherwise unrealizable. You can transform yourself as well as others into a conduit of momentum that moves projects forward. In addition, you will exhibit a contagious tenacity that summons others to adopt a steadfast attitude to overcome any conundrum. As a result, your foresight shall compel you to work toward the "Collective Genius" as a unifying action. Words are not quite enough to portray the "Collective Genius;" however, the subject matter is too weighty to proceed at this point without a working definition. In short, the "Collective Genius" is "A group of individuals considered a whole, working in harmony by concentrating their intellectual capabilities toward accomplishing a specific goal." Even briefer, "Collective Genius" is "All members of a group working as a collective and pooling their capacity or aptitude to achieve a particular outcome." In short, these two definitions only acknowledge that "Collective Genius" is a vague thing that gives pursuers and researchers modified approaches to know it. To those engaged in "Collective Genius," they can perceive its existence through their natural senses or spiritual depths. "Collective Genius" has four distinct traits: 1)A divine revelation (afflatus) inspiring a combined body of believers of the same faith practice that moves toward God as the source of enlightenment and wisdom. 2)A peculiar, distinctive character, or spirit (as of a nation or a language) that propels the totality of members to summits not attainable separately. 3)A hallmark (shared or assumed by all members of the group) identifiable as exceptional, invigorating the entirety to achieve feats otherwise unrealizable. 4)A procurable resource used by a number of people as a group that displays extraordinary power. The "Collective Genius" states a Sovereign God can transform all of His creation to unparalleled levels of achievement. Faith has a key role. Faith is then magnified through the unity of a group. The "Collective Genius" is an unabridged, uncut fusion of an academic and a theological interpretation of intellect, solidarity, and the Spirit in action. By faith, the Holy Spirit imparts gifts to Believers, which can enable an individual or a group regardless of academic background to address adversity and develop effectively fresh innovations. With the practice of faith, the spiritual, intellectual, and pragmatic can harmonize into a powerful element with credibility. In dealing with the complexities of life, you should seek new routes to resolutions. Through a walk of faith, the "Collective Genius" will challenge you to leave no stone unturned that could lead to tangible accomplishments.
This engaging book spans three centuries to provide the first full account of the long and diverse history of genius in France. Exploring a wide range of examples from literature, philosophy, and history, as well as medicine, psychology, and journalism, Ann Jefferson examines the ways in which the idea of genius has been ceaselessly reflected on and redefined through its uses in these different contexts. She traces its varying fortunes through the madness and imposture with which genius is often associated, and through the observations of those who determine its presence in others. Jefferson considers the modern beginnings of genius in eighteenth-century aesthetics and the works of philosophes such as Diderot. She then investigates the nineteenth-century notion of national and collective genius, the self-appointed role of Romantic poets as misunderstood geniuses, the recurrent obsession with failed genius in the realist novels of writers like Balzac and Zola, the contested category of female genius, and the medical literature that viewed genius as a form of pathology. She shows how twentieth-century views of genius narrowed through its association with IQ and child prodigies, and she discusses the different ways major theorists—including Sartre, Barthes, Derrida, and Kristeva—have repudiated and subsequently revived the concept. Rich in narrative detail, Genius in France brings a fresh approach to French intellectual and cultural history, and to the burgeoning field of genius studies.
Traces the history of the Constitution and how it came into being, exploring how it has weathered past crises, how it effectively helps us govern our nation, and the current threats to the constitutional process.
Who better to advise you on sex and relationships than a woman who has consistently failed at both? In this laugh out loud funny "self-help novel", self proclaimed genius and author Cathryn Michon provides a how not to guide for anyone tackling the daunting task of finding romance in today's world (or at the local fire station.) Chock full of instructive relationship tips-such as the Pros and "Cons" of dating a man in prison-The Grrl Genius Guide to Sex (With Other People) is hilarious and right on the money both as an instructional guide and an endearingly romantic story about a woman and her four best friends who form The Grrl Genius Club. Armed with the information from Cathryn's Wild Sexual Animal Kingdom research and her "Love is Important but Chocolate is Essential" Chocolate Fun Facts, her posse of Grrl Geniuses struggle with singlehood, married life, sexual preferences, widowhood, and friendship. Cathryn's journey veers from a "nails-on-chalkboard-scratchingly-awful" divorce and the botched kidnapping of her own dog, to pretending to be a lesbian, seeing her old lingerie sold on her old front lawn by her ex-husband's girlfriend, losing her job, and a tragic industrial accident-level bikini wax. And through everything, Cathryn searches for the answer to the most important relationship question of all: why are all the best men gay? If you've ever been tempted to have sex with another person, this is an essential read. If you've ever felt inadequate to a task or a failure at love or in any way anything less than a genius and you've sunk so low that even a new pair of cute shoes won't help, Cathryn Michon can show you the way to relationship happiness-all you have to do is learn from her very funny mistakes. However badly you think you've done anything, Cathryn has done it even worse, and reveals lessons learned in the wryly witty and devastatingly honest style that has made her the favorite of aspiring geniuses everywhere!
Describes how businesses can capitalize on the use of social media, offering details of a variety of firms, including Xilinx and the Ford Motor Company, that have utilized social technologies effectively.
We're all just one step away from achieving what we want andgetting what we deserve out of life. To seize control of her own life and career, Vickie Milazzo,internationally known women's mentor, New York Timesbestselling author, Inc. Top 10 Entrepreneur and self-mademillionaire, was willing to take a whacking from a Buddhist monk,jump out of an airplane and step out of a comfortable job into theunknown. In Wicked Success Is Inside Every Woman, Vickieshares every success secret she used to grow her career into a$16-million business. Vickie shows you how to get real about achieving wicked success.Not witches and flying broomsticks wicked—but exaggeratedwicked. Reading this book, you'll feel like you're sitting with agood friend who inspires you, encourages you and pushes you tothink in a more exaggerated and uncommon way. This is a buck-upbook with a buck-up plan for any woman ready to take back controlof her life and career and unleash the wicked success inside everywoman.
The recent economic crisis was not just caused by a failure of regulation or economic policy; it was a story of the failure of management in a fundamental sense—a deeply flawed approach to management that encouraged bankers to pursue opportunities without regard for their long-term consequences, and to put their own interests ahead of those of their employers and their shareholders. And looking more widely, there is a creeping disenchantment with management as a profession: surveys show that managers generate less respect than lawyers and bankers in the eyes of the general public, and there are few if any positive role models for management. "Change isn't just for the rank-and-file anymore; it's coming for you. Instant access to information and global resources have changed the world we live and work in. Julian Birkinshaw shows that 19th century industrial management won't work in a 21st century fluid workplace. Read this, or prepare to be 'game-changed' by someone who has." —Jack Hughes, CEO, TopCoder "Technological and social changes are having an enormous impact on the world of business, and on the way companies are managed. In this book, Julian Birkinshaw provides a roadmap for making sense of how the world of management is changing, and he provides useful advice for companies who want to harness the potential that Web 2.0 has to offer." —PV Kannan, CEO, 24/7 Customer "Julian Birkinshaw helps us look beyond our legacy management practices, and imagine bold new ways of leading, managing and organizing. Filled with mind-expanding examples, Reinventing Management is a must read for managers who want to build an organization that's truly fit for the future." —Gary Hamel, bestselling author of The Future of Management