Can You Rewire Your Brain In Two Weeks? One Man’s Attempt… Can you rewire your brain in two weeks? The answer appears to be — at least partially — yes. The following is a guest post by Shane Snow, frequent contributor to Wired and Fast Company and author of the new book SMARTCUTS: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success. Last year, he wrote about his two-week Soylent experiment, which went viral and racked up 500+ comments.
Understand the 4 Components of Influence We’ve all encountered people who say less but what they say matters more; people who know how to use silence to dominate an exchange. So having influence means more than just doing all the talking; it’s about taking charge and understanding the roles that positional power, emotion, expertise, and nonverbal signals play. These four aspects of influence are essential to master if you want to succeed as a leader. Take positional power. Theory U – The 1st Proposition I am a huge fan of C. Otto Scharmer’s Theory U. It is one of the most powerful frameworks for understanding the essential shifts we need to make as we step into this paradigm shift. Scharmer sums up his Theory U with seven propositions, I’m going to write a series of blog posts taking a closer look at each of them:
U-procedure and Theory U U-procedure and Theory U is a change management method to change unproductive patterns of behavior. It was developed by Dr Friedrich (Fritz) Glasl and Dirk Lemson of the NPI (Netherlands Pedagogical Institute) in 1968 and presented systematically from the 1980s. It has been used in organisation development and social development since that time. Following Dr Glasl's special interest in conflict issues, the method has also been explicitly developed to handle to the consciousness and process issues associated with relational dynamics and conflict resolution. Since the early 2000s it has been elaborated as Theory U (also called "U" methodology) by C. Otto Scharmer, incorporating also his theories of presencing and capitalism 3.0. This work itself draws on collaboration between Scharmer and his colleagues Peter Senge, Joseph Jaworski and Betty Sue Flowers.
Theory U: Leading from the Future as It Emerges - An Awareness Based Leaders today are torn between worlds: on the one hand they are confronted with a new set of emerging leadership challenges in a 21st-century world of complexity, chaos, and disruptive change; and on the other they find themselves equipped with a 20th-century management toolkit that is inadequate to fix the problems they face. Between these two worlds there yawns a wide chasm that today’s leaders must find a way to bridge. Theory U addresses this situation by supplying two forms of help: a lens or framework that shines a new light on the current condition of leadership, and a social technology that gives leaders tools to deal with their challenges more effectively, more creatively, and more collectively. Illuminating the Blind Spot The premise of Theory U is that the current condition of leadership – that is, operating in the chasm that separates the two worlds – cannot be addressed without illuminating the blind spot of leadership. Figure 1: The Blind Spot of Leadership
Will AI Destroy Humanity? Siri, A Chatbot, And A Roboticist Weigh In In 1906 Samuel Butler pointed out that machines were evolving faster than biology, a popular refrain among Silicon Valley techies today. And ever since Karel Čapek's 1921 play R.U.R. gave us a common sci-fi trope—a race of self-replicating machine slaves revolt against their human masters—the question has been: will artificial intelligence spell the end of humanity? There was HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey, then T-800 and T-1000 of the (soon-to-be-revived) Terminator series. These creations have always been, thankfully, relegated to the realm of speculation.
Want to Cure Income Inequality? Promote Entrepreneurship. One of the most pressing issues for our society today is income inequality: The rich get richer while the poor struggle to access meaningful opportunities. Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen, President Barack Obama and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich have all cited income inequality as a growing concern for our economic well-being. Related: Bill Gates' Solution to Income Inequality A parallel concern is the sense that the primary path to generational advancement -- access to quality education -- is increasingly a product of privilege given skyrocketing college costs. Meanwhile, those who are fortunate enough to graduate from a top school often don’t pursue activities that benefit society or create additional opportunities for those around them.
Shaping Questions for Powerful Check-in and Check-out Processes « ShapeShift Check-in and check-out processes are not just frivolous time wasters in our meetings. If they feel that way, something is probably missing. Wicked questions help shape powerful processes. The shaping of questions in a thoughtful, purposeful and intentional manner increases the likelihood of them being powerful. This is the second post on powerful questions, the first one contained general thoughts about shaping powerful questions. This post focuses on check-in and check-out – processes, so fundamental to the work we engage in and setting context for what we do.
Jaywalk » Structural Manifestation of Theory U Otto Scharmer’s book Theory U: Learning from the Future as It Emerges describes “the social technology of presencing”, the theory and practice of the U process that calls for “presence” and “sensing”. Scharmer maintains that through this “presencing” — being in touch with the inner place from which attention and intention originate — individuals, teams, organizations and global systems alike are able to raise to a higher level of operation, at which they are able to seize the highest future possibilities that “want to emerge”. Stephen Hawking's Communications Interface Gets Its First Overhaul In 20 Years For 20 years, Stephen Hawking has used the same system to communicate with the outside world. Now, the 70-year-old physicist, who suffers from an ALS-like motor neuron disease (MND) and is paralyzed, is getting an upgrade from Intel. In the pre-computer days, Hawking communicated through a painstaking process where a caretaker would go through a group of letters on a board, pointing line by line and letter by letter until Hawking signaled which he was looking for. Then, in the 1980s, he was offered a computer interface that had similar functionality. Once he completely lost use of his hands, his caretakers installed a sensor in his cheek that signals an input every time he moves his cheek or blinks. A voice synthesizer takes his selections and translates them into speech.
C. K. Prahalad Coimbatore Krishnarao Prahalad (Kannada:ಕೋಯಮ್ಬತುರೆ ಕೃಷ್ಣರಾವ್ ಪ್ರಹಲಾದ್) (8 August 1941 – 16 April 2010) was the Paul and Ruth McCracken Distinguished University Professor of Corporate Strategy at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business in the University of Michigan. During his life, he was frequently ranked as one of the most prominent business thinkers in the world.