Changes: Turn, and Face the Strange

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According to psychologists Fredrickson and Losada (2005), human flourishing is optimal functioning and is made up of 4 key components: 1    goodness, indexed by happiness, satisfaction, and superior functioning; 2    generativity, indexed by broadened thought–action repertoires and behavioral flexibility; 3    growth, indexed by gains in enduring personal and social resources; and 4    resilience, indexed by survival and growth in the aftermath of … Read More

An Entrepreneurial Mindset: Nature or nurture?

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Entrepreneurial mindset: is it an inborn trait, or can it be learned? The nature/nurture debate impinges on how we conceive and operate industrial firms, commercial enterprises and complex organisations. Typically, we see positive attributes at the firm, unit or departmental level as premised in the capabilities and features of individuals. So firms are adaptable, teams are flexible, units are responsive because … Read More

The Art of Recognising Hidden Criteria

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Hidden Criteria, Novelty and the Gag Reflex When we propose a novel concept that disrupts cherished assumptions and tacit expectations, we need to expect hidden criteria to surface. Hidden criteria are the crutches decision-makers lean on as they attempt to block something truly disruptive because it is frightening or de-stabilizing. In the face of fear, the limbic system hijacks the mind and … Read More

Collaborative study Curiosity at Work: Permission to Wonder

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BACKGROUND The role of curiosity in adaptable, innovative workplaces is not yet well understood. Yet because curiosity is a concept at play in our personal domains as well as in academic or professional contexts, it’s understandable that business leaders and managers are now calling for a more curious workforce. “I wish my team had unbridled curiosity” is the wish this … Read More