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Differences – Dividends or Divisions?

Unsuccessful mergers follow when leaders miss key differences among people – unique traits that people possess which could add high dividends to any combined effort. When leaders ignore cultural differences they do so at their own peril. To benefit from mergers is to mine people’s proclivities for peak performances from many angles.

What If Merges Melded Minds?

People often fear mergers and for good reason. Workers fear losing cooperation they’ve cultivated. Leaders fear compromise and gridlocks that robs progress. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Beyond Gridlock and Compromise – through Diversity

Recently we watched national leaders lose what could have been a life-changing opportunity for world class growth. Sadly, they settled for gridlock with compromise at best. No wonder markets plummeted – along with a nation’s hope and trust.

Beyond Gridlock and Compromise

Imagine instead if political leaders had led diversity as a noble concept? Have you noticed how people tend to pass over what differs, judge harshly what they lack courage to try, and reject approaches that seem less familiar?

From Diversity into Mixed Mindsets

While few deny that diversity’s a noble concept, in reality, we tend to fit more into research that claims people select what most looks like them, imitate what’s more familiar, and prefer what they’ve already experienced.

Rarely does diversity – as we use it – help us fly new machines that differ in size, or rock. As we run to familiar shapes, textures and aromas – we tend to settle for familiar flights viewed as more reliable. Have you been there?

Civil War’s 150th Anniversary and Still Wired for Racism

What small ground is gained running from racism – is often lost again daily because of the way human brains hardwire for prejudice. In spite of racism cures, as pointed out by reporters such as Lance Morrow at Time Magazine, racism tends to creeps in constantly. Have you experienced its subtle and not so subtle barbs? Have you seen it? Certainly the media makes its case.

Passion for Novelty – Communities of Genius

The human brain comes with unique equipment to build and sustain innovative cultures that passionate people crave. When passion stirs communities to prime their talents for a finer future, innovation tends to fuel genius. How so?

Traditional or Brainpowered Leadership?

Traditional Leaders Differ from Mita Brainpowered Leaders in 5 Core Areas: Which side of the chart best shows your leadership approach? Traditional Leaders see Headship as Central- while Innovation is Central to Brainpowered Leaders Traditional Leaders   —      Mita Brainpowered Leaders 1 Tell and Deliver Question and Wonder 2 Critique for Mistakes Target […]

10 Windows into Innovation

Have you ever sat with a good friend near an open window, on a warm spring day? Scents of new life ride on gentle breezes that refresh the entire room. In contrast, when gridlock enters a room, you see stuffy settings and breathe stale air with little escape from its deadlock.   Emotions get manipulated […]

Innovation Brainpower in Opposites

Has your workplace sunken you into a quagmire of broken practices, cranky managers, or a shrinking public purse? Few deny that frustrations follow from spinning your wheels and getting nowhere.  Stress that increasingly bombards workplaces, also lowers brainpower.  If that watch-your-back syndrome consumes your  time and talent, you are not alone. Polls show that less […]

ROI for Care, Diversity and Trust

To create a culture where diversity and trust can flourish is to ride winds of the upper air. Just as airplanes take off against wind, not with it, so also do diverse approaches push back. It just makes sense to rise together, rather than float along with current air-streams. Yet workers often find themselves on […]

Diversity, Risk and Innovation Growth

Have you noticed how organizations that risk change also tend to leap forward, in the direction of that shift?  Some even find potential for global recognition, simply because they moved forward on stepping stones past limitations toward more diverse opportunities. It takes a learned flexibility. Toss in a new zest to discover hidden or unused […]

Mix the Ages for More Innovative IQ

Going nowhere with your workforce? Crave change that adds talent for innovation? Plasticity makes it easier to run from ruts of uniformity or sidestep flawed thinking, by reshaping your brain to consider new realities. You’ve likely noticed how diversity experiences differ for those who value others and capitalize on differences. Outmoded myths may continue to […]

What if Diversity Could Jumpstart your Organization?

It takes integration skills to activate diversity across an organization. Integration opens access for shared values across a wider reach. Unfortunately though, integration skills are not being developed at growth sessions or applied at work, according to research. In October 2010, McKinsey Quarterly,  Aaron DeSmet, Monica McGurk, and Elizabeth Schwartz, wrote: Participants rarely leave any […]

Set a Stage for Diversity as Mental Asset

When people facilitate differences on a stage set for diversity mental assets play key roles. To celebrate diversity as an asset rather than tolerate differences as deficit, is to first set the stage for high-performance outcomes. MITA mentoring interventions set that stage with diverse brains in mind. In October 2010, McKinsey Quarterly,  Aaron DeSmet, Monica […]

Lead Differences with the Brain in Mind

Lead Differences with the Brain in Mind  (MITA Brain Based Mentoring Interventions) To motivate all employees to out-perform themselves, is to provide tools to lead across differences with impact. In October 2010, McKinsey Quarterly,  Aaron DeSmet, Monica McGurk, and Elizabeth Schwartz, wrote: Companies around the world spend up to $100 billion a year to train […]

The Brain on Hope – Lessons from Chilean Rescue

The Chilean mine rescue last week underscored talent, teamwork, and takeaway lessons of hope to fuel brainpowered innovation. Chile’s unprecedented operation illustrated five brainpowered tools that build and sustain hope to the finish line in impossible situations! 1. Question, what if … and hope will convert brainpower into winning answers.  The opposite is also true. […]

The Brain on Diversity: Building Trust Across Borders and Boundaries

An organization that capitalizes on differences is likely one that also fuels innovation. Is your organization on the move? Do you welcome original approaches that fit an innovative era, or is business mired in practices for one gender, one culture or one set of beliefs? Check out key areas that expand an organization’s benefits from […]

25 Marks of Innovative Brainpower at Work

People differ on what innovation looks like, and few agree on how it transforms work. Hutch Carpenter asked 25 people to tell what innovation is from their perspective – and got back 25 different responses. Most people do agree that innovation sparks higher productivity for a competitive edge. Any marks for invention potential where you […]

25 Signs an Organizational Model is Broken

Does innovative brainpower fuel your business model?  Is your organization moving forward with the fast shifting economy of the 21st Century, or is it mired in broken practices? Check out 25 areas that reinvigorate broken business models, and you’ll also agree that tired systems can be mended to grow mindful again. Workers show disdain or […]

5 Vital Connections to Innovative Brainpower

You likely know that  links between what people crave and what you can offer, requires you to connect the dots between your current position and creative prosperity. But have you ever considered how vital connections also boost innovative brainpower? The opposite is also true. Cut out your connections and by default you diminish brainpower to […]

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