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Communicating Effectively within Your Team

Effective communication is the key element that allows teams to achieve their purpose —understanding and mastering communication skills is essential for every member of any team. Without the kind of communication that gives power to connection, a team will not be able to function. It is the foundation of successful relationships in both personal and professional realms.

To begin, to collaborate effectively, people must be able to lucidly exchange their ideas, convey their concepts and grasp […]

By |October 2nd, 2014|

Weekend Thought

“The best teamwork comes from men who are working independently toward one goal in unison.”

-James Cash Penney

By |May 2nd, 2014|

Being On the Same Page or Being As One

A fascinating story told by Ben Horowitz how a seemingly dead end situation turned out to be one of the best life time experience for his employees.

Here’s what happened when Ben Horowitz asked his employees to work 7 days/week during a pivotal time for his company

By |March 14th, 2014|

Affirming Language Increases Creative Productivity

Common knowledge is that stress produces a fight-or-flight response.  Many people believe that the fight-or-flight response can induce a will that forces a project to completion, but does it force the project to optimum results?  Recent research questions the ability to leverage stress into creative problem solving, a necessity when you want to utilize unique talent to render unique solutions which would place your business at the forefront of creative solutions.

Carnegie-Mellon researcher, David Creswell, asked if self-affirmation can protect against the damaging effects of stress on problem-solving performance.  He devised a study which first asked about the chronic stressors in the participants’ lives.  After that, the participants had to complete a challenging problem-solving task under time pressure, which require creativity in order to generate correct solutions. His findings were that individuals who had experienced chronic stress in the past month solved 50% fewer tasks set forth in the study. […]

By |October 29th, 2013|

Alchemy of Collective Intelligence: Money, Love or Glory – WHY Are You Doing It?

This is part four in a series of posts about collective intelligence.  As I wrote before, building lucrative collective intelligence requires tweaking the mixture of talent to achieve the artful goals of success and profitability.  According to conceptual theories developed by the Sloan School of Management at MIT, wisely deploying collective intelligence involves answering four base questions: what is being done; who is doing it; why are people doing it; and, how are people doing it.

The MIT Sloan School of Management paper “Mapping the Genome of Collective Intelligence” divides impetus for participating in collective intelligence into three categories:  money, love or glory.  The traditional default belief is that people join and contribute to firms based on potential salary and career advances.  However, as I discussed earlier in posts, employees entering the workplace today desire incentives beyond money to maintain interest. A McKinsey Quarterly’s survey of 1,047 executives, managers and employees across a range of sectors found that financial incentives such as bonuses, raises and stocks were high motivators for only 35%-60% of employees, depending on the type of incentive.  Personal non-financial incentives such as commendations from managers, attention from leaders and opportunities for project leadership produced an effectiveness rate between 62%-67%. […]

By |September 10th, 2013|

Alchemy of Collective Intelligence: Crowd or Hierarchy – WHO is Doing It?

This is part three in a series of posts about collective intelligence.  As I wrote before, building lucrative collective intelligence requires tweaking the mixture of talent to achieve the artful goals of success and profitability.  According to conceptual theories developed by the Sloan School of Management at MIT, wisely deploying collective intelligence involves answering four base questions: what is being done; who is doing it; why are people doing it; and, how are people doing it.

Who is providing the information and skills that elevate your business and product performance?  Traditionally, it comes from within the business where you have self-selected the group of professionals with expertise and skills to make cost-effective decisions.  Working within that group, you are assured of local control of knowledge.  At the same time, the knowledge is only local.  Its creative generating powers are as great as the amount of people, which in a start-up can be awfully small limits.  You can expand your knowledge and still retain some control while mining talent from social and professional networks of your employees.  Or, you can throw the doors wide open and accumulate skills and expertise from anyone who wants to contribute, a sort of Wikipedia contributors scheme to increase your business’s talent pool.  The question is who – employee, associate, unknown – do you want doing it – adding capital to your enterprise? […]

By |September 4th, 2013|

Alchemy of Collective Intelligence: Generating and Evaluating – WHAT You Are Doing

This is part two in a series of posts about collective intelligence.   Building lucrative collective intelligence requires tweaking the mixture of talent to achieve the artful goals of success and profitability.  According to conceptual theories developed by the Sloan School of Management at MIT, wisely manipulating collective intelligence involves answering four base questions: what is being done; who is doing it; why are people doing it; and, how are people doing it.

Entrepreneurs create ideas and decide which ideas they will bring into reality.  But, when you get down to it, the collection of your experiences, your studies, chats with friends, and tidbits of news here and there, your own gut feeling – this is the collective that created your ideas that you are now realizing.  Harnessing collective intelligence to increase exploration of opportunities and achieve results is what you have sub-consciously been doing all of your life and what you can consciously do now to increase business agility. […]

By |August 28th, 2013|
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The Secrets to Being Happy at Work

Corporate Culture FitThe Integral Body & Thinking Integral Group cordially invite you to join us for a FREE intro workshop "The Secrets to Being Happy at Work" on Dec 4, 2014 at 6:30PM.  We all want to enjoy our jobs but why many of us are pretty unhappy being at work and don't really see much of advancement in their careers? Let's not waste our lives, life is too short to be unhappy - We invite you to take on a journey to greater job satisfaction and advancement in your career. We are anxious to see you and to share quite a few Secrets to Being Happy at Work. Space is limited, RSVP at https://happyatwork.eventbrite.com/ NOW!

Thinking Integral & Scrum Mastering Join Forces to Create Integral Agile

June 9, 2014

Scrum Mastering and Thinking Integral Group have joined forces and created a unique agile framework that combines the latest achievements in Organizational Psychology with the famous Scrum methodology. The Integral Agile methodology naturally blends much-needed human element with Scrum’s powerful set of principles and practices. Adding human connection, the key component affecting team’s performance, enables organizations to create an agile, collaborative and connected culture that brings Scrum to its ultimate level of implement.  

Thinking Integral to Present at IBM Innovate 2014

May 2, 2014

We are pleased to announce that Thinking Integral Group was chosen to present at INNOVATE 2014 - The IBM Technical Summit on June 5, 2014. We will run a special session

"Integral Agile: Addressing the Human Issues In Regard to Full-Scale Deployment Automation."

In businesses of all sizes, communication is a vital factor in achieving success on every level. Communication barriers persist throughout the business world amongst employees and in conjunction with potential customers and clientele, by cause of basic concepts such as tone of voice, body language and simple misunderstandings. Accumulation of conflicts in a workplace result in damaging consequences which consume and deplete a business both internally and externally. Join this session to learn how many organizations have created an open, collaborative culture, particularly when adopting tools that change the working life of employees, and the benefits they have realized from doing so.