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|Companies are living, breathing organisms (organizations). As such, the more they can mimic nature the faster they can scale.|
|Verne Harnish, Chairman, Geoversity|
Designing with Nature — join me and 40 CEOs/CXOs for five days in the Republic of Panama, along with a world class faculty (several who have created billion dollar firms), Jan 30 – Feb 4. It's our annual Geoversity "The Nature of Business" Executive Program 2018. More below, but first…
Facts Don't Change Minds — it's been said "the quickest way to end a hot argument is to dump a cold fact on it" – but it doesn't work. In fact, trying to use data/facts/logic often entrenches the other person/people more because of confirmation bias (something Nobel Prize winner Richard Thaler brought to the forefront). So how do you change minds? According to this insightful article in Heleo by Ozan Varol you still use facts, but presented in a different way:
The rest of the article is about how to avoid a confirmation bias in your own mind that can blind you to the realities of your situation/market – something leaders of growth firms can't afford. And in the process, you'll learn how to do this with other people. It's an excellent 2-minute read (which I've read several times). Thank you to Adam Grant for pointing to me this insightful article.
Dangerous Habit — gossip and gossiping. Notes serial entrepreneur Craig Morantz in his recent blog post:
But it's so easy to do – and fun. Instead, suggests Morantz:
His blog post shares the four ways not gossiping has impacted him personally – and details the harm it does to you, the other person, and the organization. Thank you, Craig, for this important reminder about a dangerous habit that is hard to break.
SmartSheet for Gathering Employee Ideas — Hugh Smallridge with Ashwood Gifts shared how he's using a simple app called SmartSheet to make it easy for his employees to share ideas. Notes Hugh:
It looks like a simple yet powerful app for collaborating on a lot of things. Hugh, thanks for sharing with the community.
Tech Accelerator for the Planet — The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has teamed with Techstars to launch an accelerator for companies out to solve global problems. This Forbes article details the initiative. Serial entrepreneur and Board of Trustees for TNC in Indiana, Will Ditzler, will be one of the participating CEOs in the Geoversity program in Panama. We look forward to learning more.
A Trillion Dollars…of products/services will be produced mimicking insights from nature. Jay Harmon, who built Australia's largest tech firm to a market cap of $3 billion has scaled several firms using biomimicry. He, along with a world class faculty, will spend five days with a select group of 40 leaders from around the globe exploring how we can design our businesses to scale. One of the participants already signed up for Geoversity's "Nature of Business" program, along with Will Ditzler, is David Henderson, who heads up a private equity firm focused on funding companies in the water space.
Jan 30 – Feb 04, 2018 — Here are the details for the Geoversity Program:
Directed by Geoversity co-founder Dr. David S. Ricketts, Innovation Fellow at the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard University (TECH), The Nature of Business Executive Program 2018 (NoB18) takes place in Panama, the epicenter of the Americas. You attend two days of workshops and events at the City of Knowledge and the Frank Gehry-designed Biomuseo bordering the Panama Canal followed by two days of immersion on an 11,000-acre private island conservancy off the Pacific coast of one of the world's richest areas of bio-diversity.
Your adventure starts with a ground-breaking and completely off-the-record dialogue with the legendary video game designer and Ubisoft senior executive Tommy Francois who is leading the creation of some of the industry's most ambitious and outstanding projects. Learn about Geoversity's unusual "game experiment" in collaboration with Ubisoft.
Join an inspired circle of thought leaders in discovering the latest in how:
- Biological systems are informing strategic and competitive decision-making
- Biomimicry is helping companies create new innovative products and services
- Nature is instructing leaders on how to build not just resilient but "anti-fragile" organizations
- Companies are embracing sustainability and eco-efficiency to drive increased revenues and profits
- Workplace design is being influenced by natural environs
- Executives are finding in nature the peace and quiet they need to unleash their best creative and problem-solving talents
The program fee includes local transportation, a plane charter flight over the Panama Canal and the 10,000-acre Mamoni Valley Preserve on the way to San Jose Island; lodging in the historic Central Hotel of Panama City and at the island resort Hacienda del Mar; ocean kayaking; meals; materials; and world-class Junglewood musical performances directed by Grammy-Award winning sound engineer and producer Rob Griffin.
Join us for five days of camaraderie with a select group of fellow "restless creatives" and thought leaders in a diverse and richly interactive program of discovery, adventure and reflection in nature.
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