Human beings are born solitary, but everywhere they are in chains – daisy chains – of interactivity. Social actions are makeshift forms, often courageous, sometimes ridiculous, always strange. And in a way, every social action is a negotiation, a compromise between ‘his,’ ‘her’ or ‘their’ wish and yours. Andy Warhol
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“People aren’t close or distant: they are a combination of the two”. Without even realizing it, we’re barricading ourselves against strangeness — people and ideas that don’t fit the patterns of who we already know, what we already like and where we’ve already been. In this TED Maria Bezaitis makes a call for technology to deliver us to what and who we need, even if it’s unfamiliar and strange. Actually in her opinion the digital era is changing the meaning of “stranger”; in fact, in the context of digital relations we are stil doing things with people we don’t know, with strangers. Hence, in the context of the broad range of digital relations safely seeking strangeness could be a new basis of innovation.
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Great leaders recognize that, like it or not, humans are animals. This is why to be great leaders we can learn a lot from the alpha wolf.
- Be a master communicator. Like wolves use their howl to keep their pack synced, leaders must be good communicators in order to become great leaders;
- Buil the pack to mass. Like in a wolf pack, attracting more talented members who embrace your mission and values will make everyone want to contribute more for the group;
- Go predator on them. In a wolf pack you work as one to hunt food. Equally a great leader must show his team that by working together to hunt your prey you can survive another day;
- Track down your beta. In a wolf pack beta wolf reminds all that alpha is the king. A great leader needs a great number two;
- Value your omegas. In a wolf pack lowest-ranking wolves have an important role as safety valve and in absorbing the stress of the pack. Front-line employees play the same role. This is why a great leader must trust and support them.
Image source: Gray Wolf Maya – Wikimedia Commons