At Ventivia, we focus on helping you grow healthy teams based on mindfulness, resilience, and emotional and social intelligence. Our emphasis on mindfulness allows leaders and team members to pay attention to what’s happening in the environment.

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ISPI Potomac Chapter - New Masterclass Webinar: Cultivating creativity, compassion, and social intelligence with Maria Lineger

Join us for a free webinar with Maria Lineger a Silicon Valley innovator in multiple intelligences and author of The Project Happiness Handbook. Social & Emotional Intelligence, Spiritual Intelligence and Systems Intelligence to cultivate creativity, compassion, and social capital in Agile teams.

Talent Angle: Innovate in an Adaptive Space

Social capital moves beyond "human capital" where we are nurturing talent and individual competencies to a space we nurture emergence in the confluence of human connections. I recommend taking a look at Michael Arena's book "Adaptive Space" ... for a preview listen to the Talent Angle podcast here: Michael Arena, Chief Talent Officer at GM, argues that large companies can disrupt themselves. Listen to this episode of the Talent Angle to learn how to create an Adaptive Space, where creative ideas can flow freely.

The State of American Jobs How the shifting economic landscape is reshaping work and society and affecting the way people think about the skills and training they need to get ahead.

How Being In A Group Affects Your IQ - PsyBlog

“You may joke about how committee meetings make you feel brain dead, but our findings suggest that they may make you act brain dead as well.” Being in a group can have a dramatic effect on cognitive functioning, especially in women.


Take Charge of How You Feel Today
Release Stress - Find Balance - Build Resilience

Science has now shown us that the rhythm of our heart beat affects how we think and feel.
Learn to shift your heart rhythm to increase your emotional composure and clear thinking.

Education systems can stifle creative thought. Here’s how to do things differently Entrepreneurial thinking no longer just means straight business skills. Neuroscience shows how incorporating life skills can result in a ‘growth mindset’.

The eight essentials of innovation

"if companies assimilate and apply these essentials—in their own way, in accordance with their particular context, capabilities, organizational culture, and appetite for risk—they will improve the likelihood that they, too, can rekindle the lost spark of innovation." Strategic and organizational factors are what separate successful big-company innovators from the rest of the field.

re:Work - Guide: Practice innovation with design thinking

Google has been praised as a fantastic place to work and so much of that comes from establishing and maintaining a culture of excellence. I had the honor of attending an AMAZING design thinking workshop at the ISPI annual conference in Seattle, WA. Here are some of the amazing resources that are part of the Creative Skills for Innovation (CSI) workshop that I experienced in Seattle. The CSI workshop gives people the mindset, process and tools to accelerate innovation and to find out what it takes to get from ill-defined problems to well-designed solutions. Design thinking is an approach to think creatively and develop new solutions by understanding the user and testing ideas.


Researchers agree that #companyculture is vitally important. In a study from Columbia Business School, only 15 percent of respondents indicated their company paid sufficient attention to its culture; however, 90 percent indicated a strong belief that the quality of a company’s culture is linked with its financial success. So what does a strong, positive culture look like? In addition to the ideas offered by Forbes, consider using the Emergenetics® Profile to help you create a supportive environment where employees feel their perspectives are understood and valued.

Activate agility: the five avenues to success | Organization

Agility = "the ability of an organization to renew itself, adapt, change quickly, and succeed in a rapidly changing, ambiguous, turbulent environment." In a time of rapid change and unprecedented complexity, only the nimble survive! In 1935, the life expectancy of an S&P 500 company was 90 years.

ISPI Potomac Chapter - ISPI Potomac Design Thinking In Action Summit

Mental health is your business: The toxic job characteristics that risk our well-being • ScienceForWork

"Stressful events we experience in the workplace can increase our risk of developing common mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety

In particular, two of the most toxic situations are likely to be:
1) Experiencing overwhelming demands alongside having little control over decisions (job strain)
2) Putting in high effort for very little reward

Monitoring and addressing these factors in our workplaces may have huge benefits for employees’ mental health." It is estimated that more than 3 in 10 employees will experience a mental health problem each year, with a staggering 80 million working days lost to anxiety and depression. These disorders are common yet devastating, and can make work a constant battle for employees. With such a widespread impact o...

Five questions about psychological safety, answered. • ScienceForWork

"Although trust and psychological safety have a lot in common, they are not completely interchangeable concepts. A key difference is that psychological safety is thought to be experienced at the group level — most people on a team tend to have the same perceptions of it. While trust usually relates to interactions between two individuals or parties " Teams have a collective (network) trait that is not the sum of the individual contributors. It's time to dust off our thinking about performance innovation among self-organizing teams of knowledge workers. Although the concept of psychological safety has been around since the 1960s, it recently came storming into the mainstream when research by Google on high-performing teams hit the news. While Google’s research, which focused on 180 of its teams, is illuminating, this evidence summary highlights s...

The five trademarks of agile organizations

"When pressure is applied, the agile organization reacts by being more than just robust; performance actually improves as more pressure is exerted. Research shows that agile organizations have a 70 percent chance of being in the top quartile of organizational health, the best indicator of long-term performance. Moreover, such companies simultaneously achieve greater customer centricity, faster time to market, higher revenue growth, lower costs, and a more engaged workforce:" At Ventivia we believe agility agility is born in the heart and mind igniting a more conscious and collaborative organization! Agile organizations--of any size and across industries--have five key elements in common.

Five Strategy Traps for 2018 - Engage//Innovate If December is the season “to be jolly”, then January is the month where most CEOs finally “Strategize”. We look at the top five strategy traps CEOs and management teams might stumble into during their upcoming strategy processes. By: Christian Rangen, Co-Founder Engage // Innovate, Strategy...

Organizing for the age of urgency

"The urgency imperative places a premium on agility: it enables the shift to emergent strategy, while unleashing your people so they can reshape your business in real time." To compete at the speed of digital, you need to unleash your strategy, your structure, and your people.

Education is the kindling of a flame: How to reinvent the 21st-century university

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”
"Talk to experienced CEOs and CPOs (chief people officers) of major companies and ask them what they need. They commonly say: people, teams, and leaders that can make our organization thrive in a world of VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity). By that, I believe they mean people and capacities that can take their organization into the 4.0 world in which they respond to disruption by co-sensing and co-shaping the future." “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” This quote from Plutarch is as true today as it was two thousand years ago. Still, t...

More than a feeling: Ten design practices to deliver business value

"Companies that implemented several design practices showed both improved financial performance and increased customer loyalty, in a time when many companies are suffering from falling customer satisfaction." As design thinking nears its 50th birthday, many companies still struggle to realize value from design. Those that succeed often follow ten best practices.

[11/23/17]   Management yesterday = Plan, Organize, Direct, and Control
Management today + Strategize + Lead + Transform + Coach = Resilient (Agile) Leadership

Learn more about management in our era of innovation and change:

U.Lab: Seven Principles for Revolutionizing Higher Ed

These principles apply to business, government, and communities. We have 28,000 registered participants from 190 countries. They are linked through 350 self-organizing Hubs across cultures, forming 700-1,000 coachi...

How to create an agile organization

"...organizational agility is not a one-size-fits-all undertaking. The specific practices a unit or organization should focus on to become agile depend on whether it is currently bureaucratic, start-up, or trapped."
At Ventivia we approach each agile transformation based on the unique circumstances of our clients. There is no silver bullet or miracle framework that delivers agility. Transforming companies to achieve organizational agility is in its early days but already yielding positive returns. While the paths can vary, survey findings suggest how to start.

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"Get to Yes" within the structure that exists, while moving with agility on innovation projects.

8 Signs an Employee Is Exceptional (Which Never Appear on Performance Evaluations) Many are good. Some are superior. And a few--just a few--are exceptional. Here's how to tell the difference.

Low-Value Traps

"The very resources one needs to experience high value, in what one gives to and receives from human interactions, do not seem to be available in the low-value trap. We need support, recognition, and the ability to make a unique contribution, yet these resources are usually not available in the low-value trap. Are we stuck, then, or is there a way out? " Recent reports on global disengagement and lack of wellness suggest that people across the globe have persistent “low-value” experiences–they spend all day gaining little value fr…

If Mindfulness Makes You Uncomfortable, It’s Working

ISPI Potomac Chapter - Agile Government is not an Oxymoron: Helping Agencies Sense and Respond in Today's Environment

For my agile colleagues in Washington DC - new research from MITRE on Agile Government.

You Are The CEO: The Chooser of Experiences and Outcomes in Your Life

" are a chooser of experiences and outcomes in your life. You are the CEO, the Chooser of Experiences and Outcomes. As the CEO, of your life, you choose. " Who determines the experiences you have and the outcomes you achieve? Can we humans choose this? What does the “terrain” of human choice look like? Is it in our nature to be able to choose? For …

Vibrancy Is A Choice Checklists — Re-membering Abundance-based Agreements

Checklists serve as handy reminders and can help keep intentions on track. Simple tools can help build psychological safety on teams. ..."how the checklist helps highly trained experts in complex situations prevent the avoidable failures that still haunt the activities we humans organize." You invite some colleagues to work together with you on something you feel is really important. Knowing you, your passion, and what they can contribute, they enthusiastically say yes. You come toge…

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