Why go to the edge?
“ Leading from the edge brings us
into contact with a far wider range
of relationships, and in turn, this
increases our potential for diversity
in terms of thought, experience
and background. Diversity leads to
more disruptive thinking, faster
change and better outcomes
Jeremy Heimens TED talk “What new power looks like”
old power new power
Held by a few
Made by many
The Network Secrets of Great Change Agents
Julie Battilana &Tiziana Casciaro
As a change agent, my centrality in the
informal network is more important
than my position in the formal
People who are highly connected
have twice as much power to
influence change as people with
We need rebels to lead change
•The principal champion of a change initiative, cause
•Rebels don’t wait for permission to lead, innovate,
•They are responsible; they do what is right
•They name things that others don’t
•They point to new horizons
•Without rebels, the storyline never
Source : @PeterVan http://t.co/6CQtA4wUv1
We need to create more boat rockers!
• Rock the boat but manage to
stay in it
• Walk the fine line between
difference and fit, inside and
• Conform AND rebel
• Capable of working with
others to create success NOT
a destructive troublemaker
Source: Debra Meyerson
Research from the sales industry:
How many NOs should we be seeking to get?
• 2% of sales are made on the first contact
• 3% of sales are made on the second contact
• 5% of sales are made on the third contact
• 10% of sales are made on the fourth contact
• 80% of sales are made on the fifth to twelfth
“Papers that are more likely to contend against
the status quo are more likely to find an
opponent in the review system—and thus be
rejected —but those papers are also more
likely to have an impact on people across the
system, earning them more citations when
V. Calcagno et al., “Flows of research manuscripts among
scientific journals reveal hidden submission patterns,”
Science, doi:10.1126/science.1227833, 2012.
With the brooding statue of Abraham Lincoln peering down at him, King began by telling protesters that their presence in the symbolic shadow of the "great emancipator" offered proof of the marvellous new militancy sweeping the country. For too long, he complained, black Americans had been exiles in their own land, "crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination".
The whirlwinds of revolt would continue to shake the very foundations of the country: "And those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as normal," King said. It would be fatal for the nation "to overlook the urgency of the moment and to underestimate the determination of the Negro".
“He's good - he's damned good”
Kennedy on King
Wearied by the suffocating heat, the crowd's initial response was muted. The speech was not going well. "Tell 'em about the dream, Martin," shouted Mahalia Jackson, referring to a rhetorical riff that King had used several times before, but which had not made it into his prepared speech because aides insisted he needed fresh material. But King decided to cast aside his prepared notes, and launched extemporaneously into the refrain for which he will forever be remembered.
"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed," he shouted, his out-stretched right arm reaching towards the sky. Soon he was hitting his rhythm, invigorated by the chants and cries of the crowd. "Dream on!" they shouted. "Dream on!"
With his voice thundering down the Mall, King imagined a future in which his children could "live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character". Then he reached his impassioned finale.
King asked the crowd to yell so it was heard the world over
Watching at the White House, the president was riveted. Like so many Americans, it was the first time he had heard the 34-year-old preacher deliver a speech in its entirety - the first time he had taken its measure, listened to its cadence. "He's good," Kennedy told one of his advisors. "He's damned good." The aide was struck, however, that the president seemed impressed more by the quality of King's performance rather than the power of his message.