Bandwidth Poverty

'Princeton psychologist Eldar Shafir studies the brain on scarcity. Shafir states that it doesn’t matter what kind of scarcity you’re dealing with. When humans don’t have enough of something, that fact dominates their consciousness; at the exclusion of everything else.  Shafir says for the poor, constantly solving money problems takes up a huge amount of the their cognitive capacity — a limited resource.  There’s very little of it left to worry about things that are not right in front of your eyes … and then you start doing things you wish you hadn’t done. You don’t quite remember to do things on time. You don’t anticipate things that are going to happen tomorrow.’ (1)

This “bandwidth poverty” affects how the poor think.  However, the same applies to others under stress when experiencing extreme scarcity in their lives.  Managers need to be cognitive of the stress their people are under, whether personal or professional, as the same principles of bandwidth poverty apply.  This can manifest itself in unsafe work practices, poor quality workmanship, or lack of creative output.

The issue of bandwidth poverty should be on the table for organizations that are seeking to innovate in a fast paced work environment.  Understanding how to channel creative thought and energies are necessary for achievement as well as energizing a creative and productive workforce.

(1) paraphrased from an article by Laura Starecheski on NPR.org 

Fear of Change

When an innovation is being first introduced, it is always met with fierce resistance and ridicule by those who fear change. But in the end, action speaks louder than empty words and time will tell who is right and who is wrong. As history wills it, since then, Apple (AAPL) has risen to unprecedented heights through the success of the iPhone, while BlackBerry has faded into obscurity by stubbornly adhering to outdated traditions.” 

William Feng, Seeking Alpha, on how Corning is at risk to become the next “Blackberry” in its response to Apple’s coming introduction of Sapphire glass.

"What you think, you become
What you feel, you attract
What you imagine, you create"

— Buddha

"How Wolves Change Rivers" …by Sustainable Man

We often implement change in organizations with clear intentions, but more often than not, unintended consequences emerge; both good and bad.  This video is exemplary of the law of unintended consequences.  Now, only if they would reintroduce wolves to New Jersey!

Business is a game, and as with all games, the team that puts the best people on the field and gets them playing together wins. It’s that simple. - Jack Welch

Business is a game, and as with all games, the team that puts the best people on the field and gets them playing together wins. It’s that simple. - Jack Welch

“In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time.”   - Leonardo da Vinci

…so it is with what we do in our lives.  Live in the moment and be mindful of what is happening in the present and not be distracted by the past or the future.  I believe this to be a key ingredient for exceptional creative thinking, whether it be painting the Mona Lisa or designing the next package for Kraft foods.

“In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time.”   - Leonardo da Vinci

…so it is with what we do in our lives.  Live in the moment and be mindful of what is happening in the present and not be distracted by the past or the future.  I believe this to be a key ingredient for exceptional creative thinking, whether it be painting the Mona Lisa or designing the next package for Kraft foods.

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Expect The Unexpected
I use this phrase quite often and people will ask what I mean?  For me it’s simply a recognition of uncertainty in our world and that while we may have expectations on how things will turn out, rarely do they follow the script we prescribe.  The observant one will watch for unexpected details to emerge and learn from them because it is in these unexpected clues where our understanding develops.  Be patient, be observant, don’t assume, suppress your bias, and allow the data to lead.  Be open to ideas that differ from your own and be willing the accept conclusions that are counter to your expectations.
Fun Fact:  Apparently, this phrase has been used at least as far back as Heraclitis (535BC-475 BC).

Expect The Unexpected

I use this phrase quite often and people will ask what I mean?  For me it’s simply a recognition of uncertainty in our world and that while we may have expectations on how things will turn out, rarely do they follow the script we prescribe.  The observant one will watch for unexpected details to emerge and learn from them because it is in these unexpected clues where our understanding develops.  Be patient, be observant, don’t assume, suppress your bias, and allow the data to lead.  Be open to ideas that differ from your own and be willing the accept conclusions that are counter to your expectations.

Fun Fact:  Apparently, this phrase has been used at least as far back as Heraclitis (535BC-475 BC).

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Adaptable leaders expect the unexpected and continuously adjust to the changing conditions of their environment.  Avoid the rigidity of rules and the certainty of known solutions.  Embrace the ambiguity of the unknown and encourage your team’s discovery through questioning guidance, tolerance of thought, and encouragement of risk.  

Adaptable leaders expect the unexpected and continuously adjust to the changing conditions of their environment.  Avoid the rigidity of rules and the certainty of known solutions.  Embrace the ambiguity of the unknown and encourage your team’s discovery through questioning guidance, tolerance of thought, and encouragement of risk.  

Trust is the foundation upon which great leaders bring people together. It’s not something that comes easily; its not something you can delegate; nor is it something you can mandate.  Leaders must earn trust through their behaviors, integrity, and by impassioned commitment to their team.  Most of all, they earn it by standing for something.  If you stand for nothing, you can’t be trusted.

Trust is the foundation upon which great leaders bring people together. It’s not something that comes easily; its not something you can delegate; nor is it something you can mandate.  Leaders must earn trust through their behaviors, integrity, and by impassioned commitment to their team.  Most of all, they earn it by standing for something.  If you stand for nothing, you can’t be trusted.

Uncertainty

Sitting down by the highway
Looking down the road
Waiting for a ride
I don’t know where I’ve been
Wishing I could fly away
Don’t know where I’m going
Wishing I could hide
Oh God this is some shape I’m in
When the only thing that makes me cry
Is the kindness in my baby’s eye

- Jackson Browne, ‘Sleeps Dark and Silent Gate’

Uncertainty can test your confidence, beg you to withdraw, avoid, and run away.  While confidence may ebb and flow, there is comfort in being able to retreat to the inner strengths that define your character.  Believe in the good and it will make you strong.

Leaps of Faith
In the course of our lives, we all face moments where we must change in order to reach what we aspire to.  The outcome is rarely what we may predict but have faith that what emerges will be a better and stronger you.

Leaps of Faith

In the course of our lives, we all face moments where we must change in order to reach what we aspire to.  The outcome is rarely what we may predict but have faith that what emerges will be a better and stronger you.

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The Essence of Teamwork

I’m gonna find myself a girl 
Who can show me what laughter means 
And we’ll fill in the missing colors 
In each other’s paint-by-number dreams 

- Jackson Browne, The Pretender

These are some of my favorite lyrics… not just because of the impassioned feelings they evoke but also because I see them as a metaphor for the essence of teamwork.  Very seldom do we achieve anything great on our own as most human achievement happens through the collaboration of many.  We build upon the work of others; we make contributions; or we facilitate the creative process. Working together, we fill in the missing colors of each other’s paint-by-number dreams.  And, underlying it all, are bonds of teamwork based upon love and commitment to a common purpose that is buoyed by our sense of creative freedom and joy of laughter.

Leadership is not defined by title, by birth, or by status.  Rather, it is determined by how you affect the people you serve; the progress and growth you facilitate; by the integrity of your character; and by the light you shine upon the world around you.  - Steve Burton

Leadership is not defined by title, by birth, or by status.  Rather, it is determined by how you affect the people you serve; the progress and growth you facilitate; by the integrity of your character; and by the light you shine upon the world around you.  - Steve Burton

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Boundaries placed upon us by others, whether intentional or not, can only limit our empowerment if we allow it.  Be fearless in the face of repression and strive to reach beyond what others perceive your capabilities to be.

Boundaries placed upon us by others, whether intentional or not, can only limit our empowerment if we allow it.  Be fearless in the face of repression and strive to reach beyond what others perceive your capabilities to be.

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Purposeful leadership pays attention to the small details of team dynamics. It is often the small ingredients that deliver the biggest return for your investment.  Reflective listening, for example, is a powerful means of showing respect for your people while simultaneously encouraging them to explore their unique ideas and perspectives.  Trust and confidence builds.  Suddenly, without warning, their discoveries emerge and they explode in an event of unexpected contribution.

Purposeful leadership pays attention to the small details of team dynamics. It is often the small ingredients that deliver the biggest return for your investment.  Reflective listening, for example, is a powerful means of showing respect for your people while simultaneously encouraging them to explore their unique ideas and perspectives.  Trust and confidence builds.  Suddenly, without warning, their discoveries emerge and they explode in an event of unexpected contribution.

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