Flying your Freak Flag (Kansas SHRM 2014)

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Closing keynote for the 2014 KS SHRM conference - Flying your Freak Flag: Putting Authenticity to Work

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  • 1. #freakflag @joegerstandt #KSSHRM
  • 2. joegerstandt.com joe.gerstandt@gmail.com linkedin.com/in/joegerstandt youtube.com/joegerstandt twitter.com/joegerstandt slideshare.net/joeg 402.740.7081
  • 3. authenticity authenticity authenticity authenticity
  • 4. Bronnie Ware The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing
  • 5. Top Regrets of The Dying 1.I wish Id had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. 2.I wish I hadnt worked so hard. 3.I wish Id had the courage to express my feelings. 4.I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
  • 6. Top Regrets of The Dying 1.I wish Id had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. 2.I wish I hadnt worked so hard. 3.I wish Id had the courage to express my feelings. 4.I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends. 5.I with that I had let myself be happier.
  • 7. Top Regrets of The Dying 1.I wish Id had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. 2.I wish I hadnt worked so hard. 3.I wish Id had the courage to express my feelings. 4.I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends. 5.I with that I had let myself be happier.
  • 8. Top Regrets of The Dying 1.I wish Id had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. 2.I wish I hadnt worked so hard. 3.I wish Id had the courage to express my feelings. 4.I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends. 5.I with that I had let myself be happier.
  • 9. Top Regrets of The Dying 1.I wish Id had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. 2.I wish I hadnt worked so hard. 3.I wish Id had the courage to express my feelings. 4.I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends. 5.I with that I had let myself be happier.
  • 10. Top Regrets of The Dying 1.I wish Id had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. 2.I wish I hadnt worked so hard. 3.I wish Id had the courage to express my feelings. 4.I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends. 5.I with that I had let myself be happier.
  • 11. Top Regrets of The Dying 1.I wish Id had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. 2.I wish I hadnt worked so hard. 3.I wish Id had the courage to express my feelings. 4.I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends. 5.I with that I had let myself be happier.
  • 12. There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do. -Freya Stark
  • 13. self censorship playing small covering downplaying differences conforming Fear of Being Different Stifles Talent
  • 14. 29% altered their attire, grooming or mannerisms to make their identity less obvious 40% refrained from behavior commonly associated with a given identity 57% avoided sticking up for their identity group 18% limited contact with members of a group they belong to
  • 15. groupthink: mode of thinking that happens when the desire for harmony in a decision-making group overrides a realistic appraisal of alternatives. Group members try to minimize conflict and reach a consensus decision without critical evaluation of alternative ideas or viewpoints.
  • 16. Group intelligence is not strongly tied to either the average intelligence of the members or the teams smartest member. -Thomas Malone, MIT Center for Collective Intelligence
  • 17. low belongingness high belongingness low value in uniqueness high valuein uniqueness
  • 18. low belongingness high belongingness low value in uniqueness high valuein uniqueness inclusion: Individual is treated as an insider and also allowed/encouraged to retain uniqueness within the work group.
  • 19. low belongingness high belongingness low value in uniqueness exclusion: Individual is not treated as an organizational insider with unique value in the work group but there are other employees or groups who are insiders. high valuein uniqueness inclusion: Individual is treated as an insider and also allowed/encouraged to retain uniqueness within the work group.
  • 20. low belongingness high belongingness low value in uniqueness exclusion: Individual is not treated as an organizational insider with unique value in the work group but there are other employees or groups who are insiders. high valuein uniqueness differentiation: Individual is not treated as an organizational insider in the work group but their unique characteristics are seen as valuable and required for group / organization success. inclusion: Individual is treated as an insider and also allowed/encouraged to retain uniqueness within the work group.
  • 21. low belongingness high belongingness low value in uniqueness exclusion: Individual is not treated as an organizational insider with unique value in the work group but there are other employees or groups who are insiders. assimilation: Individual is treated as an insider in the work group when they conform to org. / dominant culture norms and downplay uniqueness. high valuein uniqueness differentiation: Individual is not treated as an organizational insider in the work group but their unique characteristics are seen as valuable and required for group / organization success. inclusion: Individual is treated as an insider and also allowed/encouraged to retain uniqueness within the work group.
  • 22. low belongingness high belongingness low value in uniqueness exclusion: Individual is not treated as an organizational insider with unique value in the work group but there are other employees or groups who are insiders. assimilation: Individual is treated as an insider in the work group when they conform to org. / dominant culture norms and downplay uniqueness. high valuein uniqueness differentiation: Individual is not treated as an organizational insider in the work group but their unique characteristics are seen as valuable and required for group / organization success. inclusion: Individual is treated as an insider and also allowed/encouraged to retain uniqueness within the work group.
  • 23. low belongingness high belongingness low value in uniqueness exclusion: Individual is not treated as an organizational insider with unique value in the work group but there are other employees or groups who are insiders. assimilation: Individual is treated as an insider in the work group when they conform to org. / dominant culture norms and downplay uniqueness. high valuein uniqueness differentiation: Individual is not treated as an organizational insider in the work group but their unique characteristics are seen as va