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Hot Spots: Why Some Teams, Workplaces, and Organizations Buzz with Energy - And Others Don't Hardcover – February 1, 2007
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"Gratton has written a succinct and utterly compelling book. She is really a kind of one-woman hot spot in herself."
-- Financial Times
"It is time for business leaders to take off their rose-tinted specatles and replace them with thermal-imaging gogges. This arresting idea is provided by professor Lynda Gratton of London Business School in an importnat new book."<br. --Los Angeles Times
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Those whom Gratton calls "boundary spanners" are very important because they break down the "walls" between in-groups and out-groups. They have a network of relationships that form a natural bridge between the two groups. (Chesbrough calls them "innovation intermediaries.") In a boundaryless organization, people feel energized and vibrantly alive. Their brains buzz with ideas as they share with others the joy and excitement of "exploiting and applying knowledge that is already known and genuinely exploring what was previously unknown." Relationships between and among those involved create a Hot Spot.
"One of the most profound insights about Hot Spots is that their innovative capacity arises from the intelligence, insights, and wisdom of people working together. The energy contained in a Hot Spot is essentially a combination of their individual energy with the addition of the relational energy generated between them.Read more ›
The good news is that each chapter ends with a concise one-page summary. That makes it possible to skim the whole book in about 15 minutes, coming away with its essential points.
Hidden beneath the slick packaging is deep and meticulous research on a broad selection of teams, conducted by a first-rate academic. So don't settle for the quick skim. The whole book is only 200 pages; drilling down into the detail is worth the effort and not all that hard.
Key takeaways include the role of gender in teams (a critical mass of female members can enhance team success), and the way a few highly-functioning teams can influence an entire organization. There's plenty of intelligent guidance about implementation along the way.
Hot Spots can not be created, but must emerge; leadership, however, can create the right circumstances to allow a Hot Spot to come to life, focusing on practices, processes, norms, or behaviors; the book provides maps and scenarios that reveal how such levers work.
A Hot Spot is a multiplicative blending of three elements:
1. a cooperative mindset (melding intellectual, social, and emotional capital),
2. boundary spanning (the depth and extent of relationships), and
3. an igniting purpose which stems from energizing questions, visions or tasks,
Hot Spots are sustained by a fourth element, productive capacity, consisting of five productive practices: appreciating talent, making commitments, resolving conflicts, synchronizing time, and establishing a rhythm.
Based on extensive research, the author explores the dynamic nature and elements of Hot Spots. The book's Appendix A provides diagnostic questions and instruments for leaders to apply in practice. The concept of Hot Spots is brought into sharp focus in this fascinating book. The author's insights make for compelling reading. If innovation is important to you, this book is MUST READING. Highly recommended.
I had never realized that this would be the subject of academic study, or that it could be managed to occur as part of a regular business environment. Ms Gratton says that there are four criteria that must come together to make a Hot Spot work:
A cooperative mindset: when people are excited, willing, eager and able to work together
Boundary spanning: with people fromdifferent backgrounds, skill sets, and outlooks combine their expertise in new ways
Igniting purpose: there must be a question, task, vision that creates a shared goal
Productive capacity: people must be able to work together, resolve conflicts, and manage the rhythm and pace of their work.
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Creativiteit, inspiratie, leiderschap en innovatie zijn woorden die iets hebben met het overspringen van vonken, vlammend vuur, enthousiasme en flow. Read morePublished on February 24, 2008 by Henk-Jan van der Klis
If you are contemplating to make your unit, your organisation and your environment more innovative, exciting and stimulating then "Hot Spots" is a must read. Read morePublished on December 31, 2007 by Deepak Pandhi
The fundamental equation "Hot Spots = (Cooperative Mindset x Boundary Spanning x Igniting Purpose) x Productive Capacity" is the organising principle of this book. Read morePublished on May 25, 2007 by John Hughes
HOT SPOTS: WHY SOME TEAMS, WORKPLACES, AND ORGANIZATIONS BUZZ WITH ENERGY - AND OTHERS DON'T packs in details on what differentiates a thriving, busy organization from a stagnant... Read morePublished on March 11, 2007 by Midwest Book Review