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Power of Pull: Slices of Pull

Discover themes from the book in the following essays

Passion. Serendipity. Pull.

What do these have to do with you as an individual and more importantly, how do they apply to your work?

Explore these topics in the following essays to understand how you can pursue your passions, harness serendipity and utilize “pull” to achieving your full potential. These essays are part of a larger body of work discussed in The Power of Pull.

Volume one: Pursuing passion

The Big Shift suggests we are moving away from a world where stocks of knowledge and short-lived transactions are the key to success. In its place, we find a world where participation in many, diverse flows of knowledge and long-term trust-based relationships determine success.

Themes the authors address in Pursuing Passion:

  • The need to reshape relationships
  • Overcoming inhibitions
  • Come together right now: The diversity of passionate communities
  • Growing through sustained relationships
  • Lessons learned
  • One view of passion
  • Why it matters at a personal level
  • Corporate ambivalence on passion
  • Some open questions

Volume two: Shaping serendipity

Pull is not a spectator sport. Shaping serendipity requires bringing together three elements: environments, practices and preparedness.

Themes the authors address in Shaping Serendipity: 

  • The Super-Node
  • The nature and importance of serendipity
  • Shaping serendipity: Enhancing the productivity of attention

Volume three: Talent: The Dilbert Paradox

Success in global competition increasingly hinges on the ability of companies and governments to seriously commit to talent development in ways that extend well beyond conventional education and training programs.

Themes the authors address in The Dilbert Paradox:

  • Getting better all the time: Becoming a talent-driven firm
  • Innovate at the institutional level
  • Strategy as if talent mattered
  • New technologies and dispositions

Volume four: From passion to potential

Passion will help to orient us and give us the dispositions we need to fully harness the power of pull. 

Theme the authors address in this volume:

  • From Passion to Potential

Volume five: Three levels of pull  

Push operates on a key assumption—that it is possible to forecast or anticipate demand. We need a new rationale for our biggest private and public sector institutions—to re-imagine them in line with the world around us. Rather than scalable efficiency, we need scalable connectivity, learning and performance. Rather than push, we need institutions that pull.

Themes the authors address in Three Levels of Pull:

  • What is pull?
  • The first level of pull: Access
  • The second level of pull: Attract

Volume six: Passion versus obsession

What makes this distinction confusing is that passion and obsession exhibit very similar behaviors.

Themes the authors address in Passion versus Obsession:

  • Pulled to the edge versus pushed to the edge
  • Sense of self: Achieving potential versus compensating for inadequacy
  • Breadth of focus: Narrow objects versus broad subjects
  • Relationships: Expanding versus contracting
  • A final note: Passion and neurosis
  • Who are passionate creatives?
  • The Big Shift and the opportunities it creates
  • The journey to engage our existing institutions
  • The opportunity for institutional innovation
  • Coming together to make a difference

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