Twitter Tuesday: What’s worth reading?

If you follow me on Twitter (@bzhenry), you know that I’ve made content curation in organizational communication a hobby. This blog post highlights the best of what I’ve read in recent weeks.

Failure and mistakes: It’s the stuff that success is made of. I love graduation season – the perfect opportunity to hear people you admire opine about how they, too, have failed. This week, two notable speakers are responsible for two of the best commencement addresses this year (and I’m a commencement address aficionado.) Watch famed comic book artist Neil Gaiman address The University of the Arts in this video on the Six Pixels of Separation blog, and/or read the transcript of DJ Patil’s address to the University of Maryland, on the Fast Company blog. Feel better about occasionally screwing up.

While we’re on the subject of failure, you may want to investigate the HBR Blog Network article “Get Ready to Fail.” Author Scott Edinger assures us that failure is inevitable and offers great advice on what to do when it strikes.

More on failure, this time in the banking system: As media outlets followed JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon’s recent testimony to Congress, HBR Blog Network published an excellent article by Mary Driscoll. The topic: Providing employees incentives to discourage risky behavior. She showcases an excellent example from Safeway, Inc. Let’s hope bank executives are paying attention.

On a lighter note, but with a similarly negative focus, Bill Taylor pleads on the HBR Blog Network, “Please, Can We All Just Stop ‘Innovating?” If you are amused by the arc that business buzzwords take as they move from “latest thinking” to “oh, please, let’s not talk about that again,” you’ll enjoy Taylor’s take on how pursuit of innovation has led to a dearth of exactly that.

Also on a lighter (and very entertaining) note, Mark Schaefer, author of “The Tao of Twitter,” discusses what to do “When Employees Go Wild on Social Media,” on his blog, titled {grow}. Schaefer’s take is funny and worth sharing with those in your organization who are hoping that social media will simply go away – something truly not likely to happen.

And finally, if you have an extra 30 minutes or so, (the second half of the one-hour video is Q&A), you won’t regret watching another video posted on the Six Pixels of Separation blog. In it, Jonah Lehrer, author of the book “Imagine – How Creativity Works,” discusses the science of creativity with the staff at Google.

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