We are all seeing the influence of technology on our lives. It is rewiring our minds; it is accelerating the pace of innovation, and it is causing dramatic changes in how we live our day to day lives. Some people embrace this and say, ‘bring it on’; others are a little more resonant about it; and a few others still reject and deny the impact of technology. Kevin Kelly, the founding editor of Wired is one of those prophets of technology and when he speaks to what is going on, people take note. Kelly gave a talk in 2007 (after what many consider the first 5,000 days of the internet) about the next 5,000 days of the internet. In that talk, he shared the following highlights: Read more
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“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way” – Marcus Aurelius
What does this mean? Obstacles, challenges, diversions all interrupt our line of thinking and course of action. However, in many ways, these very hindrances can be confronted and turned to opportunity and this is where we experience the Advantage of Disadvantage (from Malcolm Gladwell, David & Goliath). Read more
One of the greatest characteristics to exhibit is one of teachability. We admire those who operate with a pursuit of lifelong learning. In fact, how noble it is to call ourselves a lifelong learner. Or how impressive is it to call ourselves a coach who brings transformation to others. If you peel back what is at the core of learning and growth, the ability to give and receive feedback is right there staring at us. Read more
I have been a fan of Todd Henry since reading The Accidental Creative several years ago. His first book so uniquely expressed for me the idea that even an accountant can be a creative. In Thriveal, we talk regularly about approaching our businesses from the perspective of a creative, but I always wondered if we could really be taken seriously as a creative – just because we called ourselves creatives. We needed to develop practices and environments to fuel creativity in ourselves and in our firms. The Accidental Creative set the stage for building practices into our daily lives to help generate brilliant ideas “on demand.” Practices such as intentional journaling, identifying a Big Three, and curating new stimuli to generate new ideas. These are the ideas that creative professionals and knowledge workers are rewarded for. If you haven’t read The Accidental Creative, I highly recommend this as a must read for anyone who uses their mind to deliver value to others. With Todd’s third book, Louder than Words, we have a manuscript for developing our unique voice.
“Voice” is the expression (idea) you make through a medium (platform) in order to achieve a desired outcome (impact). Your authentic voice is the expression of your compelling “Why.” Read more
Each time another book review blog post comes around, I look back at the books I’ve read over the past couple of months and I reflect on which book impacted me the most. There have been several books that have met this criterion, but I honestly feel like this audience has already embraced the major concepts in the books. Books such as So Good They Can’t Ignore You (Cal Newport) and Influence, The Psychology of Persuasion (Robert Cialdini) were great, but again they deal with concepts like developing a rare and valuable skill (hone your craft) and understanding decision making biases and what influences them. These are ideas that our readers are well versed in.
However, this past quarter I also took part in my fourth annual reading of Healing Leadership (Geske & Hansen) . This book has shaped me more in the past several years than any other. I briefly shared a concept from Healing Leadership during our 6 minute TED Talks at #DW13 (Deeper Weekend 2013). Let me try to introduce these insightful thinkers to you. Read more
Many of us have heard of Mastering the Rockefeller Habits. You know – the standing meetings, the quarterly priorities, the common language of reporting, communication and feedback loops. I’ll be honest… I never read the book.
Well, last fall, a customer reached out about some ideas of theirs as it related to a major project undertaking. They talked about a weekly check-in, they talked about budget line item responsibility, they wanted communication rhythm and short-term goals established. I knew right then that our team could add great value to this customer by being a catalyst to model and carry out the very practices taught by Verne Harnish and the team at Gazelles. To my benefit, Scaling Up was just published as the first major follow up to Mastering the Rockfeller Habits. This book looks to build on the ideas in the previous book and includes real life examples and insights gained along the way. Scaling Up takes you through the following: Read more