Posts from ‘April, 2012’

Advance with a New Mantra

How could a shift of focus escalate your talents?

Breathtaking views – visible only from top vantage points – inspired this Russian climber to reach past his own health problem, and his country’s economic setbacks.

Dupri speaks of the sheer bliss in reaching new peaks:

I recently climbed to the top of the statue of Peter the Great in the center of the city one night — 100 meters (330 feet) up and onto his head. We climbed up while the guards were sleeping. A weather vane was spinning in the wind on the very top. Below, the sun was slowly rising over Moscow. The city was asleep, and it was like life was frozen. I was the happiest person on Earth. I only need to look down to forget all my problems.

You too could tower over an unforgettable adventure – taking inspiration from its magnificent panoramic view of the next incredible leg of your journey.

The choice you make may seem as simple as daily options go. Or you could choose to capitalize on teachable moments as Rodney King did in LA riots back in 1992.

Making Change Easy

Change often feels anything but easy …

Ever ask with that popular poster, How can you fly with eagles when you work with a bunch of turkeys?

It feels as if your brain is hard-wired more for chipping away at endless daily routines that tank your talents. You suit up to lead lofty adventures, yet too often ruts keep you pecking away like turkeys, day after day. Do you ever wonder why you slide back so easily into doing the same boring things that spin your wheels but go nowhere? It may seem reasonable once or twice. But over and over again?

Some people blame their supervisors, others say lack of funds keeps them down in the dust.

Are you aware though, that blame robs creative oomph, drowns change and leaves you stuck in ruts? Fault finding blocks focus from seeing those game-changing horizons that complainers only crave.

It doesn’t have to be that way, and your success often depends on how you handle detractors. When Gordon, a British Columbia School Superintendent, tried to involve parents in the daily interactions of his large district, several secondary school faculty threatened to quit.

Cynicism trumped his changes at every step …

Protesters insisted that when outsiders (namely parents) try to control their classrooms, they can no longer teach effectively and test scores suffer. Critics countered even small suggestions to include parents, with anxious retorts that parents know nothing about secondary school content, yet act as if they’re in charge.

For months Gordon tried to win over detractors, while a vocal few spread cynicism across schools averting any progress toward collaboration. Nothing worked and gloom spread across change suggestions like the aftermath of nuclear fallout spreads across a once-vibrant village.

Allies opened spigots of hope …

Then Gordon called a meeting with four highly-respected teachers.

After a few hours of brainstorming they’d integrated four disciplines under one umbrella topic – LIGHT. Each of the four classes met learning standards and yet lessons also included student-led topics that teens enjoy.

Enthusiasm carried that first meeting into shared pizza and late night noodling ….

Chew Away Your Moods on Kindle

If you’ve ever assembled a play station or tackled a new app for your laptop – however do-it-yourself-easy your task claims to be – good moods can plummet faster than greased lightning.

Before you know it, you’re in over your head and help appears nowhere around. How many times, have you reached for a pinch of support when frustrated, only to find further challenges on the other side?

We’ve all been there. You feel down because somebody you cared about disappointed you when you least expected it. Or anger crowds out any hope for sanity in a difficult situation. At the same time you long for the kind of zest that comes from humorous, self-confident friends, or a colleague who has your back when others bark at your work.

Who would have guessed though, that a small stick of gum could pack a better mood. Apparently, even when persistent pressures smack you down, gum’s rhythmic movement picks you up. Who’d have guessed that gum holds any ability to boost brainpower when you most need a pick-me-up in your day.

Stop Stepping on Bullies

To  clamp down on bullying, simply create settings that impede  further attacks, where studies show staff wants to quit. Create a walk in the park for innovation, and watch intimidation suddenly slip off the plank. Support good moods rather than focus on foul tempers, and you’ll ignite confidence for talent development. Build a brainpowered setting […]

Power of Moods and Choice!

What new neuro-discoveries could offer new awareness to your moods, so that others find spaces to grow around you when their chips are down? Identify that good mood chemical and electrical circuitry for your brain, and you also choose daily how to remap that for benefit to boot!

Your Brain on Quiet

Before neuro discoveries affirmed the magic of still moments, Pablo Neruda called for quiet introspection that cultivates mutual understanding, care, and kindness among humans.

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