Posts under ‘consensus’

Calling all Game Changers

Shift your question from, How can I win? to ask, How can I lead a winning plan?

Game-changer questions for brilliant new game plans, move players to more sustainable ground together? The opposite is also true.

When Competition’s Paradox Means Defeat

Why is the competitive approach Americans crave – also a force driving us out of the game?

NPR brought competition’s problem to our attention. Check out Finland’s winning model that touts a distinct distaste for unabashed competition.

Compare Finland’s winning approach to U.S. test based competition. Dr. Pasi Sahlberg, Director General of the Centre for International Mobility, contrasted Finland’s advantage:

In my country … we believe in cooperation and sharing. Cooperation is a core starting point for growth.

From Poor Tone – to Brainpower for Innovation

Luckily we can overcome our brain’s default for ruts that foster poor tone as evidenced in many conflicts – to create instead – tone for an innovative world order forward. 1.       Affirm another person’s thoughts before sharing your views on the other side – to show that you really heard, sorted, and valued them. (Notice […]

25 Signs an Organizational Model is Broken

Does innovative brainpower fuel your business model?  Is your organization moving forward with the fast shifting economy of the 21st Century, or is it mired in broken practices? Check out 25 areas that reinvigorate broken business models, and you’ll also agree that tired systems can be mended to grow mindful again. Workers show disdain or […]

Genius Transparency to Lead Innovation

Gridlock feeds ego and shuts out brainpower while transparency fosters innovation and increases trust. The more gridlock we see, the more open exchanges get lost. Have you seen bullies and cynics keep ego alive by banishing transparency through backdoor deals? Flawed leadership, whether called democracy or dictatorship generates  gridlocks that block creative brainpower. Never before […]

Community Conversations for Change

Peter Block creates a brilliant case for brain-based-community-building through conversations that transform. Conversations that create community transformation  for Block, include invitation, possibility, ownership, dissent, commitment and gifts. Do you agree? Interestingly, each of Block’s  entry points to transformation, also offer  segues into brain based communication. Invitational conversation welcomes diversity with an emphasis on leaving no […]

Higher Education Reinvention

  Higher Education and Brain Based Benefits   Ask the lecturer in this video and he will say he engages listeners.  He might even go on to suggest today’s audiences expect too much and give too little. Ask listeners and they may support these 100 reasons to run hard from lectures! Have you considered lately […]

Delight in Differences with Gifted Facilitators

Two days ago, while in Jamaica to speak about MITA brain based renewal, I spotted revival alive and well from a car radio. In a vehicle that transported Dr. Robyn McMaster and I to the University of West Indies, radio guests discussed broken systems in general, and Jamaican policies that got  implemented without discussion from […]

Mindful Leader Series 3 – Conaty Risks Renewal

While some HR staff complain of too little respect at work, HR veteran, Bill Conaty  won the 2004 HR Executive of the Year for risks he took to promote talent and raise HR status at GM.  He reversed downturns into bubbles, more because of his vision for renewal possibilities, than any call for respect. In […]

Courage to Climb on Sinking Ground

Daily you see snippets of courage from leaders you admire – through questions asked and stories shared. Courage to embrace mental confidence, and face danger bravely,  remains the last virtue on center stage after you sacrifice who you are now, to embrace who you can become. Have you seen it? Special thanks for this courageous […]

Hidden Traps Undo Brainpower

When you rev up mental equipment daily to either sink or swim, you discover how creativity and curiosity will trump criticism and intimidation. How then can you experience mental power in settings where no brain is left behind? One friend and fellow leader Dave Caiazza, put it this way: Work against the dangerous twins of […]

Values for Brain Powered Climate

Imagine a climate of peace, with humility that inspires, and people who recognize talents, and you’ve just begun to awaken intrapersonal intelligence. Build healthy relationships that shape character, and your brain cultivates new neuron pathways toward spirit and highest values such as caring in your character and in others. Or trust that turned LA’s most […]

2 Footed Questions Lead Change

Spot any gaps in your life, where  adventure leaks out like water trickles through a sieve? Your brain’s working memory leads you to spot faulty traditions at work, or to see speed bumps that slow down progress in your day. But there’s more to change than finding flaws. For instance,  two-footed questions can catapult you […]

Power Up Brains for Consensus

Nothing’s more important for revolutionary change than ethical consensus building, yet your brain’s basal ganglia works against  collaboration.  Worse, it locks you into comfort zones. How so? Faced with innovation,  your amygdala poses threats against ongoing change and tempts leaders to settle for safe routines. It takes gifted facilitators to create the kind of consensus […]

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