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Top 10 Questions for ASTD Webinar
Interested in mental keys to transform a boring meeting?
Here are a few questions you can expect at my ASTD Webinar on Wednesday, October 11th.
Leadership is changing fast and if ASTD is right in 2012 Leadership Handbook – a new kind of leader is already on the horizon! Could any of the new era leaders listed below help to usher in that finer future we all crave?
Thanks to our favorite game-changer, Lisa Haneberg, to ASTD publishers, and to Lisa’s memorable line-up of mind-bending ideas from 37 leaders who rock innovation. The management book of the year is out!
Leaders say learners don’t understand new ideas. Learners say leaders rarely offer new ideas. I say that play packs the punch to boost brainpower for a new innovation era. That’s why you’ll want to check back soon for the debut of FUNUDERSTAND – an Online simulation game based on play.
What’s the solution? An online game!
What’s the problem? Mentoring is too one-way, as it currently rolls out. Older mentors dictate practices to upstarts even when upstarts have far more valued skills to teach. It hurts entire organizations as it keeps poor practices alive, and blocks leadership opportunities for enthusiastic young experts in any field.
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.
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 ….
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.
Before neuro discoveries affirmed the magic of still moments, Pablo Neruda called for quiet introspection that cultivates mutual understanding, care, and kindness among humans.
Few escape the daily stressors can race your brain to depressions door, but did you know that you can fight back by fueling your day with serotonin’s well being through chewing?
Unsuccessful mergers follow when leaders miss key differences among people – unique traits that people possess which could add high dividends to any combined effort. When leaders ignore cultural differences they do so at their own peril. To benefit from mergers is to mine people’s proclivities for peak performances from many angles.
Marketed as entrepreneurship- capitalism can sacrifice talented people to egos who promote policies that force many out.
Before you decide how money impacts happiness – consider the following questions.
Were people happier before the financial crisis?
How did Thoreau compare happiness and riches?
What riches tend to add more mental wealth?
Can online repair unhappiness from broken systems?
Could happiness help you to sidestep life’s inevitable financial struggles?
Are you relying on people moving into new waters, wwithout oars to move? For instance, people in toxic workplaces may need help to interface with innovation.
Infighting results in shutdowns or shotguns that eliminate the innovation many value and still crave.
One newly introduced skill -mindguiding – draws from right and left brains to convert infights into inventions. How so?
While Charlie Rose and Dr. Eric Kandel’s Brain Series opened new discoveries, poor tone from commenters truncated part of that process with striking setbacks. When comments diminish people, refuse to engage opposing views, or insist on personal opinions, innovation dies. Have you seen it happen where you work?
What do you do to sleep well enough for good moods to follow you at work the next day? Use any tools that rock brain waves to sleep?