In response to Jane Mayer’s mind-bending book, Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right, what if we take another look at mindful brains beyond bucks? If an immediate response is urgent, and I think it is, how can we each help lead… Read more »
If gridlock feeds ego and shuts out brainpower could mindfulness and trust heal the heart of learning and leading? The more gridlock images we see flash across media, schools, and our lives, the more innovative, healing, and fun-filled images get lost. To learn and lead mindfully though, takes more… Read more »
When learning or leadership problems pop up – how do you troubleshoot to ensure that all those you mentor, coach, teach, or facilitate will takeaway more? Below are brain-compatible strategies I use and I’d love to hear your tips.
January is National Mentoring Month – the perfect time to propose brain based mentoring as a tool to reboot minds for challenges in the coming year! Have you ever tossed innovative ideas back and forth – much like an enjoyable game of catch – moves the ball from one player… Read more »
Agile learners develop smart skills to build flexible and resourceful communities, where problems get solved and people find support. It’s more than hard or soft skills, yet it builds a learning community to integrate and hone both. Add to that the fact that smart skills bring agile results that leaders… Read more »
Are you looking to teach or mentor new listening skills? Want to learn more from any topic? Once we step past the assumption that to tell is to teach – we step into the possibility that to learn is to listen to many views! Grab your free poster and listening… Read more »
Thank you Healthcare Administration Career for your faithful commitment to LEADING and LEARNING! Thanks also for including my Brain Based Leading and Learning in your awesome list of 2016’s top 50 great management and leadership gurus below. Many of these sites have also been my own favorites for creativity, uniqueness,… Read more »
To support colleagues and draw support from peers means to first discover what brains crave in common and how they operate. How so? Imagine for instance, that we could build a learning community together to support all. Imagine that each will benefit from shared strengths that improve our circles daily…. Read more »
Let us know how you and your circle reach beyond any one population to find wisdom and lead us in finer ways …
Asked to write – WHAT IS THE MEANING OF LIFE? I wrote this. What’s your deepest meaning?
Problems today typically trigger denial from business owners and an increasing number of lawsuits from clients. No wonder business grinds to a halt for so many upstarts – yet it doesn’t have to be that way. Just as I teach leadership MBA students, and as we see and experience excellence… Read more »
If given a choice, who wouldn’t choose exciting adventures over boredom, fun over tedium, and games over facts memorized for a never-before-seen test? But what if you discovered the human brain can move you from bored behavior to brilliant outcomes? Through games that leave you laughing, challenged and ready for… Read more »
Tone tools create goodwill for skilled leaders – even in war zones. The body language of leaders’ communication, tone brings a smile of inclusion or adds a snub of rejection. It embodies the warmth of thanks, and also chills your peers with criticism.How so? Good tone articulates problems with solutions… Read more »
What if you engaged opposing views as if you supported these before you address an opinionated view?
9. Stretch Your IQ – Rather than expect the same routine, consider new alternatives and write to learn about unusual or unfamiliar topics. Consider what essentials readers should take away from your words. Then invite another writer to review and help edit your conclusion to ensure those takeaways are evident…. Read more »
100 Top New Era Leadership Blogs!
Have you ever lost something valuable? You bounce between feelings of helplessness and clinging to trust that somebody out there may help.
You image the worst, yet hope for any way to prevent disastrous consequences from your loss.
Before I discovered my bank card and credit cards missing the other day, Jenn Davison and Danielle Ouillette made an amazing ethical choice that changed my entire summer. How so?
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!
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 ….