When Helen Keller said, Life is either a daring adventure or it is nothing at all, did she describe you? In many secondary and college classes change or different approaches are risky and deeply unfashionable. Yet this is what education urgently needs! What opens your mind to new adventures? And… Read more »
Luckily, the human brain comes with unique equipment to free your mind, solve problems, or create adventures many crave but most people fail to imagine for themselves. Follow one or two new neuron pathways today and watch limiting habits fade as rigid ruts yield to infinite imaginings. It’s really about… Read more »
Researchers suggest that social media can harm kids’ brains, and few would disagree. Either way, social networks such as Twitter are here to stay. My question is, what impact do online networks play in strengthening minds and leading innovation across differences? Increasingly, brain gurus such as Susan Greenfield weigh in… Read more »
Do you lie about age, or do others find inspiration from your maturity? Perhaps more importantly – can you laugh at age? Do predictable answers fly from your tongue like corn pops over heat, or do you investigate and weigh different viewpoints? Would friends describe you as gracious and set… 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 »
What if you engaged opposing views as if you supported these before you address an opinionated view?
Have you seen our financial crisis through a different lens? Or do you dare to dream when others damn a thing? Can you see another side? Do you look at war or peace from many angles? I ran into a government run outfit that sells guns and ammunition to US… Read more »
25. Imagine We-They Circles Female and male brains differ biologically and intellectually in ways that few optimize. Cultural preferences differ and you can capitalize of people’s unique strengths. Change filters to write from new views. Change filters to insert new view. Write from different filters, from another person’s vantage… Read more »
11. Awaken Both Sides Bring both sides to life – with brainpower tools to disagree. Brain waves spark both deep reflections and peak performances on opposite sides of topics, based on how you activate them. Research both sides of your essay topic, and then show why and how some readers… Read more »
10. Disagree by Building Goodwill – Write in tone that allows you to express alternatives with respect. Learn from views on another side. Imagine many readers agreeing with one side because you agree well. Then see readers learning from your no-side – because you defend opposite views with similar solid… Read more »
Check out facts together. What do you learn from different views?
How will you disagree and also build goodwill at the same time?
Discover a new song together! Mindguide to teach and learn from one another
Yesterday a retired teacher told me how he loved teaching history – especially lessons on the civil war and Gettysburg Battles. Now that he’s retired, Jake shared he enjoyed reenacting history scenes in popular historic parks – where people enjoy revisiting the triumphs of war.
My immediate thought was, “Why have we taught war, but omitted the wonders of robust peace plans?”
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This article is not about how you create these filters, nor is not about how personal filters are impacted by your gene pool. Those facts discussed in the book Making Change Easy.
This post invites you to grow new filters that will improve your choices, by consciously looking at your day through another’s perspective.
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.
People often fear mergers and for good reason. Workers fear losing cooperation they’ve cultivated. Leaders fear compromise and gridlocks that robs progress. It doesn’t have to be that way.
Has your workplace sunken you into a quagmire of broken practices, cranky managers, or a shrinking public purse? Few deny that frustrations follow from spinning your wheels and getting nowhere. Stress that increasingly bombards workplaces, also lowers brainpower. If that watch-your-back syndrome consumes your time and talent, you are not… Read more »