Do your online discussions tend to go down before they do deep? Time and again people who love to banter ideas tell us they run from toxic discussions on interesting hot topics they’d hoped would generate innovative ideas. Have you seen it? Before bruiser discussions get cut, often a player… Read more »
Did the 2016 campaign leave you craving civility from all sides? Did you long to communicate – without demonizing or diminishing others who disagree? Civility starts with each of us – but it quickly extends to others. How so? My students enjoy the civility tasks central to all discourse in… Read more »
The problem with stress is that it masks as winner – so you miss its killer qualities and fail to spot danger signs before it strikes.
Have you ever seen sacred cows consume innovation and block growth? I have. Wherever you hear the catchword critical thinking discussed, you find new definitions. The only part people seem to hold in common is that you should wield critical thinking to solve problems. Have you noticed it works less… 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 »
Would you agree that tone tools can create goodwill and amp up any learning community? I’m referring to the body language of communication here – the tone tools that bring a smile of inclusion or adds a snub of rejection. Tone benefits embody the warmth of thanks, while its lack… Read more »
It doesn’t take grueling effort to grow your intelligence for brilliant tone that avoids attacks. Minds literally rewire to create positive change and mind-bending possibilities. How so? Many of us toss limited notions into communication possibilities. In an attack climate we watch leaders perpetuate mental misconceptions about ways to win… Read more »
Students love to navigate their own learning progress – especially when they see or can create adventurous pathways to rewards. I love the break! That’s why my students grade their own participation in every class. How so? At the beginning of class students collect their personal tone chart. On one… 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 »
Conflicts and clashes are as common at most workplaces as black coffee on Monday morning. If you’re looking to axe communication completely though, try ramping up curmudgeonese and then watch its magic spin. Bickering is usually where curmudgeons nail their hottest acts. Get to water coolers early to … 1. Fire your best missiles –… Read more »
How will you disagree and also build goodwill at the same time?
Tone can land you a better job, or destroy the one you already have.
Have you seen it happen?
It’s no secret that many look for meaningful work, while increasingly jobs disappear like sunshine on a foggy day! But imagine a new skill that unleashes work, taps into talent and builds you a finer future. How so?
My Christmas rang with unforced rhythms of grace in the form of a simple strategy offered to my little grandson. It happened after a busy day of trains – when a one and the half year old took his tired voice to the table and his parents responded.
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?
Ever have a day when work became combat, and your workplace a war zone? When problems arise, the last place leaders look for solutions is within differences that caused battles in the first place. Have you seen it?
Gary, manufacturing manager in NY, is more typical of leaders we meet who see differences as the cause for poor tone. We have constant problem because union reps, “stick their noses into everything, cause trouble for the entire company”, he said, ”They make no effort to help with anything,” he went on.
Those who refuse to unpack idols worshiped in the past era, struggle to risk innovative alternatives for the coming era. We still tend to worrship 10 barriers to innovation …
The current rhetoric for war, cynicism and violence gives a graphic demonstration that poor tone can be acquired. In much the same way as consistent practice will literally alter your DNA, we’ve hardwired our nation against peace. The brain shapes and changes itself based on your daily actions. Abusive tone,… Read more »
The Chilean mine rescue last week underscored talent, teamwork, and takeaway lessons of hope to fuel brainpowered innovation. Chile’s unprecedented operation illustrated five brainpowered tools that build and sustain hope to the finish line in impossible situations! 1. Question, what if … and hope will convert brainpower into winning answers. … Read more »
Fear, not surprisingly, bombards workplaces and lowers innovation brainpower, as does frustration or the watch-your-back syndrome. Whether it comes face-to-face or through Facebook, tone drives organizational innovation up or down. Unfortunately, when caustic communication rubs against brainpowered innovation, caustic usually wins. You’ve likely noticed how toxic trumps ingenious in some… Read more »