The Exchanges Between Us: Key to Collective Ingenuity

The Quality of Your Exchanges Matter A group of people are more successful at their mission when they use and exchange words, ideas and strategic concepts to evoke collective ingenuity. Simply, the quality of our conversation influences the the quality of our action. [Tweet "The quality of our conversation influences the quality of our action. [...]

The Exchanges Between Us: Key to Collective Ingenuity2016-05-31T05:41:35-04:00

Is it too easy or difficult to oppose you? Three ways to appropriate engage tough conversations

When people work with you, is it too easy or too difficult to oppose you?   Indicators it's too easy to oppose you At the first sign of opposition, you Yield your position Change your position State that you're probably not qualified to speak on the issue anyway Look to align with the predominant view [...]

Is it too easy or difficult to oppose you? Three ways to appropriate engage tough conversations2016-05-27T06:47:12-04:00

Discover the power of collective ingenuity

Adapted from the book, Tribal Alchemy: Turning What You Have Into What You Need. (2016). Dave Fleming. A Tribal Alchemy Resource.   We’ve got to figure out a way to put a square peg in a round hole.   Deep into the Apollo 13 crisis, this iconic mandate was given to a group of NASA [...]

Discover the power of collective ingenuity2016-05-25T06:59:58-04:00

Three ways to make your emotions allies of your success

Do a quick replay of some of your life and work highlights from last week. Let your mind go back to different days and remember a few events. As you remember, ask this question:   During the events of the past week, did my emotions support or derail my effectiveness?   It's likely that, for [...]

Three ways to make your emotions allies of your success2016-05-23T06:40:52-04:00

Leading change? Avoid the mistake that thwarts progress

Frustrated Frank:   I really wish you would’ve let me know before you made that decision.   Hard Charging Hanna: Sorry. I thought we were moving forward based on my conversation with  Joe.   Frustrated Frank:   Well, Joe didn’t have all the information when you talked with him. This affects my team in big time. In [...]

Leading change? Avoid the mistake that thwarts progress2016-05-20T08:13:06-04:00

Do you have attitudinal halitosis?

How's your physical breath? Unfortunately, if you really want to know, you have to ask some brave soul close enough to have an opinion. If there's no one willing to venture near enough, that might also be a clue.   The sad reality is that other people usually know we have bad breath before we [...]

Do you have attitudinal halitosis?2016-05-18T09:59:32-04:00

How to Not Suck at Delivering Important Messages: The Pivot

Remember the game, Telephone? A circle of people--one by one--whisper a word or phrase to each other until the last person utters the phrase out loud so the group can see if/how it has changed. It's amusing to see what happens to the phrase by the time it's announced.   It's one thing to keep [...]

How to Not Suck at Delivering Important Messages: The Pivot2016-05-16T09:04:49-04:00

Why the Word “Discover” is so Cool and How to Do it More Often

Adapted from the book, Tribal Alchemy: Turning What You Have Into What You Need. Dave Fleming. 2016. A Tribal Alchemy Resource. ---   Words are like potatoes; they are full of rich nutrients (meaning) until we strip them down, deep-fry them, and add salt. Take the word, discover. The first definition Merriam-Webster’s provides for the [...]

Why the Word “Discover” is so Cool and How to Do it More Often2016-05-13T08:00:30-04:00

Teamwork is NOT what it’s all about

Want a high performing team? Then don't make teamwork your primary goal. If "creating a great team" replaces the ingenious accomplishment of your mission, you'll likely miss on both fronts. Collective ingenuity-- in service of the mission-- is the goal. Develop teamwork to support that goal.   Position any teamwork exercises as an enhancement of [...]

Teamwork is NOT what it’s all about2016-05-11T09:37:31-04:00

Two Skills That Increase an Ingenious Life

We know how important it is to live in the present moment. If we live in the past, we lose connection to our energy. If we live in the future, we lose connection to our resources.  However, engaging in the present doesn't mean the past and future are unimportant elements of an ingenious life. In [...]

Two Skills That Increase an Ingenious Life2016-05-09T06:05:04-04:00

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