Make Conversations Count: Opening Doors for ideas, insights, and wisdom

As a kid, activating the enter/exit doors was my favorite grocery store activity. I loved it, even anticipated it. I remember the big rubber mat on either side of the door. When you entered or exited, you stepped on the mat and presto, the door swung wide to welcome you or send you on your way. [...]

Make Conversations Count: Opening Doors for ideas, insights, and wisdom2019-07-21T15:09:22-04:00

Ingenuity Tip: When It Comes To Everyday Achievement, Stop Using The Word “Awesome”

The Universe. The human brain. The Grand Canyon. Any of the world's oceans. Quantum Physics. -- The things above deserve to be described as, "awesome." They fit the definition and spirit of the word. Here's one generally agreed upon definition of "awesome."     exhibiting or marked by awe; showing reverence, admiration, or fear.   When [...]

Ingenuity Tip: When It Comes To Everyday Achievement, Stop Using The Word “Awesome”2018-12-10T13:43:16-04:00

Ingenuity Tip: Upgrade The Moment

Here's another ingenuity tip from the Ingenuity Lab.   [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/306708715" params="auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true" width="100%" height="450" iframe="true" /]  

Ingenuity Tip: Upgrade The Moment2017-02-08T14:45:12-04:00

I Am Not So Smart. And No Offense But Neither Are You. Understanding Cognitive Biases. Pt. 2

In part one of this article we explored what a cognitive bias is and how they can wreak havoc on our thinking and living. In part two we'll look at how cognitive biases infect groups and I'll give you a four-step process to reduce the influence of biases.   -- What Do You See?   Take a [...]

I Am Not So Smart. And No Offense But Neither Are You. Understanding Cognitive Biases. Pt. 22016-12-12T12:10:52-04:00

3 Strategies To Help Dial Down Emotional Reactivity (Part 2)

Get Scaffolding That Supports You   This post is the second part of a two-part series on emotional reactivity. You can read part one, here. -- It's our responsibility to reduce the severity and frequency of our negative reactions to emotional triggers. We do this by developing a set of strategic supports (scaffolding). This scaffolding creates [...]

3 Strategies To Help Dial Down Emotional Reactivity (Part 2)2016-11-07T06:36:19-04:00

Want a leader-centered culture? You need these three qualities, everywhere

You don't glob all the mustard or ketchup on one part of your hot dog, do you? No, you distribute it all over. And that's exactly how leading should happen in an organization.   [Tweet "Distributed leadership is a high-quality, high-ingenuity interaction between people that leads to creative-solution making. @davefleming360"]   Who doesn't want more of that? Well, to [...]

Want a leader-centered culture? You need these three qualities, everywhere2016-11-04T09:16:46-04:00

Challenge: Initiator of Ingenuity

Excerpt from, Tribal Alchemy: Mining Your Team's Collective Ingenuity, Dave Fleming, 2016.   In the movie Pleasantville, two teenagers from the 1990s are transported through their television back to the 1950s. What David and his sister Jennifer discover (in this made-up TV land) is a Leave It to Beaver–like world where everyone and everything is [...]

Challenge: Initiator of Ingenuity2016-10-26T16:22:37-04:00

Ingenuity Begins With A New Way of Seeing The Familiar

A Slice of the Knife   Several weeks ago I was chopping veggies for a salad. Now right here, it’s important to know that I’m a much better “chopper” in my imagination than in my kitchen. And so, as I sliced, my action got ahead of my skill. You might say, a kind of culinary [...]

Ingenuity Begins With A New Way of Seeing The Familiar2016-10-24T06:04:04-04:00

Who or What Is Your Threshold Guardian?

Who, or what, is your (current) Threshold Guardian?   In the genre of myth, there is always a Threshold Guardian. The Threshold Guardian is a person or set of circumstances that the hero or heroine must face and overcome if he or she is to accomplish the dream, win the prize or actualize potential. Have [...]

Who or What Is Your Threshold Guardian?2016-09-02T05:38:42-04:00

How Emotionally Resilient Are You?

To be ingenious people, we have to respond to challenges and opportunities with resilience and engage change with flexibility.   Emotions are a source of great energy. Without emotion, action is flat and one-dimensional. Emotion infuses action with passion and intention. However, emotional energy can turn negative and even destructive. When emotions are corrosive, they [...]

How Emotionally Resilient Are You?2016-08-29T05:50:03-04:00

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